Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Character Days: Lena Maria Estelle from Foothold of Tethys

News of the day first:  Myself and my coauthor Briana are participating in a Mother's Day Reading Blitz Giveaway and you can join in!  At the link you'll find a list of some 70 books which feature strong female characters in leading roles and are only 99 cents for Mother's Day weekend!  Our book, Seeking the Storyteller, will be one of those!

Come join us for some awesome stories!!

Now, onto Character Days!  As always, if you'd like your character interviewed, please send me an email!

Character Days: Lena Maria Estelle from Foothold of Tethys

So... tell me a little about yourself and the world you live in.
About me? Uhh... nobody asks about me. Generally that is. So who are you to ask me that? What do you want from me?

Nothing. I am just curious. Would you? Share a little about yourself?
Oh well... It's not like I have anything else to do. I just don't know where to start. What would you like to know?

Where do you live? What year is it?
I live... well I mostly live on board, strapped in the pilot-seat. I don't like life on station very much, which kinda goes both ways as the people on station generally have no love for pilots either. And the year... geesh... I kinda lost track... thirtyonehundred-something-or-rather? I really don't know.

Tell us your most closely guarded secret.
Wow now, isn't that a bit fast? I have just met you. You don't go asking about secrets when you've just met, it's impolite!

True, alright then. Tell us about your single most important memory.  What was it and how does it affect you now?
My most important memory... I think it's riding in my father's lap in the harness, on my first flight out under the stars. He is a pilot you know, a real space pilot. Or at least I think it was my first flight... It's the first flight I can remember and so I guess in a way it is really my first flight.

What type of person are you?  Are you a hero or do you shy away from conflict?  
Oh, I am not a hero. I am just a girl who happened to inherit a spaceship and tried to scratch out a living hauling asteroids from the belt of Jupiter back to station. I am a nobody really, just trying to survive in the only way I know how.

Do you have any hobbies, any special talents?
I love nature documentaries, especially the old ones with Sir David Attenborough. I  just love the way his voice emphasizes things. I have them all on tape, so I watch them again and again. We can watch some if you want...

Maybe later.
Oh. okay.

Anything else you love or are good at?
I love flying. It's my calling. At least, I think it is. Who would really know what their calling is right?

And in that line, what would be your ideal day?
My ideal day... Gosh. I think the ideal day would be to catch the biggest asteroid there is to find, drag it from the ice-belts with a little struggle, but not so much to damage the ship, a flight with no problems, and then on returning discovering it yields a fortune in rare elements so I can finally get all the much needed repairs. That would be a fine day.

Do you have anyone close to you, any family or friends of interest?
There is my father... or at least, there was. I sometimes forget he's... gone. And there is my brother, Chris. He just got married to this blond curly-haired girl named Christine, - Chris and Christine, can you imagine?-  and at first I just thought she was a loony, but she turned out to be a prophet! Oh, maybe I am saying things I shouldn't. And there is Belle, who kinda served as my surrogate mother as I never knew mine. I was birth-planned, you know, belly for hire kind of deal, by my father who desperately wanted an heir. He and Chris... well, that's a different story.

About your father, How did he die?
I don't like to talk about that. It upsets me. I still have nightmares sometimes...

Oh, sorry.
That's okay.

What is your most prized possession?
The ship. Dad's ship. It's an antique, but it still flies straight and true, and I can out-fly, outmaneuver and out-haul all the new smaller ships with it. It's old though, so it has it's issues now and then.

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.
What story? Oh, you mean the hostile take-over of the biggest station orbiting the Jupiter moon of Tethys? Yeah... well... I kind-of went by the seat of my pants on that one. I mean, how would you react if you wake up and find your home being invaded by pirates? It's a fight, flight or surrender deal, and I am not the type who surrenders easily... not without a fight and trying to get anyway.

How do you envision your future? 
Tricky. I... I don't know. After all that happened, I am not sure of who I am anymore...

Tell us where we can read more about you?
Read about me... gods... who would want that. I am just average, you-know. Just a face in the crowd. if you want to know more about people like me, then have a look around. Really look. And then don't look for someone you know, but look outside your comfort zone, talk to someone you would normally not talk to. That, generally speaking, will be me, or someone like me.

Author: Martin van Houwelingen

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