This interview is set after
Controlling Magic, when all four underage magicians are fifteen years old.
Me: I only want to interview Shannon
and Penny today, guys…
Jax: (innocently) And? I promise to be
Shannon: (rolls eyes) Duh, she’s the author. She knows you.
Darius: Come on Jax, let’s go.
Jax: But I want to listen. I’ve
changed a lot since I was last interviewed, and I need to make sure I’m not
Penny: (even more innocently) Don’t you trust
us, Jax? I’m quite hurt. After all I’ve done for you.
Darius: (grins) Don’t start, you two.
Jax, you owe me some combat training anyway.
Jax: (sighs disappointedly) I like
being interviewed, though. And I want to know what’s going to happen in the next
Me: Yes, but if you start asking me
questions, it’s not really a character interview, is it? It’s an author
Shannon: What is going to happen in the next book?
Jax: See? I’m not the only one who’s
Darius: I don’t want to know.
Jax: Understandable. (grins) After
all, you activated the Breaker’s
spell in the last book, and caused all of our problems. Who knows what you’ll
opens her mouth to defend Darius, but he doesn’t need her help)
Darius: First, it was an accident. I
didn’t do it on purpose. It’s not like I said “Let’s open a portal to Terra in
daylight, nothing bad will happen, I promise…” (Shannon and Penny start
giggling at this very accurate impersonation of Jax) And second, you are so the opposite of quiet right now. I’m
amazed our storyteller is still typing.
Jax: OK, I’m sorry. But you can’t
blame me. It was nice not being the idiot who causes all the problems in the
story for once.
Shannon: No, I don’t think you can take
credit for every book. Let’s not forget the lovely Hesta. And I’m pretty sure
the whole time travel thing was my idea.
Jax: Hmmm. You know what this means,
then. It’s Penny’s turn.
all turn to face Penny)
Me: Excuse me. I do have some
questions for Shannon and Penny, and I intend to ask them. Jax and Darius, I
will allow you to stay, on the condition that you don’t say another word.
nods. Then his green eyes start glinting silver, and he gives a mischievous
Me: (hastily) Or project a spell. Of
Jax: (mutters) Spoilsport.
Darius: (grins) What was that you were
just saying about how much you’ve changed since the first interview?
Shannon: Come on, guys. Don’t make us use
magic to shut you up.
Jax: You could kiss me. That would
shut me up.
Me: (takes a deep breath) The next
book isn’t going to be about you.
Me: If I’d known that would stop you
talking, I’d have said it at the start.
Shannon: You’re being serious?
Me: Yes, mostly. You will be in it,
but it’s going to be a bit different to the other books. Callax is the
narrator. It’s his life, up to when he met you and for a few weeks afterwards.
Shannon: (smiles) Cal? He’s going to tell
his story? That’s awesome! Can I read it?
Penny: Can I read it too? I’ve been
dying to know what happened on Imbera since we left. I really want to see him
again. And Benedar.
Me: I don’t want to give away any
spoilers, but what you saw is less than half of it. A lot happened before that,
and a lot has happened since.
Jax: What do you mean? Is he OK?
Me: I can’t answer that. It’s not
fair on the readers. But I can promise you that you will find out. Soon.
Shannon: I’m really worried now. I hope
nothing’s happened to him.
Me: (pointedly) Cal does have a
rolls her eyes, and Jax looks slightly sheepish)
Penny: What questions did you have for
Me: I wanted to know how you feel
about being a magician now you’ve had a chance to get used to it.
Penny: (grins) How long have you got?
It’s like an amazing dream I never have to wake up from. There is magic inside
me. It belongs to me. Sometimes it feels like electricity. Other times it feels
like the sun turned silver. I can make spells out of it. I can open portals. I
can do the impossible. Oh, and having a magician for a boyfriend is pretty
Me: (to Shannon) And what’s your
favourite thing about being a magician?
Shannon: Apart from everything that Penny
said, it’s the Comm… (she trails off, looking at Penny and Darius)
Me: It’s OK, I know the spell you
mean. So will the readers, if they’ve got as far as the third book.
Darius: What spell? What is she talking
Me: Sorry. I can’t tell you.
turns to Jax)
Jax: Sorry, I can’t tell you either.
Penny: (to me) I’ll let you off if you
give me and Darius a spell of our own in a future book.
Me: OK. I can probably do that. I
have one more question for you though. You didn’t become a magician until later
in the series. Is there anything you’re sorry to have missed?
Shannon and Penny
Penny: Yes! I really, really wish I
could have met him.
Darius: So do I.
Me: Hmmm. You’re not the first person
to say they’d like to see more of Galen. But you do realise he’s two thousand
years in the past, don’t you?
Jax: Even if they can’t actually meet
him, you could still let him tell his story. Like Cal is doing. I mean, I like
Cal and everything, but Galen’s story… I’d love
to read that.
Me: I don’t know… Maybe… I’ll think
about it. I interviewed Galen a while ago, and he did say something kind of
shocking about his future.
Shannon: You interviewed him? When? What did he say?
Me: Sorry, we’re completely out of time. I’ll try to do
another character interview again soon. Thanks everyone for reading!
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