This interview was originally posted by Melissa Barker-Simpson at Writing Room 101.
Character Interview with Calista (a.k.a Cali)
Hi Calista, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. It’s nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too, and please call me Cali.
Okay Cali. You were born on the Dark Isle. What was it like growing up there?
Very hot. It’s a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, though. It has been a great place to grow up. The people in our village all know each other and it’s like have a really large family. There are some I’d rather not know, but we don’t have to talk about that now. And it’s beautiful. It’s like living in a perpetual summer and it’s always green and colourful. There are flowers everywhere. It’s probably not a great place if you’re allergic to pollen.
If someone were to visit the Dark Isle, is there any place you’d recommend they avoid?
Anywhere that is not in a village. The forests are full of venomous man-eating plants. You wouldn’t want to run into one of those. It would be the last thing you do, unless you’re lucky enough to have someone along who can rescue you and give you the antivenom.
Have you ever encountered any of them?
Once, when I was about ten. I got angry at my foster father, Cathnor, over something. I can’t even remember what it was, but I decided it was horrible enough to warrant running away. It was the worst experience of my life. Thankfully, Cathnor was there to get me away from it. I never thought it was possible to feel so much pain.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life?
It would definitely have to be Cathnor. He’s not only my foster father, but my mentor as well.
How has he influenced you?
Well he’s raised me since I was little and has taught me everything I need to know about being a shadow stalker.
Do you have a secret you’ve never told anyone?
Well, I have lots of secrets, but Cathnor knows them all. He’s the only one I’ve shared all my secrets with.
Would you tell us one?
Ummmm, if I did that, it wouldn’t be a secret. 😉
Do you have any regrets about anything in your life?
I regret not getting to know my family. Most of them were killed when the Galvadi Empire invaded the Dark Isle. My only living relatives are my uncle, Kado, and my cousin, Shai, Kado’s daughter.
If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?
I would try to rescue our Foramar, Zain. If I was going to die anyway, it would be worth trying to bring him back so our people would have a leader again, who could take the corrupt Council of Elders down a notch.