Dearest Catherine, I must say I absolutely adore your Incarceron duology. It's so amazing! The two worlds of the Prison and the Realm are both so astonishingly well developed, and the characters- I love them all! I even occasionally shed a tear for Incarceron himself, believe it or not. But I must say my favorite character is undeniably Keiro, which leads me to ask you two questions about him. I would be so immensely grateful if you answered. First, how do you pronounce his name? I've been wondering this for a long time lately. I personally pronounce it as K-eye-roh, but I've heard it pronounced as Kay-roh and Kay-ee-roh. So how do you pronounce it? Second, Finn shares that Keiro had once told him he was orphaned as a child. It is also revealed as a fact that Keiro is a halfman, and I understand that they're generally frowned upon inside the Prison. So was Keiro orphaned because he's a halfman...? (If so, that hurts my heart so much!) Thank you for taking the time to read this. I love your work, and I plan to read your other stories in the near future. Take care!

Thanks for your great questions, and I’m delighted you love the books!

I always say K-eye-roh, but I don’t mind how people say it. I can’t remember if I made the name up or stole it, but I think it just jumped into my mind as the perfect name for him.

I’m not sure I ever worked out his back story, so I don’t know if that was the reason he was orphaned. It might well be, because I think a society like that would be immensely discriminatory.

Keiro is a very popular character, and was such fun to write.

I hope you get to read all the other books too…