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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wistful Wednesday

My Interview With a Wayward One

Okay, ladies, hold onto your hats. Today, I am going to tackle one of my most difficult challenges yet: I am going to interview (or try to, at least) an angelic bad boy who has a certain, shall we say, way with the ladies. This could either be a grand success - or a complete disaster. Wish me luck!

Without further ado, please allow me to present my interview with Dante:

Cupid: First off, I’m kind of surprised you agreed to this.
Dante: I needed a good laugh.
Cupid: That's all this is to you - a good laugh?
Dante: Of course. It’s all rather comical, if you ask me. Cupid asking questions of me, of all beings. There's just something wonderfully Shakespearean about that - the comedies, not the tragedies. Although, this could turn out to be rather tragic, don't you think?
(Cupid shifts in his chair, uncomfortable. But being the intrepid soul that he is, he trudges on.)
Cupid: You find this rather humorous, don’t you?
Dante: Yes. Rather.
Cupid: Then why bother doing it?
Dante: Let’s just say I’m curious about what Cupid, of all beings, would want to ask me.
Cupid: Shall we get to it, then?
Dante: Oh, please. Let's.
Why did you fall, Dante?
Dante: No build up. I like it.
Cupid: I prefer the direct approach.
Dante: Duly noted. There's something to be said for the direct approach, although it doesn't always work for my...purposes, shall we say?
Cupid: We'll get into that later,if time allows. But first, answer the question. Why did you fall away, Dante?
Dante: Ask Peter. He knows the reason. He's been dogging me for eons about it.
Cupid: I'd rather hear it from you, not your guardian.
Dante: To what purpose?
Cupid: I think you know.
Dante: Are we to play that game, then?
Cupid: Say the words.
Dante: Ask another question.
Cupid: I want you to answer this one first.
Dante: Ask another!
Cupid: Answer this one! Say the words.
Dante: No.
Cupid: Say them.
Dante: I will not.
: Why did you fall away?
Dante: For love! For Lyric. I fell away for Lyric. Are you happy now, angel boy? I fell away for Lyric.
Cupid: And what happened to Lyric - after your fall?
Dante: We were penance.
Cupid: But you are still searching for her?
Dante: Yes.
Cupid: Why? Why, after all this time, are you still searching for the cause of your fall - your penance?
Dante: Because I love her still! Isn't that what you wanted to hear?
Cupid: Only if it's true.
Dante: Oh, it's true. So now you can gloat, angel boy.
Cupid: Why would I want to do that?
Dante: Because I am just like any of your mortal subjects, desperate to prove my love for a woman.
Cupid: But Lyric isn't just a woman, is she?
Dante: No.
Cupid: She's a Wayward One, just like you.
Dante: Not just. When she fell, it was not of her own doing - my choice was my own. I fell with my eyes wide open.
Cupid: So what happens now?
Dante: I pay my penance.
Cupid: And search for Lyric?
Dante: And search for Lyric.
Cupid: Why don't you let Peter help you to find her?
That meddling, goody-two-shoes angel?
Cupid: The one.
Dante: Because he wants to redeem me first.
Cupid: What's so wrong about being redeemed?
Dante: As I told our friend Peter already, I have no desire – or intention – to be redeemed.
Cupid: Then why did you agree to this? Why bother with this at all? And don't say it's for a laugh because I won't believe you.
Dante: I’m here for Lyric. Why else would I be?
Cupid: Well, this happens to be my area of expertise. Perhaps I could help you.
Dante: We shall see, angel boy. We shall see.

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11 Moonbeams (comments):

Michelle V said...

I love it! What a great interview! And now I'm really interested in the book!

Michelle V

Cheryl said...

Great interview. Hard to know which one to like more. I would love a chance to read this one.

Keep up the great work.



Anonymous said...

Wow. Dante sounds like a prickly sort, doesn't he? Then again, who wouldn't be after being separated from your love?

jmfictionscribe at

Rebecca said...

interesting interview and quite fun.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Thank you, Michelle!

Margay Leah Justice said...

Thanks,Cheryl! That means a lot to me.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Yes, JM, and he's been separated from her for centuries. Unfortunately for him, the separation is going to continue for awhile - Dante has an arc that needs more than one book to cover.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Thanks, Rebecca!

April said...

*clapping gleefully
I LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! Such a delightfully fun interview that REALLY intrigues the reader to read the book! Excellent job!

Margay Leah Justice said...

Thank you, April! If you think he's devilish in this interview, you should see what he's like in the book! He's quite a handful.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Well,Cupid (via has chosen and the lucky winner of the e-copy of Nora's Soul is...


Congratulations, Cheryl. I'll be sending you the code for your download directly.

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and showing Dante the love. He may pretend it means nothing to him, but we all know the truth, don't we?