Guest post by Nick Wilford
Hi Patricia. It’s great to be over at your blog for the penultimate day of my blog tour. Today I’m going to give your readers a glimpse behind the curtain into the secretive world of the Supreme Grand Ruler of the country of Harmonia.*
Good evening everyone. Jeremy Salkeson here, the administrator of the government-sanctioned news feed. I have a very special update for you – the transcript of my recent chat with our Supreme Grand Ruler, Lord Hubert Histender. Of course, it’s against the rules for anyone to see or hear His Lordship, but we thought doing it this way would allow you all to get a glimpse into just how the government goes about its wonderful work and make him seem more like a real person. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Salkeson: Hello, Your Lordship. I know you’re constantly busy making sure everything is running smoothly in this glorious nation of ours, so thanks for taking the time to talk to me.
Histender: No problem. Let’s get on with it.
Salkeson: First, let’s go through a typical day in the life for the ruler of Harmonia. What does it involve?
Histender: Well Jeremy, I typically start by going through the reports from industry – hovercar manufacture, the food production business, the schools. Of course that last one is the most important industry of all, because the education system is honing the leaders of tomorrow. I’m hoping to retire in a few years, and the very best are handpicked to join the government and possibly rise through the ranks to take over my position. So all you youngsters reading this, keep putting in 110%!
Salkeson: So these reports are very important, then?
Histender: Naturally. I expect everything to be running at top capacity, and if it’s not, I order one of my aides to launch an investigation.
Salkeson: I see. So what would be next on your agenda?
Histender: Well, then there’s the reports from the Centre – where we keep those individuals who have been shown themselves to be less than loyal to our glorious administration.
Salkeson: And is there usually any change there?
Histender: No, never. Just a reminder to all those youngsters listening – it’s best not to step out of line!
Salkeson: Very wise words, Your Lordship. And what comes after that?
Histender: Lunch, of course. It’s very important to keep my strength up when running a country such as this. I have a three-course menu, which I take in my office – oh, I’m sorry, my alert’s just gone off. Lunch is served in ten minutes. You didn’t time this interview very well, did you?
Salkeson: It would seem not, Your Lordship. And with that, he was off. So what have we learnt from this interview? Well, mainly, when it comes to running a country, lunch is a central concern!
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Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon.
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