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Profile: Todd Helsingford

Monday, February 15th, 2021 | Permalink

Continuing from February, 2021 William Fietzer Newsletter:

Interview begins:

whf: We’ve read your character description elsewhere–let’s get to the heart of the matter, post-Valentine’s Day. You are or have been romantically involved with two of the main female protagonists in the story. Would you say you’re unlucky at love, or just inept?

Todd: Mostly the former, but I cannot deny my shortcomings as a lover. As far as Miriam Gorovic is and was concerned, she was starting her own career at the time I asked her to marry me. Any woman, any spouse would think twice about traipsing around the world to a new embassy every two years, having to meet new set of people, adopt to a new culture and lifestyle, face new dangers and complications without a formal reason or connection for doing so.

As for Seraphina Abduri, we had our fling. She was sultry, passionate, fantastic in bed. But it was all to draw state secrets from me. Though she showed compassion by healing my wounds, her heart always belonged to Rupert Albrecht, whether he cared or not.

whf: Your face reddened when you mentioned Rupert Albrecht. Are you jealous of him?

Todd: Of Albrecht? Why should I be? Just because he’s rich, powerful, has the strength of a god (and the superior demeanor to go with it), why should I be jealous? I don’t know why Seraphina cannot see him for what he is, an opportunist and a scoundrel, but he is a psychic vampire, an Anausavared as is she, so there’s the ethnic component they share.

whf: For a dispassionate, diplomatic guy, you sure sound jealous to me.

Todd: Listen. (Face reddens) Maybe Seraphina figures she can appeal to his good side and straighten him out, make him care about others outside his own kind. We’ll see. For right now their shared culture is the primary factor that keeps them together.

whf: Final question. Would you marry either of them if, somehow, they wanted to get back together with you?

Todd: Let’s see. Each of them has rejected me once, used me for their own ends at least twice–No, I don’t think so, unless–(Grins) They have to ask me first! I’m no fool; I won’t play hard to get, but I will want to be wooed this time. (Laughs) I deserve it, don’t you think?

What do you think? Tell me in the Comments section.

Profile: Miriam Gorovic

Friday, November 13th, 2020 | Permalink

As promised, here is the second in a series of interviews with a main characters who appears in my ongoing series, Escape from the Immortals. This time it’s Miriam Gorovic. Her character profile appears below:

  1. Miriam Gorovic
  2. Occupation—blogger/journalist
  3. Conflicts—has inherited the ability to absorb and utilize the psychic energies of others from Basil Zarkisian, the father of her two-year-old son, Aric. She blames Victor for her father’s death and her unwanted motherhood
  4. Motivations—seeks help for her son’s migraines, restore her writing career
  5. Traits—brazen, athletic, and smart—a true warrior

Physical description: Tall (5′ 9″), lanky, athletic, with a wild mane of auburn hair and incisive, emerald-green eyes.

Interview begins:

whf: You’re portrayed as having a grudge against Dr. Victor Furst, the man who raised you and you thought was your father. Yet it seems from the narrative that he’s tried his best to protect you from your biological father, Dr. Basil Zarkisian, leader of the psychic parasites, the New Immortals. Does your attitude toward Dr. Furst seem fair to you?

mg: Yes and no. It doesn’t if you accept his explanation and his point of view–he left my mother and me to protect us. It does if you think leaving your wife and daughter to the advances of a predator like Zarkisian amounts to abandonment. Given Victor’s subsequent actions, I think the latter.

whf: Even though he tried to save you?

mg: If he’d made the right decision the first time and stood up to Zarkisian, he wouldn’t have needed to rescue us.

whf: Do you feel Dr. Zarkisian never should have reached out to you despite being your biological father?

mg: It’s not a question of rights; it’s a matter of approach. And motivation. If Zarkisian had contacted us in an effort to establish normal family relations–fine. But he used us as pawns to create a kingdom for the New Immortals, psychic parasites who feed off human emotions to conquer them and rule the earth.

whf: That’s horrible! It also seems like a worthwhile motivation for Dr. Furst to try and stop him.

