For every book we release, we’ll feature an interview with one or two of its major characters. This week we sat down to chat with Frink from our newest book, The Star-Crossed Pelican by Laura Ruth Loomis, which came out yesterday, December 5th. Let’s see what the pilot of the Cosmic Turkey had to say.
Thinklings: How do you feel about Janet [the main character, captain of the Cosmic Turkey]?
Frink: The crew of the Turkey is like a family—maybe a slightly dysfunctional one. Janet is the mother figure, which sounds weird since she’s younger than everyone except her brother, Martian. But she takes care of us, protects us from our own worst impulses, and tries to help us be better people. Like a mother does.
Also, she should get more books and jewelry. I get bored with stealing the same mug and coffee-injecting alarm clock every time I burglarize her quarters.
T: Your crewmates have called you a kleptomaniac. Is that accurate?
F: I prefer to think of myself as a collector. Of everything.
T: Did you learn any important lessons during your mission to the Pelican Nebula?
F: Never sign your spaceship up for an extended warranty, especially on the captain’s credit card.
T: What made you most afraid during this mission?
F: The Civilizer is a terrifying weapon that forces people to relive their darkest moments. And the Cygnoids were threatening to use it on any species that didn’t comply with their rules. They wanted my people (Ursans) to find a cure for kleptomania, have accordion music at all public functions, and change the name of the planet to X.
T: What was the best part about this mission?
F: I fell in love! I’d never used an online dating service before, and I didn’t think it was possible to fall for someone before we met in person, but Xerxzez and I were made for each other. We care about the same things: art, romance, curling, six-fisted boxing, and enjoying the finer things in life. Xerxzez stole my heart. And my jewelry. But mostly my heart.
T: What do you think about GUPPEAS [the peacemongering spacefleet Janet, Frink, and crew work for]?
F: They’re much too bureaucratic. They make us fill out a stack of forms every time the ship is damaged, which is admittedly pretty often. And those 8-color uniforms are painful to look at. But GUPPEAS is trying to do a good thing, spreading peace in the galaxy, and GUPPEAS is the reason I have a home with the crew of the Turkey.
T: What do you hope to do in the near future?
F: I’m putting together a bucket list of things I want to steal. (Why do they call it that? I almost never steal buckets.) I already have the first one: the legendary lost jewel of Togmagog. Some of the other items on the list:
-The gavel from the Supreme Galactic Court
-The first known manuscript written in Old Jupiteran (rules for billiards in zero-gravity)
-Nina Mikeljohn’s spaceship (preferably while she’s smuggling chocolate)
-A small planet (a moon would do, I guess)
There’s more on the list, but I’m not sure I should admit to all of it without a lawyer.
T: Wait, where’s my watch?
F: No comment.
Thanks, Frink! (We’ll get Security Chief Nlubglub to retrieve the watch later . . .)
The Star-Crossed Pelican is available in paperback and e-book formats, including Kindle Unlimited. It’s perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and Catherynne M. Valente.
Click here to read our interview with author Laura Ruth Loomis for The Star-Crossed Pelican, here to read our official book review, and here to read the first chapter of the book for free on Laura’s website. Coming next week: our top 10 favorite quotes from the book!
The Star-Crossed Pelican is book 2 in the Cosmic Turkey series. This series does not necessarily need to be read in order, but it helps.
Click here to take a fun quiz and see which of the alien species from this series you’d be!
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