May 18, 2015

Guest Post ~ Lisa Dunn talks about GRIT and Proust's Questions

Today I've invited Lisa Dunn and her great warrior heroine, Grit of Berth and Stone, to visit and sit for a little character interview. Take it away Lisa!

By some feat of strength, we managed to wrangle Grit of Berth and Stone into a chair to subject her to Proust’s Questionnaire. She proved characteristically belligerent; hence, the shortened interview. Thirty-five questions was too much to ask of the girl. It’s possible some answers were omitted to avoid offending delicate ears.

  • What is your idea of perfect happiness? Not being forced to answer stupid questions.
  • What is your greatest fear? Fear, my friend, is for cowards.
  • What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? (Blank stare.) What's to deplore?
  • What is the trait you most deplore in others? Cowardice.
  • Which living person do you most admire? I admire no one.
  • What is your greatest extravagance? You must be new to Thresh if you think I've any extravagance.
  • What is your current state of mind? My head begins to throb with all your questions. Can I leave?
  • What do you consider the most overrated virtue? I've never had time for patience.
  • On what occasion do you lie? You can't seriously expect me to tell you.
  • What do you most dislike about your appearance? (Looks at arms, legs, lap in confusion) What about my appearance?
  • Which living person do you most despise? Turf of Elna and Bord.
  • What is the quality you most like in a man? Ah, he must be good with a weapon.
  • What is the quality you most like in a woman? I'll tell you when I find a woman I like.
  • Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Now that's a fool question.
  • What or who is the greatest love of your life? I... I don't understand the question.
  • When and where were you happiest? The sea. But that's between us, you understand?
  • Which talent would you most like to have? I suppose there's a certain talent in keeping one's mouth shut.
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Really, I think that mouth shut thing could be useful.
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? I don't think I'm allowed to talk about my achievements. They're all highly debatable, anyhow.
  • If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Humph. With my luck, I'd be Brakken's chamber pot.
  • Where would you most like to live? Somewhere I can eat my breakfast in peace, without the bother of foolish questions.
  • What is your most treasured possession? My dagger.
  • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Life in the Inner Ring, among the weak and cowardly.
  • What is your favourite occupation? Meet me in the sparring ring, and I'll show you.
  • What is your most marked characteristic? I never lose.
  • What do you most value in your friends? A good blade and an honest tongue.
  • Who are your favourite writers? I'm going to go with Pierce Brown on this, but I don't recommend him to the feint-hearted.
  • What is it that you most dislike? I'm not fond of birds, if I'm honest.
  • What is your greatest regret? Sitting in this chair.
  • How would you like to die? With my dagger in my enemy's heart.
  • What is your motto? To waver is weakness.
Laura again here! ~ Thank you Lisa and thank you Grit for visiting today and giving us an insight into Chasmaria's heroine. There's that spunk and back-talk I love about Grit, and I think everyone should waltz on over to their favorite retailer and delver further into her world.

Forever and ever, To Grit!


Banished for a foolish mistake, sixteen-year-old Grit of Berth and Stone scorns the loss of her home, her honor, and her only ally. Only the weak worry about such things.
But war is brewing all across Chasmaria, and as a group of rebels pulls Grit into their ranks, she begins to question what strength, courage, and honor really look like. When faced with a horrible truth about herself, Grit must either fight her way back to Thresh or live with the blood of the innocent on her hands.

About the Author

As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own story ideas during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband, four children, and an ever-changing assortment of pets. Local librarians habitually thank her for their job security. 

Twitter:  @ScouterWife