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).
This is the character you all want to know about, right? Jason Grey is one of three main characters in “that novel.” He is also mentioned in several other stories, including The Madness Engine and “Finder’s Fee.”
Thomas: [hands Jason a large mug of coffee] My brother suggested this morning that I ask you about what you’re doing currently, according to stories already written. Specifically, he said, Ask him if he thinks Drake is looking for him.
Jason: I don’t know. Maybe. I know he’d help if he knew I needed it, but… If he was going to look for me, why didn’t he do it sooner?
Thomas: Why didn’t you contact him, then? He left you a way to get in touch.
Jason: [glares and says nothing]
Thomas: Pretend I don’t know any of this, okay? I’m asking these questions on behalf of my readers, who mostly haven’t ever met you.
Jason: I tried to contact Drake, right after… when Alex got me out of that place in Utah. Going to Gerhardt for help wasn’t my first choice, but Drake wasn’t answering his phone. [takes a big drink of coffee]
Thomas: So you’re currently aboard the Roald Amundsen, outbound for Alpha Centauri, soon to go into coldsleep for the majority of the voyage. I want to know if you’ve told anyone else amongst the crew about… you know.
Jason: Yes. Just a couple days ago. Mike and his damn robots… The fallout from that conversation was… not as bad as I’d expected. Not bad at all, really. Alex helped with some of the explanations. Lin — that’s Sophia Yara Lin, our astrophysicist — gave me a hug afterward and told me that everything would be all right.
Thomas: They’re good people — even Mike. One of my readers wants to know, What doesn’t the author get about you?
Jason: I assume this means my other author — your twin. We haven’t actually spoken, but I do get the impression, based on things some of his “imaginary friends” have said, that he thinks I’m being a coward for avoiding certain kinds of trouble whenever possible. What I’d like to know is what he thinks I could do instead, other than just get myself killed in an especially unpleasant way. I’d have expected him to be more sympathetic, y’know?
Thomas: He just thinks you should have trusted your friends with your secret sooner. I agree.
Jason: Uh-huh. You’re one to talk.
Thomas: Well, it would have simplified the plot… Yeah, I see y– [sigh] Okay, you win. Happy now?
Jason: Only if you promise not to interview me again. [drinks coffee] At least for a long time. Like, don’t do it again until I’ve forgotten this one.
Thomas: It could take several centuries for that memory to fade.