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).
In my brother’s fiction, Em first appears in The Fallen. I, on the other hand, have known Em for about 30 years now. (The same story inspiration gave me both him and Morgen, although you wouldn’t know it to look at them.) Thus far in this interview series, Em is the first obviously non-human character.
Em: You know, I’m pretty good at passing for human when I need to.
Thomas: You’re a shapeshifter; that’s cheating.
Em: What, shapeshifting is cheating, but cosmetic surgery isn’t?
Thomas: A natural ability versus something undertaken at considerable personal risk? You betcha. [looks at notes] One of my readers wants to know, What is one thing that you would change about how things went down?
Em: That’s easy: I’d have let Onyx be the one to meet Tebrey on Vesuvius, instead of going there myself. It should have been Onyx, and the only reason it wasn’t was that you had that stupid argument with Onyx’s partner. Which was your fault, by the way.
Thomas: I never said otherwise. Here’s a question from me: How do you feel about my friend Grace’s plan to make a fabric-sculpture figure that looks like you?
Em: [laughs] You mean a cute-and-cuddly green Mo-ceri plushy — wings, mane, horn and all? Could be amusing. Better than her wanting to make me dress as some movie character or whatever and attend a sci-fi convention.
Thomas: I have no idea what you’re talking about… If Paul can find that drawing he did of you, d’you think I should share it here on my blog?
Em: The drawing is a more accurate depiction, but I’d rather see a photo of a plushy — excuse me, a fabric-sculpture figure.