Issue 5 feature author Eileen Kernaghan interviewed the lead character from ‘The Robber Maiden’s Story’. Said Eileen, “She is not an easy subject, but this is what she had to say”:
- What is your greatest fear? If I was afraid of anything, do you think I would admit it?
- On what occasion do you lie? Whenever it seems useful.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance? There is nothing to dislike in my appearance. Say there is, and you’ll feel my knife at your throat.
- When and where were you happiest? When Gerda, my little yellow-haired rabbit, was here with me in the camp.
- What is your most treasured possession? My reindeer Ba. Also the dagger my father stole from a prince (and I stole from my father).
- Who are your favourite writers? I’m sorry, I don’t understand that question.
- How would you like to die? In a blaze of glory, when all my enemies are dead.
Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster, B.C. She is the author of nine historical fantasy novels and a three-time winner of the Aurora Award for Canadian speculative fiction. Her latest novel, Sophie, in Shadow (Thistledown Press, 2014) is set in 1914 India. An associated novel, Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural (2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, while The Alchemist’s Daughter (2004) was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Award for Children’s Literature. As well, her short stories and poems have appeared in many North American literary and speculative publications.