Friday, September 30, 2016

Character Interview: Amy from 'Truthsight'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Amy from Miriam Greystone’s, Truthsight.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Amy.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I’m in my late twenties, and I’m a doctor and a Healer. In case that isn’t clear, I mean to say that I work in the local ER during the day. But at night I run a secret clinic for supernatural creatures out of the abandoned barn on the edge of my property.

What would I hate the most about you?

Lots of people hate me, actually, and I can’t really blame them for it. You’d probably feel pretty much the same as they did, once you heard the story. Just like them, you’d hate me for a decision I made in the past. I did what I felt I had to do. Honestly, I was trying to do the right thing. But I know that my actions had consequences; huge consequences. Things I could have never seen coming. Now I’ve got a whole clan of mages that wants me dead and I have to live in hiding. That’s the reason I can’t use my healing powers – if I did the other mages would sense where I am. I can’t even use my real name. They’re all still out there . . . hunting me.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I don’t really understand the question. I don’t go anywhere when I get mad. I get angry a lot – but what difference does that make? I’ve got my job to do, and I do it. Period. I’m not bragging here, but the truth is that, even without my healing abilities, I’m still a damn good doctor. And there are plenty of people who need a doctor like me real bad. When I get angry, I just keep doing what I’m doing. I keep taking care of the folks that need it. And I’ll always do that – for as long as I possibly can.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

We always keep our fridge stocked with everything we might need to care for our preternatural patients. We’ve got several different kinds of wild honey, large containers of various selections of dirt, mud, and sand. We’ve got every kind of wild herb and a bunch of homeopathic medicines that I brewed myself. I also have beer and sausages, and a large selection of freeze-dried frogs. Don’t judge. Sometimes our patients come in here hungry. We’ve got to feed ‘em, or they might just take a bit out of us!

What is your most treasured possession?

It isn’t mine really. I’m holding onto it for someone. I’d rather not talk about it too much, if you don’t mind. But I will just say that I don’t ever have to be afraid of losing it; you see- I carry it around inside my own body. And someday, if my past mistakes don’t catch up with me first, carrying it inside me like this will most probably cost me my life. Power like this isn’t meant to stay burrowed away inside a human’s chest. I’m a doctor – I know what carrying it is doing to me, but it isn’t like I have much of a choice.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

Cash, so that my credit card can’t be traced. Knowledge of the nearest exit, in case I need to make a mad dash out the back. And tea. Raspberry tea. It is one of the best things in the world.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

You won’t see much, I’m afraid. I mentioned a minute ago that I’m carrying something inside my body? Well, doing that takes a pretty big toll on me. Truth is, it’s pretty hard for me to keep much of anything down. I drink raspberry tea almost every morning and night, and some days it is my main source of calories. When I feel up to it I make myself green smoothies. They are the best way I’ve found to get as many calories and as much nutrition as I can into my body.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I wouldn’t mind having friends, but it’s been so long that I don’t exactly remember what it feels like. The creatures I care for in my clinic aren’t my friends, even though I care about them. I am an outsider to them, and they don’t trust me any more than they have to in order to get the help they need. Jason is the closest thing to a friend that I have here – but he doesn’t know my past, or even my real name. So being a loner is something I’ve had to get used to. I’m still working on that, I guess.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My healing abilities began to surface when I was very young, so there was never much doubt about what I’d grow to be. Healing was always what I wanted to do, the only thing I really cared about. I wasn’t even much interested in exploring other ways to use my magic – it was always the idea of saving others that called to me more than anything else. I’m not sure if it was a coincidence, but my abilities to heal others began to be apparent not long after my own parents were killed. Almost as though I was making myself into someone who could have saved them . . . if only I had been there.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’m not going to die tomorrow . . .I am going to die in three days. At least, that’s the best I can guess, based on what’s happened and how long I think it will take for them to find me. All I want to do before then is convince my friend to keep the clinic open after I’m gone, and eat as much lasagna as I can manage. Then I’m going to get as far away from everything and everyone I care about as I can, so that when they come, they won’t hurt anyone but me. Right now, keeping the clinic and my patients safe is the most that I can hope for. For myself, I haven’t got any hope at all.

About the Author

Debut author Miriam Greystone writes urban fantasy stories filled with magic, romance and the occasional centaur. She fuels her creativity with an insatiable appetite for reading and frequent episodes of Doctor Who. She lives just outside of Washington DC with her husband and children, and when she isn’t hunched over her laptop, she can often be found baking or going on long hikes with her family.
Her latest book is the urban fantasy, Truthsight.

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About the Book:

Title: Truthsight
Author: Miriam Greystone
Publisher: City Owl Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Doctor Amy spends her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. When she is forced to use her magic to save the lives of a centaur infant and its mother, she vows never to regret her decision, no matter the consequences. Not even when the Mages capture her, beat her, and condemn her to die.

Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is abducted by a mysterious being named Rowan, who demands she use her healing abilities to save his father. But when Amy fails to save the ailing man, her actions unintentionally force Rowan into an exile that will soon turn into a death sentence.

Now Rowan and Amy must join forces with the creatures who were once her patients and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them all.

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