Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 1 May 2016 (character interview)

Each Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from writers in multiple genres and forms. Check out the full roster here.


The roads of the past are already laid; I cannot deviate from them. What happened, happened and cannot be changed. 

But — the challenge. That’s the turning I’d undo if I could. Stupid precipitate pride, and for all I reproach Naime as a hothead I’m the same, or was. 

She turns the coldest of cold faces to those who incited me. She knows perfectly well who egged me on, but I take responsibility for it. I resisted my friends in other things; I wasn’t a puppet in their hands. I could have chosen otherwise. I could have said: that’s my cousin, that’s my friend, if anyone’s allowed to laugh at me she is.

But I lost my temper.


Character interview for the Shipwright cycle, which is set about 600 years before the time of Ship’s Heart. The speaker is Phila, cousin to Naime the Shipwright. This interview draws on collaboration with poet-scholar Lev Mirov, who provided questions from sociology of religion to help me understand the cult of Martis-Mortis, the war deity to whose cult Phila belongs.

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7 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 1 May 2016 (character interview)

  1. I wonder if he is as much master of himself as he thinks himself to be after all he had lost his temper for a reason that might as well be connected with peer pressure.

  2. The question is, now what i she going to do about it?

  3. Bad things happen when one loses one’s temper, no matter what society they live in! A very realistic self assessment. Enjoyed the excerpt.

  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    You always manage to get deeply inside your characters heads in these interviews. Good job.

  5. I think this might be my favourite snippet so far, which is saying something because your writing is great. That last line is stellar given the context. 😀

  6. Heather Boyd says:

    You’re writing is so wonderful, and that moment conveyed full of emotion. 😀 Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lara/Trace says:

    I’m new here – need to catch up! ❤

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