Wednesday, January 18, 2012
VISITING DIGNITARY - FAITH HUNTER!
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN -- Faith Hunter is our Visiting Dignitary this week and has decided to give us a very different take on the usual "interview". Instead of interviewing Faith, we will have a Chinese Portrait of Jane Yellowrock and Beast. ENJOY! And thank you so much Faith!
Chinese Portraits have been around for years, but they are a Q&A interview unlike any other. Instead of the usual, “Tell us how you got started writing,” type of query, the questions in a Chinese Portrait dig deeper, into the psyche of a person (or a character) and reveal the hidden depths. Or, God forbid, the lack of them!
Jane Yellowrock is the main character of the series that bears her name. Skinwalker, BloodCross, Mercy Blade, and Raven Cursed are the current books, with out in Oct. 2012. Author Faith Hunter
Chinese portrait of Jane Yellowrock and Beast
If you were a work of art?
Jane: A fine, handmade blade, with a crosshatched handle for a good grip. Oh yes!
Beast: (Chuffs in displeasure. Flicks ear tabs, annoyed.) What is art? Beast does not need blade. Beast has claws and killing teeth. I am not some word I do not understand. Not silly game I do not understand.
Jane: Art is like a painting or a … Never mind.
If you were a quality?
Jane: I would want to be strong, like the oak that bends but doesn’t break, or the willow that flows with the wind rather than trying to stand up to it. Lately, my life nothing but fighting and trouble and I need the calm strength of nature. I need a vacation, maybe camping near a river.
Beast: (Chuffs.) Silly Jane. Jane cannot be tree. Jane is animal. But Jane is alone and needs mate. Strong mate. I would look for good mate for Jane.
Jane: That’s not what a quality is, Beast. A quality is—
Beast: Good hunter. I am good hunter. (Turns nose away.) Hunter is good quality. Silly humans.
If you were a flaw?
Jane: for the last few months I’ve been nothing but guilt, even though most of the poop-hits-fan-stuff has not been my fault. Hmmm. I need to stop being guilty.
Beast: Beast is good hunter. Beast has no flaws. (Flicks up ear tab and looks away, bored. Spots movement out the window. Squirrels racing around tree.) Squirrels are small and tasty but hard to catch. One bite and gone. Need deer.
Jane: We’re in the middle of an interview, here.
Beast: (Huffs with disdain.) Want to hunt.
If you were a sound?
Jane: Hmmm. The sound of blades clashing.
Beast: Jane needs mate. Should be sounds of mating. Want Bruiser. And Leo. And Rick. (Chuffs and shows Jane image of very big bed. Covers are slashed by claws.)
Jane: Oh crap. We can talk about this later. Later!
If you were a song/music?
Jane: (Shakes off irritation with Beast.) I like drums. Something primitive and building in tempo and intensity. Something I can dance to.
Beast: Scream of Puma concolor. Scream–song that challenges, that claims hunting ground.
If you were a word?
Jane: I would be persistent. Unrelenting and determined. Of course, when my writer was growing up, she was told that persistence was the Devil’s finest quality, so perhaps that isn’t such a good word after all.
Beast: I am Beast and beast. Do not understand this game. Need to hunt, to bring deer. (Looks around. Squirrels are gone.) No deer here. Rabbit? Goat? Writer wrote new scene. She let me eat a goat in book 5.
Jane: She did what?!?
Beast: (Huffs with laughter) I like writer. She feeds me.
If you were a book?
Jane: (Looks back at previous question-and-answers. Worries. Shakes head. Sighs.) Dangerous question, that. You know. Since I’m in a series. If I pick one I’m not in, will I disappear?
Beast: Not a book. (Lifts lips to show killing teeth.) Not a book.
If you were a motto/a quotation?
Jane: Have Stakes Will Travel.
Beast: Embrace Your Inner Beast.
If you were a movie?
Jane: The Vampire Lestsat. Or the Buffy TV shows.
Beast: Born Free. (Huffs with amusement.)
Jane: (Rolls eyes.)
If you were a time period?
Jane: Anytime where women can wear pants. Fighting in a dress is just stupid.
Beast: Time before yunega came and made Cherokee to leave land in mountains, and then took trees, and burned the land. White man is evil. Time before he came was good time. (Turns away.) Stupid question.
If you were a personage of fiction?
Jane: Hmmm. Cat woman?
Beast: (Snorts with amusement) Jane is cat woman.
If you were an animal?
Jane and Beast look at one another.
Jane: Ummm. Have you not read my books?