An interview with Eustice. Main character of Alex Gulczynski's book Eustice (surprise title!), the first in the three part Reaper Corps series.
Mysterious Questioner: Eustice? That's fairly unique name. Where did you get it from?
Eustice: Name questions? Is that where this interview is going? If so, that's pretty lame start. I don't know where my name came from. I was born. It was stamped on my head. Now I'm here answering banal questions. Next.
MQ: Okay. Moving right along. Tell us a little about yourself.
E: What's to tell? It's a story as old as time. Girl dies, girl gets trapped in the afterlife, girl becomes the center point of the eternal war between angels and demons. You know, same-oh-same-oh. What? That never happen to you?
MQ: Not that I can remember.
E: Great. I guess it's just me then.
MQ: That sounds pretty rough.
E: Sure. It can be. But I've come to love that special squish a demon's head makes as I plunge my scythe into. There is a real art in making sure the spatter doesn't hit you. You really have to swing it just so. Is that weird? It didn't sound weird in my head but now that it's out I'm not so sure. Oh man, this is what my life has come to.
MQ: Well, it sounds like you've had to develop a special set of skills?
E: Yeah, I suppose I have. You don't really know what you're capable of until you're thrust into it. I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
MQ: Why is that?
E:...I don't know if I've become a better person. Maybe it's better not know what you are capable of. There's darkness in everyone. Even in the angels. I've learned that now. God, this whole thing is messed up.
MQ: What whole thing?
E: This! All of it. Life, the universe, everything. It's all messed up. You expect some cosmic plan. Fate or something. You would expect the ones in charge are better than you, but when it comes down to it they're not. When it comes down to it, it's just you. You've got to be strong.
MQ: That sounds lonely.
E: Yeah. Yeah. You know I don't want to talk about this anymore. Time's a wasting and you aren't helping me. I'm gonna go. Someone has to clean up the mess everyone else has made.
MQ: And that person is you?
E: Well, I don't see you doing it. I'm outta here. My scythe arm is getting itchy.
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Reaper Corps Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Number of pages: 242
Word Count: 84000
Eustice P. Jennings awakens alone and confused on an ugly piece of office furniture in Purgatory. Being dead is the least of her problems as she is quickly drafted into the dangerous Reaper Corps and plunged headfirst into the endless conflict between Heaven and Hell. Friends and allies are few and far as Eustice struggles to find her place in a surreal world she never imagined could exist.
About the Author:
Eustice is Alex Gulczynski's debut novel. He is currently living in Seattle and teaching science to elementary students. He and his wife had their first child in December. He is using these sleepless nights to work on the next book to further the story of Eustice and Thayer. He hopes to have it out by March 2013.