Character Interview Blogfest

June 15, 2010 at 5:40 am (Death's Daughter, Feature) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m joining in with Jangu Mandanna’s (from Echoes of a Wayward Mind) Character Interview Blogfest.

The character I’ve decided to interview is Emily from Death’s Daughter. Emily was a butler working for the Delaine’s. After the death of Mrs Delaine, Calandra dismissed Emily from her services. (There are no plot spoilers in the following as the events discussed are either early in the story or do not appear within Death’s Daughter.)

Q: Emily, can you briefly describe your role in the story?

A: I worked as a butler for the Delaine household in Kalthium. Mr Delaine hired me and I continued my work until after the death of Mrs Delaine.

Q: How do you feel about the way Calandra has told this story?

A: How do you think I feel? Miss Calandra Delaine is a thoughtless, selfish, child. Certainly she’s used this opportunity to justify her choices and her treatment of those around her but we all know her for what she is.

Q: So you would disagree with the way Calandra has portrayed the situation at the beginning of the story?

A: Naturally. I was there, wasn’t I? Calandra was always looking down her nose at me and thinking she was all high and mighty and meanwhile she’s breaking her mother’s heart while she plays around with her dusty scrolls. So what if she could read? And then she’s glorifying her father. Her father ran off to sea and left poor Mrs Delaine to clean up the mess he left behind – and by that I mean an over indulged child that never could see things the way they were.

Q: How did you feel when Calandra dismissed you from her services?

A: Well, that was a bit of good luck in the end. As angry as I was at the time it all worked out for the best. Besides, I don’t think I could have stomached working for Miss Calandra Delaine, even if I’d wanted to stay in the house. And despite our personal disagreements, Calandra did give me a very good recommendation so when my sister found an open position with Lord and Lady Serrite it was easy enough for me to take up that position. As much as I dislike Calandra, she was fair in her statements about my service. Can’t hold that against her.

Q: In Death’s Daughter, Calandra states that you accused her of killing her mother. Do you think she murdered her mother?

A: At the time, I think I did. It was quite a shock to the household and given the tension between Calandra and her mother it seemed very possible that she had. Thinking back now, I don’t know what I think about the murder. It is all a bit of a blur and I don’t know that anyone really knows what happened. Calandra has given us one version of the events and I don’t doubt that she’ll be taken at her word, but gossip will certainly continue for sometime.

Q: Final question – Do you believe the rest of Calandra’s story?

A: Far be it from me to call someone a liar, but the tale is just a little bit fanciful. Certainly things have been a bit strange in Kalthium but to believe that there are gods running around and mysterious forces, it’s all just a bit far-fetched.



  1. Iapetus999 said,

    Interesting stuff. Wonder how it all works out…
    Nice job!

  2. Kelsey Leigh said,

    Wow. This made me wonder. Amazing!

  3. AlexJ said,

    Calandra sounds like a great twisted character.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I just thought it would be fun to have someone who hates her describe her. Turns out it was fun.

  4. stu said,

    A good interview, giving a different perspective.

  5. Carol Kilgore said,

    Oh, that’s so cool. I love this. What a great insight to your book 🙂

  6. Lynn Rush said,

    NICE!!! This is great stuff here!

  7. laurelrainsnow said,

    I like the exercise of doing character interviews…I’ve done some on my blogs that are dedicated to specific books I’ve written.

    It provides just a bit of intrigue to potential readers, I think.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I’ve loved reading the character interviews in this blog fest – it has been a lot of fun. I think I may interview some of the other characters at some stage just for the fun of it.

  8. Sangu said,

    This really made me want to know more about the premise, the plot and the characters’ motivations. Great interview!

    Thanks for participating!

  9. catwoods said,

    Nice job, Cassandra. I wish I blogfested. Instead, I just read all the wonderful entries and try to learn from other’s writing.

    Thanks for sharing your interview and your character.

  10. Tessa said,

    Great interview!

    ps. there’s already a book out called death’s daughter (by A.Benson)…

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Realise that – but names stick and I liked the name of my story.

  11. JackieS said,

    This is a good way of getting people’s attention in regards to your book. I tried the proust questionnaire in order to get into my characters’ heads while writing and it really didn’t work. But then again, I don’t particularly like the whole planning thing.

  12. RaShelle said,

    I’m curious as to what’s going on in the book. Good stuff.

  13. Amy Saunders said,

    Nice! I like that you chose a side character. The premise intrigues me too. 🙂

  14. Kristie Cook said,

    So what does she REALLY think about Calandra? LOL This was great. I’m intrigued at the idea of Calandra being an unreliable narrator. Does this come out in the story? Nice job.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I think it should come out in the story that Calandra tells things her way. She never misleads the audience deliberately but she has definite views on things and she isn’t afraid to share.

  15. Elizabeth Mueller said,

    Oooh, chilling revelation! To bring out a hidden angle from a side character, good job! Thank you for the interview!!!

    Have you read my interview?

  16. Cassandra Jade said,

    Thanks all for the supportive comments.

  17. Amalia T. said,

    I’m really interested in the gods and forces behind the scenes here… Interesting interview! It was nice to meet Emily!

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I have to say, I really dislike Emily, but that’s because I originally constructed her character from Calandra’s point of view. Doing this interview forced me to see a wider view of Emily’s character and I’m forming a grudging kind of admiration for her.

  18. Miss Rosemary said,

    So good! I love little stories like this!!

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