I had the chance to catch up with one of my favourite people from the Quantum Enchantment series, Kreshkali Richter. She’s not an easy woman to pin down so I took the opportunity, with her consent, to record our conversation.
KIM Kreshkali, it’s an honour to have you here in my home.
KRESHKALI Not a problem. You checked out.
KIM *clears throat* Many of our readers have asked me about your relationship to the Earth’s underground. In the first three books, you seem to be a loner, yet . . .
KRESHKALI *interrupting* It’s all about illusion. A glamour. To ASSIST, I look like a streetwise whore, scratching out a living on the edge of a ruined city. That’s the mask. After the underground was infiltrated by ASSIST, our leaders were killed. It was up to me. Pecking order, you know? I was next in line.
KIM And you’ve held it together very well indeed. But what about the magic? Did you really learn that on your own? From your mother’s grimoire?
KRESHKALI Not alone. I had Nell with me. Most of the time as kids, we studied together. Then there was the night in the sewer. Things went dark for sometime after that. But between Nell, and my mother’s books, ya, I learned the craft.
KIM And now you teach, of course. Can I ask who’s been your most challenging student?
KRESHKALI *chuckles* That would be Teg.
KIM Can you tell us a bit about him?
KRESHKALI Teg’s a Lupin. You know the term? Of course you do. He’s got wolf DNA merged with his own. A powerful shape-shifter, as all Lupins are, but Teg’s got something else. He’s a brilliant student. Drives me crazy sometimes . . .
KIM Because . . . ?
KRESHKALI *Surprised* If you met him, you wouldn’t have to ask! It’s like there’s no air in the room when he looks my way. Those eyes . . . He’s my apprentice though, so I keep it together.
KIM How do you cope with that?
KRESHKALI We train hard, fight dirty, study, debate, elude, detect and travel the many-worlds at the speed of light. It keeps me focused on the task at hand.
KIM Which is?
KRESHKALI Saving Earth and Gaela, what else?
KIM Ah yes, Gaela. How did you feel when you first woke up there?
KRESHKALI #%^@ing blown away! You can’t appreciate it, because your Earth is still healthy, but for me, waking up to see the sun shine, to see stars overhead at night and not a muddy vault, to drink water fresh from a stream and walk among trees was like opening my eyes for the first time. Fresh air that doesn’t smell like death, rain that doesn’t sting like demon’s piss, people who live and train and practice magic in the open . . . seeing that did it for me. I knew then and there. . .
KIM Knew what, Kali?
KRESHKALI I would do anything to bring Earth back to life.
KIM Beautiful. Thank you. *looks at the wall clock* Do you have time to take some questions from our readers?
KRESHKALI *winks* I thought you knew by now. I’ve got all the time in the world.
There will be a lot more of Kreshkali come September with the release of the third book in Quantum Encryption, Journey by Night. Meanwhile, you can ask any questions here!