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).
Evelyn Parker — Detective Parker — is the protagonist in a short story (to be published very soon!) that takes place during the events in The Fallen. (Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to let her and Raven Shadix get together to drink beer and trade cop stories. It could happen, right?)
Thomas: So… You’re from Mars, right?
Parker: Yes. Milankovic, the largest city on the planet.
Thomas: What’s it like to live there?
Parker: About the same as it is to live in any large city, I imagine — at least any large city made up of sealed domes.
Thomas: No real terraforming, then.
Parker: Why would anyone bother? It’s easier to dome up, or build an orbital habitat, or just settle on some planet that’s already got the right atmosphere and all.
Thomas: Here’s a question from my readers: Can you imagine yourself living a completely different life from the one your author gave you?
Parker: Completely different? No. I’m a police detective; it’s what I know. I can’t imagine myself choosing a completely different line of work. I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else, either. I love Mars. This planet… We’re the real heart of the Earth Federation, you know. Hardly anyone lives on Earth, and Luna is all military. Mars isn’t wealthy, but it’s important because it’s home in a way no planet outside the Solar system can ever be.
Thomas: What would you change about the world you live in? The setting that your story is part of, I mean, not just Mars.
Parker: Less bullshit in politics. That goes for Mars, too, of course. Less people willing to just stand by and let bad things happen as long as those things aren’t happening to them, personally.
Thomas: Sounds as if nothing has changed in the last almost-thousand years…
Parker: Oh, lots of things have changed, just not human nature.