Dolls-Welcome Myrnin! Hate to ask, but have you taken your medication today?
Myrnin- Of course. I tend to take several days at once. It’s more efficient that way. Although the side effects can be … interesting. (Also, if you have not yet enjoyed the wonderful fan video “Meds” featuring, well, *me*, and done by the lovely MissPhoenix05, you may watch it here…now…go on, I’ll wait.)
Myrnin- Excellent, wasn’t it? Where was I? Oh yes. Next question, please.
Dolls- We didn’t get to see much of you in Kiss of Death due to the road trip that Claire and company went on…what have you been up to lately?
Myrnin- I have been very deeply involved in repairing the mess — well intentioned or not — that Claire and her friends have made of our well-oiled little experiment …er, town. Let me tell you, having a bad day is one thing; having a bad day while the Founder of Morganville demands to know what progress you’ve made is quite another thing altogether.
Oh, and I went shopping. That was quite terrifying. Now I know why Claire always looks so … bothered, when I ask her to do it for me.
Dolls- We know how hard it was for you to have to destroy Ada. You must have really cared for her…do you think you will ever care for another again?
Myrnin- I doubt anyone can ever replace Ada, either in the role of defender of Morganville, or in … other ways. One does try to accept the inevitable, but … it isn’t always simple. And many times I wake and think that she’s not — well. We’ll just leave it at that, I think.
Dolls- Claire seems to have grown a lot, are you surprised by how bright she is at such a young age?
Myrnin- To be honest, I never thought the child would survive it. She was such a small thing, very fragile. I was almost certain that I would, you know, forget myself one day and poof, no more Claire. But she’s proven surprisingly resourceful. I do wish she’d focus more on her alchemical studies, and less on that young man Shane, but what can you do? Humans. So … hormonal.
Dolls- What is your honest opinion on Shane and Claires relationship?
Myrnin- Oh, he’s all right, I suppose. As long as he stays out of my lab, and doesn’t take up too much of Claire’s time, I suppose I shall allow it. But the next time young Sir White Knight comes charging into MY home with an attitude, I may have to change my mind. Again.
Dolls- So, have you always liked spiders or is Bob (the pet spider) special, and why the name Bob?
Myrnin- Oh, I love spiders! Very useful things, spiders. Quite remarkable. And hardly ever fatal, really — not like some of my colleagues, I’m afraid.
Bob is quite smart, you know. I’ve taught him a number of tricks, including jumping, hunting, and spinning webs in the patterns of Victorian lace. Or at least, I think I taught him that. It’s possible I don’t really remember what lace looks like.
But we go jumping and hunting together often. Oh, don’t tell Claire that. She might be … disturbed.
Dolls- You’ve been around a long time, who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
Myrnin- Met, or, you know … (mimes vampire fangs in neck) …?
Well, we’ll go with met, then. I suppose I’d have to say Ada’s father, George Gordon Noel, the 6th Baron Byron. Or, as he’s more familiarly known, Lord Byron. Quite the rock star, Byron. I rather enjoyed our little storytelling sessions with his friends, including that lovely Shelley woman, and Dr. — oh, what’s his name? Polidori. Interesting fellow, too.
Now THOSE were some dinner parties.
Dolls- Other than Morganville, where else have you lived? Any favorite places?
Myrnin- I quite enjoyed my villa on the coast of Atlantis. (pause) Yes, I’m kidding. No one could afford villas. It was more like a very small cottage.
I’ve always been partial to Wales. Cardiff, especially.
Dolls- Was Amelie’s decision to make Oliver her “second” a surprise to you and how do you feel about Oliver?
Myrnin- It was more of a surprise to me that Oliver actually accepted the offer. I thought he’d come to stage an all-out war with her, and I was rather looking forward to seeing him finally get what he deserved … but tactically I thought Amelie, as always, was brilliant. Giving Oliver responsibility was the worst possible punishment, especially when so many of those he has to deal with are … human.
Oliver and I have a long history, much like our respective native countries. And it’s almost as bloody and angry. So no, I’m not likely to be throwing Oliver any birthday parties. Or inviting him to mine.
If I remembered when mine was, of course. *grins*
Dolls- So…what’s with the bunny slippers?
Myrnin- The slippers are extremely comfortable! Truthfully, I have no idea where I got them; there have been some years of my life recently that are a bit of a blur. Suffice to say that one morning I woke up wearing a scarlet silk kimono, a fez, and bunny slippers with fangs. There may have been some sort of ukelele involved, too.
On the up side, there wasn’t any indication that they were someone else’s bunny slippers.
Dolls- What is your greatest fear?
No, I’m wrong, that was my greatest fear until recently. Now, it’s … being alone. Losing the ones that I’ve started to think of as … mine. I’m not used to having a family, or at least, friends. That’s really quite alarming.
Dolls- If you have a choice, what type of music would you listen to?
Myrnin- I suppose a good vampire would say something sinister, like “The helpless screams of my victims,” but alas, I’ve never been a very good vampire in that way.
I suppose I’d listen to what Claire’s recently given me … rock! I think she’s dismayed how much I enjoy Mr. Elvis.
Dolls- You never cease to surprise Myrnin, are there any new inventions you are working on?
Myrnin- Absolutely not. Nothing at all. No, don’t look at that table. It’s nothing, just a few spare parts that I’m throwing together. No, that is DEFINITELY not a brain in a jar. Move along dolls…
Dolls- What are you currently reading? Do you have any favorite books?
Myrnin- I read constantly, but unfortunately I’m only up to the new releases for 1896. I hope to be caught up soon. I hear that Bram Stoker novel Dracula is fascinating, but I don’t think this vampire literature trend will last too long, do you?
Oh, 1896 was a long time ago, wasn’t it? I suppose the trend caught on, then.
Dolls- What traits do you admire in a woman and/or man?
Myrnin- Intelligence, of course. Cleverness. And the ability to dodge very quickly, and provide donuts. All very useful skills.
Dolls- Is there a particular trait that you possess that you would change if you were given the opportunity?
*pause for thought*
Myrnin- I believe … this is going to sound odd, but I suppose I would change my vampirism. It’s certainly useful, all this not-dying, but there are times … times I wish I didn’t have that burden. Silly, I know.
I suppose it’s significant that I didn’t say that I wished I was more stable. I consider my instability to be the core of my long-term survival, actually.
Dolls- What is your motto?
Myrnin- Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono. Roughly translated, it means “There is, to be sure, no evil without something good.”
Dolls- Well Myrnin, we know how busy you are (or aren’t) and will let you get back to your work. Thank you so much so chatting with us, it was quite the pleasure!
Myrnin- Delightful to meet you as well. Oh, would you mind helping me out with a little experiment? … Why do you look so nervous? Oh, I promise, there have only been two — no, three — slight accidents with … wait! Come back!
*shouts* CLAIRE! I need you!
*Dolls jet out of the lab and sprint far far away*
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Paperback Dolls wish to thank Rachel Caine for allowing us the opportunity to have some fun with Myrnin. We hope you all enjoyed the fun interview as much as we did. Now, go pre-order your copy of Ghost Town…what are ya waiting for? 🙂