After doing numerous posts on characters, I’ve never done one on Karl Kallai from Halogen Crossing. I guess Karl can get overlooked. It’s hard to understand at first quite what drives him and why he’s so focused on something everyone else finds boring (namely, finding the ancestral roots of his people.) And his relationship with his cousin Cassie is central to what makes him tick.
Karl doesn’t know this himself. He isn’t aware how vital a part of his life Cassie really is. Brynea, a complete stranger who is assigned to spend time with him during his visit to a foreign city, sees this at once. She also spends a large part of the story dropping clues in his direction and prodding him to pay more attention to his cousin. But Brynea has a lot of preoccupations and loyalties of her own that make her reluctant to just out with it. So Karl tunes her out.
In the end, Karl recognizes the close bond he has to his cousin. Though neither of them knows what this means yet—the story ends with Cassie thinking there’s more to come—that is why they’re so meaningful to each other. And I think that’s a part of life, actually, something we’ve all encountered. Sometimes things or people come into our lives and we aren’t consciously aware of them like we are about other situations around us at the time. That’s because those moments are the real deal. They take up a quiet residence in our lives and then this flash of insight comes when we look at it (or at him or her) and realize this is the truth. This is what really matters to us.
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I started Victoria as a retelling of Snow White and female relationships are incredibly important to that fairy tale. I’d thought to show Snow White from the outside because stories from her POV always seem angsty and failed. So Victoria, her scheming younger sister, would play the lead, and Bella—the beautiful—would be Snow White.
But the story didn’t turn out that way. In fact, Bella became a rather shady character. And unlike in Snow White, the world of Victoria got filled with assassins and thugs and gained a very different theme altogether. When I created Ignacio, I’d had an idea of him as a benevolent character who would care about Bella. But he became more like Boba Fett. (Yes people keep writing romances about Boba Fett and I don’t know why they do that. I wish they would stop.) Ignacio can pretend friendliness, especially when he’s trying to get information, but he is always up to something and is very confrontational.
The Hirado is a trained and hired mercenary who goes around killing people—again like Boba Fett, or like any criminal or bounty hunter from other stories. And Webster, though lighter, is always verbally aggressive. I call historical from 1400-1800 “Bigga” because of the Bigga dresses, obviously. Everyone who’s into Bigga seems to have a bigga attitude too. And I’ve noticed something bad always happens to people after they get into Bigga historical. They always divorce, or lose all their money, or get caught in being deceptive and lose a friendship, or it’s found out what they really believe about something, or they disappear and their friends don’t hear of them again.
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Singing, dreaming, telling stories . . . I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I love to write more than I love to read, but nothing equals a book that draws me in to find its story. Most recently publication: A Year with the Harrisons, a contemporary comedy about three sisters and a family mystery. Next year's publication: Temmark Osteraith, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.