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).
I never intended Alexander Walotsky to be in any of my stories; he was just someone in the background. Then my twin decided that saving the protagonist from a Very Bad Situation was not enough; Alex had to share in the protagonist’s later (mis)adventures, too, which is how he ended up in “that novel.”
Thomas: I’m tempted to ask you about the lithograph on your office wall.
Walotsky: Why not? You show up to start this interview immediately after reading an article quoting Elizabeth Bear quoting Roger Zelazny, and you think there’s no risk of our conversation devolving into a couple of middle-aged fanboys geeking out over books and such anyway?
Thomas: Yeah, I see what you mean… In that case, please tell my readers about the lithograph on your office wall.
Walotsky: It’s a picture of a lighthouse: monochrome, almost a sketch. And yes, it is a real lithograph, printed off a slab of rock, just like the ones you used to make. It was a gift from my ex-wife — her way of telling me that she thought my new job was bad for me and that I should leave it for something better as soon as possible. [grins] Unlike most members of my profession, I’m perfectly capable of appreciating a good metaphor.
Thomas: I knew I liked Lynnie for a reason. And you did leave that job for something better, didn’t you?
Walotsky: I don’t think it’s what she had in mind. She just thought I should go back to having an ordinary private practice instead of working for the government.
Thomas: Well, I’m sure you did a lot of good work even before the events at Pemberton. As you told me before, someone had to keep the mad scientists sane enough that they didn’t do something irrevocably stupid.
(If you want to know a little bit more about that government job Alex Walotsky had at one time — right now, technically, although not in our universe, O Readers of my blog — you can read about it here and here.)