Please welcome my short story character, Mel, for our interview today.
Tyrean: How are you doing Mel?
Mel: I could have been better if you hadn't stuck me in a dragon story.
Tyrean: Sorry. I thought you would do well in any circumstances.
Mel: Sure. A simple country girl like me?
Tyrean: Simple? I thought you were a reclamation specialist?
Mel: That's the name that Gavin came up with for us. It's not how I would introduce us.
Tyrean: So, how would you introduce your team?
Mel: I wouldn't. I'd just steal something.
Tyrean: Wait, where did my favorite tea mug go?
Mel: Exactly. If you want it back, you could pay me.
Tyrean: What if I wrote you into a new story?
Mel: (Snorts) Yeah, right, like you have time for another project. I've heard how you pick up characters, write some stories about them, and string them along with promises of a novel or a better story. I won't be so easily taken.
Tyrean: You're my character.
Mel: (Rolls her eyes) I suppose. The question is: how much will you give me for your pink mug with the pixie on it?
Tyrean: I'll write you a new story. I'll even .... make sure you get the credit in the next one.
Mel: What? I don't want the credit. I really don't even want to be interviewed. If Gavin wasn't already busy at the tavern, getting the patrons interested in our work with his foolish stories, I wouldn't be here.
Tyrean: Hmm. Let's see. What if you rescued a prince?
Mel: Ick. No way! I left my village so I wouldn't be partnered off. Here ... just take your tea mug back and forget all about me.
Tyrean: If you give me the tea mug, I won't marry you off to a prince.
Mel: Deal. Just ... don't forget it. You made me good with knives, remember.
Tyrean: I'll watch for paper cuts.
Mel stalks off, saying unladylike things.
And now you know the kinds of relationships I have with my characters in "Here There Be Dragons. For more about Mel and her sword-partner Gavin (not a romantic partner, according to Mel), read "Here There Be Dragons" in Book Dreams, a Brain to Books Anthology.