For every book we release, we typically feature an interview with one of its major characters. This week we were going to sit down and chat with someone from Sand to Glass by Remy Apepp, but something . . . a bit unusual happened. Read below to find out what it was!
[darkness, slowly lifting]
Where are we?
It looks like we've been transported to . . . a desert.
This is going to sound crazy, but I think - well, I think we might be inside the dreams of Rujir-Zakurele.
You know: the Great Being. The one who accidentally created Ordyuk and Mythus and their whole world.
Oh. Wait - I hear a voice, carrying great authority. It must be the Great Being him-, uh, her-, er, itself?
Message to the reader from Rujir-Zakurele, who dreamed the world of Sand to Glass into existence:
Rujir-Zakurele: Don’t ask why these interviews happened. My dreams are irksome, ugh.
Interview 1: The Crown Prince
Rujir-Zakurele: So, why are you so angry all the time?
Prince Diyomendon: [glaring] The world you created is cursed. Go die.
R-Z: Unfortunately for all of us, that’s not possible, so we’re stuck with this hateful existence. Suffer it with me.
Prince D: You think I’m not?! [fuming]
R-Z: . . . Go jump in the river and cool off — and maybe drown while you’re at it.
Interview 2: The Princess
Rujir-Zakurele: You don’t seem bothered by anything. How does that work?
Princess Naliki: I’m the princess. [simpering] The world bows at my feet and does tricks for me.
R-Z: . . . It really doesn’t, but I guess it’s not hurting you to dream. If you’re lucky, it’ll keep it up — but you probably won’t be.
Princess N: [smirking] Rather delusional of you to underestimate me.
R-Z: . . . I am literally the creation deity.
Interview 3: The Warrior Prince
Rujir-Zakurele: You really drive people up the wall. Why are you like that?
Prince Luxanthus: [inexpressive] It’s not my fault if people hurt themselves attacking me.
R-Z: Look, that’s really going to bite you in the face someday.
Prince L: [inexpressive] Good thing I live my life the best that I can, so there’s nothing to lament.
R-Z: . . . Go run a hundred laps or something.
Interview 4: The Youngest Prince
Rujir-Zakurele: You seem to have issues. Planning on doing anything about them?
Prince Rezekyrios: [jittery] . . . Sorry.
R-Z: Little human, there is way more going on in your head than makes it out of your mouth.
Prince R: [panicky] . . . Sorry.
R-Z: . . . You did it again. . . .
Interview 5: The Queen
Rujir-Zakurele: You seem to love your children very much. Have any particular hopes for them?
Queen Ythiris: [earnest] I want to see them all grow into themselves: for Diyomendon to make the best use of his anger; for Naliki to become a powerful and influential woman; for Luxanthus to become the best warrior he can be; for Rezekyrios to realize his worth.
R-Z: Well, some of that might come to pass, but I’m not sure about all of it. . . .
Queen Y: [confident] You don’t know them like I do. Just watch them, and you’ll see.
R-Z: . . . I’ll just take your word for it.
Interview 6: The King
Rujir-Zakurele: You’re incredibly serious about your duty as king. What’s the point?
King Agamenjiyr: The point? [amused, disparaging] This kingdom needs a strong and fair hand to lead it. Since this duty lies upon my shoulders, I will carry it with everything I have and everything I am for every second that I live.
R-Z: But what’s the point? Whatever you build will eventually be torn down.
King A: [unmoved] Lives, architecture, even entire kingdoms may disappear, but legacy does not. It’s more than what the eyes can see, more than what the hands can touch; it’s something both nonliving and alive, something that shapes the world like sand turned into glass. Everyone leaves a mark on the world and influences what it becomes. I am a king caring for my kingdom just as a glassblower blows glass.
R-Z: . . . You are exhausting. Go take a nap and spare me your consciousness.
Rujir-Zakurele: Okay, I’m done with this in(s)anity. I’m going back to sleeping through my dreams.
We hope you enjoyed this unique character[s] interview! We had to change things up a little due to the nature of this book, but we had a lot of fun!
Sand to Glass comes out November 1st - preorder your copy here! This character-driven dark literary fantasy is perfect for chilly, spooky autumn evenings! Happy fall, y'all!
P.S. - Check out Remy's author interview here and stay tuned for our official book review next week!
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