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).
Nicholas Ferrier is a secondary character in “that novel” (the one with no working title). Specifically, he’s a medic aboard the Betula. (That ship was my B topic for last year’s A-to-Z Challenge, if you’re curious.)
Thomas: You were quite active in the re-terraforming effort before you agreed to join the crew of the Betula. How’d that happen? Were you reluctant to change jobs, or did you welcome the opportunity?
Ferrier: To your last question, yes and yes. I was very reluctant to leave the re-terraforming project; my work there is important to me. However, once the JMC’s representative explained all the details of why they wanted to recruit me, I was intrigued, and found myself unable to refuse.
Thomas: Why is that?
Ferrier: The JMC’s representative told me there was good reason to believe that there would be — how should I say it? — a non-human individual aboard the Roald Amundsen, the scout ship lost at Alpha Centauri a hundred years ago. When news came that the Amundsen had returned… Well, there was quite a bit of excitement — and paranoia, which is not surprising. The JMC, I was told, wanted to make sure there was at least one medic aboard the Betula who could be counted on to deal with whatever situation might arise without succumbing to that paranoia.
Thomas: I sincerely hope that all works out well for you. And for any ‘non-human individuals’ you may encounter in the course of the story.