Gina Egivand here is from Between Silence and Fire by Kristan Cannon. So, how old are you Gina Egivand?
I’ve lost track. Before, when it mattered, I was 38 years old. I think 3, maybe even 5, years have passed since civilization cracked like an egg and left us all holding the bag.
Do you have a family? What are they like?
If we’re talking about blood, I did. But they’re a whole world away right now. May as well be a whole other planet. I’m from Australia, and since there’s no way of getting back there from where I am now. My little corner of the world is what used to be Northern Ontario in Canada. I don’t know if they’re alive or dead – but given that they weren’t exactly city folk like the European descended white folk, I believe that they are. I think they even miss me as much as I miss them. I’m what you call Aboriginal, but I wanted to see the world… as in all of this globe and not just the little footprint I was born on. Some of my family thought I was crazy, but didn’t fight me about it too much. Funny that I’d find my way here… and no way to go home. But we’re all connected.
I miss my girlfriend though. She was visiting her parents in Japan when this all went down and I was alone again. I have a new family which I will protect with my life – even the trouble magnet I’m Second in Command to, the Master Ranger, Derek. Interesting duck, he is. I don’t know how his wife doesn’t strangle him. He reminds me a bit of my Dad and my brother.
How’s your relationship with your parents? Love them? Hate? How have they influenced you?
We didn’t see eye to eye, but I love them. My Dad always used to take me out in the bush hunting and fishing. Taught me how to survive. My Mom taught me how to survive in the cities. Her family always had a stick up their arses. Didn’t like my Dad or his family much because they were Aboriginal and my Mom’s family definitely was not.
The one thing they taught me was to trust my instincts, but also make sure it’s backed up with plenty of evidence.
What about your siblings? Did you get along?
Sure. Like oil and water. I have a brother, and we sort of got on, I guess.
How would you describe your childhood?
I’d rather not answer that.
Fair enough, mind sharing what’s your greatest fear?
That my Dad was wrong about the Dream and I won’t see them again.
What do you hate most about yourself?
My mixed heritage. My Dad’s people were great about it, but not my Mom’s.
Racist bastards. I was their granddaughter but I was never good enough for them because of my Dad’s people. Thankfully, they were a minority but they sure were loud enough to make you think they weren’t.
What is your greatest strength?
I’m resilient. I’ve seen enough change to understand that you have to roll with things. Be water – and then nothing can force you to be what you’re not.
Do you have a weakness?
Sometimes I open my mouth and stick my foot right in. I can be a bit impulsive… I’m here, aren’t I?
Haha, true enough. So, you said you traveled, do you have a favorite place?
Right now, where I’m at is my favorite. The area behind the dam would give the coast of my home a run for its money. But, Jesus, the winters are effing cold.
Yeah, Canada is known for cold winters. Is there something from the past that haunts you, keeps you awake at night?
Not one big thing, but a bunch of little things. I don’t like knowing that I won’t ever see my family again in this life, and I can’t help but wonder what happened to Ayame. I can only hope that they’re doing at least half as well as I am now. They’d be lucky if they were. I think what worries me the most is that Ayame was in a very heavily populated city in Japan when all this went down. From my own experience… well… I just don’t want to think about it.
What is your biggest secret?
I’ve already given that away in this interview. No one in the Kingdom of Walden really knows the heavier part of my past, or that I prefer other women to men.
I figured as much. So, happen have a favorite animal and a reason behind it?
I’ve grown close to the idea of liking the wolf. A wolf can run in either a pack or alone, and survive just fine. Beautiful animals, especially the silver one I see every so often. Never heard a call like the one those wolves make. It’s haunting and reassuring all at once. I can hear the bond of family and reassurance that all is well between them, but at the same time that howl sends goosebumps right up my arms.
Okay, one last question, you mentioned the Master Ranger, the one you alternatively feel like strangling and protecting… why?
Like I said, he reminds me a bit of my father. That same sense of dry humour and mischief. You can see it in his eyes moments before that trouble happens. And he’s a magnet for it. I don’t know how he’s managed to not to get himself killed, but at the same time the reason he does it is always to protect others. I’m honoured to be his Second, but at the same time I find the task of watching his arse to be rather exhausting.
Well, it sounds like you’ve been doing a rather fine job. Thanks for joining me and answering my questions!
If you’d like to learn about Gina Egivand’s author, check out her interview here. Thanks for reading!