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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Character Interview with Erika from the Fires in Eden Series by Stephen Zimmer

Please help me welcome author Stephen Zimmer with his interview with Erika from the Fires in Eden Series.


Stephen Zimmer: Hi Erika.  You may think you are dreaming, but it is just me, Stephen, the one you have been sharing your story with.  Holly from Full Moon Bites gave me an opportunity to check in with you.
Erika: Hi Stephen!  It is good to hear from you again.  I really need someone to vent to!  I’m afraid I haven’t been sleeping well.  Just trying not to get sea sickness.
Stephen Zimmer: Sea sickness?  So where are you right now?
Erika: It’s horrible.  In a dark, damp hold on an Avanoran ship.  It’s very cramped and what little sleep I get isn’t restful.  You can really feel the movements of the sea.  We are prisoners here, and not well-treated.
Stephen Zimmer: An Avanoran ship?  Weren’t you taken from the Five Realms by the Onan tribal people to a homestead of a Midragardan warrior-trader for your safety?
Erika: We were, but the homestead was attacked.  Avanorans by sea, and these big, dog-faced creatures called Trogens came in on winged steeds from the land side.  Some of us got away, I think, but Janus, Logan, Antonio, and myself were taken captive by the Avanorans.  And here we are.
Stephen Zimmer: And you don’t know what happened to the others.
Erika: I don’t, and it really bothers me, as one of them is the only one I knew before we came into this world.
Stephen Zimmer: That would be Mershad, correct?
Erika: Yes, we were both in school together, at the University, when the mists came.  I’m really worried about him.  He’s a more quiet, reflective sort of guy.   A gentler spirit.  This is a world much better suited for someone like Derek, or even Logan.  Not saying they don’t have good spirits, it is just that they are the types that can adapt a little faster to the kinds of threats out there in this world.
Stephen Zimmer: Or yourself.  I don’t take you lightly.
Erika: Thank you Stephen, and I’m tough when I have to be.  And I’ve always been athletic.  It is all coming in very handy now.  I have to at least appear confident for the sake of the others, even if I’m being torn up inside by worry.  I have no idea what the Avanorans are going to do with us.
Stephen Zimmer: How are the others holding up, the ones with you on the ship?
Erika: Logan is Logan.  That one has a really bad attitude, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong,  I don’t think he’s a bad guy, but he’s definitely got an edge that makes him quick to judgment with others.   He’s is always ready to be combative.  Seems to be some anger in him too.
 His friend, Antonio, is a great guy.  Friendly, and very loyal to Logan, but he’s just been really quiet a lot lately.  I can sense he is very afraid.  Janus is also quiet, but I don’t think it is as much from fear as it is a deep weariness, something on the inside.  I really like Janus.  There is a real compassion to him, and I think that is his burden.  The empathy and sympathy he feels for others can weigh him down, and he is not well-equipped to handle grief, as he is struggling hard still with the loss of his father from a short time before we came into Ave. 
Stephen Zimmer: Sounds like you care a lot about him. 
Erika: I do.  His spirit is bleeding right now, but there is a lot that intrigues me about him.  I hope to get to know him better.
Stephen Zimmer: Maybe some things that attract you to him?  Could there be more going on here? 
Erika: He is good-looking, I’ll admit that, but right now we just have to get through this ordeal alive before I can think much about anything else.  Dirty, tired, and aching in the hold of a medieval sailing vessel is not the best place to think about whether or not you might want to go on a date.
Stephen Zimmer: I’ll leave it at that, then.  So what are your thoughts about the world of Ave?
Erika: It is beautiful.  I can’t stop staring at the sky.  You get so used to the color of your own sky, that it is a little jarring to look up and see something else entirely.  That was an early clue we weren’t in our world any more.  Not to mention there being two moons here.
It is a really incredible world.  Not so different from ours that I don’t have a frame of reference, but there are many things in this world that are not in ours.  I already know magic exists, as we have these pendants given to us by this strange man they call the Wanderer, which help us to communicate in the languages in Ave.  The idea that magic exists for real is incredibly exciting to me!
