Kemsefet Heiru: Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be here.
TalP: So, let’s start by learning a little more about you. Aside from leading the Falcons, what’s your profession?
KH: I’m a businessman. I run an import/export business that helps fund the temple.
TalP: That’s quite a difference between the hats you wear. Do you enjoy running the business?
KH: Not especially. When my father turned the company over to me, he intended it to teach me patience. I’ll admit, he was successful in that, but it’s still far from a joy to me.
TalP: You mentioned your father, tell us a little about your family.
KH: My father is the high priest of the temple and so we spend a lot of time together. We’ve had our differences in the past, as all fathers and sons do, but we’ve grown past that and developed a pretty close relationship.
TalP: What about your mother?
KH: She died, when I was very young so I never got to know her. My sister, Aramair, however, remembers her a little and did her best to make sure I knew that she loved me.
TalP: Tell us about Aramair.
KH: Ara is one of the most amazing people I know. She’s a member of Sekhmet’s sect and is one of their preeminent healers. She’s also a doctor and has done work with the Egyptian military as a field surgeon. Most people see her and they see the sweet façade, but she’s much tougher than they think.
TalP: What was growing up in the sect culture like?
KH: It was not so very different from other upbringings, I suppose, except perhaps that I never doubted my place in the world as many adolescents do. My training began from the time I as able to focus my eyes. I was raised in Horus’ temples in Egypt as my father moved around frequently. I was one of the youngest men in the last century to become a fully fledged Falcon and did a stint in the military. My father also believed that education and knowledge of the world outside of our corner of the world was important, so he sent me to school in America.
TalP: Where did you study? Did you enjoy your time in America?
KH: I earned my business degree from Empire State University in New York. There was definitely some culture shock when I arrived, but I adapted quickly and found myself making a lot of friends. Dealing with snow, in particular, was definitely a learning experience. (laughter)
TalP: Well, I moved from Phoenix to Seattle, so I know that feeling! So, do you have any pets?
KH: You mean like a cat or a dog? No, no pets like that. I, like the rest of the worshipers in the temple, help take care of the sacred falcons, however.
TalP: Yeah, but those aren’t really pets.
KH: (chuckles) No, they’re not really pets.
TalP: So, what do you like to do for fun?
KH: Aside from training and spending time with my friends, I actually really enjoy cooking. I find it… relaxing.
TalP: What’s your favorite thing to cook?
KH: My preference is for simple but tasty food. If I’m cooking for myself, I’ll usually opt for lamb or chicken shawerma with grilled vegetables.
TalP: That sounds delicious! So… do you have someone special to make shawerma for at the end of the day?
KH: Thank you, it is, if I do say so myself. And, yes, there is someone very special, though I suspect you already know that.
TalP: Perhaps. Would you like to tell us about her?
KH: In brief, she’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met. She’s smart, beautiful, charming when she wants to be and tough when she needs to be. She’s headstrong and difficult at times, and frequently drives me mad, but I wouldn’t have her any other way.
TalP: Yeah, that sounds like love to me… So, what qualities are most important to you in a friend, male or female?
KH: I think that honesty and a strong sense of themselves is important. I don’t enjoy being around people who let others dictate their every move. I like strong personalities and tend to gravitate toward those people who aren’t afraid to disagree with me.
TalP: You’re a pretty big guy… even if they don’t know who you are and what you can do, that’s got to be hard to come by.
KH: Oh, it is, but I would rather have a few great friends than a lot of mediocre friends or yes men around me.
TalP: Fair enough. So, one last question before we go: If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
KH: If I could, I would change not having my mother in my life. Although my father and sister worked hard to ensure that I knew about her, I think that if I’d had her in my life, things would’ve been better.
TalP: That’s a beautiful thought; Moms are very important and I’m sure she would’ve been very proud of you.
KH: Thank you. That’s very kind of you to say.