Interviews with my imaginary friends: Raven Shadix

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: You began as a very minor character in a novella I wrote as a teenager, and now  it seems as if you’re in everything.

Raven: No joke! I’ve got a small role in The Fallen — entirely your fault, by the way, Weaver — and I’ll be a secondary character in your brother’s next novel project, and sometime later you’ll write a sort of prequel, as far as my personal storyline is concerned. Futuristic sci-fi to contemporary sci-fi to pseudo-medieval pseudo-fantasy… with no time travel.

Thomas: Well, the contemporary sci-fi part happens more or less simultaneously with The Madness Engine and its sequels, and the pseudo-medieval pseudo-fantasy does happen before the rest–

Raven: That’s flashback, though. Completely different. And only some of it happens before, anyway.

Thomas: [looks at him suspiciously] You haven’t been talking to any precogs, have you? 

Raven: Which one — the one who’s like a little brother to me, or the one I’ll be running with in a few years?

Thomas: That’s cheating, you know.

Raven: [grins, says nothing]

Thomas: [mutters movie quote about revenge and lost arguments] Here’s a question from my readers: What traits do you consider strengths, and what are your weaknesses?

Raven: Well, I suppose you could say I’m adaptable and resilient. Kinda have to be. To some extent, it’s a species-wide trait, of course, but even you have made comparisons between me and that other guy, and said that I’m more likely to get over bad experiences and so forth. As for weaknesses… I hate being alone for long periods. I grew up with a lot of people around, and I spent most of my adult life in a large city. Some of it is that isolation accelerates normal memory fade — which I’m not immune to — and some of it is just that I like being around people.

Thomas: You’re gregarious, and you don’t like coffee. My readers are going to be so confused…

Raven: Serves ’em right, then. They should know better than to make stupid assumptions just because I’m the same species as one of your other characters.

Thomas: Could be worse.

Raven: Yeah, but I’m pretending I don’t know that.


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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3 Responses to Interviews with my imaginary friends: Raven Shadix

  1. Hannah G says:

    Some of my minor teenage-writing characters have lasted to the present day and now appear in everything, too…

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  2. Diane Coto says:

    Hi there – I’m going to hire an imaginary friend; I’m a wannabe writer and will take part in this year’s nanowrimo. I think all writers need imaginary friends. BTW, I’m dropping in from a shout out to your blog from Rosie Amber’s blog

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