A Bite of… Page McAlaster from ‘the Arbiter’

Q1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Page McAlaster and I guess you could call me a Fixer. This might surprise you, but there’s plenty of other planes of existence out there. I hop between them, do a bit of work for the things that run our plane. I call them things, but I think they generally prefer ‘Masters’. They’re not going to be thrilled that I’m sharing this, but you’re not going to believe me anyway, right?
I’ve been doing this job for a few months now. Before that I was a corporate mediator. Guess you could say I’m used to dealing with demons.

Q2. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever been to?

Have you ever read any H. P. Lovecraft? Because he talks a lot about the phrase ‘non Euclidean’. I read a lot as a child, and I always found the idea interesting. Until I experienced it. Or near enough to it, at any rate, since beholding non Euclidean shapes is supposed to send you insane, and I’m at least sixty per cent sure my mind’s still in one piece.
Anyhow, I hopped over to this plane to retrieve an item for the Masters and when I got there the world was just… blank. There was nothing except a grey emptiness through time and space. And then I began to fall. I’m not entirely sure how long I was falling for, but by the time I hit some sort of ground – made up of shapes I couldn’t begin to describe – I just wanted out.
Apparently the ‘item’ they wanted was my brainwaves after visiting a place like that. Charming.

Q3. A ‘fixer’ normally involves theft and murder, are you okay with that?

Look, I do what needs to be done. I don’t particularly have a choice – after all, these aren’t the sort of people you can say ‘no’ to. So yes, if they want someone dead, I kill. If they want something stolen, I steal. I’ve never really thought about it in terms of being a ‘bad person’ or not. If I didn’t do it, they’d probably just replace me, right?
I don’t really sleep well anymore, though…
A budding author, Brhi Stokes has been writing ever since she could put pen to paper and daydreaming in every spare second. C A L I G A T I O N, her first published novel, is an urban fantasy about a young man lost in a strange city – the likes of which he never could have imagined – while he tries to dodge unnatural threats and search for a way home. The Arbiter is the first book in a new series.
In her spare time, Brhi enjoys reading, video games, tabletop RPGs, going for long, solitary jogs and music.

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