Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Hero's Lot by Patrick Carr: Character Interview

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Interview with Adora, niece of his majesty, King Rodran, the last of the line of Magis.

Hello Adora.  It’s so great to get this rare chance to visit with you. Thanks for graciously agreeing to meet me. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I would like to go to a place where war doesn’t threaten, where Illustra’s enemies are no more, and where blood and sacrifice are not demanded to rebuild the barrier.
What do you think makes a good story?
Good triumphing over evil and the hero living to be rewarded for his deeds. Life doesn’t turn out like the tales.
Tell us about your family.
My father, Prince Jaclin, died when I was a little girl, but I seldom saw him even before then. He was away from the capitol, Erinon, defending the kingdom, among other things. My mother died when I was very young so my uncle, King Rodran raised me. He’s taught me everything I know of statecraft. That’s it. There’s not anyone else. I’ve been told that I might have had half-brothers and half-sisters, but the ghostwalkers came from Merakh and killed them all.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
 I’m living in it now. It’s knowing that at any moment, my Errol might die. Enemies within the Judica and in Merakh have conspired to kill him and it seems that it’s only by barest luck that he’s survived so far. How much can Deas ask of one man?
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
 My father. I never forgave him for what the church asked him to do, but I can see now how desperate the kingdom was for an heir and how much his obedience to the Judica must have cost him. But in the end, they failed. Every son he sired fell victim to Merakh’s assassins, the ghostwalkers they sent to end Magis’s line.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with Errol. He’s unlike any man I’ve ever met. He still thinks of himself as a peasant, but a nobler heart I’ve never seen in any man. I’ve watched him show mercy to those who have denigrated and dismissed him when  he could have extracted revenge and no one would have blamed him.
What is the next big thing?
 War. There those in the Judica and the nobility who claim the barrier is a myth, but I know better. I’ve seen what evil waits in the sands of Merakh, biding its time until Rodran dies and the barrier falls. Deas help us, there’s no way we can win against such numbers. Just when the kingdom most needs to be united, we find ourselves split by petty bickering.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to sneak out of the palace through a hidden door in the gardens disguised as “Dorrie” so that I could go help Norv, one of the city’s healers, tend the sick. Little did I know how important to everyone’s survival that would be.

The Hero's Lot

Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice.

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

Hero's Lot is the Sequel to A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love.

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

Author Patrick W. Carr

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

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