An Unforgettable Adventure

An Interview with the Characters from Be: The Journey of Rol by Ric Colegrove

Warrenton resident Ric Colegrove is the author of Be: The Journey of Rol, a story for pre-teens and teens—a tale of adventure and hope. Instead of printing an excerpt from the book for our readers, Ric offered to write a “mock interview” with some of the characters to give us a taste of the sometimes-quirky personalities of those involved in the adventure. We hope you enjoy getting to know them and perhaps go on to read the book.

I truly believe that someone, somewhere is praying for good books for their child: books that are engaging and appropriate for their child’s age level, without being edgy or trendy; books that provide a positive message and a reason to hope; and books that demonstrate good values and life lessons in a way that their child can relate to and appreciate. I believe that Be: The Journey of Rol is one of those books.

–Ric Colegrove, Amazon.com

The main character, Rol, is a fourteen-year-old boy who finds himself alone facing a life-determining decision to travel the easy path or the long, difficult route to return home and reunite with his family. Rol chooses… well, you will have to read the book to find out.

In the story, Rol encounters, among other interesting characters and creatures, traveling companions Kearth and Fhfyrd, whose relentless banter both entertains and antagonizes Rol throughout his journey. In his quest, Rol is forced to confront internal and external obstacles, learning to rely on his positive attitude, as well as hope, for a successful outcome. Inspiration, values, faith, and thanking God for His blessings are components of this story, as are adventure, humor, and unique characters and challenges. Those who read The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Phantom Tollbooth, or books by Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer, will enjoy the tale of Be: The Journey of Rol.

Our interview is with four of the main characters of the book: Rol, the young and adventurous hero of the story (although Kearth may argue that point); A. Loysius DaTerrin, the wise uncle of Rol who has a healthy respect for good socks and rainfruit; Fhfyrd, who describes his name in the following manner–“Pronounced Feared. It says about all that needs to be said about me. I’m Fhfyrd. Feared. Fhfyrd wherever I go. Do I make myself clear? And the Fh is silent. Got a problem with that?”; and Kearth, who…well, let’s just say that Kearth is…er…uh…he’s…well, he’s Kearth. Enough said.

We start with Rol, mainly because the story focuses on his journey, but also because DaTerrin is busy refereeing the discussion (argument) that just broke out between Kearth and Fhfyrd—the two usually-kinda-somewhat-friends who are about as similar as a chicken and chicken pox, neither describing the youths adequately, but providing just enough information to make you nod your head and scratch it at the same time.

Interviewer: Rol, as the main character in the story, Be: The Journey of Rol, you went on a journey, right?

Rol: Uh…yes. Really—that’s your opening question?

Interviewer: Well, I thought I would start off easy. An icebreaker, to get things warmed up, if that makes any sense. And, honestly, I’m distracted by the shouts of “Am not!” and “Are, too!” from your friends over there.

Rol: That’s normal. You get used to it. They don’t mean any harm. It’s their way of communicating, annoying as it is. Anyway, yes, I did go on a journey, and what a journey it was. And is. I’m really still on a journey—through life—as we all are. Sometimes you go somewhere and sometimes you don’t. But you’re always going somewhere. Wow. I sound as wise (chuckle) as Uncle DaTerrin—maybe even wiser.

DaTerrin: I heard that.

Rol: What I mean is that you go through life—your journey—and it is amazing what you experience and discover and feel each step of the way. And it is important to embrace it all, because you can learn from it all. That’s something I know now. I had an opportunity to travel a far distance recently and I met some unique—to say the least—characters.

Fhfyrd: I heard that.

Kearth: I heard that, too. But I know he meant you, not me. If he had meant me he would have said “superior” or “amazing” or “heroic” instead of “unique.” Right, Rol, old-buddy-old-pal?

Fhyrd: If he meant you, he would have said a word that I’m not supposed to say, but I will anyway. It is…

Rol: OK, let’s get back to the question. Or was it the answer? Anyway, my travels took me to places I never would have dreamed about and experiences that changed my life—forever. At least, that’s what the back cover of the book says. And I agree.

DaTerrin: I agree, also, young one. Your encounters with a faux-wizard, dragon-hunter, standlinglings, bears, creatures of all types, strangers, helpers, and more were valuable life experiences, and I applaud your bravery and steadfastness.

Kearth: I was steadfast, too. Wasn’t I? Well, wasn’t I? Um…what does “steadfast” mean, anyway? Although, I’m sure if Rol was that, then I was, too.

DaTerrin: It means committed and reliable, steady and true. And if I say you were steadfast, can we continue on and let the interviewer interview?

Kearth: Yes. Sure. Of course. I’m steadfast and I don’t want to be blamed for steadslowing anything down.

Interviewer: Ahem. Yes. Well. I wonder if each of you can briefly summarize your experience in the story.

Kearth: You really had to Be there. That was funny, wasn’t it?

Fhfyrd: It was an honor to accompany Rol and Kearth through the unforgettable adventure, along with my trusty lyre. Smelton was a mess, and then it was amazing. The ruins hermit was undeniably hermitty. The Breathtaking Mountains were definitely breathtaking. The two blank pages still blow my mind. It was all…wow.

DaTerrin: I wasn’t there the entire time, but from what I heard, hopelessness became hopefulness, strangers became friends, faith and a positive attitude overcame incredible danger and obstacles. And laughter was important through it all, whenever possible.

Rol: It was a journey of a lifetime…so far.

Interviewer: Thank you all for your time. It was…interesting. I’m sure everyone appreciates your words of wisdom, as well the other words you offered, which were…also interesting. And, for our readers, young and old—for more information, as well as games, a character blog, and more, visit thejourneyofrol.com. Find out more at thejourneyofrol.com, find the book at Amazon.com or other retailers, and look for the next book in the series, coming this spring.

And if our Virginia neighbor, Robert Duvall, happens to be reading this—Mr. Duvall, you would be the perfect actor to play DaTerrin in the movie (when a screenplay is written, and a director and producer and funding and other actors and a film crew and best boy and Foley artist, etc. are found).

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