For this year’s A-to-Z April Challenge, I’m interviewing characters from my and/or my twin’s fiction. Some of them are major characters, some are supporting cast, and some have managed to avoid any page-time (so far).
Today’s interview is with Marleah Carlisle, one of the main characters from “that novel” (the one without a real working title).
Thomas: Could you tell my readers a little bit about what you do in this story?
Marleah: I’m a telepath. The government of the Solar Commonwealth hired me as a spy, basically, because someone within the government has reason to believe that the JMC — that’s the Jellico Mountain Complex, a sort of shadow government except that everyone knows about them — is planning something big having to do with certain sudden advances in technology, especially military technology. It’s my job to find out what they’re up to.
Thomas: I’m asking this because other people have mentioned it: Aren’t you worried that the JMC will find out what you’re doing, that they’ll know you’re a spy?
Marleah: [grins] It doesn’t matter if anyone knows. In fact, it could make my job easier. Try not thinking about something you want to keep secret… All I have to do is ask the right questions, because most people don’t have the ability to shield their thoughts, especially not long-term. Sooner or later they’ll slip, and then I’ll know.
Thomas: Here’s a question from one of my blog followers: What do you think of the other characters in your story — what it’s like to work with them, etc.?
Marleah: I was surprised at how well Aiden and I get along, all things considered, but it turns out he’s not the JMC minion I thought he’d be. I can’t quite say we’re friends, but I respect him. And speaking of the JMC, their liaison can go back to whatever hole he crawled out of.
Thomas: So you’re saying you don’t like him much.
Marleah: Trust me, I’m holding back on what I really think. He’s smug, he’s secretive, and he works for a dictator — I can’t see anything to like there, can you? And I don’t want to hear any shit about ‘the lady doth protest too much.’ Okay, maybe I would have liked him if we’d met under different circumstances, and if he didn’t work directly for the Old Man… and if he didn’t have that damn implant or whatever that lets him block every attempt I make to read his thoughts.
Thomas: Well… You’re a major character, and I’m not GRRM — I’m sure everything will work out all right in the end. 🙂