Friday, August 12, 2016

I'm Back (With a Bookania Interview)!

Mae govannen, mellyn nin! I'm back from "Rivendell," as you can see. I had an excellent time, though not, perhaps, in the way I expected. However, this is not the day for sharing stories (I'll do that in the August Doings post, unless I decide to make another post specifically for my two weeks in Rivendell) or fangirling over books (though I do have two, soon to become three, series, plus an I-think-standalone, to fangirl over).

Instead, I have an interview with Arthur, one of the heroes of Kendra E. Ardnek's Bookania series. This interview was meant to be scheduled to post during my hiatus. Due to circumstances beyond my control, it didn't happen . . . so, with Kendra's permission, I'm rather belatedly posting it now for you to enjoy.

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 Hello, Arthur! To start out, why don't you tell my readers a little about yourself? Who are you, what do you do, favorite hobbies, coffee or tea?
I'm Arthur, the newly-crowned king of Britune, I, uh, do king things. My hobbies, which I haven't had time to indulge in lately, mostly involve exploring the tunnels under my castle and collecting bugs. I'm not sure what coffee is, but tea's good. Well, some teas.

Tea is excellent, if you ask me. If my timeframe is right, you were somewhat recently crowned king of Briton. What do you think of ruling so far? What's the hardest part? The best part?
Well, we've renamed it "Britune," but you are correct. It's been interesting so far. So far it's mostly been ceremonies and such. Hardest part has been dealing with people - I've never really had to do that before. Best part is Shira. She's amazing.

I see. Who among your fellow characters are you the closest to? (Excepting Shira, obviously . . . you two are a really cute couple! And excepting Grandfather as well, for obvious reasons.) Who do you get along the least with?
I think of everyone I'm closest to my cousin Robin. I'm not really sure how it happened, though. She scared me at first, but she's really an interesting person, and she doesn't like to hide things like the others do. 

I'm not sure there's anyone I completely don't get along with, though. There are people that I avoid, but I don't not get along with them. Does that make sense? 

Perfect sense. Speaking of your fellow characters . . . what was your reaction to finding out just who Grandfather, Shira, Madeleine, and the others really are? How long did it take you to come to terms with that?
Well, it was hard to believe at first, I will admit, but I'd seen so many other strange things by that point, it was just another strange thing to get used to. Everything now made sense, and when things make sense, they're not confusing. How long did it take me? About as long as it took them to explain everything.

That's impressive. I think it would've taken me longer. If you could go back in time to change one thing during the lifetimes of yourself and your friends (yes, I'm aware that's a pretty long span), would you? If so, what would you change?
I ... I really don't know. While I don't like the fact that my great-grandfather was separately from his family and friends, I don't think I would exist if he hadn't, and I certainly wouldn't be the one married to Shira. As for my own life ... maybe I'd not have my father be captured by pirates ... though again, what would that change now? I think it's really best to leave things as they are.

I won't argue with that. Finally, if you could have any Gift or superpower you could imagine, what would you choose and why? 
Something that would help me be a good king, because I think I'm going to need all the help I can get.

I'm sure you'll make an excellent king, and I look forward to seeing more of you in later Bookania titles. 

Did you all enjoy the interview? Want to know more about Arthur?

6 comments:

  1. Welcome back, Sarah! :D

    I haven't heard of this Bookania series before. It sounds intriguing based on the interview. What's it about?

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    1. Thank you!

      The Bookania series is by Kendra E. Ardnek, the same person who wrote Water Princess, Fire Prince. It's essentially a collection of fairy tale and folk tale retellings, with quite a few retellings crammed into each story and references to many more abounding within the main stories. There's also a sort of impression I've gotten that these same stories (or some of them, at least) have happened before in that world, that history does indeed repeat itself again and again with slight variations. In general, it's a fun series- not amazing, but fun all the same. (And if you read the first book and aren't impressed, try to make it through to the third, which is the best.)

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  2. Loved this. Arthur is a great character. And It's nice to know they did actually rename it to Britune.

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    1. Indeed it is. :) Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading!

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