Interview with the heroine from Avalanche by Gayla K. Hiss:
- Jenny Snowfeather, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I’m a park ranger in North Cascades National Park in Washington State. I love being outdoors and helping preserve the wildlife in its natural habitat. Sometimes I take in wounded animals I find in the park to help them recover. I’m also pretty good with a gun, though I don’t want to use it unless absolutely necessary.
- What do you do for fun?
I already mentioned I’m a park ranger, so naturally I enjoy hiking and camping outdoors.
- What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I need to get a fence for my dogs, but it’s a big expense and they don’t like to be penned in. Neither do I, for that matter. Also, there’s this friend of mine, Billy, who has been asking me out since middle school. I need to find a way to let him know I’m not interested in him romantically without hurting his feelings.
- What are you afraid of most in life?
I’m not afraid of much, but I don’t like being taken advantage of. Someone did that to me years ago and I’ve never quite gotten over it.
- What do you want out of life?
I want to be loved for who I am by someone who shares my faith and values.
- What is the most important thing to you?
My faith. It’s brought me through some very tough times. It’s why I became a youth leader at church. I enjoy mentoring younger people, and I don’t want them to make the same mistakes I did when I was their age.
- Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
I love nature books, anything that has to do with wildlife, birds, and flora and fauna in the parks.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Since my mother passed away when I was young, I’m a little rough around the edges. I’d like to be prettier and more feminine like she was, but maybe I’ve been around my father and brother too long. I’d rather be in jeans than a skirt, though I don’t mind dressing up now and then.
- Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
I have two Husky-mix dogs, Fred and Ginger. I found them in the park, abandoned when they were pups. They also have a little wolf in them, and now that they’ve reached maturity, I’m a little concerned that their wilder instincts might take over. But most of the time, they’re loveable puppy dogs.
- If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back to when my father’s people, the Snohomish, inhabited the land near the Cascade Mountains. Because of my Native American roots, my love for the mountains and respect for nature is in my blood.