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: Your real name is John Michael Harrison, so how’d you end up with a nickname like Stoner?
Stoner: I like psychedelic rock.
Thomas: So I’ve noticed. I think I’ve heard “Conquistador” by Procol Harum more times since Paul started seriously writing your story than in all the years before, just because it’s on the “working soundtrack.”
Stoner: My nickname could also be because my preferred weapon is an Mk 11 Mod 0 — a Stoner sniper rifle. And I was born in the summer of 1969.
Thomas: In other words, it was inevitable… Question from my readers: What do you think motivated the author to choose you as the protagonist for the story?
Stoner: Well, he didn’t really have a lot of choice, did he? I mean, I was the only survivor of the Brownsville Incursion, so who the hell else was he going to ask about it? From there, it just kinda… happened.
Thomas: And the fact that you were the character with both the ability and the motivation to do something about the problem had nothing to do with it, right? [shakes head] What do you think of the other characters in your story?
Stoner: Most of ’em are pretty okay. Not sure about that Deegan guy, though.
Thomas: He gets that a lot. Probably used to it. And thank you for the misdirection, by the way — really helps disguise any plot spoilers I may inadvertently drop this month.
Stoner: Hey, anything for my author’s double. [ironic grin]