Renee Scattergood is the author of the Dark Fantasy series, Shadow Stalker. She lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, their daughter, Taiya, and their four fur friends. She prefers to spend her free time with her family and reading fantasy novels.
The following interview is with, Auren, the protagonist of the Shadow Stalker series:
- Donald: Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
Auren: I was born on the Dark Isle, but I didn’t grow up there. My foster father, Kado, took me from there shortly after I was born to protect me from Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi.
I grew up on the northernmost island in the Serpent Isles, called Appolia. It’s pretty cold there year-round, so there’s not much to do most of the time. Still, I had fun with my friends when I could.
- Donald: Who was your best friend growing up?
Auren: My best friend was and still is Jade. She had a habit of getting me into trouble by talking me into breaking Kado’s rules and going behind his back, but she’s a great person. Kado was pretty strict and she just wanted me to have fun.
- Donald: Who do you most admire in your world?
Auren: Definitely, Kado. He was more than a father to me. He was also my mentor. He taught me everything I need to know to survive in our world.
- Donald: Tell us a little about your world.
Auren: Well, the Serpent Isles is where most people on our world live. There are larger islands and island chains, but they are mostly inhabitable because of vicious wildlife and venomous plant life. The Coalition occupied much of the northern islands for many years, while the Galvadi Empire was mainly in the south until they began their invasion.
The shadow stalkers live on an island called, the Dark Isle. It’s a tropical island far from the Serpent Isles and veiled in the shadow world. Only a shadow stalker can get there.
- Donald: What are your goals?
Auren: Ultimately, I would just like to live out my life in peace. To do that, I have to play a pivotal role in defeating the Galvadi because of my unique abilities as a shadow stalker.
- Donald: What is your greatest fear?
Auren: That I will not succeed in defeating the Galvadi Empire, and they will destroy what’s left of mankind on our world.
- Donald: How will you overcome it?
Auren: The only thing I can do is to continue to fight and hope I succeed.
- Donald: Do you have any hobbies?
Auren: I love to read. I used to read all the time, but lately I haven’t had the time. Maybe once the Galvadi have been defeated, and the people have their freedom again, I can get back to reading.
- Donald: Have you ever been in love?
Auren: Twice. The first time was a boy I met in my uncle’s village on the Dark Isle. His name is Etan. But because of the rules the shadow stalker’s must live by, I wasn’t allowed to pursue a relationship with him.
Later, I met Makari, the son of Drevin. He started out as my enemy, but eventually he helped me escape from his father and saved my life.
- Donald: What do you regret most in your life?
Auren: I regret never knowing my parents. My mother died right after I was born, and my father was captured by the Galvadi and held during my childhood. I grew up believing he was dead, but I later learned he wasn’t. I found him and had a chance to speak with him when I was a prisoner of the Galvadi, but he sacrificed himself so I could escape.
- Donald: What is your greatest virtue?
Auren: It would have to be my courage.
- Donald: Why do you think this is so?
Auren: There is no way I could do what I’m meant to do without it.
- Donald: Have you ever lied?
Auren: Yes, I have.
- Donald: How do you feel about lying?
Auren: I don’t like lying, but sometimes it becomes necessary. You have to lie to keep information from your enemies, and sometimes you have to lie to save your life.
- Donald: If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?
Auren: I would spend it with the people I love.