Thursday, November 17, 2016

Character Interview: Enoch of 'Fair to Hope'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Enoch from Sam Reed’s Fair to Hope.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Thanks for having me, I normally don’t do interviews, this should be fun. The age question is difficult, it’d probably be easier to answer based on how old I look, that’s probably something around what you would call 25 years old. I mostly keep secrets and twist wills for a living. It has its ups and downs.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

My eyes, the last person I, um…assisted (Velma is her name, sweet girl, stubborn, will probably never be ready for what’s coming but I did the best I could to help), well, she called them kaleidoscope eyes, which is probably the most accurate description. They tend to change colors. A lot.

What would I love the most about you?

I make a great breakfast, that’s something to love if you like to eat as much as I do. And I could out dance you, but you’d have one hell of a time while it’s happening, cause really, who doesn’t love dancing right? We all do it, even if you only do it alone in your bedroom, where no one else can see it, you do it, I know you do.

What would I hate the most about you?

The fact that knowing me would probably mean things weren’t going so well for you.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m assuming you mean the one in my kitchen and not the one in the Cleansing Room so…Jones soda in long neck bottles organized by color, left over pizza and thai takeout, Envy apples (the only apple I eat), maple syrup, butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (cause they taste better cold), marinated olives, bacon, and Pillsbury Grands Biscuits.

What is your most treasured possession?

My house. It’s a lot like me, one thing on the outside, completely different on the inside. It’s the only place where I feel most myself and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy to make that true. I’m proud of it. Even though I can probably count on one hand the number of people who’ve seen it…or would remember seeing it.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She did alright, I guess about as well as could be expected. It’s not like I’m an easy guy to pin down, though she got my house pretty close to right, and that’s important to me. So brownie points there. Honestly, I think she could have used me more, I’m full of nothing but knowledge…but if I think about it long enough, she probably did what was right, it wasn’t my story she was telling. It’s just…I’m not used to being a sidekick. Maybe I’ll take it up with her later, she if she’d be willing to revisit some things, or create something new. I have tons of stories I could tell.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

My hands would be perfectly symmetrical, my left pinky finger is a hair shorter than my right pinky finger, and it drives me insane.

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

I’m supposed to be a loner…the whole, “live on the outskirts…move in secret…don’t let people know who you are or what you do…” thing. But I’ve lived enough lifetimes to know life is way too boring that way. At the same time…I don’t really have friends. Velma might be a friend, if I ever see her again…but people, I do prefer to be around people. I like to be reminded of the fullness of the world, and why I do what I do.

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

Relax, finally. It would be a relief to know that I could, that I’m more like you than I’ve ever let myself believe. And then I’d eat one hell of a breakfast.

About the Author

Sam Reed is a born and bred southern girl who grew up reading Toni Morrison, Archie Comics, Christopher Pike, Octavia Butler, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. When she’s not thinking of what to write, she is napping or eating, going to church, wishing she could sing, trying to perfect her Grandma’s biscuit recipe, watching A Different World reruns, sitting in the sun—or reading a book.


About the Book:

Author: Sam Reed
Publisher: North Loop Books
Pages: 222
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Velma had lived two lives: her first as a former foster kid, and her second as an unlikely recruit into a secret order that satisfied her need for retribution. Her fifteen-year-old self had given up on hope, but after three years with the Taram, she’d found her life’s purpose.

That is, until she is surprisingly named Kachina, the fabled chosen empowered to fight the last battle for the fate of the world. Having to kill someone she loves was never part of the bargain, even if it means saving everyone else from damnation.

Building a normal life free from the pull of the Taram—seems like the only answer to her prayers. Except her best friend, the other Kachina, is coming. The legend is clear that one of them must die.

Velma will have to weigh the cost of her life against a world that’s constantly betrayed her and quite literally decide if she’ll be damned in dying, taking the whole world with her.

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