Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dusk Gate: Seeds of Discovery character interview

Hello everyone on Epic Robot! :)

Danni promised a special post on Wednesday, and I was a slacker, so you're getting it on Thursday. :)

She was kind enough to invite me, Breeana Puttroff, to do a guest post and character interview from my Young Adult Fantasy series.

Danni is an amazing friend and writer who I met through our fabulous weekly "parties" on Twitter, the Friday Night Twitter Writer's Party. All of you who are writers of any sort should join us each Friday evening at #FNTWP. Just bring whatever writing you're working on, and some smiles, too.

Anyway, this is my first guest post, and I have no idea what I'm doing. :) But I am grateful to Danni for giving me the opportunity.

This week, I'm celebrating the launch of the second book in the Dusk Gate Chronicles, Roots of Insight. Be sure to leave a comment on this post for your chance to win an e-copy.

Below is a character interview of one of the main characters in the series, William Rose. This interview takes place after the first book, Seeds of Discovery, but before Roots of Insight.

William is the fourth-born son of the king and queen of Eirentheos, a world that is connected to our own via a magic gate. Fourth-born children in Eirentheos are given the gift of healing, at a Naming Ceremony shortly after birth.

One day in our world equals ten in Eirentheos, so although William is seventeen in our world, he has lived many more days in his. Because his world is less technologically advanced than ours, he and his uncle have traveled back and forth between the two worlds for many years, studying the medicine of our world, and taking the knowledge back to theirs.

The Dusk Gate Chronicles begins when Quinn Robbins, a sixteen-year-old girl from the tiny mountain town of Bristlecone, Colorado, notices William's unusual behavior, and stumbles upon his secret.

What's the first time you traveled between the gate?

The very first time I traveled through the gate was when I was six cycles old. I was always very close to my Uncle Nathaniel, maybe because we're both healers, or maybe it was just a connection that was always there between us. For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated with Nathaniel's work, and whenever he was home in Eirentheos, I would follow him around to the clinics and help him with his work. As I grew a little older, we realized that there were so many things we could learn from Earth, that it would work better to have two people who had studied there. At the time of my first visit, Nathaniel was deep in a project of trying to learn how to bring hydroelectricity and wind energy to the Capitol city of Eirentheos. My father brought me through the gate to visit Nathaniel here while they were working on that project.

What do you think of this world?

I think there are many great things about Earth, and also many things I don't understand, or am glad don't happen in Eirentheos. The capabilities of technology are amazing -- the ability to use technology for healing, electricity, refrigeration. But then there seem to be a lot of people who use it to play video games on their cell phones, and they miss out on the kinds of relationships with family and friends that are common in my world.

How do you deal with traveling between two worlds?

It can be very challenging, but I'm kind of used to it now, and I don't plan on doing it forever, or even for as long as Nathaniel has.

Do you miss your family?

Every moment I am away from them.

What do you think of Quinn?

I actually like Quinn, now that I've gotten to know her a little. She's smart and she's caring, and I know she would do anything for someone she cared about. She's so stubborn, though.

Was it weird having someone interested in you?

No. That's happened several times on Earth, and in Eirentheos people are always interested in what the royal family is doing. I just thought Quinn would give up if I ignored her long enough, like everyone else always did.

Do you want Quinn back in your world?

I can't say I don't want her back in my world -- as I said before, I do like her. But I think it's a bad idea, and she has no idea how deep she might get herself in, and how challenging it can be to divide yourself between two worlds. At least for my part, the only people I'm hiding and keeping secrets from are strangers. If Quinn were to come back to my world, she would have to lie and hide from her family and friends, and I think she'll get hurt.

Thanks so much for hosting me, Danni! I hope your readers enjoy.

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