The Sunshine Blogger Award: An interview with Rowena Schoier


I’ve been nominated by Debbie Jinks for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’, where a character in one of my novels has to answer ten questions about themselves. I’ve chosen Rowena Schoier, the wife of Caden, a politician in the Ministry of Reproduction. She has her own plans for the fate of the world.

1. Do you think your author should have given you a special talent like being a time traveller, or a mathematical genius for example? (Depending on his/her writing genre).
The power to influence minds directly would be most appreciated. Doing it the long way around can be very time consuming and bothersome.

2. Does your author think he’s in control or can you make him do your bidding?
Ed always does what I tell him to. There are several things that happen in my novel that he had never even thought of until I had whispered them in his ear. I am the hero, despite what he may think.

3. What is your least favourite character that he has written into the story?
Joe Parker. A most abrasive and unpleasant character; an old-fashioned creature and a relic of times before the Death. He seems to think that women belong in the bedroom or the kitchen; certainly not anywhere near a position of power. If ask him to do something, he looks over to my husband, Caden, for confirmation. It is a pointless diversion; Caden always does what he is told.

4. If you could be a different character who/what would you be?
No one. I have everything I need right here, and my path has been set by God himself. I can find no other explanation for what happened to the world, and how I benefited so much from it.

5. Do you like the world he has built around you? If not what would you change about it?
I would not be in the position I am if it was not for the world he built. The Norwegian Death killed half of the population of the world several decades ago, changing our civilisation forever. Britain remained strong, and our discovery of a new antibiotic made us the richest nation in the world while the other countries floundered. My father was a common man, a scrap dealer from the north of England. He realised that computers and complex electrics would soon be a thing of the past without the infrastructure and technology to drive them. So, he started converting cars to old engines which did not need them, buying up every scrap yard he could find to grow his empire. He became one of the richest men in the country, and sent me to the best schools and the best tutors, so I could meet men of influence when I was old enough. Only Dr Victor Pearson is richer, but he invented the cure for Infectious Embryonic Sterility, the virus that made the children of the survivors infertile. It was the deal his company made with the Government which made the In Vitro Lottery possible.

6. Has he given you a lover? Are you happy with her choice?
My husband is Caden Schoier, a junior member of the Ministry of Reproduction. His family has a history of making difficult decisions, like his uncle Alfred, who masterminded the solution they called Prisoners Dilemma during the plague. I have big plans for Caden, and our future dynasty. I have the money, and he will soon have the power. A perfect combination.

7. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I have everything I desire but I get lonely sometimes, despite the vacuous sycophants who flutter around me. I need an equal to myself, a friend whom I can discuss ideas or debate strategies with. Someone who understands what must be done.

8. Do you think he has made you sound pretty/handsome or should she have worked harder on that?
I am young, blonde and beautiful, which makes men (and many women) underestimate me. I walk the corridors of power in the Ministry, pretending to a be a mere trophy, all the while bending its will to mine with just a well-timed smile or a quiet word in an eager ear. Men are easy to manipulate when they desire you, and most of them do.

9. What habit does your author have that really irritates you?
He keeps making me say things with contractions (a lady of standing does not talk in such a way), and then has to edit them afterwards when I complain. That, and he keeps describing me as the antagonist to other people – how rude!

10. Do you think your author is a talented writer? Or could he do with taking a few courses?
He uses far too many adverbs in dialogue for my liking; something he is working on for my further adventures, so I am told. But he built the world I live in, making it come alive with details and observations on how a civilisation functions and rebuilds after such a catastrophe.


Who’s next?

Part of the chain is to nominate people with your own questions, so here’s mine!

  1. Tell me about the world you live in.
  2. You have only $50 left (or local equivalent) in the world, what do you spent it on?
  3. What scares you the most?
  4. What would your ideal alternative career be?
  5. Slay the dragon or set it free? (and why)
  6. Would you join an old enemy to fight a new one?
  7. What do you do to relax between adventures?
  8. Has your author ever made you do something you completely disagree with?
  9. Are you in love with anyone you shouldn’t be?
  10. Would you take a life to save ten?

I nominate the following people (links coming soon!):

Mark Roman

Karl Drinkwater

S. A. Gibson

David Gilchrist

A. M. Rycroft

K. A. Duggsy





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