Guys, I had the pleasure to reveal the cover for this book (HERE you can see it, and the excerpt), and today I’m very happy to have the Hero of the story here with me AND the new, fantastic cover!
First things first.
The book is Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire by Kayelle Allen, a Science Fiction with Romantic Elements, Space Opera, Military Sci Fi
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.
Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped in their pods and it’s up to Pietas to rescue them.
Before he can save his people, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father. Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…
And here’s the Hero! Hi Pietas, and welcome! let’s start with your name.
Pietas ap Lorectic.
Have you ever had a nickname?
Yes, by a friend whom I’d nicknamed Six. He insisted on calling me Pi, even though my name is pronounced pee-ah-toss. When I reminded him that I named him after an integer and that pi was an irregular number, he responded, “Suits you.” My sister calls me Tas (sounds like toss) and because I’m known as the Bringer of Chaos, a close friend sometimes calls me “Bringer.” Usually as an amicable jibe. Usually. Sometimes he intends it as a warning that I’m about to step over some type of boundary. Who knows which one or for what. I tend to ignore them.
What is your profession?
I’m Chancellor of the High Council for the Ultra people. My position is also referred to as “king” but it is an elected status. The king is chosen by the Council. The one before me was my father, who is still rankled by his displacement. Thankfully, the Council had enough sense to depose him. The man is thoroughly disagreeable (which is the nicest thing I can say about him).
Have you ever thought your life would be made into a book?
Of course. I told Kayelle what to write about me. She rather stubbornly insisted on telling the entire tale, however, not what I told her to say. A most vexing woman at times, but she does have her uses.
What quality you most like in a man or woman?
Honesty. One lies if one fears the consequences. I have made it clear to my troops that if they make a mistake and they tell me, I will not punish them for it. But if they lie to me, I will not forget it.
And the trait you most despise?
So you never lie?
I lied once as a child. I got away with it, but the guilt and fear of being found out ate at me and destroyed the peace I’d hoped to gain. I swore never to do it again. I’m ashamed to admit that I lied one other time, but I’m not at liberty to divulge that here.
What kind of impression do you make on people when they first meet you? Is that accurate?
They think I’m haughty and self-centered, aloof, cold, and indifferent. It’s quite accurate. I do my best to evoke that impression. When no one gets close to you, no one can hurt you. No one wants to be close to a narcissist, so that’s the front I portray. Few have bothered to see past the surface.
Worst and best thing that happened to your life.
Worst: Being exiled to Sempervia. I lost an entire kingdom. Best: Being exiled to Sempervia. I gained a friend who changed my life forever.
Why did you choose the shirt you have on?
I had no choice. I’m interviewing during my time in exile (covered in the Bringer of Chaos series by Kayelle). My only clothing is a khaki shirt and pants. I have nothing else. Not even shoes. Everything was taken from me when I was exiled.
Do you miss being a child?
No. My childhood was more like a prison sentence, punctuated by bouts of physical and emotional abuse, neglect and near-constant hunger. Now that I think about it, not much different from my situation now.
How lucky are you and why?
Yes, I am. The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
I do what I must to survive and to protect my people. I am by nature a hunter, but I can survive in wilderness (and did for years) by gathering natural resources.
What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
At one time, I would have said “they exist” but I will amend that to “they are easily duped.”
How honest are you?
Brutally. By that, I do not mean in a cruel fashion. I mean I weigh the consequences of what I might say and always choose to express whatever aspects of the truth best fits the situation. For example, if you asked me I liked a red dress that I did not think was flattering, I would be more likely to respond by telling you the color was striking, or the fit was excellent. But I would refrain from saying anything about whether it made you look good. Then again, if you asked that point blank, I would tell the truth. There is no value in a lie.
What’s the color of money?
Blood red, oil black, gold bright, and diamond shiny.
What would you do if:
Someone tried to blackmail you. How easy or difficult would it be?
Blackmail happens because you are afraid of someone discovering the truth about you. If you have nothing to hide, no one can blackmail you.
You arrived home and found your door unlocked and slightly ajar, and you were sure you’d locked it on your way out.
I would enter as if I were entering hostile territory, seek out the intruder and deal with the person in the most appropriate manner. My friends do not knock, but they know better than to leave a door open.
You wake up to find a poisonous spider on your pillow next to your head.
I would pick it up and take it outside. I’m immune to most venom. With anything new, my body would acclimate within a negligible amount of time. Although, if it was of sufficient size and I was hungry, I might consider eating it. I have dined on far worse.
Someone else took credit for your work.
You mean, like my father? Like any of a thousand other scientists who claim to be creators of various things I have invented?
What I have always done. Ignore them. I know the truth. The universe has a way of settling debts. I save vengeance for things that matter, such as the taking of life or the denial of freedom.
You wake up in a room and bed you don’t recognize.
That would make me think twice. I have an eidetic memory that goes beyond the norm. I am unable to forget anything. If I didn’t know where I was or why, it would be of great concern.
Someone told you today that you are destined to fulfill a great prophecy.
Prophecies are invented by others to manipulate people into believing a certain way or acting in a prescribed manner. If you thought a person would save your people, would you not do everything you could to help? And in doing so, you fulfill the prophecy. Humanity strives to apply reason and order. Humans want to explain the unexplainable, so they assign it to prophecy, destiny, fate, or kismet. I do not submit to fate. I make my own.
Thank you for this interview, Pietas.
Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured.
Amazon Author page http://amazon.com/author/kayelleallen
Here is a free adult coloring book to download and print, featuring Pietas. If you like dragons, you will love this. I hope you enjoy it! It contains both purchased and licensed images and original art. http://bit.ly/color-pietas