Land of Strength and Sorrow is out now, and to let you know a little bit about it, I thought I'd do a little interview with my characters. Meet them first, then scroll down to get into the interview.
Meet Princess Jovi
Jovi is the main character. She's a sheltered princess who wants nothing more than to get outside of the castle walls and find an adventure of her very own.
Meet King Ryan
King Ryan rules Kingsperch, as well as Jovi, since he is her father. He does his best to be fair, but hatred lives inside him because of one rogue mage.
Now, let's get to the interview, shall we?
Cassandra-Hello! I’d like to welcome Jovi, Malador, and King Ryan here to the stage to answer some long-awaited questions burning through our minds. Thanks for coming today.
Jovi-It’s my pleasure.
Malador- I am excited to be here.
King Ryan-*clears throat* Yeah, well, let’s get on with it, shall we?
Cassandra-Okay, well, sure. Let’s get right on with it, then. My first question is for Jovi. What has it been like scouring Orendor for a cure to save your parents?
Jovi-It’s been…enlightening, I guess. I have always been tucked safely inside the walls of the castle…*glares at King Ryan* so, basically, seeing the land I’ll one day rule was eye opening. I met the people of so many different villages and towns. And they are all so kind. And, the cure…well…it’s a work in progress, but it reunited me with my uncle, whom I haven’t seen in such a long time. *Another glare at King Ryan*
Cassandra-I’m sure that wasn’t easy?
Jovi-Well, no, it wasn’t. I mean, I almost killed myself more times that I want to count, but hey, you have to put yourself out there to succeed, right?
Cassandra-*nods* Of course. And moving right along, Malador, this next question is for you. Why put Jovi through this? Why not just count your losses and let people live their lives in happiness?
Malador-As you know, it wasn’t something we did spur of the moment. The attack on the castle only came because King Ryan wouldn’t give us the cure for a curse he enacted on our people. We can never have children, so our race will die out while Ryan’s goes on, living in happiness. Where’s our happiness if he doesn’t change our fate?
Cassandra-Oh, my. I didn’t know it was that bad. Ryan, do you care to elaborate?
King Ryan-I have nothing to say to that vermin! But, I will tell you this, Cassandra…the curse came about because the act of one of their Mages.
Cassandra-Oh, my. I can’t believe…Malador, how could you let that happen?
Malador-It wasn’t my doing. One of our people went rogue and took it upon himself. If I would have known about it, I’d have stopped it. And, I stopped the Mage from ever doing it again. He was killed for his crime. The deed is done, the person punished…the curse should be no more.
King Ryan-In your dreams, Mage King.
Malador-Get over yourself, already.
Cassandra-Okay, okay. Before this gets out of hand, Jovi, what do you think of all this?
Jovi-I think my father lets anger rule him, which isn’t the sign of a good leader. I think Malador is desperate and there’s no telling what a desperate man will do. And I think because of the stubborn ways of men, I’m stuck digging my father out of the mess he made.
Cassandra-Well, then. Okay. I want to thank you all for joining me today. If you’d like to know a little bit more about Jovi, Malador, or King Ryan, you can catch up with them in Land of Strength and Sorrow.
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