Welcome to another week at the Character Tour. It is my pleasure to welcome fellow spec fic writer, Frank Luke. He’s decided to introduce us to the villain of his story, always an intriguing choice, and this villain is no different. Here’s the 5 question interview–and don’t forget to leave a comment for the giveaway!
1. Who are you at the beginning of the novel?
When Abraham was, so was I. I am Lord Sanuto, the oldest vampire in the world. I was turned by Lilith, the first vampire.
When I first meet Derke, I have only recently moved to Gunther. The kingdom is known for being friendly to magic users and undead.
To keep out of suspicion, my brides and I move every decade or so. I used to live on the Isle of Logres and before that the Isle of Morn. In centuries past, I lived on the continent of Adellon. I was born in the region of Aatazar, where some of the greatest magical tomes ever were written.
2. What is your biggest challenge?
Over a century ago, a dwarven shadow mage and I began looking for the Children of Dagon. Eons ago the dreaded Children walked the earth. Once I awaken them, their soldiers and wizards will do my bidding. And I will reshape the world in my own image. To awaken them I will use spells from the most powerful grimoire ever written—The Book of Darkest Deeds. I have the only copy. The last step is finding one of the hidden crypts they lie entombed in.
3. What is your biggest fear?
Fear? What can frighten me? Nothing lasts forever. Abraham, his children, and grandchildren lie entombed, yet I still live. I have seen mortals come and go, kingdoms rise and fall, and empires ascend and crumble. Through it all, I yet remain. I, Sanuto, the oldest vampire.
4. What is your source of joy?
Joy is fleeting and lasts no longer than the September leaves. If I find joy, I relish it. If not, I don’t worry.
5. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
That would be Mother Lilith. When she came to my tent and offered me immortal life, I took it instantly. Her bite restored my youth. She taught me the ways of the Aluka (the “leech” or “vampire”) and magic. For centuries, my family and I ruled through puppets. We were content to do so. And then my brothers and sisters betrayed me. I killed many, including Mother, who sided with them over me. As I rose from her disintegrating body, I realized nothing, not even family, lasts forever.
She taught me as much in her death as she did when living.
After killing the traitors, I sought out every vampire that was not descended from me and killed them all. Every vampire still alive can ultimately trace their turning to me. I showed no mercy. Even those nieces and nephews who swore to serve me died by my hand.
6. What is a secret no one else knows about you?
If I told, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frank Luke grew up in Oklahoma, met his future wife at seminary in Missouri, and now resides in Iowa with her and their two boys who keep them very busy. They are associate pastors at a small church outside Knoxville, Iowa. While he earns a living as a web developer, she takes care of the house and boys. Alongside his nonfiction (sermons, church lessons, and answers at hermeneutics.se), he writes fantasy and science fiction to explore God’s truth in fantastic ways. He finds such story-theology connects with readers on both cognitive and emotional levels. Besides writing and programming, he enjoys Bible study, Hebrew, theology, church history, and doctrine.
Now that’s a villain! *shiver* I can’t imagine being as old as Abraham–all the experience and knowledge. Craziness. It sounds like a good read, though. I’m putting it on my wish list!
And, YES, there is a giveaway. Just leave a comment below and I’ll announce the winner next Friday!
The winner of Somebody to Love Me by Michelle Sutton is: