My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or beyond.
So, erm… hello. Tell me a little about yourself.
“My name is Yua, and I’m a West Highland White Terrier. I’m six human years old.”
Cutie dog! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.
“A little white dog with pointed ears.”
Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?
“I consider my old master an enemy. He’s a cruel man who doesn’t mind hurting people and animals, and threw me out on the street to fend for myself when he became bored with me.”
Bad master! I know a lot of men like that… Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?
“Yes I would! If you read my story then you will see just how quickly I’m willing to jump to the defence of those I care about; especially my new master, Gwydion.”
So sweet! *wants to pat him but refrains* Ahem! Where do you live?
“I live in a shop that my master, Gwydion, owns. It’s a shop that sells magical items, though if you took only a quick glance in at the door or window you’d think it was a place that sold only old books and scrolls. The shop is in a large village – or, perhaps, you might call it a small town – that has only one main road and several side roads. It’s down one of these side roads that you’ll find the shop, since having it down a side street allows customers to come and go without being too easily watched, since some people would prefer not to make it public that they’re magic users.”
A-ha! Magic! Cool! Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?
“The only thing I’m involved in that you might call a relationship is my relationship with my master, Gwydion. He saved my life when my old master threw me out, and I’m very grateful to him for doing so. Well, there is also my friendship with the little girl, Lattie, but I think my bond with my master is closer to the kind of relationship you’re talking about.”
Sounds good. What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?
“The biggest challenge I face is trying to find my master when he’s wizardnapped. It’s difficult for a little dog to rescue someone.”
Wow, I bet it is! Lot of courage in that small body of yours! Do you have a family? Tell me about them.
“I don’t really remember my canine family, except for a vague memory of how comforting it was to nuzzle against my Mother’s furry tummy. So, my master is the closest thing to family I have.”
Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.
“I’m sure you’ve already noticed the most unusual thing about me: I can talk. Animals don’t usually talk, but my old master used magic on me to make me able to speak and understand English. Now I can talk to humans whenever I want. I don’t talk to many humans though, and actually generally pretend I can’t speak.”
Haha! Yes, I can tell you’re special! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?
“You should have asked how the magic in my world works. Well, the answer is that there are two types of magic users: wizards and witches. Wizard magic works by saying certain magical words while holding a bonded object (except in certain cases, but telling you about that would spoil the story for you). Witch magic works by saying long spells and chants over cauldrons full of potion. Both kinds of magic can be good or bad, depending on the intent of the magic user. There are also simple potions – which my master makes – that can be used by even non-magic users.
You also should have asked why some don’t like it known that they’re magic users. This one has a very simple answer: it’s because people either don’t trust magic users, or decide they should be used to their advantage to solve everything. As you can probably imagine, neither of these sounds like a nice option to your average magic user, since both would result in poor treatment, and nobody wants to be treated cruelly.
Why then does my master have a magic shop? Well, as I said earlier in this interview, most people don’t know it’s a magic shop; it looks like a bookshop to the casual observer. Only a witch or wizard could tell otherwise; my master makes sure of that.”
Yua And The Great Wizard Hunt
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About the author
“Victoria Zigler is a blind author of children’s fiction and poetry. She has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests such as doing crafts, listening to music, watching movies, playing the odd figure game or roleplaying game, and doing a little cooking and baking. Victoria – or, Tori, if you prefer – was born in the shadow of the Black Mountains in Wales, UK, has been writing since she knew how, and became a self-published author in 2012. To date she has published 5 poetry books and 26 children’s books, with plenty more planned for the near future.”
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