Series: Lilith Straight Series, Book Two
Author: Michelle Scott
Publisher: Michelle Scott
Character Interview with Mr. Clerk
- What's it like working for Hell?
At first, it was wonderful. Or, at least, it seemed wonderful. If you are a demon, or if you are working for a demon, you get whatever you want: any food you desire, designer clothing, the ability to visit anywhere in the world you want…but after a while, you start to realize that things in Hell are…how shall I say it?...unsatisfying. Take the food for instance. It always looks good, but it all tastes the same: bland and mealy. Hell is also very lonely. Isolating people increases the despair, and Hell is all about despair. So while the designer clothing is a nice perk, there’s no one to show off for, so what’s the point? Not only that, but Helen keeps me working so hard that I have no time for enjoyment. You see, those who rule Hell don’t want people to… Never mind. I’ve already said too much… I think I’ll have to hide this interview from Helen.
- You worked for Heaven for a time, can you compare your experiences there with your experiences in Hell?
Like I said, Hell is a very lonely place. Heaven, on the other hand, is all about community. Some people think that if you get to Heaven, you’ll exist like a wise old man at the top of a mountain: all alone communing with nature. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In Heaven, everyone eats together, works together, attends team-building enrichment activities together…you get the idea. It can be very tiresome, especially for someone like me who does not like to sing or hug or drink hot cocoa.
- William Darcy tempted you away from Heaven. How did he do it? Was it worth it?
I’m ashamed to admit how easy I made it for him. True, I was going through a rough spot at the time because Heaven was becoming too demanding as far as I was concerned. But even if that had not been the case, William would have swept me away. All it took was a little flattery and a pair of tickets to see the legendary French actress, Sarah Bernhardt play Hamlet. I could have visited Théâtre de la Renaissance by using the otherworld doorways, but to be actually sitting in the audience next to the most handsome, desirable demon in the otherworld was too much temptation for me to ignore. Everyone has their tipping point, and that was mine. Was it worth it? There are times when I’d say no, but every time I see William, I light up all over again.
- Are Lilith and William the only succubus and incubus you were working with?
Yes. Typically, succubi and incubuses have enormous egos and they do not mix well. Also, if we put too many together, they get demanding. It’s due to their diva complexes.
- What is your impression of Lilith?
I’ll admit that I wasn’t very impressed at first. Lilith does not have her mother’s charming personality, and she has too much of a backbone. However, Lilith is proving to be an adept student. Her shape-changing abilities are superior. I also admit that she’s becoming a good friend. Until now, the succubi have paid very little attention to me. Even Carrie took me for granted. Lilith, however, is a kind soul. Which is not a trait that Helen approves of, but certainly makes my job easier.
- At the end, we find out that you have crossed paths with Lilith a couple of times before she became a Succubus. Were you working for Heaven or Hell at the time of her birth? Do you know who her real father is?
Yes, I was employed by Helen at the time Lilith was born. In fact, I was the first one to see her (after her mother and the hospital staff, of course.) I suspect who her real father is, but I’m not completely sure. All I can say for certain is that he’s not one of Hell’s brood. I believe he belongs to the enemy’s camp, but I’ve never been able to prove it.
- You disappeared after your last meeting with Lilith. Will we ever see you again?
I admit that I took of rather suddenly, and I regret that I never had a chance to say goodbye to William. I hope to return very soon, but considering the place I’m in right now, I can’t say for certain.
Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University. Her stories have appeared in such places as Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, All Possible Worlds and Realms. Her fantasy novel, The Dragons of Hazlett was nominated for a 2009 EPPIE Award. Michelle’s YA novels include the vampire romance, Blood Sisters, and the fantasy Uncommon Magic. Her latest fantasy novel, An Anthem for the Battle Lands, was recently released from Mundania Press, LLC. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children. Links
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