Random Interview Saturday! Mili Fay

The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
Today's author paints a magical doorway on the wall and steps through it to join us. Let's welcome Mili Fay!

Mili Fay

Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.
Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee Lumijer, who grows into a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon people (people that transform into dragons) and a hermit dragon prince, Diamond Pendragon, who is forced to rejoin Ardanian society and reevaluate his convictions.

The Interview

Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order?

Stand up! Jump around. Feel your blood moving. Look into the distance (preferably outside your window) and think of at least one beautiful thing about the world and about your life. Now, you are ready to read on.

Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. 

Save the world? Art power!

Favorite flavor (of what? EVERYTHING!)?

Peppermint-dark-chocolate-chip. Cool, sweet, rich, and delicious — a perfect balance.

If you were the captain of a space ship, what would its mission be? Exploration? Colonization? Partying?

Exploration with amazing parties every now and again. I think being on the crew of Enterprise (TNG) would have been fun. I love discovering and learning new things, exploring different cultures, etc. However, I like to be comfortable while doing so. I would not enjoy being cooped up in a tiny ship with no holodeck in empty space. (Shudder!) Colonisation holds no appeal. I want to keep moving.

If you had the honor of naming something really big (a country, a spaceship, a planet) what would you want it to be and what would you name it?

I'm terrible at naming things. In high school, I used a book about gemstones to come up with pleasant sounding names for the characters in my book. Now, I use Google.

If someone is foolish enough to grant me the honour stated above, I would seek assistance from my college roommate (she’s a creative naming genius), I would open the process to the public, or I would politely decline.

What method do you suggest for dealing with dragons?

Depends on the kind of dragon you are talking about. Are they intelligent dragons? Are they hoarders? What element do they inhabit? What is their size?...

You're the next Disney princess. What fairy tale is your full length movie and how would you use your new ability to control woodland creatures?

I can’t think of a single fairy tale that describes my life. Though there are few lines from Disney princesses that resonate with me. The first is Ariel: “I want more…” The second is Belle: “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand — I want so much more than they’ve got planned…”

My movie would be The Phantom of the Opera; a talented, misunderstood genius working in the basement, having difficulties connecting with the real world… Minus murderous tendencies and the basement – my room is above the garage.

Woodland creatures that clean!

I would want this more than I would want Prince Charming. Then again… Prince Charming does come with true love and staff to clean up after us. I love living in clean surroundings, but the only household chore I’m comfortable with is: washing the dishes. I’m allergic to dust and most cleaning products literally make me woozy. (The smell of Pine Sol actually made me faint.)

I would like to have an intelligent animal companion that can be hugged and petted — Rajah would do. Or maybe a dragon?

The Flying Dutchman is offering you three wishes. How do you maximize your wish potential? 

Isn’t The Flying Dutchman a portent of nautical doom?

I know it’s cliché, but I want world peace. I want people to find a way to set aside their differences, to celebrate their differences, and to safeguard nature around them. This is why I like Star Trek so much. As far as wishing, I’m afraid of making mistakes when I word my wishes that would leave me in a situation worse off than before. Wishing can be dangerous. Perhaps asking the ship to grant me what I need most to be happy?

In your opinion, which is the best space ship?

U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D (Star Trek TNG).

Why do you write fantasy and, in your opinion, why should anyone read your fantasy?

Unlike other genres, I find that fantasy allows for exploration without limitations. I can theorize and examine possibilities without having to justify each with facts. I can also explore controversial subjects without giving offense. I enjoy the subtlety of fantasy, but also the adventurous entertainment. I find the best fantasies I’ve read are entertaining philosophical texts that have broadened my perspective of the real world. Not only do fantasies make the impossible sound possible, they allow me to digest harsher aspects of reality in a less traumatic fashion then if I was reading about them in the news or non-fiction texts.

I’ve been writing my fantasy since I was 14 years old. Looking back, I realize that drawing and writing provided a way for me to deal with the trauma I experienced as an immigrant, and as a sheltered teenager and adult unprepared to deal with horrors discovered in the real world. I write to purge the poisonous thoughts and experiences, but also to find possible solutions to problems some of us face. Though my fantasy deals with some truly horrific subject matters, I try to keep the fantasy clean. I firmly believe that readers do not have to witness every single gruesome detail to empathize with the characters. I believe that comedy should exists amidst tragedy, and that by the end of the story the reader should feel hopeful, happy, and optimistic about themselves, their situation, and the people and the world around them.

In my fantasy, not only do I creatively cloak personal experiences and thoughts, I provide commentary or contrast to the fantasies that came before mine, while incorporating the best from stories I’ve enjoyed in the past.

For example: To this date I’ve never read a story about fantasy heroes that had “perfect” lives. All the heroes I’ve read about have experienced trauma before the beginning of their story. In Warriors of Virtue, my heroes have never experienced trauma: they are royalty in a peaceful kingdom; they have adoring family and friends; they are well-educated, healthy, attractive… The reason why I decided that my heroes would not be penniless homeless orphans, is because I believe that if someone has experienced tragedy while young and has known nothing but hardships, he/she is better prepared to deal with obstacles due to previous experience. I wanted to see how teenagers that have never spent a day of their lives without servants or adult supervision would deal with problems tossed their way.

I also do not believe in villains who are senselessly bent on destruction. I love villains that commit villainous acts, believing they are saving the world. On this side, we have a character who has experienced trauma, has developed prejudice, and has chosen to hide from the world as a result. Now, when he can no longer hide, how will he deal with the situation when his forced seclusion has bred nothing but ignorance?


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