Welcome to day 8 of the tour! Today I am featuring Deedee Davies with a character interview with Jeddah from her book Fortune’s Thief.
Deedee Davies is a short story author and novelist interested mainly in the fantasy, horror and science-fiction genres. She has had five short stories published to date in publications from Seventh Star Press, Horrified Press and EMBY Press. Deedee is also a cover artist, with around thirty published book covers under her belt. She lives in Plymouth, UK with her partner, ten spiders and four snakes.
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Al Salazar, the charismatic leader of the mercenaries, has stolen a stone from the Well of Fate and is using it to control his destiny, and that of his band, the Sarandani. When the mercenaries start dying, Al Salazar must somehow find Tal and convince him to return – by any means necessary. Meanwhile, the Keeper of the Well has set plans in motion to force Al Salazar to return the fate-stone through the subtle manipulation of his enemies. In time, Al Salazar learns that controlling one’s own destiny comes at a price, and that every man’s luck runs out in the end.
Fortune’s Thief is not yet published, but you can find Deedee’s published short stories in several anthologies:
Character Interview with Jeddah from Fortune’s Thief
Who do you most admire in your world? Why?
Al Salazar. He’s the leader of the most successful mercenary band on the continent. He’s smart, confident, dresses well and is easy on the eye too, if you know what I mean! I’d love to have a band of my own that enjoys as much success, one day.
What is the strangest situation you’ve ever found yourself in?
I don’t even know where to begin on that one! In the Calaz underground, we all know each other. There’s some honour amongst thieves, as they say, and some times we even look out for each other. But if there’s something to be gained, you an be reasonably sure we’ll shop each other in for a handful of silver. It can leave you in some really tricky situations. So anyway, the other day, I woke up in bed with a dead man…
Would you ever or have you ever lied? How do you feel about lying?
Yes. Every day. It’s part of growing up on the wrong side of the city. You don’t want people to know anything real about you, or they’ll use it against you. If they only know nonsense about you, they can never use it to their advantage. It’s also one really good way of getting what you want.
Where is the best place to visit in your world? What places should visitors avoid?
The most amazing place I’ve ever seen is Salazón. It’s an entire town inside an enormous cave, where the Sarandani mercenaries make their home. It looks like it was built to be outside, with windows, sloped, tiled roofs, sundials, you name it – but it’s hundreds of feet underground. A girl could go insane wondering whether the city was built outside and then somehow moved beneath the sands, or whether some madman built it inside, with all those features designed for the open air. It reminds me of those ships in bottles you see in the Calaz markets sometimes. But the likelihood is that you’ll never see Salazón. Only the Sarandani know where it is, and they’re definitely not going to tell you where it is!
As for places to avoid, the aforementioned Calaz markets after dark. Cutpurses and worse lurk between the canvas stalls, and the friendlier someone appears, the faster you should run away.
Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?
I learned long ago that it’s safest to keep your true feelings hidden, particularly in my line of work. I bat my eyelashes at men, and even butter them up a little if I think there’s something to be gained, but there are so many people in the city who would do the same and take me for all I’ve got, that I’ve learned to brush off most advances. Having said that, I spent a few months travelling with Tal Sarokan recently. He’s genuinely shy and completely clueless when it comes to women, but he’s got a good heart (and other good aspects too!) and I don’t think he’d ever intentionally hurt or deceive anyone, unlike most men I’ve met. We went our separate ways in the end – he had a burning desire to put a sentient sword to rest, and I had my eyes on the leadership of the Sarandani – but I still think about him a lot.
What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?
The ring Al Salazar gave me, which all the full-fledged Sarandani wear. It has both value and power, but none of the rest of the Sarandani know this, even though they all wear the same rings. If I give that up, then it would mean the end of our run of success.
What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?
I joined up with the Sarandani after I was framed for murder. We went to Salazón (which has the biggest pile of gold you’ve ever seen in your entire life!), and then out to the Gauntlet, a dangerous stretch of old trade route that runs through some really bad territory. I got to watch some pretty impressive fights between mercenaries, pirates and bandits, got propositioned by a pirate queen, and saw a sword take over a man and win a battle. And it’s not over yet!
What is the greatest obstacle you have ever had to face?
I had to bring down the man I admired most in the world. I was really torn. I really wanted to believe that he was exactly who he appeared to be, but when I saw the evidence with my own eyes, I had to work against the person I aspired to be, and help condemn him to an unpleasant fate.