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).
With us today is Hunter, Hrothgar Tebrey’s brother and a major character in The Madness Engine and the other novels in that series. (This interview was conducted via texting because the interviewee doesn’t speak aloud, and I’m not a skilled enough telepath for us to communicate that way, either.)
Thomas: So… Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hunter: I’m the brains of the team.
Thomas: So I’ve heard. What else?
Hunter: I’m a bio-engineered, eight-hundred-pound panther. [flexes beryllium-steel claws] I’m more or less Hrothgar’s clone, but with major modifications to make me cat-shaped. Not like you and your clone — I’m a lot younger than my brother, for one thing. And of course I look nothing like him, aside from us both having green eyes. We get that from our father. [cat grin]
Thomas: You’re the main character of the series, so why, in your opinion, did the author choose to write from your brother’s POV instead?
Hunter: Because they’re both ungainly bipeds — no offense.
Thomas: None taken.
Hunter: Actually, my brother is the main character. I’m far too sensible to let myself get stuck with that position. I’m not even in the story for the first few chapters of the first book — I hadn’t been decanted yet.
Hunter: Neo-panthers are engineered — I said that, right? — and grown to physical adulthood before being woken up. It’s supposed to assist in the process of bonding with our fully human partners.
Thomas: What do you think about that?
Hunter: My human partner isn’t fully human, either. Don’t talk about that, though. He gets kinda upset if anyone uses the phrase genetic anomalies when discussing him. If you’re asking my opinion of where neo-panthers come from… I do wish I’d had a childhood. A chance to be a kid for a couple years before having to be grown-up and responsible.
Thomas: Juvenile neo-panthers would be so… cute.
Hunter: [smug] Guess we’ll find out, won’t we?