Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Deep Plunge (SoulShares #3) by Rory Ni Coileain Character Interview with Lochlann Doran

For the last six hundred years or so, the only things reminding Lochlann Doran he’s a Fae have been his faceted aquamarine eyes and the fact that he can’t die. He’s been a wanderer for so long in the human world – over two thousand years – that he’s lost his magick, including the gift of healing that goes along with being a Fae of the Demesne of Water. Finding his SoulShare might get it back for him. But it might kill him, too.

Garrett Templar has been living on borrowed time, in a sense, since he was eighteen, when one of the johns he entertained to pay the bills while he danced at Purgatory infected him with HIV. It was always supposed to be a “manageable” disease, though, at least until a cure was found. Except he’s just found out that the virus in his system has inexplicably mutated into full-blown AIDS, and no known drug cocktail can even slow it down.

And when Lochlann and Garrett find each other at last, on Purgatory’s dance floor, the only thing as urgent as their need for one another is the hunger of an ancient evil to do whatever is necessary to possess Lochlann’s magick…

Lochlann Doran – Fae lead in Deep Plunge
• Describe yourself to me.
I’m about six feet four inches tall, with longish black hair that I don’t think has done what I want it to do once in over two thousand years. My eyes are aquamarine – literally, kind of. The iris of a Fae’s eye is faceted, like a gem. You have to look closely to see it, though, or know it’s there. I don’t smile all that often, but when I do, humans say it transforms my whole face, lights it up. I guess you’d say I’m well-built, though not ripped. Been there, tried that, bought the t-shirt, got bored with it. Haven’t heard any complaints, though.

• Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)
All Fae senses are enhanced, at least compared to human senses. And I’m a Water Fae, a healer, so I also have an aural sense. Only mine doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to, it comes and goes when it feels like it.

• What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?
Until recently, I would have said ‘nothing’. Coming to your world left me with only half a soul, and I’ve been looking for the other half for so long I’ve lost almost everything that made me a Fae, especially my magick. And my sense of wonder wore out a long time ago. Centuries. But lately, there’s a human male…. a dancer, with eyes like amber and a smile that makes me forget I’ve forgotten magick.

• What do you consider are your strengths?

• What do you consider are your weaknesses?
Stubbornness. What do you mean, there’s no difference?

• What one physical attribute would you change?
It’s silly. But I’d be blond if I could. Most dark-haired people are made fun of, among the Fae. Dark hair and eyes are considered ‘animal’ traits.

• What do you consider your special talent?
Healing. If I ever get it back. Water Fae are the only Fae who can heal without causing pain, but I lost the ability when my magick ran dry.

• What are you most afraid of?
Fae have an innate terror of closed-in spaces that move. In the Realm, we Fade to get from one place to another, or ride horses. My idea of Hell is a VW Beetle. And don’t even talk to me about airplanes.

• How would you like to die?
Now there’s an interesting question. I’ve seen just about every way to die that can possibly be imagined. And I’d have to say… I don’t really care, as long as I don’t see it coming.

Thanks for joining us today, Lochlann!

Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn't offer such a major, so she designed it herself - being careful to ensure that she never had to take a class before nine in the morning or take a Hemingway survey course. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, got shot down in flames, and found other things to do, such as nightclub singing, for the next thirty years or so, until her stories started whispering to her. Now she's a lawyer, a legal editor, an Irish dance teacher, the mother of a teenaged son, and amanuensis to a host of fantastic creatures who are all anxious to tell their stories.

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