Character Interview: Yarrow Lamhart

*** This character interview is intended for those who have already read Division of the Marked. There are spoilers! If you haven’t read the book yet or are not finished, do yourself a favor and don’t read on!! ****



Y: Yarrow drums his fingers on the table and endeavors to look at his ease. “So, you intend to ask me questions? What sort of questions?”

M: “We’ll just start with some general topics—favorite color, childhood dream, that kind of thing. Then we’ll talk about the events of Division and a bit about what you’re up to in Elevation. Nothing too difficult. You ready?”

Y: “I suppose so.”

M: “Excellent. First question: what is your greatest fear?” 

Y: He raises his brows in accusation. “What happened to favorite color?”

M: I smile innocently. “That was merely an example.”

Y: “Very well…my greatest fear.” He leans back in his seat, contemplative. “Fear is an odd thing. What comes to mind first is often not the core of the matter. My knee-jerk answer would be the death of a loved one—but death is not the worst possible thing, is it? No. I fear the annihilation of a loved one, the breaking or destruction of their spirit.”

M: “Alright, that might have been a bleak opener…sorry about that. Next question: if you could have any gift, what would it be?”

Y: He closes his eyes for a long moment. “Since the events at Easterly Point, I’ve wished many times for the ability to halt time and the actions of those around me. I keep thinking if I could only have had more time, if I could have stopped to really think, things could have…turned out differently.”

M: “What would you do with a time-stopping gift on a normal, day-to-day basis?”

Y: “Oh, I don’t know…fit more reading into my day…catch falling objects…best Ko-Jin at sparring without breaking a sweat.” A small smile crosses his face. “This idea is growing on me, actually.”

M: “What was it like growing up in such a large family?”

Y: “Chaotic but wonderful. It was always loud and there was no privacy, but there was never a dull moment. As a group, we were not the most well behaved, but we were closer than any other siblings I knew. My parents didn’t have the time or a sufficient number of hands to take care of us all, so we took care of each other. We raised each other. That changes the way you love your brothers and sisters—makes you more protective.”

M: “How did you react when you first found the mark on your neck?”

Y: He grins at the memory. “My brother Allon thought I’d painted it on as a joke, so he dumped a bowl of ice-cold water over my head as I slept, thinking the mark would wash off. I was so annoyed and cold it took me a little while to understand what he was talking about. And then I was just…stunned. I didn’t understand what it meant then—didn’t know if I should be afraid or pleased.”

M: “Do you ever wish that you hadn’t been marked? That you could have stayed with your family?”

Y: “I used to dream that I was an ordinary man, years ago. Elements of that life are appealing. I do wish I could have a more active role in the lives of my siblings, and now in the lives of my nieces and nephews. But, ultimately, I would have been unsatisfied and unstimulated by that life. I’m not myself if I’m not pushing to better my mind, and I can do more good as a Chisanta than as a shop boy.”

M: “When you first met Arlow, he gave you a hard time about being a shop boy. Did you experience much of that sort of treatment from other Cosanta?”

Y: He chuckles briefly and shakes his head. “I’d completely forgotten about that…but, to answer your question, no. The Chisanta come from all walks of life and I was far from the worst off. Arlow was more of a minority than I—he’s even richer than he lets on. None of that matters once you’re marked, though. We’re all the same.”

M: “Before you were tested, did you hope to be Chiona or Cosanta?”

Y: “I barely understood the difference between the two at that time, so I couldn’t exactly make an informed decision. I can remember thinking that the Chiona looked more impressive (don’t repeat that, please). I was always meant to be Cosanta, though, and given a bit more time I likely would have realized it, even then.”

M: “The book skips a ten year period in your life. What major life-events happened during that time?”

Y: Shrugs. “All of the normal events in a young man’s life, I suppose. I made good friends, I learned a lot about the world and myself. Mostly, I devoted myself to studying—much of that time was spent in the library.” The corner of his lip twitches. “Of course, I had friends like Ko-Jin and Arlow, so we got up to our fair share of trouble. We took short trips around the Cape—spent a good number of lazy summer days on the beach, grilling clams and drinking too much.”

