Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Cindy Carroll, and her characters from Standpoint. It’s a fantastic new adult dystopian with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Undine and Keric.
Questions for Undine:
What is your vivid memory of your mother and father?
My dad taking us to the beach when I was a little girl. Everything was better then. There was money to do things. Sometimes I think I dreamt the beach holiday because no one else seems to remember it very well or at all.
What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of waves crashing into the shore. They’re soothing somehow. They help me think.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a student and doing my civic duty for our government. They pay for our education and determine through tests what our best profession will be. Not all university students get this treatment of course but we’re special.
What is your greatest fear?
That my sister will end up at Campus and I won’t be there to protect her.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Funny you should ask that because I was hoping my story was over, but no my writer has two more books planned for me. What else does she want to torture me with?
Questions for Keric:
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
I love the action scenes, gets the adrenaline pumping. Especially when we’re investigating something we’re not supposed to be looking into or exploring parts of the campus we aren’t supposed to know about.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
I’d have to say cuddling on the sofa with Undine and watching programs. We don’t get to do that and it’s something I’d like us to do when all this madness is over.
What other profession would you like to try?
Maybe something in politics to get the world on the right track again.
What is your greatest fear?
That Undine won’t survive this fight she’s started against the government.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Total night owl. Morning classes kill me.
College student Undine Gaudium learns that doing her civic duty contributes to the erosion of freedom people believe they still possess.
Undine Gaudium has known since she was fifteen that she was different. She can’t wait to go to university where everyone will be just like her. But she learns even among the special she’s more special, the result of a genetic experiment that the government finally got right. When she learns what happens to those who rebel, she fights back, putting her life on the line to protect the other students.
Undine, Nayli and Keric stood in front of Zaid’s door waiting for someone to answer. A knock a few minutes before had greeted them with a muffled response but no one had come to the door yet. A few seconds later the door shooshed open. Zaid’s roommate, Geral, looked bleary eyed from sleep.
“Dudes what? I was sleeping.”
“It’s 6:30 in the evening,” Undine said.
“Ya, but that extraction exercise just about killed me today. Did your treadmill try to kill you too?”
“Can we come in?” Keric asked.
“Whatever. I’m crashing on the sofa. Don’t make a lot of noise.”
“We aren’t staying long. We’re looking for Zaid. He was supposed to meet me in the concourse before our first class.” Nayli plopped down on the chair in the common area.
“Ya, he’s not here anymore.”
“What do you mean he’s not here anymore? Is he in the concourse? Somewhere else in the quad?” Undine asked. She’d started pacing in the common area in front of the big screen.
Geral followed her movements with his eyes, shook his head and closed his eyes. He leaned back on the sofa with a groan.
“No, he’s gone. Flunked out. They took his stuff to send back to his place.”
“Flunked out? After only one day?” Undine quickened her pacing and bit her lip.
Nothing made sense. They hadn’t even been evaluated yet. Their first test wasn’t for two weeks. Then exams four weeks after that. How could anyone flunk out on the first day?
“That makes no sense,” Keric said. “Did they say anything else?”
“Nope. Just that I’d be getting a new roommate sometime this week.”
“How is that possible? Every candidate who turned twenty or is turning twenty this year is already here.”
“Maybe they have reserve people or something. Students that didn’t make the cut because of space limitations?”
“There is no making the cut. We’re all accepted by default because of what we are.” Undine stopped her pacing because she was making herself dizzy. She sat in the chair on the other side of the sofa, facing Nayli.
“Think. Did they say anything at all?” Undine leaned forward staring at Geral. He peered out of one eye at her then closed it again.
“Nothing. I don’t know how things work. Maybe he failed one of his blood tests. Maybe he wasn’t pure enough. We’re not all the same quality, you know.”
“Of course we are. How could any one of us be any different than another?”
“Diet. Other factors we know nothing about. I don’t know. But maybe we are different from each other. And he wasn’t as pure.”
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Cindy is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun’s screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic twist. A background in banking and IT doesn’t allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead body. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space paintings with spray paint.
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