Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Character Wednesday: Laura Lond

This is the second of our series of interviews with authors about their favorite secondary characters.

Today, Laura Lond will tell us about Lord Farizel Narr, a court jester who was once a respected nobleman, in The Palace (the second book in her fantasy trilogy The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres, which began with The Journey).

Camille: Laura, why don't you start by telling us a little about Lord Farizel.

Laura: Lord Farizel Narr makes his appearance in The Palace, the second book of my fantasy adventure trilogy. A highly educated nobleman, former personal tutor of the princess, he gets demoted to the position of a court jester “for inappropriate presentation of history,” as he puts it.

Camille: That sounds like a fun attitude (and one likely to get a person into trouble). So what made you create Lord Farizel?

Laura: Whenever I read historical adventure novels, I become fascinated with the themes of honor and disgrace that often run through them. The ideas of keeping, losing, restoring one’s honor are not something most people talk much about today, but I don’t think the concepts are outdated. Through Lord Farizel, I wanted too weave these themes into a story of my own.

Camille: Stories of redemption are always relevant. Does this theme reflect themes in the main story, or are you using it more to add something stronger or of more depth to the main story?

Laura: A little bit of both, I think. It adds more depth, and also echoes the main theme of staying true to your calling and keeping a good heart.

Camille: So, what makes Lord Farizel special to you?

Laura: His courage, intelligence, humor, and manners. He has it all -- and he manages to keep it all after the disgraceful demotion that would have crushed most people’s spirit

Camille: Do you have more planned for him?

Laura: Lord Farizel also appears in the third and final book of the trilogy where his story comes to a satisfactory conclusion. But if I ever decide to write another book set in the same world, he will certainly be there.

Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

Find all three books in the
Adventures of Jecosan Tarres trilogy at Amazon: The Journey, The Palace, and The Battle. (As well as at other online retailers, such as Smashwords.)

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