Then one day while alone in his cell, Kester hears someone talking to him. It is then that he realizes it isn’t someone but something. Yes, Kester realizes that it is a cockroach that’s speaking to him and that they can communicate. Not only that, Kester soon learns that he can “talk” to other animals in his cell.
I knew from the start that I wanted a very distinctive name for my hero, to set him apart from the many other wonderful heroes on similar fictional quests, because as a mute who can talk to animals, I feel he is pretty different. I had a friend at school called Kester, and the name always stuck in my head because I have never heard of anyone else called it since - apart from someone on Twitter called Kester James who got in touch, and really likes animals! Other than both having ginger hair, Kester Jaynes bears *no* relation to my school friend in any other way, I have to stress! Hope he doesn’t mind me borrowing the name...
GLW: I can think of several villains in The Last Wild – environmental destruction, disease, fear, even loneliness. What is your favourite Monster / Villain from literature?
PT: A tiger. Because when people came too close and crowded and stared and pointed and shouted and threw scraps of food at me, I could pad up close to the bars and suddenly SCARE THEM WITH AN INCREDIBLE ROAR!
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