I am honored to not only introduce you to woman of horror Loren Rhoads, but I also had the opportunity to interview her character, Alondra DeCourval….
Name: Alondra DeCourval
1.What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Ending the siren’s vendetta against the people of Venice, but I’m proud to have rescued the werewolf of Michigan’s Mackinaw Island, too.
- What is your best physical feature?
I’ve always liked my eyes. Their green color makes me think of the first green leaves in spring.
- What is your most treasured possession?
The charmed necklaces I wear. Many of them were gifts. I take them off at night and put them on first thing in the morning.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Simon LeBranche, whom I met in Oslo. He is an actual cavalier who was cursed to wander forever. For a while I imagined that I might be able to break his curse, but that hasn’t proved true yet.
- What is your favorite journey?
I’ve always enjoyed my trips to Japan. One of the highlights was meeting a Kitsune at a shrine in Tokyo.
- What is your most marked characteristic?
I love it when people ask me to help them make peace with something supernatural.
Wow, that’s a hard question. When my guardian Victor was healed by the philosopher’s stone I made, that was really good. Too bad the healing didn’t last.
- What is it that you most dislike?
Bullies, whether they’re human or extramundane.
- What is your greatest fear?
That I’ll end up alone.
Interviewers comment: Mine too!
- What is your greatest extravagance?
I like handmade clothing. I knit my own sweaters, but I like to buy blouses from the artisans who make them. And handmade shoes! A pair of boots that fit perfectly are a treasure.
- Who do you most despise?
My mother. She’s selfish and reckless. I left home at 12 and it was the best decision I ever made.
- What is your greatest regret?
That I couldn’t save the life of my mentor, Victor Lockwood. I would’ve sold my soul to buy him more life.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to teleport? I love traveling, but the hours on planes are rough. It was better when they used to let me knit, but now I’m never sure if I’ll be allowed to bring my needles onboard or not.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sometimes I don’t have the good sense to be afraid, especially if something makes me angry. I probably inherited that from my mother. I think it pushes me to take risks that I wouldn’t, if I were thinking straight.
- What do you most value in your friends?
Compassion. My friends are my best teachers and role models.
My friend Stella, who works in Curios and Candles in San Francisco. Stella took me in when I was homeless, got me a job reading Tarot cards – she picked me up at the lowest point in my life and helped me regain my faith in myself. I wish I was as good a person, as trusting, as she is.
- What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Modesty. No question.
- Which words or phrases are you known for?
I’ve spent more time with books than with people my own age, so sometimes I’m accused of talking like a book. I do like to say “ever so.” It’s kind of a tic.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My family. They’re dangerous, and not in a fun way. I wish Victor had been my dad.
- What is your motto?
Being asked for help is as good as a contract. I don’t give up or get scared off.
Alondra DeCourval was born on her mother’s horse ranch in the Adirondacks. She ran away from home as a 12-year-old and was rescued by Victor Lockwood, an old-school psychic doctor, who raised her in London. Since Victor’s death, Alondra has found herself rootless. She’s traveled the world, fighting werewolves, water spirits, murderous dolls, a siren, air elementals, and the things that ghosts fear. She’s fallen in love with a vampire, a cavalier cursed to wander the earth, and a woman who reads Tarot in a magic shop in San Francisco. If you need protection from something you can’t explain away, Alondra would be glad to help.
About the Books:
Alondra’s Experiments (The Alondra Stories Book 1): Alondra DeCourval travels from San Francisco to Prague to Olso, encountering magical creatures and searching for the limits she will go to for love.
Alondra’s Investigations (The Alondra Stories Book 2): Alondra handles a book that causes earthquakes, faces down the things that ghosts fear, and makes an enormous sacrifice to end a reign of terror in New Orleans.
Alondra’s Adventures (The Alondra Stories Book 3): Young witch Alondra DeCourval meets a fox spirit in Tokyo, faces an ancient evil stalking through Venice, and exorcizes a possessed doll. These stories made the long list for the British Science Fiction Association Award and Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions in Best Horror of the Year #9. One was published in Best New Horror #27, edited by Stephen Jones.
About the Author:
Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She blogs about graveyards as travel destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.
Loren is also the author of The Dangerous Type, Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes, a space opera trilogy set after a galactic war has wiped out much of humanity.
She is the co-author (with Brian Thomas) of the novel Lost Angels about a succubus who sets her sights on an angel and ends up possessed by a mortal girl’s soul.
Loren likes long walks in the moonlight and old graveyards. She remembers when men walked on the moon.a character interview with a witch for #womeninhorror month with @morbidloren #LOHF @ladiesofhorrorfiction @interview Click To Tweet