I recently asked my sister to interview one of my characters, merely because this character is really interesting and complex and I was curious how she’d respond to the questions. I can tell you that almost none of these answers are entirely truthful, because of who she is, but it was interesting to see. My best friend also deserves credit for a few of the questions.
I plan on making character interviews a regular thing and choosing a character of mine at random to interview each day or week or however often I decide to do this. If you’d like to offer some questions, go ahead and leave those in the comments.
Now without further ado, here’s the interview with Clissa.
Clissa: *takes a seat across from the interviewer, legs elegantly crossed* Hello.
Interviewer: Hello, Miss Hiara. How are you doing today?
Clissa: I’m well. How are you?
Interviewer: I’m quite fine, thank you. Let’s get started with our first question. It’s really preliminary, but what’s your name?
Clissa: Clissa Hiara, prime minister of the Trell Province.
Interviewer: And how old are you?
Clissa: That’s not a very polite question to ask a woman. *a hint of a smile twitches at her lips* I’m twenty-seven.
Interviewer: I apologize. Which of the following is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, bravery, or cunning?
Clissa: Intelligence. A prime minister must be intelligent.
Interviewer: And of these: Honesty or selflessness?
Clissa: Definitely honesty. If you can’t be honest with people, you’ll never get anything done. Any relationship is based in trust, be it personal, professional, or indirect like that of a prime minister and her subjects.
Interviewer: What are your hobbies?
Clissa: Singing and dancing, mostly. And I love birds.
Interviewer: What are your prime fashion choices?
Clissa: Well as prime minister my choices are no secret. Red and black dresses, mainly, with lots of jewelry, usually in gold.
Interviewer: In your opinion, what are the worst offenses and most disdainful actions?
Clissa: Good question. Murder is high on the list, as is theft. One of the things I find most disgusting, though, is not the action itself, but when people get others to do their dirty work for them. It’s more dishonest than the thing itself, I believe.
Interviewer: Hmm…What’s your favorite food?
Clissa: Dark chocolate.
Interviewer: And favorite color?
Clissa: It’s dramatic. I have a flair for the dramatic.
Interviewer: What would be your ideal home? Castle, mansion, cottage, tower?
Clissa: A castle, most definitely. A castle makes a statement.
Interviewer: That it certainly does. Is there any job you’d prefer to prime minister?
Clissa: Well, not to sound cliché, but I’d like to be queen. Not that that’ll ever happen, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Interviewer: Of course. Why would you want to be queen?
Clissa: The same reason everyone does. Power, importance, glamour. It’s an important position that any woman would love to have.
Interviewer: Indeed. And would you rather watch a movie or read a book?
Clissa: I don’t enjoy either particularly much, but probably watching movies.
Interviewer: Do you have a favorite?
Clissa: Maybe The Three Musketeers.
Interviewer: And do you have a book preference?
Clissa: Romeo and Juliet.
Interviewer: What do you like about them?
Clissa: *shrugs* The adventure, I suppose. And with Romeo and Juliet I enjoy the romantic tragedy.
Interviewer: What is the one thing you can never leave home without?
Clissa: A tube of lipstick.
Interviewer: Would you call yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Clissa: I’m definitely an extrovert.
Interviewer: And what traits do you look for in a man?
Clissa: Dark and mysterious, and as intelligent as I am.
Interviewer: What is your favorite animal and why?
Clissa: A cobra, because they’re beautiful.
Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?
Clissa: No. I’m an only child.
Interviewer: Are you excited for your upcoming wedding?
Clissa: I’m very excited. *grins*
Interviewer: Do you have a dress picked out yet?
Clissa: I do, actually. I’d show you, but I know Roran watches this broadcast, and I can’t have him seeing it before the wedding. *smiles*
Interviewer: Of course not. Wouldn’t want to ruin tradition. What kind of flowers will you be carrying?
Clissa: Red roses outlined in black leaves. I decided to leave the rose thorns intact, as well, to go a little outside the box.
Interviewer: That sounds quite striking. Who is the maid of honor going to be?
Clissa: There will actually not be a maid of honor. Roran and I have decided not to have a wedding party.
Interviewer: Oh, okay. What kind of cake do you have picked out?
Clissa: It’s a really big thing, the cake. It’s three tiers high, covered in red frosting, extravagantly decorated. The interior is a dark chocolate and red velvet swirl.
Interviewer: That sounds delightful. Well, I think that’s all I had for you. Thank you for your time, and for the insider access on your wedding.
Clissa: Certainly. *smiles as she stands and leaves*
Well, that turned out to be a fairly long interview, and I didn’t realize until I was copying it how many times in the first third she mentioned being prime minister. She’s rather prideful.
Like I said, if you have any questions for the next interview, let me know. :)