Character Interview: Amon Kalins and Thea Forester

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Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won’t rest until he’s safely back imprisoned within Nil’s cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn’t forgotten her.
Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hell-bent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.~ Goodreads Blurb

Gabrielle: Thanks to Livia for having us here today! I’m sitting with Amon Kalins and Thea Forester from the book Destiny Redeemed. Welcome you two!

Amon: Hello, Gabrielle. It’s been a while. How have you been?

Gabrielle: I’ve been great, Amon. Thea, how are you?

Thea: Just terrific, Gabrielle! I think it was Christmas the last time we saw you.

Gabrielle: I think you’re right. I should remember well since that was the last time I had to recover from teleporting.

Amon: C’mon. It wasn’t that bad. I got you to Greece in seconds, no roadblocks at all.

Gabrielle: I guess I have to admit it wasn’t too bad that time. I just don’t think I’ll ever get used to teleporting.

Thea: I didn’t think so either, Gabrielle. Before meeting Amon, I don’t think I’d ever even met anyone who had the ability. Now I do it all the time. You get used to it.

Gabrielle: Maybe. So do the readers a favor, you two, and explain a little about who you are.

Thea (smiling): My name is Thea and I’m an Aeveren healer. I’m in my 45th lifetime…well, actually my 47th lifetime because I gave up two of mine to save my husband, Amon, from returning to Nil. He’ll explain that. I was born a healer to my people in the Etruscan countryside, even before Rome came into being, on the Italian peninsula. In this lifetime, I lived in upstate New York before I met Amon and moved to Greece.

Amon: I’m Amon Kalins, and I’m a tempuster, which is a rarity even among Aeveren. As a tempuster, I can travel back and forth in time, and if I choose to do so, I can manipulate time. I can also read minds, to a certain extent, although that power and my other mental powers aren’t as strong as my tempuster power. I have spent time in Aeveren prison, called Nil, because of misuse of my powers on my fellow Aeveren. And I can teleport through current time and obviously, back through time.

Gabrielle: So Amon, just to clear things up, would it be fair to say that while you’re a good guy now, you have been a bad guy in the past?

Amon: I think it would be better to say I can be a good guy now, if I so choose. I’m not sure who I’ve been in the past can ever go away. And I’m not sure I want it to. I remember you told me one time that a reviewer thought Destiny Redeemed should have gone another way. Do you remember what I told you?

Gabrielle: (chuckling) Yes, I do. You told me that you found the whole idea of someone’s story being wrong laughable. You also said if readers thought you were a nice guy, they didn’t read carefully enough.

Amon: Exactly. When it comes to Thea and you and a few select others, I can be sweet as pie. But cross me, and the man I’ve always been will come out. The title of the book is misleading. I haven’t been redeemed. I’ve simply chosen to be a better man for the ones I love.

Thea: I think what people forget is that everyone has a number of sides to them and which ones are allowed to be powerful is a matter for each soul to decide. I know what Amon was for many lifetimes and I accept that, not just because I’m destined for him and he’s destined for me, but because I can understand that the angel of a man I have in my life can be a devil of an enemy to anyone who decides to harm us.

Gabrielle: So how has life been for you in Greece?

Thea: Well, it’s been quite nice. I’m allowed by the Council to be a healer there, so I’ve gotten to meet some very nice people there. Greece has a large number of Aeveren, so I’m always busy. But I’ll be taking some time off soon.

Gabrielle: Going on a vacation? I can’t imagine where someone goes to get away from the gorgeous beauty of Greece, though.

Thea: Not exactly. We meant to tell you when we found out, but we got so busy and we know you’re always busy. We’re going to have a baby!

Amon: The baby’s due in the fall—September.

Gabrielle: That’s so wonderful! Do we know if it’s a boy or a girl?

Thea: We haven’t found out for sure, but we think it might be a boy.

Gabrielle: So Amon, does this mean a son or daughter could have your abilities along with Thea’s?

Amon: Theoretically, yes. I’ve had many children in my lifetimes, and while some of them have some of my powers, none have been born a tempuster like I was. And it’s certainly possible the baby could be born a healer.

Thea: Can you imagine if he were born a healer and a tempuster? Imagine all the things he could do for our people.

Gabrielle: That sounds great!

Amon: It does, but with great power comes great responsibility. Being a tempuster is incredibly tempting when it comes to wanting things you often shouldn’t have. And the Council would want him to be everywhere, helping everyone. I think I would prefer any child of mine be one or the other power, if at all.

Gabrielle: Before I let you go, I’d like you to explain about how the baby could be as ancient as you two.

Thea: That’s the incredible thing about Aeveren. Our child could very well be in a later lifetime than we are. So we’re close to our 50th lifetime, when we get to move on from Earth. I could give birth to a child that has only one more lifetime before he or she moves on. Or I could give birth to a baby who is just beginning its lifespan as an Aeveren in its first life.

Gabrielle: It’s been so great talking to you two again. I’m so happy about the baby. Congratulations!

Thea: Thanks, Gabrielle! It’s been great.

Amon: And just think. Maybe you will be writing my son’s story someday in the future. Could be interesting, don’t you think?

Gabrielle: Knowing you two, it would definitely be interesting.


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