Character Interview from L Blankenship, Author of 'Disciple, Part 1'

ABOUT L BLANKENSHIP

L. Blankenship is the alternate identity of a mild-mannered graphic designer. She started writing animal stories as a kid and it's just gotten completely out of hand since then. Now she's setting out to publish her gritty fantasy and hard science fiction adventures. L grew up in New Hampshire but currently lives near Washington, DC.

Visit L on the web at http://discipleofthefount.blogspot.com

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A few questions for Kate

Kate Carpenter is still quite young -- only sixteen -- but kids grow up quickly in fantasy kingdoms. As her author, I had some questions for her before she set out on this important mission.

L: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Kate: (she laughs) I wanted to be a better cook. My dear friend Alice has ever been a fine cook, and I've been jealous of that. Mother told me I need only attend to the task at hand, and I'd do well -- but it hasn't been so simple.

L: You're a daydreamer?

Kate: It's things which catch my eye. Puzzles. Dreams are well and good, but there's much to do. Much for me to learn, now, as a healer's apprentice.

L: If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Kate: (looking down at her hands.) My father. I would apologize for how we argued, in those last days. He only wanted me safe at home, but my apprenticeship -- it's so much more than I could be as a peasant girl. I can aid so many, and serve the saints. I wish I hadn't had to argue with Father.

L: Is there a piece of advice you've received that has really stuck with you?

Kate: My teacher has told me not to flinch, not to cringe from the truth -- however dire the wound, however gruesome the illness, look with clear eyes and help. It isn't easy (she smiles) but it's true.

L: He's taught you courage.

Kate: Can such a thing be taught? Perhaps. There are harder things to face than wounds and illness.

L: Princes?

Kate: (with a chuckle) My mother will never believe I'm to attend the crown prince.

Part I of Kate's story is available at major online retailers.

ABOUT DISCIPLE, PART 1

The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom's master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that's held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.

Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.

She's not ready for the attentions of a ne'er-do-well knight and the kingdom's only prince, though.

And she isn't ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.

She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.