Interviews with my imaginary friends: Kel Greyphoenix

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).


Thomas: I have so many questions I could ask you, it’s hard to narrow them down to just a few. Here’s one from my readers: What other characters would you normally be compared to?

Kel: I have no idea. Not if you want specific characters instead of general tropes. I had a bit of the ‘ordinary girl finds out she’s secretly a fairytale princess’ thing, but even that’s inaccurate unless you’re really generous with what you count as ordinary. My dad was famous before I was even born: brave astronaut, captain of an ill-fated mission into unknown space, yadda yadda. [smirks] At least I got to spend all twenty-one years of my youth pretending to be normal, right?

Thomas: Yeah, about that…

Kel: Please don’t say you’re planning to change my backstory again.

Thomas: Nothing major. We’re still working out the details of the early years, y’know? You still meet that nice young man, fall in love, get married —

Kel: Have four children?

Thomas: Well, not immediately. Your firstborn will have grandchildren of his own before your youngest is born.

Kel: So I still get involved in politics because of my husband’s job, and I still become the matriarch of a clan of green-eyed redheads with an aversion to ferrous materials. Gotcha. You know, you’re not fooling anyone by using my real surname here.

Thomas: [shrugs] It’s a translation anyway. And if they do make the connection, that just helps establish that you’re a science fiction character before you appear in a novel, thus slightly reducing the number of book reviews insisting you’re a fantasy character simply because your husband’s people don’t build starships.

Kel: Yes, but they use starships. — you’ve even written stories about that already. That should be enough, shouldn’t it?

Thomas: You don’t know twenty-first-century Terrans very well. Trust me, it won’t be enough.


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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