How would you describe yourself?
I don't know. I guess I would hope people would describe me as a good friend and a hard worker.
Well, those sound like good characteristics.Tell me, where is Ainsley, exactly?
Ainsley is a village in the low farm lands about a weeks journey east of the ocean. We have many woods, but no deep forests near our village and plenty of pastureland for farms, animals and plowing. The land is what is most valuable in our village.
Sounds like a gorgeous place. I wish I lived there!
So, in Ainsley, who is your best friend?
Madelen has always been my best friend. We have neighboring farms and I've always felt she understood me better than my older sisters. I could talk to her as I couldn't talk to them.
How did you decide to trade places with Madelen?
The idea to switch places with Madelen occurred to me when she told me that Wilm had asked her to run away with him. I could tell she wanted to even if she wouldn't come out and admit it. I was also still thinking about my realization that my parents had hoped I would be selected as a keeper. With the two thoughts swirling around my head, it probably isn't too much of a surprise that the idea occurred to me.
What is the Keep like? Can you describe it?
The Keep isn't like anything I've ever seen. I think my village could fit inside the Keep walls. I would have thought the Keep would be cold since it is built out of stone, but except for a few chilly mornings it always seems to be the right temperature. You have to be careful when you walk down anything but the main hallways, you could get lost easily if you aren't aware of where you are.
That sounds like an amazing, yet eerie place. **shiver**
Now, the Keep is where the unicorns live. How do you feel about unicorns?
Unicorns are so beautiful it's hard to believe they're real. But they very much are and to be in their presence is to be touched by living breathing magic.
How do you like the Mages at the Keep?
Mages make me very nervous. I had rarely met or seen one before they came to our village to recruit unicorn keepers. They seem taller and stronger than regular people when you're in their presence.
What about Mage Herrick? What's he like?
Herrick made me uneasy from the first moment I saw him. I always felt like he knew I wasn't Madelen. I was nervous, but also relieved when he offered to ride with me to the Keep. It was nice not having to ride the mountain alone and I appreciated his presence even if I couldn't shake off my uneasiness.
So, Angelia Almos wrote your story, didn't she? How did she do?
I thought Angelia told what happened in a very truthful way and I think that is all I could have asked for.
What's one secret about yourself that you didn't tell her?
I secretly envied Madelen's home life. She is an only child and received all of her parents attention while I had to share my parents with my siblings.
Where is your story available for purchase, Jiline?
Unicorn Keep is available as both an ebook and print book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Create Space (print), and Smashwords (ebook).
Thank you so much for coming over and visiting! I enjoyed talking to you. Do you think Angelia would like me to post links, so readers can visit her?
I'm sure Angelia appreciate your kindness.