Hi, Everyone! We have another Make Believe interview for you. Our writer today is Jennifer M. Eaton. She wrote Last Winter Red, but this interview is not about her. If you’ve been following the tour, you’ll have read lots about Jennifer, already, and a bit about her story. Today, we’ll be digging into the back story of her character Emily.
Please welcome Emily from Terra.
Hi, Emily! Would you please tell my readers a little about yourself?
Well, as you said, my name is Emily and I live in the high quadrant in the beautiful city of Terra.
What’s it like living in Terra?
Oh, Terra is wonderful. My days are planned out for me and filled with wonderful activities engineered to broaden my mind and strengthen my body. I never have to worry about where to go or what to do, because the wonderful council prepares my days for me and my doctors check me regularly to make sure I remain strong enough to bear children. There is nothing else a young Red could ask for.
What do you do to entertain yourself?
Entertain myself? I’m not sure I understand. We learn. We broaden our minds.
I mean, what do you do for fun, when you are not in school?
Oh, my apologies. Once in a while I am graced with a visit from my mother, and we play mancala together. It is a game passed down from pre-time played with glass stones on a wooden board. Most nights though, after supper, I read until I fall asleep.
What is your favorite drink?
Drink? I’m not sure I understand the question. Water, of course. What else is there to drink?
Do you participate in any sports? If so, which one(s) do you most like to do?
Are you feeling okay? You are asking such odd questions. What are sports? If it is a type of learning experience, maybe I have participated in it, but we may call it something else in Terra.
I was sorry to hear about your husband. As a Red, what does this mean for you, now?
Thank you for your concern. Yes, the loss of my husband was quite a shock. It happened so suddenly. I will be fine, though. The council will appoint me another husband. After all, I have not had the opportunity to validate myself yet with a child. It is their duty to make sure I reproduce. One cannot reproduce without a man, obviously. [Her eyes lower to the table]
Are you okay? You look sad.
Honestly, I am a bit concerned that they have not appointed me another husband. It has been quite some time. Every other Red of my age has already validated themselves several times over. I feel somewhat lost, not fulfilling my responsibility to add to our population.
I overheard your mother talking about how worried she was about you. Why would she be so worried?
My mother needs to keep to her own business. She doesn’t understand. You see, I bring medicine to the people on The Outside. They are hurting and need help. It just seems right to do whatever I can to ease their miserable existences.
Why do the people in the Barrier Woods live away from the city? Were they exiled because they were infected?
Exiled! Gracious no!
We would never exile anyone. You see, there is no sickness in Terra. The city is engineered to keep the sickness out. Terra was constructed by the ancients to protect us from the terrible disease that ravages The Outside. Without Terra, we would all suffer their horrible fate. The people in the Barrier Woods keep away from the city because it is the proper thing to do. If the disease were to get inside our walls, it could mean the end of mankind!
I think it’s wonderful of you to want to help the sick people there, but I sense an ulterior motive. What other reasons could you have for bringing them medicine?
[She shifts her weight uncomfortably] Honestly, there is a doctor in the Barrier Woods that is helping the infected without the approval of the council. He is a Red, and a good man. [She smiles] Someday, I hope to bring him home to Terra, where he belongs. He would make a wonderful mate.
Is there anything you’d like to add before we say goodbye?
None that I can think of, and I must be going anyway— I am late for my lesson on childhood skin care, and that will be so important once I finally have the opportunity to pass on my genes to another.
Well, Emily, I wish you all the best in the future. Thanks for talking with me.
You are most welcome, Miss Susan. I have enjoyed our conversation, as odd as some of your questions were.
Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle. She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.
Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing. Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology. Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords
Last Winter Red: In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world. What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in.
Connect the Dots: Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.
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