January 18, 2016
Today I’ve had the pleasure of managing to fit all of the primary point of view egos in Kings or Pawns into one room for a unique, round-table character interview! We have Jikun, general of the elven nation’s army; Hairem, king of the elven nation; Alvena, a palace servant; and Sellemar, the mysterious foreigner.
JJ Sherwood: King Hairem, I apologize for throwing you in with the egotistical lot—I suppose General Jikun and Sellemar manage such an excess of the quality that it seems to bleed onto others. What is one of YOUR negative qualities and do you feel that Jikun and/or Sellemar brought out said quality in the novel?
Hairem: It took me a while to realize this truth: but I am quite naïve. Far more naïve than I’d like to believe. *laughs* And yes, I believe that Jikun and Sellemar both highlighted this quality of mine not only by their words, but by their actions. They clearly have had far more experience to a side of life I suppose I’ve been rather sheltered from.
JJ Sherwood: Very perceptive, Your Majesty. Now let’s turn to Alvena. Alvena, you contrast the characters greatly in the novel not only by your youth, but by your station. Do you feel that you could have changed certain events if you have been of another societal rank? What rank would you choose?
Alvena: *nods head vigorously*
Jikun: *sighs* Oh come on—she’s mute! You can’t do a textual interview with a mute!
JJ Sherwood: Shhhh! Carry on, Alvena.
Alvena: *gestures to head* *fans self dramatically* *looks adoringly at the king*
JJ Sherwood: I wouldn’t mind being a queen, myself.
Jikun: You only knew what she meant because EVERY woman would say that.
JJ Sherwood: AHEM. This one is for you, Sellemar. At what point in the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Sellemar: I am never nervous. I am experienced. And my experience started warning me the moment I stepped off into the Port of Targados and saw the human influences on the once glorious capital of Elvorium. I had heard from the True Blood King, Sairel, that Sevrigel had become riddled with the disease of corruption; and yet, it was still a shock to see the elven council’s corruption firsthand. No land can endure when its foundation is lacking.
JJ Sherwood: Arrogant, but wise. Thank you, Sellemar. NOW we get to you, Jikun. What is your favorite color?
Jikun: Excuse me, but what totally useless nonsense did you just ask me?
JJ Sherwood: I believe I asked you before the interview if you could hold your “uncouth tongue” in check and you stated: “Certainly. IF you don’t want me to do the interview.” So you are honored with a safe question. Now, what is your favorite color?
Jikun: The deepest hues of a woman's—
JJ Sherwood: ANNNND I know where this is going! That’ll be all, folks! Thank you for joining us today!
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