BB: Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself.
KK: My name is Kiernan Kane. I am a wandering minstrel, and I have seen much of the world. I have sung in palaces and in marketplaces, for kings and commoners. I have a flair for the dramatic, and enjoy amusing people and making them laugh. I am in love with a wizardess, and although I believe she loves me in return, she refuses to admit it because she fears that she would be forced to watch me grow old and die while she stayed young and beautiful. However, there is more to me than meets the eye.
BB: What role do you play in your book?
KK: I play the role of a minstrel. I tell stories, sing songs, and get swept up in an adventure with the other characters almost through complete chance. Or at least, that is what they all believe...
BB: How did you meet your author?
KK: I was introduced to my author through inspiration she received from a song by Gordon Lightfoot called “Minstrel of the Dawn.” It inspired in her a desire to have a seemingly amusing, nonsensical character who was something of a troubadour, but ended up being far more than that in later books.
BB: Do you get along with your author?
KK: We get along very well. However, I annoy her constantly by popping up in places where she did not intend for me to be yet, or by doing things she did not plan to have me do. I am the character that most often “writes himself” in her books. However, while she claims to be exasperated with me over this, I think she secretly enjoys the fact that I do some of the work for her!
BB: Is this your first role in a publication?
BB: Do you plan on returning in other books?
KK: I do. And I have. I show up in the Prequel to this book, “Dawn of the Dragon’s Eye” and play an integral role in the two sequels, “Twilight of the Dragon’s Eye” and “The Minstrel.”
BB: Do you like how you were written?
KK: I love it. I am acrobatic, fun-loving, hilarious and much deeper than I seem. Throughout the quadrilogy, I constantly get to annoy Brant (one of the other main characters) and he is often very close to furious with me... which I find to be great fun, and very useful. He is the sort of person who must do things because it is in his character to do them, and not because anyone tells him to.
BB: What is the most interesting thing that happened to you in this book?
KK: That is a difficult question to answer. I would have to say that the most interesting thing was the battle between Llycaelon and Aom-igh, and getting to witness first-hand the duel that ended the battle. But in addition to that, I got to travel with the Princess of Aom-igh, meet the last remaining wizardesses in the world, saw dragons return to the surface of Aom-igh after centuries of living below ground in great tunnels, and saw a king abdicate his throne to a young hero. There was plenty to keep me entertained throughout my journey.
BB: Who is your favorite character in your book, besides yourself? Why?
KK: I would have to say Brant. He is the main character in this series, and while I do annoy him constantly, there is a brotherhood of shared experiences and mutual respect that grows between us throughout the series. I even get invited to his wedding in the third book!
BB: Is there anything we should know about you that we haven't been told in your book?
KK: I am not just a minstrel. But other than that, I can’t tell you anything that wouldn’t ruin the surprise at the end of the series.
BB: How do you feel about the way your story ended?
KK: I am very satisfied with the way my story ends. I feel that it wraps up very nicely, and though there are struggles and tragedies and sorrows along the way, I do enjoy a story that ends well.
BB: Thank you for your time, Kiernan! If you would like to find out more about Kiernan, check out The Dragon's Eye by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt.
Book Description: Ages ago, when Aom-igh was threatened by darkness, the dragons granted a powerful gift to King Llian. However, fearing that it would fall into evil hands when he died, the king hid the gift and it has lain undisturbed for half a millennia. Now Aom-igh is in danger again, and it is up to the Princess Kamarie; her eccentric maid, Darby; and the squire Oraeyn to seek out a way to save their kingdom. Their journey will take them far from home and close to danger, but if they succeed, they will join two worlds together.