Today I am interviewing another of my characters. This time it is a woman, well a girl really, she’s only about 12 or 13 and very shy.
Q : Would you like to introduce yourself – who you are, what you do?
A : Why would you want to know about me? I’m not important.
All right, my name is Saewynn. I am a slave, servant to the Lady Elfflaed. Her sister is married to the King, so she’s very important. Are you sure you wouldn’t rather talk to her?
Q : Where and when are you? Are you a real historical person or did your author create you?
A : I’m in the same book as Byrhtnoth. Isn’t he wonderful? I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. Not that he noticed me, with my mistress making eyes him. No one else notices me and no one would dream of recording my life, so I suppose my author made me up
Q : In a few brief sentences: what is the novel you feature in about?
A : It’s all about Byrhtnoth of course. I’m just there to get rescued, then they dress me as a boy to protect me. That was fun – I think I could get used to that. Men have so much more fun than girls.
Q : How did your author meet up with you?
A : I’m just a minor character, but I think she felt sorry for me.
Q : Tell me about one or two of the other characters who feature with you – husband, wife, family? Who are some of the nice characters and who is the nastiest one?
A : Apart from Byrhtnoth, you mean? Well there’s Wulfstan, he’s nice, he looks after me when Byrhtnoth is busy doing noble deeds. I like riding his horse, he’s very clever – the horse that is – well Wulfstan is as well.
I don’t like Elfgar. That’s my mistress’s father, well I suppose he’s my master. He can do anything he wants, and he likes young girls. That’s why they dressed me as a boy. I’ve managed to stay out of his way so far.
Q : What is your favourite scene in the book?
A : That was the day Byrhtnoth rescued me. I tried to hide when the Vikings attacked and got stuck under a thorn tree. He came along and got me out. It was just me and him. When I remember him carrying me to safety, I go all shivery.
Q : What is your least favourite? Maybe a frightening or sad moment that your author wrote.
A : He went away. I don’t know why, something political I think. I don’t know whether I will ever see him again.
Q : What are you most proud of about your author?
A : I’m glad she thinks about me. And the other women that live in my time. All those big violent men ignore us and what we have to do to survive.
Q : Has your author written other books about you? If not, about other characters?
How do you feel about your author going off with someone else!
A : No more books yet but she says I might have a bigger part in the next one. Just as long as I can be with Byrhtnoth sometimes.
Q : As a character if you could travel to a time and place different to your own fictional setting where and when would you go?
A : My author says that most women don’t have much of a life in any other time or place, except where she lives. She says women there can dress like men if they want. And men can dress like women, although I don’t know why they’d want to. Byrhtnoth wouldn’t. I wouldn’t mind seeing him without his clothes though. Oh dear, I shouldn’t say that. Please don’t tell him. I think I’d better go now.
Thank you Saewynn.