Friday, November 16, 2018

{Character Interview} Fyrndagas Underdel Dearth the Third of John Paul Tucker's Shelter Island

We’re thrilled to be talking to Fyrndagas Underdel Dearth the Third from John Paul Tucker’s, Shelter Island, Vol. 1 of The Song of Fridorfold.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview Fyrndagas…

You may dispense with the title. I am commonly referred to as Dearth, or Ghost of the Underworld by my enemies, which are plentiful enough.

How old are you, Dearth, and what do you do for a living?

It is for questions such as these I tried in vain to dissuade the author from subjecting me. I am older than you would believe, and am living well and long enough to answer such foolish questions.

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

I am an Underdel, to be distinguished from the rather talkative and skittish Underdens. Plainly, to your kind, I am a rat. Not of the figurative type, of which there are many, but a creature with claws, sharp teeth and two blades crossed upon my back if tooth and claw do not suffice. This is the first and shall be the last time you will hear the pejorative three-lettered term, at least in my presence. Whatever you choose to use among your fellow Earth-dwellers is not my concern.

What would I love the most about you?

Very little, unless of course, you are backed into a dark corner, whose only means of escape is through a snake’s gullet. I can enter any stronghold I choose, confiscate what I require, and leave at my own convenience, skills which the Guardian of Husgard calls on regularly.

What would I hate the most about you?

I am smarter than you, quicker to enter a fray, more likely to survive, and have covered more territory than any folc of fur or feather on the Fragile Lands and Shelter Island — has the interrogation come to an end?
What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am too patient with foolish questions.

Where do you go when you are angry?


What is in your refrigerator right now?

Whatever I found in yours — I will permit one last imposition.

What is your most treasured possession?

Ah! Better. The Hope and Song of Fridorfold.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be? Wait. Don’t leave. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? Who is your best friend?

I am afraid our guest has left the building — through an air duct. That concludes our interview with Fyrndagas Underdel Dearth — the Third, the Ghost of the Underworld.

About the Author

John Paul Tucker holds degrees in Theatre and Theology and has many years experience as an Ontario Certified English Language Teacher, in addition to teaching mime, puppetry and Drama to teens and children. His unique journey has furnished him with an eclectic head of ideas.
He is currently celebrating his 50th article on, an educational website he created for writers, featuring writing tips and techniques harvested from the books we love to read. He has published poems in the Toronto Sun, Little Trinity Print Magazine and Imago Arts e-magazine. His poem City Sidewalks won first prize in a Toronto wide poetry contest. Two of his short stories, The Crooked Tree and The Debt Collector have each won a prize awarded by The Word Guild and The Prescott Journal respectively. You will find one of his fantasy stories recently published in the popular Hot Apple Cider anthology Christmas with Hot Apple Cider. JP has been busy polishing up The Rooster and the Raven King & The Rise of the Crimson King, Books II & III of The Song of Fridorfold trilogy, pursuing Cary, Clarisse and Gregory on their fantastic adventures.

John Paul is excited to be putting the final touches to his fourth novel, a YA fantasy inspired by the remarkable storyteller, George MacDonald. Gather the latest news about JP’s upcoming novels, enjoy a book trailer, dive into some free stories and poems, contribute some art work, take a peek at some photos, or for no other reason drop by to say hello at his official author website

John’s latest book is the middle grade fantasy adventure, Shelter Island.

About the Book:

Author: John Paul Tucker
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 224
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

Thirteen-year-old Cary and his sister Clarisse must return home every day after school to mind their eight year old brother, Gregory. “It’s a non-negotiable,” insist their work-obsessed parents. There is another problem. Clarisse and Gregory don’t like Cary much, and Cary doesn’t much like anything, especially being tagged with his gummy-fingered little brother. But their troubles are about to grow talons.

While bickering over the contents of a small, intricately embroidered pouch, the siblings unintentionally summon three mail-clad birds, who hasten their three young conscripts to Shelter Island, refuge to a long divided realm hidden from the children’s homeland for hundreds of years. Spotted above enemy territory, the small company is attacked. Clarisse and Gregory escape to the caves of Husgard. Cary’s captors dispatch him to Vangorfold, a centuries old stronghold sworn to Husgard’s destruction. Entangled in a centuries old conflict, the children’s own blur of problems comes into sharp focus, hastening the fortunes, for good or ill, not only of a forgotten civilization of birds, but of the children’s homeland.



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