April 28, 2015

Proust Your Protagonist with Samantha Holloway


Meet Annissa, one of the protagonists in Samantha
Holloway's epic fantasy novel, Married to the Wind.

Introducing

Annissa of Yorra, 
Wisewoman's Daugher

There's been a fantastic rumor that's appeared and disappeared over the last couple years, like the ebb and flow of ocean waves: there was a boy who fell from the sky. I've always wondered if there was anything to it, and I had the luck of coming one step closer to realization when I met Annissa. She kindly let me ask her some of the deep questions I ask everyone else when I want to learn the truth of things. ...Sometimes the truth doesn't live in things, but people.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
I would have thought, before now, that it would be being restless and having no way to quench it. But I know now that loss is the greatest depth of misery--losing people we love, losing our homelands, losing everything we thought we knew about everything--losing humanity.

But I also know now that if we never lose anything, how can we really know that we fully appreciate what we have?

Where would you like to live?
Yorra. My own, tiny hometown. It was by the Wall the whole time I was growing up there, and it's far, far different now, but the whole time I was away, all I wanted was to come back, to my home and the trees that I planted there, and the places where my family walked. It's funny, too, because growing up, I would have wanted to live anywhere else.

If I can't have Yorra, my second choice would be with the Clans; Ardeth still has his 'thant and his 'hro, and we have many, many good memories there.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Knowing what needs to be done and knowing that I have the ability to do it. Being with Ardeth, without having to worry about one of us flying apart and returning to the elements we came from. Having a purpose and living it fully. Ardeth's smile. Gods, I missed that while he was gone!

The quality you most admire in a man?
Gentleness and kindness at times when you'd expect dangerous violence.

The quality you most admire in a woman?
The same! Why should girls be held to a different standard? Didn't Glorisa and I challenge the Dark on our own?

Your favorite virtue?
Compassion, above all else. Though it's a hard lesson to learn before you can practice it.

Your favorite occupation?
I love planting trees, and watching them grow before my eyes, but I don't know if that counts as an occupation. The Clans taught me how wonderful singing is, and I've always loved storytelling. Traveling, of course. Helping people. I would have no purpose if I wasn't helping people.

Your most marked characteristic?
Boldness, I suppose, though I never thought of myself as bold. But how else would I have had the nerve to cross an uncrossable Wall? To travel across the world and back with dangerous strangers? To challenge my homeland's history and it's very religion? I must've been bold.

What do you most value in your friends?
Love! Love enough of me to believe me when I say amazing and strange things. Love enough to build me an army and believe I'll be back to lead it. Love enough to heal the world when I can't do it myself.

What is your principle defect?
I cannot give up. Even when I want to, even when reality or power or fate is literally killing me, I cannot roll over and let it happen. Hiri says that's why I'm a hero; I think it's why I'm still alive.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never accomplishing what you have been created to accomplish. Fate is a terrible thing and a great gift, and if you never do what you are here to do, what is the point of it?

What would you like to be?
Most of my life, I wanted to be normal--to marry and have babies and live and die and pass everything on while maintaining balance. Now I want to be myself. I know who I am now, having come through the Dark and the Final Battle and survived, and I only want to be myself.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My friends, who went to battle with me--and the ones who fell there. Already, we're heroes to others, half-legendary, but they're my heroes. Benni, how traded his plough for a sword. Tchenu, who challenged his own people.

Who are your favorite heroines?
Hiri and Nualu! One who was my friend almost from birth, and who led an army in my name, and one who taught me the ways of the desert and told me their stories. D'Nola who was my mother when I had none. Genna who was my mother before that. Senni, my grandmother.

What is it you most dislike?
Dishonesty and the corruption of power. None of this would have happened if it weren't for the Regent's grasping for the throne.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Peace! I was always restless, and even now, I feel the urge to move and to act when it would likely be better for me to wait!

How would you like to die?
Who says I haven't? I'm not afraid of it; however I go, in the end, I hope I go doing good for my people.

What is your present state of mind?
After everything we have been through, I'm happy and fulfilled, and I'm glad that we're still here.

What is your motto?
Love is stronger than Fate.

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About the book:  Everything she thought she knew was wrong.

Annissa of Yorra knew she was the Wisewoman's daughter. She knew she was to be married in just a few short months. She knew her tiny village near the Wall was unimportant. She knew her country was safe, the sacred homeland of the First Lady's Chosen People. And she knew her life would be unremarkable, though such quiet left her restless.

She didn't know destiny had so much more in store for her.

When she rescues a boy who falls from the sky the same moment an impossible evil returns from Over the Wall, everything changes. Soon, she must make a choice--safety, or the truth?

Married to the Wind is a multi-piece fantasy that begins with part one, available now. You can find it at Amazon.com. Be sure to leave reviews at Amazon and Goodreads, which is one of the best ways to help out the author.

(c) Samantha Holloway
About the author: Samantha Holloway is unfit for anything but writing expansive fantasy and the occasional science fiction story, so she does it full time. 

She's the author of the upcoming epic fantasy novel Married to the Wind, and has published dozens of book reviews, TV reviews and a few short stories. 

In between writing and thinking about writing, she lives in North Carolina with an aptly-named cat called Ninja, wears too much jewelry, runs a homemade nail polish company for a lark, and subsists mostly on tea.

To learn more about Samantha, visit her official site and keep up with her releases through Amazon Author Central and Goodreads. Be sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, too!