Welcome to World of Sirap.
Come for the updates on the publishing of the Jade's Revenge Trilogy.
Stay for the scenes that didn't make it into the book, interviews with the characters, and just general updates from my life.
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Aug 5, 2016

Interview with a Marquis

R. Boissieu: Hello, everyone, Renae Boissieu here and today I have the esteemed pleasure of interviewing Monsieur le Marquis du Ezera, head of Le Gendarmie, Owner and Head Executive of Ezera Shipping and Marquis of Sirap. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to speak with me, milord.

Marquis du Ezera: You are most welcome. It's important we nobility remind the common people that we are just like them.

R. Boissieu: Of course, milord. I haven't had the chance to speak with you since your wife's passing. I wish to offer my condolences. I know it has been several years, but I know the city still grieves for her.

Marquis du Ezera: Merci. I miss her everyday. It happened so quickly. I barely know what went wrong. I'm sad she never got to see her daughter married.

R. Boissieu: Ah, yes, your daughter, Skyele. She is quite beautiful, are there any plans for her marriage?

Marquis du Ezera: There are plans in the works, yes. But there are so many eligible bachelors out there in the world worth marrying her to and so few of them that could actually handle her. It's just the matter of finding one that could actually take control of her.

R. Boissieu: She is a strong woman from what I hear. Whatever man you find will be proud to have her. Milord, on a more serious note, what kind of steps is le Gendarmie taking to control the criminals of Sirap? I had a conversation with one of the Fu shan Chu's Master Thieves, and she seemed to believe that the gendarme of this city were merely an inconvenience.

Marquis du Ezera: The gendarme of this city take their jobs very seriously, and we are always searching for and cracking down on crime wherever we can. If you see anything suspicious, tell a gendarme. I would also like to know just how you arranged a meeting with one of the Fu shan Chu's master thieves.

R. Boissieu: I had a contact put me in touch with her, milord. I can have you put in touch with that contact, though I don't know how much you can actually arrest her for. She barely told me anything.

Marquis du Ezera: Yes, I read your interview with her. She did not seem like the forthcoming type. It doesn't much matter. The eels eat them all the same. It is something I would very much like to watch. The Fu shan Chu's people, especially his masters, need to learn they are not above the law.

R. Boissieu: Do you go watch the executions, milord? They are quite the spectacle.

Marquis du Ezera: I do. Like I said, we nobility are not so much different from the average citizen. I go watch the executions, same as them. They remind me of just how precious life is, and how so many people seem eager to throw it away for the sake of a little food.

R. Boissieu: It could be said, milord, that those people would have died without that food.

Marquis du Ezera: This is true. They could have starved to death, but that is a much slower death and maybe a job would have opened up. I know many sailing captains are always looking for ship hands, and that tends to pay exceedingly well for the work involved. The gendarme are always hiring. There is work out there for the taking, much of it doesn't even require the ability to read or manipulate numbers.

R. Boissieu: Of course, milord. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with me.

Marquis du Ezera: You are most welcome, Mademoiselle. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a meeting I must attend.

R. Boissieu: Of course, milord. Merci.
That seemed to have gone much better for Renae. As always, any questions for anyone, Nathan, Ezera, or Jade, should be left

Jul 1, 2016

Interview with an Assassin

R. Boissieu: Hello, everyone, Roxane Boissieu of the Sirap Herald here. This time I have the pleasure of interviewing Tao Nathaniel, leader of le Fraternite des Lames and heir of the Fu shan Chu's criminal enterprise, if I am not mistaken--

Nate: You are, and please, just call me Nathaniel.

R. Boissieu: Alright, Nathaniel. Why am I mistaken? I thought the Fu shan Chu's organization was a hereditary thing.

Nate: Firstly, even if it were a 'hereditary thing', my uncle and I are at an impasse over...let's call them moral decisions, so I would be the last person he would name his heir. Secondly, criminal organizations are hereditary for as long as there is no violence inside the organization, and that rarely lasts more than a generation. I've seen my share of criminal organizations go through several leadership changes when the old man in charge dies.

R. Boissieu: As an assassin, did you have a hand in any of those old men dying?

Nate: Our clients pay us well for our silence. I will not discuss old and current jobs with a pamphlets writer.

R. Boissieu: You don't have to say it so harshly.

Nate: We all have our jobs, Mademoiselle Boissieu, and I understand that yours is a conceivably necessary one. That does not mean I have to like it.

R. Boissieu: Alright. Well, Monsieur, you are an associate of a lovely lady I spoke with last month. A Mademoiselle Jade.

Nate: I am.

R. Boissieu: Could you potentially elaborate on the nature of your relationship with her?

Nate: She's a good friend and a colleague, nothing more.

R. Boissieu: Come now, you really can't expect my readers to believe that there is nothing going on between you and her.

Nate: I honestly don't give a damn what your readers think. Jade and I are friends and there is nothing more to that.

R. Boissieu: We'll see.

Nate: Contrary to popular belief, Mademoiselle, not all assassins kill only for money. Sometimes we do it for personal gain.

R. Boissieu: Are you threatening to kill me?

Nate: If you publishing anything even hinting to the fact that there is anything more than a 'just friends relationship' between Jade and I, yes. I have been told I am very good at what I do.

R. Boissieu: I don't think that is very necessary, Monsieur.

Nate: Mademoiselle Boissieu, if you think us very different, you are very, very wrong. I just happen to extend the courtesy of being on the end of the blade instead of hiding behind a piece of parchment. So, yes, it is necessary.

