Interviews with my imaginary friends: Ianthe Rohn

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).


Ianthe Rohn is a major supporting character in my short story, “Ice Is Also Great.” (Yes, I got the title from a poem. There’s a very good reason for that.)

Thomas: The setting for “Ice Is Also Great” is a world called Wabe. You’re actually from there, right? What can you tell us about your home planet?

Ianthe: First, it’s a moon, not a planet. Wabe orbits a gas giant, which orbits one of the stars in a binary system. Your description of Wabe as having a ‘short, unsteady year’ is an understatement on the unsteady part. Think something like 20th-century Canada’s climate, but schizo. And the native wildlife is best avoided. Toves are herbivores, but so was the hippopotamus. Humans stick to the higher elevations on Wabe for a reason, despite it being warmer on the grassflats.

Thomas: Do you like living there? Have you ever considered emigrating to one of the more populous worlds, or one with a milder climate?

Ianthe: I’ve thought about it, sure. Everyone does, some time or another. I’d never go, though. The good thing about living near the Edge is we’re far away from the bullshit politics of the inner systems. Our problems are our problems, no one else’s.

Thomas: A question from one of my readers: If you were in charge of what happened in “Ice Is Also Great,” what would you change?

Ianthe: I’m betting it’s not an option to make most of it never happen at all, so I’d make the story’s protagonist trust me more from the very start. Maybe I couldn’t have kept him out of the mess he got himself into — probably, in fact — but I could have helped him find a better solution, and sooner, because I am from Wabe, and I understand my neighbors the way someone just passing through can’t, no matter who they are.



About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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