Brace yourselves, dear readers... today we have a double dosage of the one of the most talented fantasy writers of the 21st Century. You know who I'm talking about - Maria V Snyder!! Not only is she sharing an exclusive deleted scene from Magic Study over on Lisa's blog today, but she may be a friend of a they-live-in-my-mind friend of Avry and Kerrick from Touch of Power, so she was able to score us an exclusive interview with this badass duo! If you haven't read Touch of Power or Maria's other series like Poison Study or Insiders, then seriously, go make them your hot date for this month. They're such a worthy Valentine!
Kerrick, what were your initial thoughts about Avry after you kidnapped her?
Kerrick: I wouldn’t call it kidnapping. We rescued her from being executed. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think about her. She’d been such an elusive prey, that I knew she was smart. But after a few days, she turned stubborn and exasperating.
Avry, do you forgive Kerrick for being such a jerk when you first met?
Avry: It took me awhile. I understand why he acted as he did – he had been searching for a healer for two years and having no luck and then I refuse to help him out. Plus I insulted his good friend. Still… it took a long time, but I did forgive him.
At what moment did you realize you were falling in love
Avry: Not until I was at Tohon’s castle. I actually missed him and realized my feelings went deeper.
Kerrick: When she healed Belen and saved his life. That act and the pain she endured…I was awed.
Avry: You didn’t act like it. You seemed angry.
Kerrick: Of course I was angry! You disobeyed a direct order.
Avry: There was no way I wasn’t healing Belen!
If you had met in friendlier circumstances, do you think you would have still fallen for each other?
Avry: I don’t know. The more time we spent together, the deeper the connection. We saw each other at our best and -
Kerrick: - and our worst. If she can love me after all that, then I know it’s real.
What do you admire most about one another?
Avry: His loyalty and being willing to help the Fifteen Realms reform.
Kerrick: That she’s willing to sacrifice her life for others. That’s impressive.
What would people be shocked to know about your partner?
Avry: I don’t know. This is all so new, we’re still discovering things about each other.
In your group of friends, who's your favourite and why?
Avry: He’s Poppa Bear!
Kerrick: He’s been with me since I was a baby. He’s my big brother in all ways but one, and he always has my back. I trust him implicitly.
If you could be granted one wish, what would it be?
Both: For Tohon to be defeated and for the Fifteen Realms to return to normal.
What are your thoughts on love, now that you've experienced it?
Kerrick: It’s a pain in the a—
Avry punches him in the arm.
Kerrick: What I meant is that it’s more complicated than anything else. I want to protect Avry and keep her safe, but I can’t. We’re on the brink of war and she’s needed. I can’t be selfish.
Avry: It’s hard, but wonderful at the same time.
What memory of each other will you always keep from your journey together?
Avry and Kerrick glance at each other and smile.
Both: The time we spent together in the cave before… well, you know.
Thanks for stopping by, Kerrick and Avry! And Maria, we're forever in debt for you putting in a good word for us with these two. I must agree with them, I absolutely ADORE Poppa Bear! <3 And uuhh... those cave scenes? *wiggles eyebrows* I quite enjoyed them too :D
Ooh what's that? A mystery letter you'll need for the Scavenger Hunt!