M: “What about girls? Were there any special ladies in your life other than Bray?”

Y: “There were girls, but speaking of them in the same breath as Bray is absurd. These were just feeble, fleeting inclinations—a few dates, a few kisses, nothing serious. I was generally too focused on my work for such things, and,” he smirks, “believe it or not, I do not exactly have a natural way with women.”

M: “Of your friends, which of you has, as you put it, the best ‘way with women’?” 

Y: He laughs. “I think that would be a three-way losing tie. You’d think it would be Ko-Jin—women are constantly falling for him, what with his looks and easy-going nature, but as soon as he returns the feeling, he can’t trip over his own tongue fast enough. Not a great one for filtering his jokes, Ko-Jin. Arlow, on the other hand, can be incredible suave and charming…for about one hour. Then his arrogance starts to come out.” The glitter of laugher in his eye shifts to something darker.

M: “Is it hard to speak of him? Arlow?”

Y: “I keep forgetting that it should be hard. We’ve been friends for so long, I keep forgetting…”

M: “Do you think you could ever forgive him?”

Y: Shakes his head slowly. “He knew what we were walking into, was a part of it. After Adearre…how could I forgive that?”

M: Clears throat. “Well, lets speak of nicer things. Bray. What was going through your head when you first met after all those years?”

Y: “There were a lot of miscommunications, a lot of tension in those early weeks together. To tell the truth, my thoughts were so contradictory that they barely seem worth lingering on. I would think that she was just the same as she had been, then moments later think she was completely changed. I was drawn to her yet found her behavior maddening. Loved her determination, her intensity, but was so frustrated by pigheadedness. I couldn’t understand my own feelings, then. She’s like that, you know. Love her or hate her, she just sweeps you up.”

M: “Do you think there is a possible happy ending for the two of you, being Chiona and Cosanta?”

Y: “That’s something we’ll have to figure out once everything returns to normal. And we will figure it out—I have no intention of living without her. She’s too necessary to me, now. But we’re a long ways away from happily-ever-after, aren’t we?” Offers me an accusatory look and sighs. “By the end of this, it may not be such a problem. Quade has changed the Chisanta by creating a third factor. If we have any hope of ending his plans, we—Chiona and Cosanta—will have to work together. With any luck, perhaps the two halves will have attained a level of good-will by the end of this.”

M: “When you looked into the sphere, you—”

Y: “I’m sorry, I don’t want to talk about that. I can’t, yet. It’s too fresh.”

M: Bows head in assent. “Very well. Let’s speak briefly about what’s coming up in the next book. Going in, what is your number one priority?”

Y: “Getting Peer out. We already lost one man, and I’ll be blighted if I let Quade take another member of Bray’s family. There is a lot to do, of course, but that comes first.”

M: “Alright! Thank you for answering my questions—I know you’re a busy man. Best of luck with…well, you’ll see.”

Y: Stands and looks down at me with a small smile. “Green.”

M: “Huh?”

Y: “My favorite color.” Bows and, with a resounding pop, disappears. 



Well, I hope this was at least somewhat fun and interesting. If you’d like you see more character interviews, leave a comment and let me know which character should be next and if you have any specific questions you’d like to ask. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  • Ian Williamson
    March 18, 2014 - 12:58 am · Reply

    I absolutely loved ur first book and wouldn’t change a thing about it. I was wondering if u would do a character interview with Bray and when I can get my hands on ur next book.

    • March McCarron
      March 18, 2014 - 2:44 am · Reply

      Thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed the book! I was thinking of doing Bray next, but will definitely do so now that you’ve requested it. I’m not sure when…sometime in the next month. As for the sequel, I’m working on it and making good progress. I don’t have date at this point, but I’m thinking I’ll have it available by late spring. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

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