Interviews with my imaginary friends: Xia Jaiying

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’d planned to interview Xia Jaiying today, but she doesn’t want to talk to me…

So instead, I’ll tell you a little bit about her. It isn’t even possible to talk about Xia Jaiying, though, without revealing a few of her connections to other characters, which of course reveals things about those characters’ backstories in turn.

That’s why the rest of this post is continued below the picture…


Once upon a time, her name was Lucy. (My clone is a Beatles fan — I’ll let you guess where her name came from. 🙂 ) I think she was just a general idea for a character at first, but later we got to talking, my clone and I, and it seemed likely that Lucy was the daughter of Daeren Drake. (We should really start warning them up front, shouldn’t we?) Lucy has skills that may be termed sorcery by people who don’t really understand the implications of Clarke’s Law… To me, she seems almost humorless, and cynical. Very serious, at least, and not at all patient with other people. Could be, though, that I just saw her at a bad time. (I swear, even Matthew isn’t as serious and cynical — and he has, as far as I know, a lot more reason to be, what with being mistaken for the son of a demon and all. *shakes head* And no, Matthew isn’t Drake’s son — just in case you’re wondering.)

Anyway. When last I saw Xia Jaiying, she was attending an institution of higher learning in some alternate universe. She doesn’t have any actual page-time yet, although she is mentioned in one novel. I’m sure she’ll show up to play an active role in the action at some point. Given who her parent is, it’s inevitable.

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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