I’m thrilled to be a part of The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina blog tour. I recently read this book and it was amazing (my review will be up in a few days). Today, I will be sharing with you a character interview with Ashala Wolf.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Peta and Kelly from Walker Books Australia for organising this tour, and also a big thank you to Ambelin for sharing Ashala with Treasured Tales.
~ Character Interview with Ashala Wolf ~
Hi Ashala. Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.
Would you tell us a little about yourself and your Sleepwalker ability?
You’ve probably heard the stories, right? How I’ve got this all-powerful ability? It’s really not as good as it sounds. First, I have to be asleep to Sleepwalk. Then, when I use my ability, I move through the world totally unconscious, seeing everything around me as part of a dream. Only I’m not really dreaming. I’m Sleepwalking. And that’s the second problem – I don’t know that I’m not dreaming. Which means I don’t know I should be careful. I don’t know that I’m changing the world around me.
My friend Georgie once said to me that she wasn’t sure if our abilities make us who we are, or if we have the abilities we do, because of who we are. As if our abilities are just extensions of who we are anyway. And I can make my dreams come true. People think there’s something special about that. I think – I don’t know what I think. Just that I don’t like anyone in my Tribe looking at me like I’m more special than they are. Or better than they are.
Because that’s the way the government looks at us.
When you think of your home at Firstwood, what is the first word that comes to mind?
Safety. Oh I know what you’re thinking. What about the saurs? Giant, people-eating lizards probably don’t sound very safe to you. And the forest can be dangerous all on its own – it’s got no shortage of poisonous plants, or high places to fall from, and you have to be careful of the currents in a couple of the big rivers. But it’s not the same, as the danger that Illegals face in the cities and the towns. It’s not the same as being captured, and collared, and crushed.
People think the worst thing that can ever happen to you, is losing your life. They’re wrong. It’s nowhere near as bad as losing yourself.
How would you describe your friendship with Georgie and Ember?
Georgie is…well, she’s Georgie. It can be hard to figure out what she means, a lot of the time. Except that, when she says something I actually understand, it’s like everything rearranges itself around me. Because when Georgie’s right, she’s right. And Ember – there’s nothing Ember doesn’t know. You could ask her any question, and she’d always have an answer. Probably a really long answer. Ember uses too many words, and Georgie never seems to use enough. But I wouldn’t know how to make sense of anything without them.
What does Jaz mean to you?
My sister died. She was a Firestarter, like Jaz. So when I first met Jaz, it was like having Cassie back again, just a bit. But later I loved him for himself alone. Because he’s Jaz. Irrepressible. Indomitable. Thoughtless and reckless and brightly burning. My secret favourite, among the youngsters. The little brother I never knew I needed, until I found him.
Since meeting Connor, how has he impacted your life?
He’s…Connor is…I mean… Okay. Some things aren’t easy to explain. But everything changed, when I met Connor. I didn’t know how much, at the time. That seems weird now, that I wouldn’t instantly realise that the whole world had shifted, the moment I first saw him. But maybe it’s not so weird. Because we would always have met, the two of us. I know that. So maybe I didn’t notice things changing because everything was working out exactly the way it was supposed to. Maybe that’s what destiny feels like.
What is your greatest wish for the Tribe?
I want the same thing for the Tribe that I want for all Illegals. I want us to be free. I want no more detention centres, no rhondarite collars around our necks, no enforcers coming to drag us away. I want Citizens to care when something bad happens to one of us, as much as they would if something bad happens to one of them. You see, people don’t care enough, in my world. It isn’t a kind world, or a just world.
But I have anything to say about it, it will be.
Thank you for the interview, Ashala.
I really enjoyed reading Ashala’s answers.
Have you read The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf? What did you think? I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Check out the next stop on the Ashala Wolf blog tour – My Best Friend’s Are Books.
Author bio (from thefirstwood.com.au):
Since she was 6 years old, Ambelin Kwaymullina wanted to be a writer. A published children’s book author and illustrator, at the age of 37, her dream to be a novelist has come true.
She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Growing up she was a fan of mystery novels and Star Wars. Alongside her career as a writer, Ambelin has worked as a lawyer and in politics. She now teaches Law at the University of Western Australia.
“The wonderful thing about being an author is that no experience is ever wasted, it all goes into my writing in some way.”
When she is not writing, Ambelin loves to spend time with her family and her dogs.
More information about Ambelin Kwaymullina and The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf:
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“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. There will be nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, and no way to stop them from freeing every single Illegal in this centre. And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”
Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. A man who is intent on destroying Ashala’s Tribe – the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and vulnerable and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind.
And right by her side is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move.
Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?