Get to Know Kel (Character Interview)

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Yesterday I interviewed Jax, one of my characters from Foreign Identity. Today I’m breaking into the story to interview Kel. After you read it, scroll down to enter the contest for one of my books.

Character Interview

Photo Credit: Matt Mattila

As the author of Foreign Identity, I have the advantage of being able to materialize in and out of my story at will. This gave me the unique opportunity to speak with a couple of my characters and find out how they felt about their dire circumstances.

Deep in the heart of a cold building runs a labyrinth of corridors. It was in one of these halls that I stumbled upon two people, known to each other only as “Jax” and “Kel.” They were wandering, seemingly lost, but  I managed to snag a few minutes with Kel to find out a little more about what is going on in this strange place.

Me: You just escaped a prison. How did it feel to wake up in chains?

Kel: I was completely freaked out. I mean, wouldn’t you be? (Shudders)  I’m just glad I wasn’t alone. If Jax wasn’t there to figure out how to get out…well, I don’t even want to think about it.

Me: How does it feel to have escaped that room?

Kel (Sighs): Honestly, getting out of there wasn’t much better than being trapped. Now it just feels like we’re playing someone’s sick game. I’m not going to be relieved or satisfied until I make it back safe.

Me: That’s understandable. So what are your thoughts and ideas about this place?

Kel (Shakes her head): I’m pretty weirded out by the whole thing. It’s like someone’s trying to torment us with all the crazy stuff we’ve seen here. I’ve got no clue why we’re here, but beyond that it feels like something seriously evil is at work behind the scenes. I just want out.

Me: What can you tell me about Jax, the man you were imprisoned with?

Kel: At first he had me worried. Probably because I was chained to him.  Then he was so fixated on solving the problem. Strange. It was like being a prisoner didn’t even faze him. (Shrugs) But now I know that’s just the way his mind works. He’s so analytical. (Shakes head) I don’t get that, but it’s helped us pretty well so far.

Me: Is it difficult to trust someone when you don’t know anything about them?

Kel: Yeah. I’m still not sure how I feel about him. You probably think I shouldn’t trust anyone when I can’t remember anything. But I have this weird sense that I should trust him. It’s like… (She glances over at Jax who’s out of earshot and her cheeks turn pink.) Well, it’s sort of like intuition, I guess, but stronger. Like this tangible connection whenever we touch. I keep wondering if it’s some link to my past…or our past, but neither of us can remember.

Me: You may have amnesia, but have you seen any tendencies arise in yourself since waking up here? Do you have any guesses about what sort of life you might have had before you lost your memory?

Kel: I’m nothing like Jax with his photographic memory, that’s for sure. I’ve found a few familiar things, but they seem pretty random. (She sighs and shakes her head.) I’m not getting the connection. I wish I knew more about my past, but my only is guess that it has something to do with Jax.

Me: What’s it like not to have memories of anyone—for your entire world to consist of him and no one else?

Kel: Um, weird. I can’t help being…intrigued by him. (Shrugs) Maybe that’s just because he’s the only guy here. I mean he’s the only person I know. It’s probably just natural curiosity—right?

Me: Are you attracted to him?

Kel (She blushes and her eyes flick over to Jax for an instant before meeting mine again.): I don’t know. I mean, maybe a little. He got us out, so it’s only natural for me to be grateful. And he’s not bad looking, you know? I mean, his hair could use some help, but— (reddens further) Why are you asking me, anyway?

Me: What do you want most?

Kel: I’m tired of running in circles, tired of the puzzles. I just want it over with. I want to get home so I can deal with everything that’s happened.

Me: What if your memory doesn’t come back?

Kel: If we figure out a way to get our memories back, that would be great. If we don’t… (hesitates, frowning) Hopefully we’ll at least figure out who we are. If I can just get back home then I’ll work out the rest as it comes.

Me: Thanks for taking a minute to chat with me.

Kel: So can you give us any clues on how to get out of here?

Me (Clears throat): Uh, no. Sorry about that. But I’m sure you’ll work it all out. Good luck on getting home.

Kel didn’t seem too thrilled when I left. But I have a feeling if those two stick together they’ll figure it out on their own.

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