Hey, y’all. I’ve been looking forward to introducing you to this guy for some time. This is Devere Kiernan, or Dev for short, one of the two protagonists in LITTLE RED AND THE SURLY BEAR. He’s the surly bear if you hadn’t guessed.
I love this guy. We’ve gotten close.
Alisha: Good morning, Dev. Thanks for joining me. It’s nice to see you again.
Devere: The pleasure is mine. I’m glad the circumstances are much better this time.
Alisha: Me, too! Last time got a little bloody. It’s hard to get out cotton?
Devere: I’m afraid that I do. The trick is cold water.
Alisha: Oh, well, that’s helpful. I’ll remember it for next time.
Devere: That’s likely.
Alisha: All right, let’s get into this, yeah? I know you are close with your family. Can you tell me about them?
Devere: I am. It’s just my sister, my nephew, and myself now. Maddy, my sister, likes to pretend she’s my mother. My nephew, Theo, thinks it’s funny. And I’m the reason they have to move all the time, but we’ve been a tight-knit pack for hundreds of years, especially after our parents died.
Alisha: Can you tell me about your parents?
Devere: My father was a good man. Strong and brave. He protected us when we needed help and let us fall when we needed a lesson. He stood up for others and taught me to do the same. My mother was much the same, but she was more meticulous and far better with a weapon than the rest of us. She taught me how to throw knives during puberty—gave me a reason to like being in my human form.
Alisha: How would you describe your childhood?
Devere: Peaceful. We traveled a lot, lived in the woods. My twin and I were playful. I loved France and scavenging human food across the country. The French have quite the palette.
Alisha: Where is the favorite place you’ve lived?
Devere: Other than France? Hmm. I liked the beer in Germany, the wine in Italy, the chocolate in Switzerland. But I like what they now call the Peneda-Geres National Park in Portugal.
Alisha: If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
Devere: I’d let others take more risks for me.
Alisha: How do you feel about lying?
Devere: It proves valuable to keep people safe, but I am not a fan of it in general. I do it far more often than I like.
Alisha: Do you have a motto? If so, what is it?
Devere: Help others when you can.
Alisha: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Devere: I prefer to spend my free time romancing the fairer sex. One night and woman at a time. I also like to make weapons. Knives.
Alisha: Do you have a criminal record?
Devere: Not in this country nor this century.
Alisha: Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
Devere: An optimistic pessimist. Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.
Alisha: Do you believe in soul mates and/or true love?
Devere: I do. My parents had it, but I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to have that in my life.
Alisha: Well, that’s it. Thank you again for taking the time to visit with me. I hope only a mild sense of danger awaits you.
Devere: Since danger certainly awaits me?
Alisha: Call it a hunch.
Well, y’all, that’s Dev. He made a cameo in LOVING RED, but now, he’s finally got his own voice in the story. Expect to see more of him in the last installment, LOVING THEM BOTH, coming in early 2021.
See him in action in my newest release, LITTLE RED AND THE SURLY BEAR.