I would like to welcome Rome to my blog today. He is one of the main character’s in Brett Salter’s The Talisman Series, and I recently had the honor of interviewing him to post here for my readers.
Me: What did you notice that made you different from other boys your age?
Rome: I have never really thought I was special by any means. But I DID always have this yearning to break free. Like I knew I had this yearning in my heart to escape my humdrum life. Almost like I was a prisoner in my own skin. It is weird, I know.
Me: Are you an only child?
Rome: Yes. And after seeing how Camela and Julian fight all the time, I am very glad for it.
Me: What’s your favorite thing about being a dragon?
Rome: The best part of being a dragon is everything! It is the freedom. And the strength. And the unbridled emotion! And the love that comes with a full heart.
Me: Why do you consider your dragon self to be your natural self?
Rome: Well, the way Mr. Jones explained it to me is that the concealment spell was actually hiding my true form. But even that did not feel like the real version of me. It was not until Jules and I performed The Great Synergy that I really felt like my natural self was unleashed.
Me: How old are you?
Rome: I am 13 in human years. Also, I am 13 in dragon years. Luckily, dragon years are the same as human years. We just age slower, so we stay alive longer. Not sure how old I am in dog years! Math was never my strong point.
Me: Ha ha! Mine neither, that’s why I am a writer. What’s your favorite thing about Julian?
Rome: Who? Jules? Jules is my best friend, and I cannot imagine my life without him. I understand now why he was shy around people. Knowing the truth about this world must have been quite a pressure on him. And feeling the ever-growing need to find a dragon so he could start saving the world must have been tough. I like him BECAUSE I understand him. And every adventure, every step forward, just makes us stronger as friends.
Me: What’s your least favorite thing about Julian?
Rome: Ha! Where do I start? How much time do you have? Just kidding! The only thing that really bothers me about him is that sometimes he can be a little invasive of my privacy. You know, since we share The Great Synergy, we can see into each other’s minds and stuff. Sometimes, I just want to be left alone, and Julian is like trying to be there for me mentally. It’s a sweet sentiment, but sometimes it is just a little too much. I know he is just trying to help, but I have a lot on my shoulders. I am a dragon trying to adapt into a human world. And sometimes I just need a little space. That is probably the only thing. Oh, and his singing voice is awful.
Me: How did you meet Mr. Jones?
Rome: Jules introduced me to him at the local library one night. It was right after Jules caught me losing control of my eye fire in my yard. Mr. Jones sure did freak me out a little when he started talking about knights and dragons. I thought for sure those two had gone bonkers or something.
Me: Why do you think middle grade readers should read about your adventures with Julian?
Rome: What did you just say? What do you mean by “middle grade readers”? You…You mean… I am not real? I am just a fictional character in a book? Mind blown! Just kidding. I think middle grade readers will love the cinematic action and zany characters Jules and I meet along the way. And with 5 books currently published and the next 6 books already in AT LEAST first draft stages, there is plenty of adventure on the horizon!
Me: Five books finished and six more to come? Wow! I have only finished reading the first two. Looks like I’ve got some more reading to do. It has been a pleasure talking with you today, Rome.
I hope all of you enjoyed reading this interview with Rome of The Talisman Series by Brett Salter. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my interview with Brett Salter, the author himself! And, if you haven’t read any of The Talisman Series by Brett Salter, be sure to pick one up and read it soon! Each one is a great adventure! They are available on Amazon.