Character Interview: Cal from Holding Onto Day

Hello, friends! Today I’m here to introduce you to the main character of E. H. Timms’ latest novel, Holding Onto Day! You might remember that we revealed the cover a while back!

Timms is a genderqueer author who has previously published Ring of Nine and been a part of anthologies with short stories in Queerly Loving Volume #1, WARRIOR: A Collection of Short Stories and Faction Paradox: Liberating Earth. Their short story Would You Like Charms With That? will also be in the upcoming Common Bonds anthology.

Half a lifetime after the Split, when a world of myth and legend took over the night, grieving aro-ace widower Cal winds up snowed in at a waystation with post-breakup aro-allo Evvi. Proximity and patience draw them closer, both in the day when they are human, and at night, when they become vampire and werewolf. (Goodreads)

Introduce yourself, Cal! 

Hey there. My name’s Cal Green (he/him, vampire). I run the postal loop out from Ashford since my husband Andi passed away, and I once got snowed in with a werewolf…

What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?

Most people seem to be surprised that vampires like me actually have limits. Maybe you’ve heard that vampires can’t enter houses without an invite? It’s actually boundaries we can’t cross without permission. All boundaries, whether that’s the house threshold, the stream running along the edge of the field, or something more personal.

What would be the perfect gift for you? Why?

Got anything for a broken heart?

If you could spend a day with someone you admire (alive, dead or fictional) who would it be?

Mayor Silver, maybe, of Ashford. They’re an awesome phoenix – black, red, and gold plumage like glowing coals. I’d rather spend another day with Andi, in some ways, but he’s dead. I don’t think I could take having him for a day and then losing him for a second time. Silver gets that, if anyone does.

What would you like to be remembered for after your death?

If I die, or if I’m lost to night… Let me go. And be there for me if I come back.

What do you always keep on you?

Not necessarily on me, because what you’re holding and wearing vanishes when sunrise/sunset shift comes through, but I keep my game board for Geese and Foxes close. Had it made special so we could play at night when Andi only had talons, not fingers, and now he’s gone, well it’s a memory close enough to touch.

If you were in need of comforting, what would be the best thing that someone could do for you?

The best thing was when Andi would pull me under his wings and hold me there (he’s a gryphon in night-mode). However, if like most folk you don’t have wings (or it’s day-mode and we’re all human) the next best thing is to throw a blanket over me and give me some space.

If you could teach everyone in the world one thing, what would it be?

Don’t be a Taker. Takers think that only people just like them are real people and they can do whatever they want to the others. They think they can take whatever they want without giving anything back, not because they need whatever it is, but just because they want it. Takers broke the world because they couldn’t have everything their way and they would rather burn everything down than share.