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And now, time for the interview! (As always, send me an email if you'd like one of your characters interviewed on my site.)
Linvin Grithinshield from Quest for the Red Sapphire
Tell me a little about yourself and the world you live in.
I am originally from here in Fraylic, the capital city of Sartan. When I was twelve I was sent to be raised in Valia. There I was trained as a warrior and joined the army. I advanced rapidly until I became commanding general. Now I have been summoned home after my father’s disappearance to run the family merchant empire. Fraylic is the most prosperous city in the entire world of Lavacia.
Tell us your most closely guarded secret?
My Father had some hidden plan for my future. That was the reason I was sent to be trained. Somehow that education has proved of little use in my present condition. There feels like there is something more I should be doing.
Tell us about your single most important memory. What was it and how does it affect you now?
I remember being sent away as a child. My mother was set against it but my father had his own plan. As mother wept, we headed for Valia where I would be trained by Sedemihcra, the Master of Warfare. Now that I am home, I see my mother’s plans for me had more to do with society and establishing a legacy.
What type of person are you? Are you a hero or do you shy away from conflict?
I have been ruthlessly trained to stand tall when others run and to fight for what is decent regardless of the odds. That does not mean I am a fool. It is through careful preparation that I persevere in all forms of battle.
Do you have any hobbies, any special talents?
I am surprisingly good at accounting. That has come in handy since taking over the family business. I have found some irregularities in the books in need of attention.
And in that line, what would be your ideal day?
An ideal day would be one in which business was running smoothly without me and I could turn my attention to my Father’s disappearance.
Do you have anyone close to you, any family or friends of interest?
My Uncle Anvar is like a father to me. He is wise and mysterious but trustworthy beyond reproach. Anvar is always there for me to lean on in troubling times. In many ways I am closer to him than to my own mother. Yet, even as close as we are, I know he still keeps secrets from me.
What is your most prized possession?
Sadly, it is not in my possession. My father’s sword, Falconfeather is a sentient being which embodies the living soul of Talana, Queen of the Falcons. The blade will never break, dull or chip, even though it is carved from the great beast’s thigh bone just after her demise. The weapon is light as a feather and responds to the commands of only my father or me. Father had it with him on his last trip. I fear he and the sword are lost forever.
What initially spurred your actions in this story? Obviously it had to start somewhere for you, give us an idea of where that starting point is and where it all started.
I was in command of the Valian armies and had just defeated three separate goblin armies in successive days. Then a note arrived from my mother pleading for me to come home after Father’s disappearance. I resigned my commission and sped home.
How do you envision your future?
If the future goes the way my mother would have it, I will take an aristocratic wife and stay in Fraylic. We will raise a family to take over the business when I am gone. I, personally, find that scenario to be drab and a waste of my years of experience. There must be something of more substance out there waiting for me. This life cannot be all there is.
Tell us where we can read more about you?
Read “Quest for the Red Sapphire”. The sequel will be out shortly called “Sapphire Crucible”
Author: Rival Gates
The sequel, “Sapphire Crucible” will be out in 2014. And here is the cover for the sequel to this adventurous tale!