Monday, March 4, 2013

Zachariah Character Interview ~ Firstborn Trilogy by Raine Thomas ~ Character Monday

Today I’d like to welcome Zachariah for Raine Thomas’s Firstborn Trilogy. This might be the funniest of these interviews so far. J

Ok, to get things started, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

This is Raine speaking here. Zachariah refused to give a bio, so I’ll mention that he’s one of the central characters in my Firstborn Trilogy. Although he’s many centuries in age because he’s an Estilorian, he looks no more than twenty-two human years old. He’s generally grouchy, antisocial, stubborn and bossy…and he can kick some serious ass. My readers find him to be the hottest male character in all of my Estilorian books.

What makes you tick? What made you who you are today?
What am I, a bloody clock? I don’t “tick.” What made me who I am today is an act I don’t care to remember. Let’s just say that it took the Orculesti elder to pry it out of my brain after I fought to suppress it for fifty years.

What would you say is your greatest strength?
Revealing my strengths to people I don’t know only leaves me vulnerable to possible attack. Next question.

Tell me about the person you’re the closest to.
*frowns* Why do you want to know?

Raine here…Zachariah is very protective of Tate and Nyx, those who are closest to him. Tate is an eighteen-year-old Kynzesti female he meets in Defy. They’re brought together by Zachariah’s kragen companion, Nyx, and share many adventures together. Tate is far more free-spirited and lively than Zachariah, traits he clearly needs in his life. *stares pointedly at Zachariah*

How do you feel about your life as it is today?
It’s chaotic. Things were much less stressful when it was just me and Nyx. Those days are gone, however.

What is the most rewarding thing in your life right now?
*shrugs* I enjoy teaching others to defend themselves.

What is your favorite memory?
I’ve been alive for more than two millennia, so take your pick. I’d say it was meeting Tate, but I was more annoyed than pleased. I suppose it worked out in the end.

What’s Your Worst?
You can refer to the question about what made me who I am today. It isn’t a memory I care to share…though Raine had no such qualms when she wrote Defy.

What do you like to do for fun?
It usually involves kissing Tate or challenging her twin brother to a training session.

What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
Raine here…Zachariah just gave me a serious glare. He won’t say as much, but I know it’s Tate’s smile.

What is your favorite feature in the opposite sex?
An open mind.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Most music on the Estilorian plane sounds similar to me. We don’t have electronic equipment like you humans do.

What is your favorite word?
Sparky (when Tate uses it to address me).

What is your least favorite word?
Sparky (when anyone else uses it to address me).

What turns you on?
That’s for Tate to know. Why would anyone share this with strangers?
What turns you off?
Apparently, interviews.

What sound or noise do you love?
*rolls eyes* Tate’s laugh.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Weeping…   from   anyone.

What is your favorite curse word?
Bloody hell.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I’m sure I’ve missed my shot at Heaven. I’ll leave that to all of you.

Want to learn about the past Zachariah wouldn’t share? Check out the Firstborn Trilogy


Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.

Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.

As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.

You can buy Defy at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Smashwords. Don’t forget to add it to your shelves on Goodreads.


Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.

Shift is available at Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. You can also find it on Goodreads.


Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate the Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn't making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she's endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can't get any worse.

She's wrong.

Look for Elder on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and feel free to add it on Goodreads.

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

For more info as well as other books by Raine, check out her website or blog. Feel free to tweet or follow @Raine_Thomas. You can also connect on Facebook, Goodreads, Pintrest and LinkedIn


  1. Thanks for inviting Zachariah to be on the blog, Elizabeth! Sorry he wasn't more cooperative. ;)

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    1. Thought you'd enjoy this, Bethany! Thanks for checking it out. :)

  3. Abso BloodyHell purely Love This!

    1. Sure appreciate you checking it out, Tina! :)