John Allen is one of my favorite people, and it’s always hilarity when we get to hang out at cons. Of course I’m going to showcase his post on my blog, and hi, character interview? Bring it. What a way to end a hair-raising tour up, right?
Welcome to Fall Into Horror with Mocha Memoirs Press!
Mocha Memoirs Press is celebrating the new Fall season by showcasing their love of horror and the authors who write it. Please welcome JOHN F. ALLENas he shares his thoughts on fall and horror.
Hello, my name is John F. Allen. I’m a speculative fiction author and I’m here with Ms. Xenith LaCroix, witch-in-training and part-time adventurer. This is an impromptu interview with her before she embarks on her intense training at the hands of a master sorceress.
John – Hello Xenith, thanks for granting me this interview.
Xenith – Hello Mr. Allen. You’re welcome, I’m happy to be here.
John – I just love your name! What can you tell me about it?
Xenith – Well, I’m glad you picked it out for me. As for what I can say about it, the name is unique and not just for the spelling, ‘Z’ replaced by an ‘X’. Xenith means, “The highest point reached in the heavens by celestial body, and/or a culminating point.” I think the ‘X’ represents the unknown, as in the mathematical sense.
John – That’s fascinating indeed. I think it speaks to what your life has in store for you and your tales yet to come. So, as a change of subject, fall is here and that is a time of year which happens to coincide with Halloween. Witches and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly, your favorite snack, so what do you personally like most about fall?
Xenith – The brisk air and the falling leaves in their kaleidoscope of colors. As for Halloween, it’s quite the busy time for us witches. You know, all those cauldrons to boil, brooms to fly and children to bake. (smiles)
John – Uh, you’re kidding right? (gulp)
Xenith – Wouldn’t you like to know? (smiles)
John – (sigh) Yeah, moving right along. What is your favorite fall color?
Xenith – Hmm…I think I’d have to say red.
John – What would you say is the biggest difference between fall weather in Chicago, versus fall weather in your native New Orleans?
Xenith – I would say that fall is much colder in Chicago, than it is in New Orleans. And, given the size of the city and the number of people, I mean that in more ways than one.
John – Are you feeling homesick?
Xenith – Not really…New Orleans only serves to bring back bad memories I’d just as soon forget forever.
John – That’s right, you moved to Chicago to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend and a checkered past. You were taken in by Zaji Laveau, a powerful witch and a descendant of the voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau.
Xenith – Again, I’d rather not talk about New Orleans.
John – My bad, please don’t hurt me.
Xenith – Relax Mr. Allen, you’re safe…for now.
John – Uh, okay. Anyway, let’s talk about your mentor instead. What’s it like to be under the tutelage of such a powerful sorceress who hails from such an infamous legacy?
Xenith – Zaji is a taskmaster. She’s strict and all about business.
John – So, your training isn’t going so well?
Xenith – Actually, on the contrary. I am challenged and held accountable for my actions and inactions. This is something which I’ve never had in my life before. The structure she provides can be a real drag and sometimes I feel like pulling out my hair, but at the same time I wouldn’t have it any other way.
John – That’s good. Has your ability to control your powers improved significantly?
Xenith – I’d say so. Although I have a long, long way to go, I can now recognize the road I’m on for what it is. It won’t be an easy road, for certain, but anything worth doing or having is worth the effort and struggle.
John – That’s a very mature attitude, good for you. Well, thanks for sharing with us today. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we conclude this interview?
Xenith – Just that folks who are interested in learning more about me and my adventures, should check out the novelette, Witch Way Is Up, written by you and published by Mocha Memoirs Press. Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
John – Thanks Xenith, Happy Halloween to you as well!
Witch Way is Up
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