We’re thrilled to be talking to Arkas from Green Forest, Deep Forest, The Silver City, Harshlands, Azure Caves, Elphinstone Mountains…hey, he has wings – he gets around.
Arkas: It was moderately accurate. She (the author) missed how utterly terrified Mandamus and Luco were when we first met. It was their own fault. They blundered into my territory, so I attacked them. It was written a little more comically than it actually was. Those two were scared out of their minds. I thought that human, Luco, was going to cry and Mandamus may look like a big, tough horse but he was shaking in his hooves.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Arkas: My strength, agility, wingspan, and fighting skills. Not to mention …I can breathe fire!
Arkas: Well, I have been called short tempered. But I don’t see that as a bad thing at all.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Arkas: Probably… Christian Bale. He was a pretty darn good Batman…and seeing as I’m an actual bat, I feel the transition would go smoothly.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Arkas: I must admit, I did get a little worried when we were attached by Aicha, that dirty slug of a water imp. I wasn’t sure I could take him by myself, he’s pretty quick. Just in the nick of time, Gideon showed up and helped me out, thank goodness.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Arkas: I definitely would not want to be Luco. Alright, granted, for a human he’s not that bad…but he has only two legs and can’t fly. He also doesn’t have the nerve to tell that naiad, Lethe, that he likes her. Even after he built her that glass room at the Gates to the Underworld! He just hangs around mooning over her until Mandamus’ hoof heals, then we leave. Pathetic, if you ask me. I might have to do a little matchmaking there.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Arkas: Hey, Luco may be complaining because he’s afraid of getting eaten, but I’m full on ready to journey to the Azure Caves to see King Farzad and the rest of the Snowbreth tribe. They’re supposedly man-eating monsters, but Gideon wouldn’t have sent us there if that was the case. I will tell you this though – if they do try anything, they’ll be sorry!
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Arkas: If? I’m one of the three main characters of this story so she’d BETTER have me in it. Hmm…words of wisdom….well, I would like to get back to Luco’s village for more cherry stars and fire whiskey though that’s more of a suggestion, I guess.
Thank you for this interview, Arkas. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Arkas: Of course. Those two (Mandamus and Luco) couldn’t last a day without me. Why, you should see what those dunderheads got themselves into just last week. Only, you’ll have to wait for the 2nd book to find out – ha!
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A chronic “head in the cloudser” K. Madill lives in a rickety house on a well treed street in British Columbia, Canada. When she’s not hanging out with her best equine friend in the woods she can be found trying to stay upright on her roller skates or mediating the affairs of her various furred and feathered friends that rule the aforementioned rickety house.
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