Interviews with my imaginary friends: Jon Livingston

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: My readers want to know, What other characters would you normally be compared to?

Jon: [laughs] Is this a trick question? No, I don’t think I should go into that. Some of your readers may think I’m actually based on you, Weaver — not that I’m implying you’re fictional or anything.

Thomas: We’re nothing alike.

Jon: Well, we’re less alike than appearances suggest.

Thomas: Tell Grace that. [shakes head] I was going to ask if you could imagine yourself having a completely different life, but I’ve come up with something better: Tell us about your name.

Jon: It’s not the one I was born with, if that’s what you’re getting at. In that way, I’m much like several other characters you’re interviewing this month. Yes, I named myself after the protagonist from “Bach’s birdie book,” as you jokingly call it. I needed a new alias, and it… felt right.

Thomas: And your role in the overall story arc?

Jon: Catalyst, so far. Geoffrey and his housemate helped me when someone was trying to kill me, which is how we all first met Drake–

Thomas: I love how you skip over details to make that not sound as scary as it was when it happened.

Jon: Anyway, my role is all just backstory, as far as your novels are concerned, because you promised to let me have a few years of a normal life before throwing me back into the fray again.

Thomas: Are you looking forward to that?

Jon: I have a feeling I will be, by the time it happens.


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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2 Responses to Interviews with my imaginary friends: Jon Livingston

  1. Paul B. Spence says:

    He just thinks he’s safe for a few years…

    Liked by 1 person

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