1. Tell me a little about yourself—your name, profession, where you live, do you have a family, the usual.
My name is Watcher. I grew up in the forest, with a holy man for a guardian and a black bear for a pet. I have little memory of my mother and what I can recall about my father I wish I could forget. I spend most of my time in the trees. My gift allows me to meld with them and watch the world from their heights.
2. What happened to you, so you ended up in this crazy adventure the novel talks about?
Although I do not interact with most people, I did make friends with a lovely girl named Bonnie from a nearby village. Her parents arranged for her marriage to a man in another village, and so I had to leave my trees in order to rescue her. Except, as it turned out, she didn’t need to be rescued. In the end it was Benaiah and Goran who needed rescuing, and I did so splendidly.
3. Do you wish you had come out of the trees sooner and spent more time as part of society?
Bonnie’s family is kind, but had I gone to live with them in the village as a child I would not have tolerated wearing clothing all the time, or being taught by some dull and unimaginative school teacher, and I certainly would never have allowed them to marry me off to some stranger in another village. So, no, I don’t think that would have worked out very well.
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