mg: It would be except for Victor’s duplicity in trying to stop my father. My mother and I were part of his crusade against Basil’s nation-building activities which started with their psy-ops project for the CIA over twenty years ago. Victor’s flight to the Amazon and acquisition of shamanic powers were part of his life-long turf war with Zarkisian for power and influence within the U.S. defense department. The possibility of losing us to that end was a sacrifice Victor was willing to make.

whf: Dr. Furst has no paternal feelings towards you?

mg: He might have, but if so, they’re buried very deep. (Shrugs). I haven’t seen them yet.

whf: And Dr. Zarkisian?

mg: The same. They’re two sides of the same evil-headed coin.

whf: Is there any man in your life you do trust?

mg: (Looks down and shakes her head) “No.”

whf: (Flashes a wry smile) Not even Todd Helsingford, perhaps? He wanted to marry you at one point.

mg: A little. (She flushes) Todd’s gone from me, too, now. (She glares up in anger and frustration). Are you suggesting I drive these men out of my life?

whf: I’m no psychologist. (Shrugs) It’s a possibility.

What do you think? Let me know in the Comments section below.

Profile: Dr. Victor Furst

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | Permalink

Taking a tip out of the Inkers Con playbook, I’ve placed a character description and brief interview with the main character in my Escape from the Immortals series, Dr. Victor Furst. Shown below is his character profile:

  1. Dr. Victor Furst
  2. Occupation—shamanic psychotherapist
  3. Conflicts—loves his ex-wife, Evelyn, but deeply resents his daughter-in-name only, Miriam. Feels he was forced to break his professional vows in using his shamanic abilities to kill her biological father, Boris Zarkisian, the material world leader of the psychic vampires, the New Immortals.
  4. Motivations—to regain Evelyn’s love and trust, behave ethically as healer.  
  5. Traits—Athletic, tends to be snide under duress.’

Physical description: Tall (6′ 3″), lanky, with a shock of salt-and-ginger hair and trimmed beard to match, plus a pair of clinically penetrating blue eyes.

Interview begins:

whf: You’re portrayed in the first book of the series, Mission: Soul Rescue, and its upcoming sequel, Mission: Soul Sacrifice, as an emotionally conflicted character. Why?

vf: It seems to me a natural response as a professional psychotherapist/shaman and as a parent to feel conflicted. Our first duty as a shaman and as a therapist is to do no harm. Not only does that mean no harm either physically or psychologically to the individual patient, but also to the ones around him/her, their significant others, friends, family, etc. As a parent I realize I may have violated that vow when I left my family to do research in the Amazon and become a shaman. Though it was done to protect them from the machinations of Dr. Basil Zarkisian doesn’t mitigate the profound psychological impact my absence had upon my family, particularly on our daughter, Miriam. The fact my actions may help save the world from the predations of those psychic vampires, the New Immortals, ameliorates the guilt I feel somewhat, but it doesn’t justify them.

whf: Do you feel your role in the story is one of expiating guilt then?

vf: It may be, but I hope not, not solely at least. It’s a funny thing–part of the time I’m recognized as a hero. In ordinary reality I rescue my wife’s soul and reintegrate it into her conscious self. In the Lower World of her unconscious reality, I play the role of Vahagn, the Hercules of Armenian myth, whose destiny is to prevent Ahriman, chief of the Zoroastrian gods, from seizing dominion of the Lower World, entering ordinary reality, and ruling over the universe for all eternity. Yet, despite this lofty calling, I’m viewed as a failure and an anathema within my own family, one whose welfare I hoped to protect by redirecting elsewhere the attention of those forces seeking to harm them. Ironic, isn’t it?

whf: One last question–you sound bitter. Are you?

vf: I hope not. Frustrated and bewildered, maybe, but not bitter. I’m enough of a professional to understand why my feelings, though justified perhaps, should not interfere with my judgments toward helping my patient(s) feel better about themselves by becoming whole spiritually and psychologically. At the same time, that understanding doesn’t mitigate the hurt and resentment I feel toward their unwillingness, no–inability, to recognize the good intentions behind some of my actions and forgive them.

(Sighs and flashes a crooked smile). Yeah, maybe a little bitter.

What do you think? Does Victor seem bitter? Defensive? Or just uncertain? Let me know your thoughts in the Comments section below.