Tell us your name.
I’m called Orion.
Where were you raised?
When I was a small child my parents saw something in me, and left me at the Academy of the High Order. That was where I was raised. My instructors and fellow students became my family, but of course I was closest with my mentor, Sir Darius Lee. When Darius married, his wife, Maggie, became like a sister to me. Sort of. We also have a kind of odd assortment of friends we have gathered throughout our travels across the galaxy that I would consider part of my family.
The Academy was a beautiful place to grow up. It is kind of like a huge crystal palace built into the side of a cliff on the planet Albion.
Are you athletic?
I’m not quite sure what you mean by ath-let-tic. I am fit. My coordination was honed at the Academy through many classes and exercises. I feel I had some natural talents to begin with, but I learned a lot from my Master, Darius, and even Maggie. *grins* Yes, she’s taught me a thing or two. And I like to think I’ve learned from every opponent I’ve faced as well. That’s the only way you can get better.
Did you always want to be a Knight?
Well, it wasn’t like I was given a choice. But, yes. It is an honorable job. I like serving the common good and trying to protect the innocent from those who mean them harm. Plus, I get to meet all sorts of people and travel to amazing places. Some dark and miserable, some unbelievably beautiful.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Ha! Ha! Where do I start? One of the craziest, and most wonderful things that has ever happened to me actually happened on my wedding night. No, before that. Although that was wonderful…and amazing… Ahem. What I was referring to was when my wife sang this little number…she was wearing this red boa and man! The way she moved! Mmm.
Talk about your favorite setting for a date. (or favorite way to court a woman)
There has only been one woman for me. And we’ve only really been on one date. We went to this place that Darius and I trained at. It was quite a hike up to the spot I wanted to share with her, but well worth the effort. The scenery was spectacular. A lovely spot for a dip in the water with a woman who made me forget about all of it. All I was aware of was her.
I was born in Overland Park, KS, grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and moved to Bloomington, IL fresh out of college. I worked as a high school/junior college teacher, personnel recruiter, office manager of a jewelry store, and, for the past ten years plus, as a lunch lady. I like to karaoke and attend rock concerts. I’m also actively involved at church and spend too much time on Facebook. I am the mother of a twenty-year-old and eighteen-year-old triplets, and have been married to my husband, Don, for over twenty-five years.