Welcome to the 11th stop on the 31 Author Scavenger Hunt. I hope you enjoy this interview with rapscallion Cazien de Pollis, the young and dashing pirate captain featured in THE RYN by Serena Chase. Be sure to write down the clue and continue to the next stop on the hunt. If you’ve missed a stop or if you are ready to enter the full clue phrase, head on over HERE.
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Here we go . . .
Guest Character Interview: Author Serena Chase Interviews Cazien de Pollis
by Serena Chase
Captain Cazien de Pollis is a rather scene-stealing minor character in my debut novel THE RYN (coming to paperback in December!), was revisited in THE REMEDY (coming to paperback Spring 2014!), and will be stepping onto center stage next summer when the third book in the Eyes of E’veria series is released. Not quite twenty years old, he inherited the Captainship of Meredith, flagship of the Seahorse Pirate Fleet, at the age of fifteen, upon the death of his mother. He has been building upon her rather fearsome reputation ever since.
Serena: Ahoy, Captain! Thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Cazien: My pleasure, although I am rather surprised you would pick me as your interview subject when The Ryn herself, or that knight of hers, *wrinkles nose* are so much easier to find.
Serena: As it turns out, a lot of my readers have developed a rather strong affection for you. And since we’ve been spending so much time together lately— and since you do so enjoy talking about yourself—I thought…. Why not?
Cazien: Who wouldn’t enjoy talking about me? I am endlessly interesting. But let’s back up a bit. Am I to understand that it is your lady readers who are fonder of me than of the Bear-man knight? How . . . delightful! *chuckles with a bit of an evil grin* I do believe I shall rub Julien’s face in that little bit of information when next we meet . . .
Serena: Be nice. The readers don’t necessarily love you more than Julien, but you do give off a certain bad-boy vibe that is rather . . . never mind. Let’s get started with the basics, shall we?
Cazien: Such as?
Serena: Umm… what is your favorite mode of transportation?
Cazien: You can’t get more basic than that. *scoffs* Where have you been, love? I captain Meredith, the swiftest ship on the seas and the only worthy mode of transportation, as far as I’m concerned.
Serena: If someone compared your appearance to a celebrity, who would they say you look like?
Cazien: I am often mistaken for my half-brother, Roeg. I suppose he might be considered a celebrity, since he became Duke of Luce when he was only sixteen. But I believe I overheard you compare me to that French actor, Gaspard Ulliel. He’s not an ugly chap, I suppose, but I am quite a bit better looking. And a good deal more charming.
Serena: Um, wow. I know Julien said you were vain, but seriously? *rolls eyes* If you were a Superhero, what would you pick to be your Awesome Superhero Name?
Cazien: I’m a pirate, love. I don’t do “hero.”
Serena: You might. *offers her own sly grin* Someday.
(Cazien shrinks back in horror. Serena chuckles.)
Serena: What’s your biggest pet peeve? Besides thinking about being a hero, that is.
Cazien: That’s easy: those who consider themselves duly appointed to that role, “hero.” Especially big blond E’verian knights who think they can intimidate me, a pirate of the Seahorse Legacy. *snorts*
Serena: What is your hidden heartache?
Cazien: I wouldn’t be much of a pirate if I revealed that, now would I? But I will tell you that, for good or ill, it will soon be revealed.
Serena: So, let’s say it’s Saturday night and your plans get cancelled. What do you do?
Cazien: I’ll take a swift dive into the sea and use the gifts of my Legacy to determine the location of the nearest ship that might need to be liberated from a bit of its cargo. *rubs hands together in anticipation* Then, the lads and I will have a bit of fun relieving said ship of its burden.
Serena: *shakes head* Pirate.
Cazien: I am what I am. *waggles eyebrows*
Serena: So . . . . let’s talk romance for a bit. What do you consider the most attractive feature of a lady?
Cazien: Ahh, the female form is a beautiful work of art, is it not? *pauses for a long moment*
Serena: *clears throat*
Cazien: Right. Okay, the eyes.
Serena: *blinks* The eyes? Huh. I did not see that coming. In fact, I was a little afraid that what you might say might have to be entirely edited out of this interview.
Cazien: I am a bit of an artist, as you know, so don’t misconstrue my answer as chivalrous or some other such nonsense. I do appreciate the sculptural quality of the feminine form, but it is a lady’s eyes that most draw me in.
Serena: Huh. Good to know. *jots down a few notes* If you had to pick a theme song for your current romantic relationship, what would it be?
Cazien: First of all, I haven’t even passed my 20th summer! I’m hardly ready to be in a *swallows* long-term relationship. Besides, I’m a pirate. I don’t have the sort of life or disposition that gives itself easily over to one woman’s keeping—at least not for more than a stolen kiss or two. *winks* I’ve no intention of tightening that particular noose about my neck any time soon!
Serena: Really? *grins* Good luck with that.
Cazien (glaring): Just what, exactly, do you have planned for me, Serena?
Serena: Wouldn’t you like to know. *laughs* While we’re on the subject of romance, when it comes to kisses in the rain, do you think they are romantic . . . or impractical and foolish?
Cazien: Well, now. *smiles with deliberate slyness* Is that an offer?
Serena: NO! Moving on! So, if you could plan your definition of “the perfect day”, what activities would it include?
Cazien: Hmm. I would begin the day by watching the sunrise from Meredith’s deck. I suppose I might follow that by having a bit of fun dispatching a few members of the competition and collecting a shiny bauble or two from them. Perhaps I would dock that evening at Eachan Isle for a lobster boil on the beach, followed by some rousing music and a bit of jig dancing with the local beauties. I would fall asleep on the sand, under the stars, with my feet positioned just low enough to feel the tide come in. And my sweet Meredith would, of course, be docked within sight, so that she would be the first thing I saw upon waking. What is it that one fellow says, “It’s a pirate’s life for me?” *winks* Yes, all of that.
Serena: Thanks for taking time away from your duties to join me for—Hey! How did you get my necklace?
Cazien: Oh, look at the time. . .
Here’s a little about THE RYN, the first book in which Cazien de Pollis appears . . . but certainly not the last!
Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn.
Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom.
But the child survived.
Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E’veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds’ power.
Now, her time has come.
Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her.
THE RYN begins an epic re-imagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale, Snow White & Rose Red. Book Two, THE REMEDY, concludes this tale, but the Eyes of E’veria series is only beginning . . .
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Serena Chase frequently contributes book reviews, author interviews, and features for USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog as well as for the Edgy Inspirational Romance website. A life-long lover of fairy tales, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband, two daughters, and a white goldendoodle named Albus.
She is currently working on the as-yet-untitled third book in the Eyes of E’veria series, scheduled to release in June 2014.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Serena (and Cazien!) and will take a moment to check out her books and connect with her online. Before you go, though, you’ll want to write down this part of the clue: “our faithful.” Now, head on over to Serena’s website for stop #12 HERE.
And now for the giveaway I’m hosting on this stop. You can win a paperback copy of WORLDS UNSEEN, Book 1 in The Seventh World Trilogy, signed both by myself and by the cover artist, Deborah Thomson (my sister and the owner/artist of the fabulous Figgie Shoes). Just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below so you can earn as many entries as possible.