For every book we release, we'll feature an interview with one of its major characters. This person may or may not be the main character; in the case of The Disposable by Katherine Vick, it is. We interviewed Fodder of Humble Village, whose job involves getting killed over and over again. Or at least, that was his job until he decided to rebel against "the powers that be" in his world. Let's see what Fodder had to say.
What was your life like growing up in Humble Village?
Well...it was Ordinary. I did my bit as an Urchin, scampered about In Narrative when it needed me, messed about with my mates like Flirt and Shoulders when it didn't. And then I joined the Disposables. It was what it was. Nothing bad but nothing special – just as it was supposed to be.
Tell us about the event that started the rebellion, from your point of view.
That's a tricky one, really. It was hard to define, I'd just...had enough. I don't even know where that feeling came from; it just kind of crept up on me. I was angry at life in a way I'd never really been before. And then suddenly I was free and doing things I shouldn't have been able to. Something just...changed.
If you had the choice, what kind of character would you want to play?
Ah, you see, that's just it. I'm not bothered about playing anyone in particular. It's having the choice that's the thing. I'd just like to have a say in where my life goes next. I'll decide where that is when I get there.
What was it like hauling Pleasance across The Realm?
Ask Shoulders – he did most of the heavy lifting! Probably the politest term would be an experience. A more honest term would be a pain in the ruddy arse! Gods, that girl has a pair of lungs....
Why do you think Shoulders decided to join your rebellion?
Technically, he would say he didn't; I dragged him into it! And he's my mate and he didn't want to drop me in it with Strut. I feel a bit guilty about that to be honest. I mean, Flirt, I could have seen that coming; she's never been happy with her lot since we were kids, but Shoulders, he never wanted a big life upheaval. Probably if it wasn't for Clank and the head thing, he would have happily stayed home. I'm not sure he believes in a cause but I don't think he'd mind some revenge!
How do you feel about a Principal character like Prince Dullard joining your cause?
The more the merrier! Dullard's a decent bloke considering he grew up in the Palace, and to be honest, like I said to him, he's good for the heavy thinking. I'm no philosopher or academic, that's for sure, and it's good to have another ideas man to take the pressure off me. Plus, he's not a bad princess wrangler, which takes the pressure off Shoulders. And that helps us all!
The Disposable by Katherine Vick was published on April 1st, 2020. This unique and hilarious book, comparable to Terry Pratchett novels, has gotten rave reviews from around the world and boasts an Amazon rating of 4.6 stars. Check it out here!