R. Boissieu: I do not kill people, Monsieur, and I resent the implication that I do.

Nate: Not directly, no, but believe me, Mademoiselle, your writings have gotten people killed. Whether you like to think that or not. You would be amazed at what people will have other people killed for. Some times its as simple as a slip of the tongue to a pretty little reporter.

R. Boissieu: I do not kill people.

Nate: Whatever makes you sleep better at night. Are we done here? I have somewhere important I must be.

R. Boissieu: Would that somewhere have anything to do with Jade?

Nate: Remember, Mademoiselle, curiosity killed the cat.

R. Boissieu: They say satisfaction brought it back.

Nate: In this case, satisfaction would cause it to vanish into the night while walking home from work, never to be seen again. Clear?

R. Boissieu: Clear. Yes, we're done here. Thank you for coming to speak with me. It was....um....very enlightening.

Nate: Take my advice, Mademoiselle Boissieu, stick to writing about fat nobles and their affairs. The criminals of this fine city don't have as much self control when it comes to killing people.

Well, it seems like Madamoiselle Boissieu might be a little in over her head interviewing hardcore criminals. Luckily next time she'll be back interviewing the nobility she is used to. Maybe that will go better for her. If you have any questions for either Jade or Nathaniel, please leave them in the comments below and we'll see if we can convince them to come back for another session.

Jun 19, 2016

Covers and Vacations and Stuff

Hello, Everyone!
Awesome things are happening in the next couple weeks. Firstly, tomorrow, I leave for vacation in Japan. It's my first time abroad and I'm a little nervous about the flight and wondering just how much Japanese I am going to remember from class, but I'm bringing my textbooks and my laptop for entertainment during the flight. I promise to post lots of pictures to my Facebook, both personal and author page.
Secondly, the lovely graphic artist, Jeff Minkevics, has been working on the cover for Thief and assures me it looks amazing. I've seen a little of it and I cannot wait to see the rest. Sadly, I am not allowed to show it to everyone yet, but as soon as I get the go ahead, I will definitely be posting it everywhere.
Thirdly, I will be registering for my classes at Purdue University. Calculus 2, Physics 1 (or Chem 1, need to figure out which one), English or Communications (whichever has available space), and Engineering 1. I'll be starting my journey to a BS in Aerospace Engineering, and I am super excited. This fall will bring a lot of new things, with college (a six hundred mile move for me), having to get a new job, and Thief being published. New friends and stuff like that.
I hope everyone is having an awesome summer (winter for those of you down below the equator). I'll see you all in a few weeks when I get back from Japan. Interview with an Assassin, the next of Mademoiselle Boissieu's interviews with the characters, will be posted automatically on July 1st. It's the first time I'm trying out the automatic posting feature here. If you use Facebook to know when these things are posted, I also have it set to automatically post a link over there as well, which is also something I'm trying out for the first time. So we will see how it goes.
See you all in two weeks!

Jun 3, 2016

Interview with a Thief

Interviewer: Hello, everyone, we are here with Jade, Master Thief and wanted criminal in the city of Sirap. My name is Roxane Boissieu from the Sirap Herald. Jade, thank you for coming to speak with me today.

Jade: I was forced into this.

R. Boissieu: Is that officially?

Jade: Sure.

R. Boissieu: Well, I am glad you came. It's so nice to finally hear what Sirap is like from the other side.

Jade: Ah, yes, that's right. You're the reporter that writes the scandal pieces on the nobility in the pamphlets. I'm so glad I've finally made your acquaintance. Are you so sure you're seeing it from the other side?

R. Boissieu: So, tell me, what is life like as an infamous criminal?

Jade: I'm sorry. Is it different from other people's lives?

R. Boissieu: Well, most people don't live in fear of the gendarme and being swum.

Jade: Who said I did?

R. Boissieu: Don't you?

Jade: It's an accepted hazard of the job. I've watched friends swim, and I've held my vigils for them. I just have to be one step ahead of the gendarme every time, but they're an easy bunch to outwit.

R. Boissieu: And why is that?

Jade: Because the smart ones are criminals.

R. Boissieu: Alright... What kind of training did you receive in order to rise to the prestigious rank you have achieved at such a young age?

Jade: I learned to be a thief.

R. Boissieu: And just what does that entail?

Jade: The ability to steal your watch ten minutes ago when I shook your hand.

R. Boissieu: So you have. May I have it back?

Jade: Why would you want it back? The gold is fake, the stones are glass, and it's broken. It's not worth very much.

R. Boissieu: It was my fathers.

Jade: Ah, personal sentiment. I've found that's why most people keep worthless junk around.

R. Boissieu: Speaking of personal sentiment, I imagine you are a rather busy woman.

Jade: Uh huh.

R. Boissieu: But is there any time in your schedule for courting? Anybody the readers should keep an eye on?

Jade: No, I don't have time for courting, and even when I did, most people didn't make it past my warm, inviting exterior.

R. Boissieu: Yes, I'm sure. Are you eager for your story to be told? It is coming out later this year. I understand that it is the story of how you became you.

Jade: I don't know where you got your information but it's wrong. It's not the story of how I became who I am. It's what I did after it that destroyed me. The story of how I became me started long before the events of this book that's coming out. As to my feelings on my story being told, lets just say I didn't have much of a choice, so I'm just going with it.

R. Boissieu: Ah. Well, I'm sure the readers will find this personal interview with you very enlightening to your character. Thank you for coming to speak with me today.

Jade: As I said, I didn't have much of a choice.

R. Boissieu: Well, thank you regardless.

May 19, 2016


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