Stephen Zimmer: And what about the people?  Not talking about the Avanoran captors of course.
Erika: The people of the Five Realms are so fascinating.  Ayenwatha and many others were very kind to us.  Their hill-top villages are something to see!  Everyone has their problems, but they seemed to have really tight bonds of family with each other. Very different from the way things are in our own world.  And I have to say that I love the fact that their Clan Matrons are pretty much the highest authorities in a village.  I learned that they can both appoint and recall Great Sachems, those that serve on the Grand Council.  There’s 50 Great Sachems on it in all.
Their longhouses are kind of stuffy though.  I don’t want to think what it is like to breathe in a chamber of one on a cold night, when a fire is burning in the central pit that is in each living space.
Stephen Zimmer: 50 is quite a large Council!  But you’ve also had some experience with the Midragardans.  Tell us a little about them.
Erika: Wow, they are something else!  They are what Vikings must have been like in our own world.  They are strong, and I have to admit many of the men I saw were very handsome!  They are a little more hard-edged than the tribal people, but seem to also have the deep bonds of family that I saw among the Onan people.  
And the winged steeds they have, which they call Fenraren, are simply amazing, beautiful creatures.  Like a big flying wolf, with a very substantial wingspan!  I would have liked to have had a chance to fly on one. 
Stephen Zimmer: If they are like Vikings, I bet they make good ships too.
Erika: They definitely do.  There is a lot of art involved too.  The detail in the carving at the prow of one of their longships is something to see!   And you can tell the Midragardans are right at home on the seas.  I have a hunch their vessels would glide across the waves much smoother than this big rounder-profiled sailing ship I’m in right now!
Stephen Zimmer: And your first impressions of the Avanorans?
Erika: I have to keep telling myself that the ones we are dealing with are not the average person in a town or village.  We have not been harmed, but we have been treated very rudely, and I have heard more than one remark that made me want to punch the speaker in the face.  If it were not for the fear that the crew has for those in authority, I have no doubts that I would face some danger on this ship.  A woman can tell, believe me.  I know my friends would do all they can to stop it, but we are very outnumbered. 
Stephen Zimmer: Do you know what they want with you?
Erika: They certainly didn’t want to take any Midragardans, so I believe it is our place of origin that interests them greatly.  I can only hope that we continue to be seen as valuable by them.  As long as they think that, we have a better chance of staying safe. 
Stephen Zimmer: For my part, I hope you do stay safe, though I know it is likely to be a tough road ahead.
Erika: I’m ready to face whatever comes.  I really don’t have a choice in the circumstances, so I might as well give it my best.  I am going to do everything I can to keep the morale of our group up.  You can count on that!
Stephen Zimmer: Your inner strength always inspires me.  Thank you for visiting, Erika, and feel free to vent to me anytime you need to.
Erika: Thank you Stephen, and I may take you up on the offer. I feel I’m going to have a lot more to talk about very soon!

Born in Denver, Colorado, Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning fantasy author and filmmaker based out of Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Stephen has two series being published through Seventh Star Press.  One is the epic fantasy Fires in Eden Series, which was launched with Crown of Vengeance  (winner of the 2010 Pluto Award for Best Novel).  Book 2, Dream of Legends, was released in January of 2011. The other is the epic urban fantasy series The Rising Dawn Saga.  The Rising Dawn Saga launched in spring of 2009 with The Exodus Gate (nominated for a 2009 Pluto Award).  The next step was taken in June of 2010 with The Storm Guardians. Highly prolific, Stephen is adhering to a release schedule that sees a new book approximately every seven months!
Another recent addition to his published work was the short story "In the Mountain Skies", in the Dreams of Steam steampunk anthology (edited by Kimberly Richardson), from Kerlak Publishing...More


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Stephen for another great character interview.

    If you would interview all your characters it would fill an own book.

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