I’m very happy to receive Titus (via Elisabeth!) here on the blog today for an interview :) Please Welcome him warmly!
1.) What is the best and worst thing about being an Argonaut?
Doing what I’m told. I don’t like to follow directions.
2.) Knowing that the Argonauts are a tight knit family, who do you look up to the most?
Normally I’d say Theron but...well, you’ll have to read my book to find out why he’s not my
favorite person right now.
3.) When did you first discover your gift? Did you experience it as a child or did you grow into it? If you experienced it as a child, did you have to hide it or was it okay to be "out in the open" with
Most Argoleans come into their gifts when they hit adulthood. Argonauts tend to realize their abilities sooner, sometimes as early as childhood. I’ve always been able to hear others’ thoughts. For a long time I thought everyone heard voices. It was only when I reached my teen years and picked up some of the thoughts of the girls around me that I realized I was unique. (And if they had any idea I knew what they were thinking...let’s just say I used that to my advantage whenever I could.)
The Argonauts have always known my ability to read others’ thoughts. They see it as a gift, I see it as a curse.
4.) Destiny, or pre-destiny, is one of the themes of the book. What was it like growing up knowing that you, Titus, were going to be an Argonaut? Did you ever see it as a burden? or was it always a privilege? Did you ever want to be anything else in your life (and if so, what?)?
Hm...that’s a deep question. My father was an Argonaut. I had the markings from the moment I was born. It wasn’t a choice--I knew someday I’d serve. As a kid, it seemed like an awesome gig. Getting to kick ass on a regular basis? Who wouldn’t love that. The older I get though, the harder it is to do what I’m told. (See answer #1)
What would I do if I weren’t an Argonaut? Probably have my nose in some book or holed up in my house inventing something or other.
5.) We tend to take for granted the simplest of things like a caress, hugs, shaking hands, giving a friend a high five or just holding the hand of the one you love. How have you dealt with not being able to touch others?
You don’t deal with it. You accept it. Dealing with it means setting yourself up for failure. It’s better not to think of the alternative.
6.) We know that you’ve said that your gift of reading minds isn’t all that its cracked up to be. In fact, you’ve clearly stated that its a curse. If you could have any gift, what would it be and why?
None. If I had the choice, I’d choose to be normal.
7.) How are you and the other Argonauts handling having a ‘larger family’’, specifically meaning that many of you have found your other half. Before it was “just the guys” now, not only are there women living with you all, but they are your soulmates and they are very independant and strong willed. How is that going for you all?
I like the girls. They chill the guys out. Especially Zander. Man, he was a bear for way too long. Most of the guys who’ve found their soul mates are way more stressed though when they’re in the field. That, I don’t like. I seriously don’t need their messed-up thoughts in my head.
8.) Speaking of larger family - the next generation of Argonauts is also being established. Zander’s and Callie’s son Max, who is now 10 years old and Demetrius & Isadora are about to become parents soon. How are you all getting ready to prepare them for their future? Is there an “School for Argonauts” or an “Eternal Guardian Academy”?
No school. The training is usually one-on-one, father to son. It’s usually the leader’s decision when to start training.
9.) Knowing the mercurial nature of the gods, how will you and the other Argonauts prepare for the next attack?
10.) The Argonauts have been working with Nick, the Leader of the Misos’s colony, against your enemies. Could this be the start of something? Do you believe that the Misos and Argeoleans will be able to coexist in peace?
I don’t see why not. Nick’s an okay guy most of the time. Serious chip on his shoulder, but he pulls through for us when we need him. The wild card is the Council. They do not like the Misos at all.
Thank you Titus for taking the time to visit us :)
About the book:
TITUS—To most his gift seems like a blessing, but for him it’s a curse the other Eternal Guardians—those who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld—seek to exploit. One he would gladly trade for the chance to be free…
Obsessed. Her touch is like a drug. From the moment he met her, Titus knew she was different. Even dangerous. Yet though his guardian brethren are convinced Natasa is working for Hades, Titus can’t stop thinking about her. Can’t stop fantasizing about her. Can’t stop craving the one thing he knows could lead to the downfall of his world.
Possessed. Faced with stopping Natasa or joining in her quest, Titus falls to temptation and is thrust into a world of lust, deception, and deadly treachery designed by the gods. Her touch—only hers—frees him from his bonds, but desire may just condemn him. Because before the end he’ll have to decide which is more important: duty and honor to those he took an oath to defend, or a woman who could very well be the biggest curse to them all.
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