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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Fellow Anthology Auth0r, Olga Godim,  

has a fascinating idea for a joint blog post among our group:

We each ask 5 questions of our main character from our fantasy.

Being a journalist, Olga said she would help with those questions if we had trouble with them.

Funny thing: 

there is a foolhardy reporter in my story.  

She learns that she was not prepared for the answers.

If I were to ask the Caretaker five questions, 

I would not get the first one out before his haunted eyes would breathe winter across my blood.

His eyes murmur of strange sins, longing for more than loneliness but expecting nothing less.

Such eyes halt shallow questions before they are even uttered.

Before Surt broke free from the earth's fiery heart, the Caretaker had spent centuries as an Einherjar --

the bravest of warriors who died in battle and whisked up to Valhalla.

Heimdall returned this most fierce of the Einherjar to both Midgard and Jotunheim 

with the purpose of killing giants, but he was forbidden to talk with the living.

The Einherjar did worse: 

He fell in love with the Valkyrie who had flown him to Valhalla.  

The Valkyrie returned that love.  

They married.  

Wotan exacted a terrible price on them both.  

But to tell more would ruin the story.

Caretaker's tiny friend, Mouse, rides in his safari jacket pocket.

Mouse owes his freedom to Napoleon's soldiers.  

The gust of bacterial air which breathed from the First Dynasty tomb they ransacked 

gave them the freedom of death.

Mouse might ask ME a question:

"You humans mock our limited minds.  But what have you done with your larger ones?"


  1. Hi Roland and Olga - I'm sure this idea would take off and really help fantasy writers ... so I hope you can get it off the ground.

  2. That sounds like a great idea.
    That's what those soldiers get for raiding a tomb.

    1. Doesn't it though? I can say that because it was Olga's idea. :-)

      Sadly, Napoleon's soldiers did just that. As for if there really is a transformed Mouse ... well Midnight isn't telling!

  3. That's a wonderful idea for promotions.

  4. That's a fun way to get to know the characters!

  5. I love it! I am afraid my character would knife
    Me or

  6. I'm excited to dig into everyone's questions. As it's already been said, interviewing a character is a great way to get to know them. Of course, it may be a bit difficult to get anything out of my main character. He's a bit sulky...

    1. I hear you. At midnight the 23rd, I will post on how I once did just that with another of my characters.

      It may give you and our fellow anthologists (sounds like we are associates of Indiana Jones, doesn't it?) a hint or two on how you can do it. :-)