Interview with Errol Stone the protagonist in A Cast of Stones.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I’d like to go back to Callowford. Nobody really paid much attention to me there. I’m tired of people wanting something from me all the time.
Who is your favorite author?
I can’t really say. I just learned to read a couple of months ago and the only stuff I’ve read are those dusty scrolls Master Quinn keeps shoving at me. I’m not sure why he does that. What difference does it make if I cast out of pine or durastone? I’m going to get the same answer anyway.
Tell us about your family.
What kind of question is that? Didn’t you see my last name, Stone? It’s an orphan’s name. I had a family, well, a dad anyway, right up until he got killed in the quarry. After that Pater Antil took my name and made me an orphan.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
They’re all scary now. I’ve got church assassins coming after me, ferrals trying to hunt me down, and a compulsion that keeps me from running away. Why can’t people just leave me alone. I just want to get back to Cilla’s and have a drink. Or two.
What is your favorite meal?
Anything I don’t have to work for, but Cruk won’t let Cilla feed me for free anymore.
What are you passionate about these days?
Well, there’s this girl I saw in the city. She looked like a commoner and she had this smudge of dirt on her face, but I think she may be a noble. I saw her working at the healer’s shop in the poor quarter. Of course, a peasant like me doesn’t have any chance, but you should see the way sunlight catches in her hair.
What makes you happy?
Working the staff. Cruk tried to teach me the sword, but I wasn’t very good. Of course, that might have had something to do with the fact that he kept hitting me with his.
What one word best describes you?Drunk.
I'm sorry. Well, that's all the questions I can think of today. Thank you for taking this time to help us learn more about you.
A Cast of Stones
An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.
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“What’s your name?”
The lieutenant nodded. “An orphan. Well, we’ve more than a couple of those in the watch. Why are you here, Errol?”
He looked over at Knarl. “I have a friend here in the watch. This man’s captain wouldn’t send for him, told me the only way I might get to see him was to challenge. So I did.”
Even before he’d finished, the lieutenant was shaking his head. “So you don’t want to be in the watch.”
“No, not really.”
The lieutenant’s face darkened. “Soldier, take this man and escort him firmly out of the barracks.”
Errol broke Knarl’s grip and stepped away. “I came here to see my friend.”
“I don’t care why you’re here,” the lieutenant said. “I don’t have time to spend on some peasant boy who wants to gad about the imperial grounds.” He turned pointing. “You see these men? They’ve taken the black as a pledge to give their lives to protect the king.”
“I know the story of the watch,” Errol said, “but I need to see my friend.”
The lieutenant’s eyes narrowed. “You want to see him? All you have to do is follow through on your challenge. You’ll face five men of the watch. To join our ranks, you have to defeat three of them. If you manage to beat even one of them, boy, I’ll go fetch your friend myself.”
Errol’s heart skipped a pair of beats. The best swordsmen in the kingdom came to the watch.
Author Patrick W. Carr
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
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