Solem Anders is the main character of my short story collection The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles, which I describe as Disney meets A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I plan to publish a week from today. (But so far my plans haven’t gone according to plan, so we’ll see.) The first story can be read here. I hope you enjoy his interview. :)
Solem: *comes in and sits down*
Interviewer: Good morning. How are you today?
Solem: I could be better, but such is often the case.
Interviewer: I suppose that’s true. What is your name?
Solem: Solem Maran Anders.
Interviewer: How old are you?
Solem: I’m thirty-two.
Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?
Solem: No. Just a cousin. I was once close to him like a brother, but I haven’t seen him in twelve years.
Interviewer: What happened to him?
Solem: He moved away. He needed an escape from Ambrel.
Interviewer: Why is that?
Solem: Because a magic mirror is quite unhealthy to live around for a long time. I would never recommend it. Nasty things, magic mirrors.
Interviewer: You’ve done research, then?
Solem: You could say that. Two years of in-depth study, along with having one in my basement for another ten… You could call that research, I suppose. At present, however, I’m hunting one down to ensure that it doesn’t do any more damage than it already has.
Interviewer: Is that your job, then, at present?
Solem: I was a part-time merchant, but after the mirror was stolen I had to give that up entirely. I may come back to it once this whole mess is over and the mirror has been destroyed. *winces at that last word*
Interviewer: What is your favorite book?
Solem: Anything without a magic mirror.
Interviewer: Favorite animal?
Solem: Griffins. They’re quite useful when it comes to expedient travel.
Interviewer: Do you have any time for hobbies?
Solem: Not at this point.
Interviewer: Which is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?
Solem: Intelligence. If you don’t have that you may find yourself stealing a magic mirror that could very well kill you.
Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?
Solem: Selflessness. Although neither is particularly appealing. Sometimes you have to be dishonest to take care of someone, so clearly not honesty, but selflessness is far too taxing. I’d be content to complete this one mirror-hunting task and then return home and lock myself away from the world for all time, never having to deal with another human being again.
Interviewer: What’s something you can’t leave the house without?
Solem: A small axe. Self-defense is important, plus I might be needed to cut down a giant beanstalk again or shatter a mirror into a million pieces.
Interviewer: That was the last question. Thank you for your time.
Solem: *nods and leaves*