R.T. Kaelin is here today with a multi-character interview courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for his debut novel, Progeny (The Children of the White Lions #1). Thank you for being here today, R.T.! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
If you could work only three strands, what three Strands would you choose to be proficient in, and why?
(Answering as me):
I have been asked this question before and for the life of me, I cannot remember my original answer. So, I suppose I will think through this one from scratch.
Most likely, I would choose Will, Air, and Void. Air and Void are the two types of Strands necessary to create a port to move instantly between two locations and, as I like to travel, it only makes sense to touch those two. I would, of course, need to have already visited the location (a rule for creating the Weave for a port), but that is a single airfare ticket, right? Then, if I wanted to hop back to Firenze for dinner of mozzarella caprese, cappellini pomodoro, and a glass of chianti one evening…poof!
Strands of Will would be great simply for being able to convince others to do what you wanted them to do. I would be a good boy with the power—I promise—but imagine never having to argue with someone again. A few golden Strands of Will, and you would always hear, “Oh, I completely agree!”
What one food would you want to eat for the rest of your life?
(Answering as Nundle—too easy):
Gods! Only one food for the rest of my life? How awful! Why would anyone ever be so cruel as to force me to do something like that? You are a horrible, horrible person for even asking such a question…
What? I must provide an answer? Truly?
Hmm… Well, I do love a good roast. Any type of roast will do. With potatoes and carrots and—what? Only one food? Gods, you are making this difficult.
Well, those spiced cakes from Lakeborough were fantastic! Of course, after a few, I started to feel ill…so, no. Not those.
Gods, if this isn’t a terribly hard question to answer.
Well, as I have been away from home for a long period of time, nothing sounds better to me than a nice plate of spiced turnips. Gracious, my mouth is watering just thinking of them. A properly spiced turnip, melting in your mouth…mmm…
If you could live in only one territory, which would you live in and why?
(Answering as Broedi):
I have seen much of Terrene in my time spent wandering the world after the scourging of the Carinius coast. I am familiar with most of the duchies, have seen the wilds of the Primal Provinces, visited the sprawling river cities in Cartu and the dry, dusty deserts and plains of Yut. The island nation of the Tang Dynasty is a unique place, unlike any other in Terrene. And of course, the great cities of the Celystiela are mesmerizing.
However, if I could chose one place to live out the remained of my life—if peace ever seems to find me—I would choose my home, among the mountains of the Red Peaks in the northwestern duchies.
However, that is not possible for…no. No, I will not speak of that.
I am destined to wander. I will live my life where Greya’s will takes me.
Given the choice of one person, who would you trust the most to stand at your side in battle? Why them?
(Answering as Nikalys):
As my experience with true ‘battle’ is quite limited, I must answer this with who has been by my side throughout my life: Kenders and Jak.
I know you asked for one person, but I refuse to separate the two. My brother and sister have been with me through everything and I would never let anything keep me from them.
If you had the ability to change the past, would you? What one thing would you change?
(Answering as a new character who makes first appearance in book two):
Ah…well. You pose a very interesting question.
Much of my life has been the result of a singular event that happened ages ago. I have often thought of what might have become of me had one particular day at the rock quarry gone differently. If I had just checked the supports…
Bah! The past is the past. It is impossible to unravel what has been woven.
I refuse to answer your question.
(This question is quite, quite prescient. Really. The past is a prominent theme in book two.)
What is one thing you want to change about yourself?
(Answering as Kenders):
Well, that’s easy. As my brothers will surely tell you—and most everyone else who has known me for more than a few days—I have a tendency to act before I think. More often than not, things work out, but I will admit that I have gotten myself into some trouble in the past.
If there was anything I would like to change about myself, I would definitely try to put my thoughts a bit before my actions. Truly.
What is one thing you can see yourself doing right now?
(Answering as me):
Like Kenders said: that’s easy.
I can see myself writing for a living. I can see the stories coming out like water gushing from a mountain spring. I have no shortage of ideas and characters in my head, and I believe that my writing gets stronger and stronger with each line I write.
I am an indie author for the time being, but I don’t think that will be the case forever. Sooner or later, the big break I need will come.
Thank you for being here today, R.T. and to everyone for answering my questions!
Nikalys and his sister Kenders grew up living a peaceful life in the quiet farming village of Yellow Mud... until the blistering hot day when they go to the nearby lake for a swim. When they reach the lake, they spy an unknown mage conjure a massive water creature hundreds of feet tall. They watch in horror as the water creature plunges toward their home, apparently drowning all in its path, including their parents and older brother, Jak.
As the only survivors, brother and sister strike out on their own, hoping to discover the reason their home and family was destroyed. They must make their way through a countryside where magic is outlawed, punishable by imprisonment or even death while struggling with the revelation that Kenders has magical abilities herself.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.