Today I have Rochelle Campbell and Donald from her story, Blue Boy. The story is part of The SciFi End of the Supernatural: A Short Story Collection. He's a magical being that looks human. However, he is able to grant wishes to certain people. In this short story, Donald decides to re-define who he can grant wishes for. She's letting me torture him with an interview. >8D
Let's get to this and start with something deep. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Donald: To have only my own mind to contend with; and sit with only my own thoughts. This is true peace. However, I am very glad I have learned to shield myself, to a certain degree, from all of the minds around me.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Why?
Donald: Omniscience. Why does everyone feel knowing everything will help them? I know for a fact that knowing a great deal hinders thought, emotional progress, and to an extent, spiritual evolution. And I, by no means, do not possess full omniscience. I do not know the plan for mankind, nor, do I think, I would want to. What I do know is being able to know everything in every person's heart and mind that you meet is overwhelming. If I weren't a magi, I know I would not be able to handle the onslaught of human emotion in my neighborhood let alone the world.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Donald: I'm not sure I overuse anything in the English language. I try my best to remain in the background. I diligently work at not having to respond to many questions. As much as possible, I like communication with others to be non-verbal. Well, that is, as much as my powers allow me. It's difficult to remain inconspicuous, and not speak, when the magic in my blood attracts adoration and attention from anyone within 10 feet...
My dad was certain when I was a teen I overused the word like. =|
Which talent would you most like to have?
Donald: The ability to not hear other people's thoughts. It is rather tiring to always know what others are thinking, feeling and believing. It gives me a low-grade headache when I am around a large group of people for long periods of time. Yet, there is no other way for me to know what is in that person's heart. What wish, what true wish I should grant for them. Not always is the wish they speak with their mouths their heartfelt wish -- the truest wish of all. My gift allows me to perceive what is best for the person on all levels of their soul. <sigh>
It makes me realize, yet again, that I should not complain. I digress. Please, tell me your next question.
Don't worry about digressing. I go off on tangents all the time.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Donald: Of course, I would wish to be a human being; to be normal. To go through life not knowing a thing about what transpires in the mind of the person next to me.
What is your most treasured possession?
Donald: My lightning stone. It helps me in innumerable ways. It also saved my very soul from being destroyed by The Voice.
Yeah, being saved from being destroyed is always a good thing. I'd definitely keep that stone around.
Who are your favorite writers?
Mystery writers! Any of them! The very fact that a puzzle is afoot with clues to follow and piece together? I love it! Life is not a challenge for me. I know so much that ignorance, mystery, intrigue -- it excites me.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Donald: Ghandi, Mother Teresa, and The Dalai Lama. They embraced the world with their love. I use their actions as the basis for fighting for my freedom from The Voice. How can I ever do what's best, what's right, for all if I can only serve those with money and power?
Eh, those with money and power don't need more servants.
What is your motto?
Donald: Love. Love should be shared with everyone. As Mother Teresa said,
“Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love....The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.”
Thanks for letting me grill you, Donald. You can snag the SciFi End of the Supernatural: A Short Story Collection for $1.99 on Amazon or grab the paperback for your bookshelf.
Seven stories. Many characters. Some human. A few not. It’s science fiction with a smattering of the supernatural (a couple of ghosts, a witch, or two and meteorites…go figure.) Wander into a familiar world, Earth, and see it from a different perspective. However, each story opens you up to a new aspect of reality.
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About the Author
Rochelle Campbell has a BA in Written Communications with an emphasis on Digital Media and began her career as a journalist and PR specialist. Her writing career spans over 20 years, and straddles both nonfiction and fiction. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, yet has been published in two different literary magazines (Go figure!).
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