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).
Aiden Teige is a character in “that novel,” the captain of the Betula.
Thomas: My readers want to know, You’re obviously the main character of the story [*], but who besides yourself do you think has an interesting tale?
Teige: Marleah Carlisle. When we first met, I didn’t like her at all. Here she was, a government spy sent to “observe” me and my crew, hoping to uncover proof of some sinister military plot. And she didn’t like me because I’m in the military. We became almost friends since we decided to join forces, as it were, against a common nuisance: the liaison from the JMC. Ms. Carlisle doesn’t like him hindering her investigation, and I don’t like a civilian aboard my ship giving orders.
On the other hand, if you want to interpret interesting to mean like in the curse, “May you live in interesting times,” I’d say the surviving crew of the Roald Amundsen qualify. It’s been a huge headache, dealing with everything surrounding the return of that ship. I’m still waiting for some nutter to start a panic, screaming about how ‘Aliens followed them back to Earth, and now we’re all going to die…!’
Thomas: I’m sure the nutters will soon have something else to occupy their attention. Here’s another question from my readers: What other characters would you normally be compared to?
Teige: I was once compared to a certain famous starship captain from Iowa, but as I recall, those critiquers were angry because I’m not like him. They assumed starship captain meant action hero who has a string of torrid affairs with alien women and solves his problems with a ray gun. That’s not me. Rather difficult to have a string of torrid affairs with alien women when I’ve never even met any.
* The snark is strong with me today. In this post, I responded to a critiquer insisting that Aiden Teige is the protagonist of “that novel” despite the author — me — saying he isn’t. (As best I can tell, the critiquer confused protagonist with traditional hero, not realizing that these terms overlap but are not synonymous.)