Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Artificial Absolutes by Mary Fan: Character Interview and Excerpt

 







CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH JANE COLT
 
 

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

You know what’s weird? I’ve visited star systems across the galaxy, but I’ve never been to my homeworld’s sister planet, Kydera Minor. I mean, it’s not an especially exciting place, but I just feel like I should go at some point. It’s only a few minutes’ spaceflight away, and I hear they’ve got some great restaurants.

 

I’d also really like to visit the Zim’ska Re system. It’s home to some of the most beautiful planets in the galaxy. But it’s a Fringe system—outside the Interstellar Confederation—so I doubt Dad would let me go. Too dangerous. I guess I don’t really need his permission, but if I went and he found out, I’d never hear the end of it. Besides, a trip to a pretty place isn’t worth getting shot out of the sky for, so I’ll stick to watching holovids until the system sorts itself out.


Tell us about your family.

Ugh, where to begin? I come from one of the oldest and most powerful families on Kydera Major. If you were to look at our family tree, you’d see governors, corporate executives—hell, my great uncle was the freaking Chairman of the Interstellar Confederation! But we Colts seem to have the worst luck, and my dad, my brother, and I are all that’s left.

 

Dad’s a Colt through and through. He runs the biggest financial institution in the galaxy: Quasar Bank Corporation. And of course, he couldn’t marry just anyone. My mom’s Senator Elizabeth Lin-Colt, one of the most influential politicians of the last twenty years. She passed away seven years ago.

 

Devin, my big brother, works at Quasar with my dad. I’m not sure exactly what he does—who does at a company like that?—but whatever it is, he’s doing pretty well. He’ll probably be an exec before he’s thirty, and Dad’s always asking why I can’t be more like him. Funny thing is, he used to be such a troublemaker! I used to think he was going to run away from Kydera and start a revolution on some Fringe planet. But something about him changed after Mom died, and now it’s like he’s trying to become a younger version of Dad.

 

As for me? I just graduated from university a couple months ago, and I’m at the bottom of the Quasar ladder. I only got the job because of Dad, and I kind of hate it. The guy I’m sort of dating is a penniless seminary student, and I’ve got no desire to ever run for office or anything. So I guess I’m the black sheep of the Colt family.


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was really little, I wanted to be a singer. I asked my parents for voice lessons when I was four, and I’m a decent soprano, but then I discovered how fun it was to write my own songs and decided I wanted to be a composer instead. Actually, I still do—even went to school for music—but it’s just a hobby now.


What group did you hang out with in high school?

I went to one of those super-elite secondary schools where everyone was the kid of someone important, and who you hung out with depended a lot on who your parents were. Well, I’m a Colt, which meant I got invited to all the parties. I had a lot of friends, but I don’t really keep in touch with them anymore. We weren’t that close, and I guess I’m something of a loner. Need my space, you know?

 

The people I spent the most time with were the artsy types—wannabe actors, holodrama directors, designers, and whatnot. Now, they’re all in business, medical, or law school, and I’m working at a freaking bank. Too bad. Some of them were really talented.

What would we find under your bed?

Clothes. I kind of just chuck them on the floor when I change into my pajamas, then shove them under the bed when Adam visits. And then I forget about them until I run out of tops or something. My apartment’s a freaking mess… I really need to organize it.

 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I can fly starships! I took some piloting lessons my second year at university because I wanted to prove to Devin that I could do anything he could. I forget exactly what he said, but he basically implied that he’d always think of me as a little kid, so I set out to prove him wrong. It didn’t work—he still calls me Pony—but it was fun anyway. I haven’t really flown yet, since all my lessons were in controlled environments, but I’ve got my interstellar license, so I could if I wanted to.

 

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Aw, that’s hard! Okay, maybe this sounds dumb, but the best answer I can come up with is, “Stop scaring yourself, Jane.” I don’t know how many times Adam’s said that to me. It’s not exactly an inspirational quote, but it’s something I often find myself repeating. I have a tendency to freak out when things don’t go right, and I end up panicky and unable to think. I wish I could believe that everything will work out, like Adam does, and I do try, but I’m not idealistic like him.
 



Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.


Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder.


With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she doesn’t know.  Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.
 

Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder.


With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she doesn’t know about the people she loves.







 


 Next Stops

The Absolutes Tour
February 25, 2013 Through March 15, 2013

 February 25: Review on Mallory Heart Reviews
February 25: Interview on KBoards
February 26: Interview on Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
February 27: Review on Big Al’s Books & Pals
February 27: Guest Post on Reading Between the Wines
March 2: Guest Post on Writing Sleuth
March 4: Interview on The IndieView
March 4: Guest Post on Mother/Gamer/Writer
March 5: Review on A Diary of a Book Addict


 




 

 

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