Let’s meet….Aia! The Heroine of From the Ashes.
This will be a new series I’ll be starting. It doesn’t have a schedule or any guidelines except that I shall post future posts with this same category as a way for you to get to know my characters from future books. So let’s get started!
Shelby: Today I’ll be interviewing Maia Wynnald, goes by Aia. She is the heroin of From the Ashes, the first book in her story. Thanks for coming today, Aia. I’m glad you could make the trip all the way from Tharien.
Aia: *sighs deeply, sheepish smile across her lips* I’m more than happy to get away from Tharien, even for a silly interview. So the pleasure is mine. *laughs*
Shelby: So tell me Aia, if you could describe yourself in one word, what word would you choose?
Aia: *looks around, cheeks puffed* I honestly have no idea. *laughs* Truthfully, I feel like I don’t really know myself. I think everyone in my life would use a totally different word. Some might say nervous or weird. Some might say kind or brave. Some might say ordinary, others ambitious. I guess I’m a little bit of all of those. But being honest with myself, the word I’d use is phony. *laughs* Fake? Boy, I sound like a great heroine. Good job, Shelby. *laughs*
Shelby: Aww, Aia. Those are terrible words. I know there is more to you than that. Give me another. Something less pathetic. Show the readers what you are really made of. Don’t be modest.
Aia: *laughs* I’m sorry. I suppose even with my secrets, I do have some qualities that are me through and through. So, how about…cunning? Determined? Ooo, how about selfless? Is it still selfless to identify yourself as being selfless?
Shelby: *laughs* Of course it’s okay. And I’d agree with that analysis. That’s what gets you into trouble, isn’t it? You trying to help everyone. Cunning…determined. Yes those all are great words. See? I knew you had it in you.
Aia: *blushes* Now, you’re making me blush. Next question already.
Shelby: *smiles* Who do you most admire?
Aia: *softly grins* This, I actually have an answer for. My mother.
Aia: Because she is everything I want to be. She’s brave, she’s honest, she knows who she is. She doesn’t let others push her around. She isn’t afraid to break the rules.
Shelby: And you are? Afraid to break the rules, I mean?
Aia: *burst of laughter* Are you kidding? Who isn’t? When breaking the rule could mean death, you’d be crazy not to be afraid of breaking them. Which yes, means my mother is crazy. But she is so supportive and protective and loves me, despite knowing what I am. She’s the only person in the world, apart from my father, who would love me knowing what I am.
Shelby: *smiles* It looks like you have more of her hidden inside than you acknowledge. Perhaps we’ll see some of that come out in your first book, From the Ashes.
Aia: *shrugs* Hopefully. I’d like to see some of her come out in me.
Shelby: Okay, so this is a loaded question, I know, but let’s go for it. What is your philosophy on life? Your outlook?
Aia: *laughs* Boy, you are trying to make me look pathetic, aren’t you? You should really ask one of your other characters these questions. You know, one who isn’t living every day in fear and pretending to be someone she isn’t.
Shelby: *laughs* I just want our readers to get to know you. You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.
Aia: *rolls eyes* I’ll answer. May as well warn them about the *finger quotes* heroine you wrote about, right? My philosophy is… you are as happy as you tell yourself you can be. Your life is in your hands and no one else’s.
Shelby: *considers* That’s not pathetic. I like that.
Aia: *cracks up* You like it? A little cross between diluting yourself and being optimistic.
Shelby: Well that’s really what we all do most of the time, isn’t it?
Aia: I suppose it is. Oh, Shelby. You make me feel so much less pathetic than I really am. I like you.
Shelby: *laughs* Moving on. What is your greatest goal in life?
Aia: * saddens* My greatest goal…is to be free. To be who I want to be. I know that sounds like I’m asking for the impossible. But there it is. I don’t want to describe myself as a hypocrite. I don’t want to hide. I don’t want to live every day in fear. I don’t want to control everything I feel and think. I just…want to relax. Be me.
Shelby: Doesn’t sound like you’re asking too much. Though I know you are. And soon our readers will learn you are as well. But I’d say that is a worthy goal to have as we follow your story.
Aia: *brushes away a tear* I certainly hope so. Ugh, *wipes another tear* next question.
Shelby: Okay, if you didn’t live in Tharien, where would you live?
Aia: *eyes brighten* Oooh, this is a fun question. Albeit, a fantasy question. I’m unable to leave Tharien. And I suppose the only logical Kingdom I could could would be Trier, since that is the only Kingdom with humans. And I don’t mind that being the only feasible option because they treat people like me so much differently. *eyes sadden* I could probably be free there. Maybe. At least I wouldn’t be as afraid as I am here. It wouldn’t mean instant death if I was discovered.
Shelby: And what if there were humans everywhere? Anywhere else you’d be interested in living? Just for the weather perhaps?
Aia: *smiles* Sirabell is beautiful. Though I understand it’s hot. I’m not crazy about the heat. Pyeri is scenic but a bit too wet. And Khar is just rocky. Nope. I’d still have to say Trier.
Shelby: Fair enough. Maybe someday.
Aia: *laughs* Maybe.
Shelby: Well I think our time is up. But I want to thank you, Aia, for joining us.
Aia: *stands* It was fun. A bit awkward–you can tell I don’t do interviews–but still fun. *hugs Shelby*
Shelby: Visit again to read more about Aia’s upcoming book, From the Ashes, which will hopefully be out at the end of 2015 or early 2016. More updates will be posted every month.Check back to hear about more characters, more about the world of Dyel and other tidbits about the From the Ashes series.