A Chat with Margaret


“Bellator: The Summoned, Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the last of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Margaret

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Margaret: You will find me in a series called “The Summoned”. The most recent story, which is included in the “Bellator Anthology”, is subtitled “Rise of the Phantom Knights.” The story is about finding ones’ purpose in life. For example, my character and the Queen are desperately searching for something they can do to end the ongoing war. Both of them have lost so much.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Margaret: I am a peasant that lives in the Kingdom of Stratos. I am one of four children that my mother raised alone. My mother is amazing. She took good care of us. We didn’t struggle, and we all grew to be very strong. Even me. Kinda happens when you’re the only girl.

As one of many who lost family members during the war, I wanted to know what they were fighting for so, I infiltrated the ranks. During that time, let’s just say that I colored the history books red. Eventually, I was discovered by the King and placed at the Queen’s side.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Margaret: The author is mostly neutral when it comes to the characters. He loves us all, which I think is important. No one is a real villain in the story. We’re just different people with various histories and ideals. We drive the story, and we strive to reach our own personal goals. He cherishes a few characters more. I won’t mention any names, but there’s a certain summoner. Still, I don’t feel like any of us are short-changed.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Margaret: I feel like the story is unique. We’re in a medieval world, but at the same time, there’s this talk about other worlds and traveling between them. I love the interaction between characters. It feels so real. When I read the story, I feel like I’m there experiencing everything that’s happening.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Margaret: I love being a character in the book. The world is fascinating, full of mystical warriors and magic. Plus, I get to fight with a sword. Sure, I get my ass kicked, but I’m fighting an immortal, you know? You also get a glimpse of my other, darker side.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Margaret: My biggest challenge will be raising the princess. She’s like her mother in many ways. Both are stubborn and headstrong. At some point, I’ll have to tell the princess about the past. From there, she’ll begin her own journey.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Margaret: I am in future stories. My role isn’t as large, but my past has definitely shaped the future. I will have some tough decisions to make, and emotions will run wild. But that’s life. We have to face our demons.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Margaret: Off the top of my head, I’d pick Famke Janssen. She’s an excellent actresses. She’s tall and slender. More importantly, she’s played roles where the character’s personality shifts unexpectedly. That’s an important defining characteristic of my character.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Kenny Emmanuel writes science fiction and fantasy in a style that immerses readers into unique worlds. Then he brings his fictional characters to life with the help of cosplayers. With a background in computer engineering, Kenny enjoys incorporating technology into his vision of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and medieval fantasy worlds.

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