I have a treat for you. Yesterday I shared an interview with author Kyle Robert Shultz in celebration of his book Deadwood, which came out today. If you haven’t read that yet, you should check it out here. Today I have the honor of sharing an interview with Todd, the main character who leads us through Deadwood. Thankfully, we were not interrupted by any dragons or hungry saloons and I managed to tease out some fun stories from this cowboy… horse/man. (as Todd would say, “pun not intended”)
But enough of all that. Let me introduce you to Todd.
Hello, Todd. Congratulations on being the first non-native fiction character on my website.
Howdy, Jillane. Happy to be here.
Todd, you spend a good portion of your time as a centaur. What made you choose this particular species to emulate?
They’ve got a lot of advantages. I mean, why depend on a horse to carry you around when you can just be the horse instead? You don’t have to worry about food, stables, getting bucked off...much easier. Granted, I do like being able to shift back from centaur form, because it gets a little cramped when you’re half-horse all the time.
You’ve been known as a bit of a swindler in the past. What is the worst trick you’ve played on a paying customer?
*ahem* Wellllll...I wouldn’t exactly call it a “trick,” because it wasn’t exactly deliberate on my part, but I did once sell a “youth potion” to the people of Jackalope Springs that turned them all into babies for about a week. In fairness, it wasn’t actually supposed to do that. I made the mistake of buying it cheap from another potion seller who told me it was only a mild tonic that wouldn’t do anything at all. And I even babysat them all until they got better, but they still tried to throw me in jail afterward. Not very fair, if you ask me. Thank goodness it wasn’t a very big town.
Speaking of reputations, your family holds a bit of one as monster-hunters. What’s one monster you would never want to tangle with?
Rattlegriffs are bad news. You don’t fight them, you just run. They’re like gryphons, only with rattlesnake mixed in along with the lion and eagle parts. And they don’t talk or act rational like ordinary gryphons. They just try to eat you. Personally, I think it’s overkill for a creature with a giant beak and razor-sharp talons to have lethal venom in the bargain, but I’m not the one who makes these decisions.
In your last adventure, you interacted with multiple animals and had a chance to speak with them. So I have to ask, are you a dog person or a cat person?
Dog person, definitely. I try to get along with cats, but they usually don’t take to me. Dogs love me. I’d have one of my own if I didn’t travel so much.
Traveling with a dragon can be dangerous business. But it seems you are friends with one and, in this new story, you actually continue that friendship. What is the worst thing about hanging out with dragons?
You can’t take them anywhere. They’re really embarrassing when you’re out in public with them. It’s always, “Look! Shiny thing! Let’s steal it!” Or, “Hey, see that big tree? I was here eighty bazillion years ago when it was just a sapling. Let me tell you the whole long story. You’ve got a few hours, right?” Or, “I’m bored. I want to set fire to everything.” Honestly, it’s like looking after a spoiled kid who can transform into a giant fire-breathing lizard whenever he feels like it.
Last question, and then I’ll let you get back to dodging monsters and pulling wagons. Todd, where you see yourself in five years?
I’ll settle for “alive.” Though ideally, I’d like to be settled down somewhere nice instead of constantly running from the law or monsters or whatever. I’ve thought about running a ranch of my own, though my friends tell me I wouldn’t be very good at it.
Thanks for joining us and best of luck on your future adventures.
Thank you as well. Happy trails!
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