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

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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 eight cats. 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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