‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s second annual festive Character Interview, featuring Dorothy from Tin [Faeries of Oz, 1]. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!
Dorothy, give us some small deets below!
Full name: Dorothy Gale
Favorite Season: Spring
Favorite Cookie: Sugar Cookie
Favorite Hot Beverage: Hot Cocoa
1. Why don’t you introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name’s Dorothy Gale and I visited a fae world known as Oz, but no one believed me when I returned to Kansas. I previously took care of my farm after my family died, but now, I found myself back in Oz, which is a good thing because the farm is being taken away.
2. What is your favorite thing to eat around the holidays?
Cookies dipped in milk until they are as soggy as they can get.
3. What is on the top of your Wishlist this year?
It used to be to save my farm. Not anymore, though. The Land of Oz is in danger, and I want it safe again.
4. If you’re expected at a party are you usually on time or fashionably late?
I never had time for parties what with the farm and the doctors, but if I were to go to one, I’d be early. Mostly likely before the party even started.
5. What is your fondest memory surrounding the holiday season?
Toto. He was always there, snatching bites of my cookies and barking at the ornaments in our tree.
6. Are you a fan of eggnog or no?
At first I wasn’t. But each year that Aunt Em made it, I got more and more used to it until I loved it!
7. There is mistletoe hanging in the doorway… are you going to kiss the person beside you or not?
If it’s Tin, then the answer will always be yes.
8. It’s snowing outside, are you out there playing in it or refusing to step foot outside until the season turns?
Oh, I’m out there! And since Toto isn’t here anymore to chase after the snowballs I throw, I’ll toss them at Tin, just so I can hear him curse and attempt to return the favor.
9. If you could ask for ANYTHING for Christmas, what would it be and why?
For Oz to be safe and the villains dead.
10. What kind of shopper are you?
I’m not one to really shop unless it’s purchasing things I need. However, I may need a new set of clothing since my overalls are getting more and more stained with dirt and blood as each day passes.
11. Did you ever believe in Santa?
I did! Until I came back from Oz and was at a psychiatric hospital over Christmas. There was no Santa Claus there.
12. Tell us one of your favorite stories that revolves around this season.
I don’t have a favorite but I have one that felt more like a horror story. When I was younger, on Christmas Eve, I read the Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson and that was a tale that gave me nightmares for a long time instead of Christmas bliss.
13. Who in your immediate circle is most likely to go caroling?
I think it would have to be Crow! Tin would mumble the entire time!
14. If you could cast your acquaintances [including yourself,] in Scrooge, who would play what roles?
I would be the Ghost of Christmas Past, Tin would be Scrooge, Crow would be the Ghost of Christmas Present. The old Lion would have been Tiny Tim, but he’s changed too much for that.
15. What is your New Year’s Resolution?
I’ll have to start by saving the South and the West!
16. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
If someone tells you a story that might not seem real, take a chance to believe them instead of denying their words. I wish someone had believed me about Oz.
Ho Ho Ho, did you know all of that about Dorothy?? Bet you didn’t. Be sure to check out the author’s page as well as social media to ensure you are up to date on Dorothy and the rest of the crew!
Fantastic answers! Thanks so much, Candace Robinson, where can readers find more about you and your books?
About the Author:
Dorothy Gale lost everything—her family to illness, her dog to age, and now her farm to foreclosure. The entire town thought she was crazy for believing in a faerie world called Oz, but even after ten years have passed, she can’t help knowing she was right. So when an emerald green portal opens in her wheat field, she jumps at the opportunity to return to the only place she ever felt like she belonged.
Tin wasn’t expecting a grown woman to step through the portal, just as Dorothy wasn’t expecting Tin to have his stone heart back, but Oz holds more unexpected things than either could have imagined. Magic has hidden dangerous lies behind glamour, trapped innocents in curses, and left the land of Oz in turmoil—none more so than the South. As Tin and Dorothy travel together for the second time in a decade, their lives begin to make sense again. Soon, they must decide who to give their loyalties to before Lion takes Dorothy’s head and Tin’s cursed heart is forever doomed.