Nya is the main character of my short story Lost Girl, available now by itself on Kindle or in the Short Story Collection Vol. 1 which is available on Kindle or in print. She’s a pirate captain who’s deeply attached to her crew but doesn’t tolerate any stupidity. She loathes Peter Pan with a seething passion, seeing as she’s Captain Hook’s granddaughter, and she’s stubborn. Enjoy her interview. :)
Nya: *steps into the room and takes a seat across from the interviewer, brown hair brushing the tops of her shoulders* Hello.
Interviewer: Hello. How are you?
Nya: I’m well. How are you?
Interviewer: Doing well myself. Shall we get started?
Interviewer: What is your name?
Nya: Nya Thomas Hook.
Interviewer: Where did your middle name come from?
Nya: Yes, it’s a boy’s name. It was my grandfather’s middle name, and he asked that it be passed down to me.
Interviewer: That’s interesting. Was there any specific reason he wanted you to have it or did he just want his name passed on?
Nya: *shrugs* He thought I’d be a good captain someday. It was almost like a good luck charm. But I like it; my grandfather and I were very close before he died.
Interviewer: How long ago was that?
Nya: Five years ago.
Interviewer: How old were you at the time?
Interviewer: So I suppose people do grow up in Neverland after all?
Nya: Not exactly. There’s an island off the coast, where my grandfather made his lair, that is touched by time. I spent the first twelve years of my life there and then took over for my father as captain of my grandfather’s ship so that he and my mother could be “normal.”
Interviewer: You were captain at twelve years old?
Nya: This is Neverland. It’s not unusual for kids to do anything. The crew knew me well, I knew them, I knew the ship from sailing with my grandfather all the time, so it didn’t take me long to get used to being the captain. My grandfather had trained me to a degree. And Smee helped me keep the crew in line as I was starting out.
Interviewer: The same Smee who was with your grandfather?
Nya: No, his son Tyre.
Interviewer: Interesting. Um… *glances briefly at question sheet, then back up at her* Do you have any siblings?
Nya: *shakes head*
Interviewer: Do you have a favorite food?
Interviewer: Favorite color?
Nya: *gestures to her red coat, which matches the large hat on her head* Red.
Interviewer: Favorite animal?
Interviewer: Do you have any hobbies?
Nya: Playing cards and singing.
Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?
Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?
Interviewer: What’s something you can never leave the ship without?
Nya: My sword. *taps the hilt of the rapier at her side*
Interviewer: And that’s it. *smiles* Thank you for your time.
Nya: *nods* It’s been a pleasure. *stands and shakes his hand before leaving*