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).
Geoffrey: You sure you want to go through with this?
Thomas: A bit late to back out now, isn’t it? ‘Sides, you’re one of my “multi-purpose” characters — the readers want to meet you.
Geoffrey: Then they can read the books.
Thomas: But we left out a lot of your backstory. The Laundry Thief Incident, for example.
Geoffrey: Didn’t that get deleted, declared never to have happened as a result of Backstory Revision Syndrome?
Thomas: Well… technically, yes. I miss it, though.
Geoffrey: Probably for the best. Trust me, people would… make certain connections. And if losing that bit of backstory is the price of deleting, say, the Case of the Murderous Minstrel, I’m sure one or two other characters would agree with me.
Thomas: Well, yeah, he already said that. [glances at notes] In The Madness Engine, much of your own thoughts — not to mention Drake’s story thread — has to do with your friend Jason, who is missing. What can you tell my readers about him, why he’s missing, that sort of thing?
Geoffrey: You sure don’t pull any punches… Jason was my housemate during my first year of college, and again a couple years later. We went through a lot of weird stuff together. Trusted each other, which is really saying something in his case. I lost touch with him not long before the war, and even Drake couldn’t find him. As far as I know, he’s still looking for Jason.
Thomas: The war?
Geoffrey: Yeah. World War III, basically. I was only there for the first week of it, and that was more than enough for anyone, let me tell you. After that first week, Drake showed up and took me to the place his son is from. (I hope that’s not too much of a plot spoiler. What the hell — if they can’t bother to read the last book, why do they care what I have to say?)
Thomas: So… I heard a rumor you’re getting your own novel. What do you think it’ll be about?
Geoffrey: God help me — I know you lot won’t. I couldn’t even begin to speculate about plot for that. I mean, there’s no way he’d ever write about when I was traveling with Drake… right?
Thomas: As far as I know, that story comes after the mess you find yourself in now.
Geoffrey: Well, that isn’t so bad, then. At least that means I live through this series — or there’s enough of me left to put back together, anyway. I’m just going to stop here before I give anyone ideas…