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#CharacterInterview Character Interview: Deby Adair (The Wish Trilogy)

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•  How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult? My family? Is my family here? Where's my family? Please tell me you didn't invite my family!Everyone knows that Imperial Guard Snails avoid their family ... we drive each other nuts,! Ah, thank you, my family isn't here. Phew! Can you keep a secret? I do have a soft spot for my cousin, little Bobs.

•  What do you want from life? A bunch of green leaves, a dark corner for snoozing, a garden with no big critters and a visit from a unicorn now and then.

      •   What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it? Well, ahem, I do live in WISH and when I did visit the outside world, well, if you've read the WISH trilogy,  you'll know how that turned out!

      •  What would you want to have most? I'm not tall enough to eat those great big leaves on high trees with the flappy bits that everyone tells me are really tasty; so, looooong legs, I guess.

      •  What must happen before you overcome this? Hmm,  the trees must shrink?

•  If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for? Oh boy, you really haven't read the WISH trilogy!

•  What three things would you take to a Desert Island? Food, food, food. Hey, maybe they're my three wishes!

•  In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why? In my world, friends come in really great and interesting packages: unicorn friends, friends that vanish; Rielle, (ah, she's amazing that kid,) Pud, (he's so noble it busts my heart,) First Ones (how do I ever get to become like them?) Family – nag, nag, nag, be better, behave, be strong, be good... argh! I go great places with friends!


•  How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period? Oooooh, young lady, that is a very personal question! Imperial Guards sign a non-disclosure form upon entering courtship and we never tell a thing!

•  What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard? Zzzzzzzzzzzzz......zzzzzzzz. Lala la lala... I'm still non-disclosed, here!

•  How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust? Hmm, good question... all pretty much black and white really. See, it's like this - in the unicorn forest, life is safe. In the outside world you don't trust anyone. In WISH, it's really weird and you double don't trust anyone, unless you know them first, and even then they might change into something else, so you can never be too sure.

•  When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second? First, if there are any door knobs 'cause I can't open door knobs (this has been known to cause problems)... and second, if there's food.

•  When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you? (Snort)... That I'm an honourable member of the Imperial Guard, of course!

•  Describe yourself to me. People say I'm scatty, silly, somnambulistic and slimy, but I'm really not. They reckon I forget stuff but I'm sure I remember things, well, pretty sure. Hey, I'm a child of Nature, and I get around alright. Anyway, at least I try to always look on the bright side!

•  Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audible, etc., or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?) Smell. Ahhh, the lovely smell of leaves in spring.... sorry, didn't mean to drool on your shoes... oh, they're new shoes... heh, yee.

•  Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?Ooh, that's a hard one. Actually, after making big mistakes, I turned out pretty good! My parents? You haven't invited them here have you?

•  What really moves you, or touches you to the soul? The sound of unicorns trilling and their presence... yeah, it's a WISH thing.  It makes my heart go all sad and happy at the same time and I want to cry and laugh all at once, you know, like you just did when I drooled on your shoes...

•  What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn't/couldn't/wouldn't? What would happen if you did do it? I want to be able to vanish, you know, like some of my friends do! I have no idea what would happen if I did do it... that's why I want to do it!!

•  What do you consider are your strengths?  Eating. Being happy.


•  What do you consider are your weaknesses? Er, I've been told on one or two occasions that I am a bit rash and impulsive....

•  What is one physical attribute you are proud of? Easy, my shell!

•  What one physical attribute would you change? Taller... remember ... high trees and juicy leaves?

•  What do you consider your special talent? Imperial Guarding.

•  What do you wish your special talent was? Going as fast as a bird.

•  What are you most proud of about your life? Ahhh, that's easy, you know that moment in Wish Again-Dreams Truth, when I …. what was the question again?

•  Is there anything you've always wanted to do but haven't done? What would happen if you did it? I always wanted to ride a unicorn but that would be breaking the rule of no-riding-unicorns and I'm sure I would be punished terribly, somehow. (Shudder.)

•  What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why? Oh no, I was hoping you wouldn't ask me that! Lur....li...b...it...W..... Pardon? please speak up. You do know I'll never forgive you for asking? It was when I stupidly took little Bobs into.... ah, you know the part... the BIG mistake in Book Two!

•  Describe your ideal mate. Happy, funny.

•  What are you most afraid of? Being eaten by something bigger than me.

•  What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?Living in the unicorn forest when I can. And my friends. I love my clever, exciting, beautiful and very, very brave friends.

•  How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?  I want to live permanently in the forest and never leave. I hope Ms Adair lets me do that one day.

•  If you could be a human, who would it be? I would be Will. He and I have both made big mistakes...so I kind of 'get' the guy ... and he's human, and humans can reach those big green leaves in the tall trees.


Character Questionnaire

• What do you consider your greatest achievement? Escaping from the Sorcerer of Great Contempt, more than once!

• What is your idea of perfect happiness? Unicorn forest.

• What is your current state of mind? Happy.

• What is your favourite occupation? Exploring new food.

• What is your most treasured possession? My shell and my taste buds.

• What or who is the greatest love of your life? 'NON DISCLOSURE!'

• What is your favourite journey? Exploring caves!

• What is your most marked characteristic? I'm brave sometimes, it's my job.

• When and where were you the happiest? Forest, trees, quiet, peace, no family, lots of butterflies and a ball of moss. I think it was when I was a tiny little guy.

• What is it that you most dislike? Blazing sun and nowhere to hide.

• What is your greatest fear? Being eaten by something large and scary.

• What is your greatest extravagance? A 48 hour non-stop eating fest, if I can get it.

• Which living person do you most despise? Hmm mm.... no one at the moment, but I did hate the Sorcerer of Great Contempt.

• What is your greatest regret? Watching my little cousin cry and knowing it was all my fault.

• Which talent would you most like to have? Flying or vanishing.

• Where would you like to live? Unicorn forest, aren't you listening?

• What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being boiled alive by French chefs. Those delicate sauces are not all they're cut out to be.

• What is the quality you most like in a man? Enin On... he's compassionate, kind, strong and bold.

• What is the quality you most like in a woman? Rielle, ok, she's a girl... but she's tough, smart, quick witted and true.

• What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I don't think before I speak occasionally, sometimes, mostly.

• What is the trait you most deplore in others? Meanness.

• What do you most value in your friends? My friends are unique, brave and they do good deeds, sometimes amazing deeds, mostly exceptional deeds. I love my friends... did I mention that before?

• Who is your favourite hero of fiction? Hmm.... well, I don't do fiction; too busy in real life.

• Who are your heroes in real life? Oooooh, I don't want to pick and choose, I might leave someone out and then the others would be offended... ok, Pud.

• Which living person do you most admire? Rielle.

• What do you consider the most overrated virtue? False modesty.

• On what occasions do you lie? Heck, never! Well, I don't remember, really...

• Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 'I'm hungry.'

• If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? You clearly haven't been listening... legs... tall, juicy leaves, tall trees.....

• What are your favourite names? Candela and Coraggio - they sound like bells ringing to my ears.

• How would you like to die? In my sleep when I'm really, really, really ancient, like Bobs. Not that he's dead, but you know, he's really, really antediluvian, so when I'm like him.

• If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Is it too much to dream to be a unicorn?

• What is your motto? 'Act first, think later!' Er, hang on, or is that, 'Think first, act later?' Um, 'Eat first, think later?' Er...'Think and eat on your feet?'Hmm...'Think on the run?' I know! 'EAT ON THE RUN.'


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