Most readers already met Garik back when they read Enslaved, but this is the first time any of you will meet Jillian Griffin. She thinks of herself as a hotel owner with a past best left behind her—way behind her. The incubi see her as something altogether different and wonderful. Let’s see what my associate, Quamaine, can dig up about Jillian before you guys meet her properly in Infliction.
Quamaine: What is your biggest fear?
Jillian: Spiders dressed like clowns. Okay, seriously? Losing the hotel. It’s been an uphill struggle to get where we are, watching it implode would kill me.
Q: What really makes you angry?
J: Not having control. I can deal with just about anything life throws at me—until my hands are tied in some way.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
J: The weird family I’ve built to keep the business running smoothly.
Q: Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
J: Mom had a boatload of nicknames for me growing up. None of which I wish to hand over to anyone as ammunition.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge?
J: A good night’s rest. Seriously, though, opening Coleridge by myself with a safety net far in my peripheral.
Q: Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
J: I’d trade it all to ensure everyone I care for is happy. Physical appearance doesn’t mean much to me. I mean, it helps, but it’s not everything.
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?
J: I—I can’t answer this one. Let’s move on.
Q: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
J: Warning — Contents Under Pressure
Q: What is the worst nightmare you have ever had?
J: We shouldn’t dwell on nightmares. They don’t mean anything.
Q: Who knows you the best?
J: My coffee pot.
Q: Do you see yourself doing something very different five, ten years from now?
J: Professionally, I’d like to see Coleridge doing well enough, I can open a second hotel in the city. Personally, I’m not one to count chickens before they hatch any more. Living to see tomorrow is always my goal.
Make sure you’ve read Enslaved before Infliction makes its way into our realm.