Character Interview: Richmond Kerd from Talisman Of El
by Alecia Stone
Name: Richmond Anthony Kerd
Hair Colour: Blond
Eye Colour: Blue
Tell us about your family.
Not to be depressing or anything, but they’re sorta dead. You still want to hear about them? Well, my dad’s name was Michael Kerd and my mum was Deborah Faye. I also had a brother named Michael who was three years older than me. They all died in a car crash when I was five. I was in the car when it happened, but I didn’t die – obviously. So, yeah, that’s about it really, 'cause I can’t really remember much else about them.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
It would be the car crash, if I remembered it, but it has to be this one time where a dasaga picked me up and flew off with me. It’s one of the ugliest creatures I’ve ever seen. It happened when I was in Arcadia. It was like being on a roll coaster ride, expect for the whole almost dying part. It was so scary.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Well, when I was 10, I wanted to be Superman. Now, I’m 12, I still want to be Superman. I guess I probably have some more growing up to do.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I love shows with super heroes and stuff, so my favourite is Smallville, but that ended. I also like Heroes, but that ended, too. Man, they keep ending all the good shows. Why don’t they end Glee?
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I just got an iphone, and I have Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven on repeat.
What is your favorite meal?
Whoa. That’s a hard one and kind of unfair. If I go for a Big Mac that’s like disrespecting the Double Pepperoni Pizza. And what about the Colonel’s Big Daddy? Do you see my dilemma? Now you just made me hungry.
What are you passionate about these days?
Food, music, food, video games, food, Superman ... That’s about it really.
Who should play you in a film?
Superman. Wait, you meant an actual real person, didn’t you? Okay, so scratch Superman. I’d choose that guy that came in Avatar, you know, the one who played Jake Sully. I don’t know his name, but, he got to be a Na'vi, so that was cool. And he came in Terminator Salvation, which was awesome, so yeah, that guy. He’s a little older than me, though, but it’s Hollywood. They can make him look younger.
What would we find under your bed?
Hmm .. Probably some video games, some empty dishes and maybe some smelly socks.
What one word best describes you?
I asked Charlie, and he said delusional. So, I asked Alex, and she sent me a text that said: “Do you really want me to answer that?” I didn’t reply. I think the word that best describes me is visionary. Yes, I do know what it means.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I ate a bug once. It wasn’t a dare. I was hungry, and it was there. It was gross.
Talisman of El by Alecia Stone
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.
When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.
Charlie doesn't know why this is happening. He would give anything to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.
He belongs with the others.
I enjoyed this story about a teenage boy who finds out he is a pivotal player in a stupendous battle. Alicia Stone has created an alternate reality both believable and imaginative. As I read, the characters came alive for me and I particularly liked young Charlie.
There were occasions when the story took big leaps and I would be momentarily confused until I figured out that the story had either moved forward in time or place (sometimes both). These incidences were disconcerting, and I feel could have been made smoother and less jarring if a few transitory sentences would have been there so the reader could be better prepared for the jump. It is also my feeling that the ending dragged on a bit too long. Still, there was plenty of action and unexpected twists which, when paired with the engaging cast of characters, kept this fantasy exciting.
This book was provided to me through Net Galley and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Author Alecia Stone
Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.
In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.
Talisman Of El is her first novel. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.
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