Totally Sane Interviews with Vampires, Hobbits, and Talking Toads
One of my fave things to do? Grocery shopping on sample days. Oh yeah, baby. Num Num. Who needs lunch when you can have mini bites of scones, pop tarts, blueberry juice, and hot pockets?
On that note...sort of....
Time for the latest installment in my Character Interviews Series. Man, I love these. Today's treat? THE CLEARING by Anne Riley (err...just a sample, folks...)
A little background on the author:
Anne riley was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where she currently resides with her furry hubby and sexy cat*. Now, she did venture out of Birmingham to go to college...um, well, fifty miles away in Tuscaloosa, AL...but her six month stint as an exchange student in Madrid, Spain should give you an idea of her AWESOMENESS. I mean, come on...Spain? Olé! Love Spain.
On writing: according to Anne, she's been a writer since she was "old enough to hold a pencil," and now has four complete manuscripts under her belt, though she's only tried to publish the most recent one. Anne has been represented by the Trident Media Group in New York since January. Though she's currently "licking her wounds" from editors' rejections, I have a strong hunch she'll be getting an acceptance shortly after she finishes her revisions (Yeah, I'm not psychic--she's had encouraging feedback). So, remember Anne Riley folks. Not only will you love her books, you'll adore her (just like I do). So, be sure to check out her fabulous blog and find her on Twitter!
Now, on to Anne's interview with Natalie Watson, the main character of her YA novel, THE CLEARING
An Intriguing Interview with Natalieby Anne Riley
I am meeting Natalie Watson in the courtyard that sits between the girls’ and boys’ dormitories at her school. The front door of the girls’ dorm opens and Natalie saunters out, making her way over to me. She looks like she isn’t totally sure she wants to do this.
Me: Hi, Natalie. Come on in and have a seat. [I pat the space on the bench next to me]
Natalie: Thanks. [sits as far away from me as she can, crosses legs, crosses arms, uncrosses arms, switches crossed legs]
Me: Are you nervous?
Natalie: A bit, yes. But not really.
Me: Okay. Uh…didn’t you have school today?
Natalie: [cuts her eyes to the right, down, and back to my face] Yeah. Why?
Me: Oh, no reason, I just notice that you’re wearing…what? What are you wearing?
Natalie: [huffs] It’s cold outside.
Me: So your only option was flannel pajama pants and a University of Georgia sweatshirt?
Natalie: [shrugs] I guess I just got caught up in dealing with my parents’ deaths, moving to Maine, and starting at a new school where everyone hates me. I don’t really think about my wardrobe much these days.
Me: Did you ever?
Natalie: [furrows eyebrows] Sorry, is this part of the interview, or…?
Me: No. Let’s begin. Oh, wait – is that a book I see in your bag? What are you reading right now?
Natalie: Uh, Little Women. I like to read. After school is over, I usually either read, or…read.
Me: Is that all you do? Don’t you have friends to hang out with?
Natalie: [laughs once, without humor] Um, no. You gave me a peroxide-blonde ice queen for a roommate who could seriously have a shot at becoming a cast member of The Hills. We don’t really get along.
Me: What about Liam Abernathy? Aren’t the two of you hanging out a little?
Natalie: [gives withering look]
Me: What? You went to the woods with him last night. Alone. Those woods, right over there. [points in the direction of scary looking forest] Care to explain what went on out there?
Natalie: You know what we did. Don’t pretend like it was something scandalous.
Me: You don’t think time traveling would be considered scandalous?
Natalie: [leaps up from her seat and claps her hand across my mouth] Don’t say it out loud! Are you crazy? What if someone hears you?
Me: Mmmph! [she removes her hand from my lips] I’m sorry! Geez! What was that? I thought you were shy and insecure?
Natalie: I am. [looks confused] Or at least, I used to be. But something seems to be changing… [looks at her hands, as if hoping to find the answer written across her palms]
Me: Mm-hmm. So you don’t want to talk about the time travel.
Natalie: No. It’s…too weird. In fact, I think maybe –
[Natalie is interrupted when a commotion breaks out across the courtyard. There are several other students standing around the flagpole, laughing and glancing in Natalie’s direction. Finally, someone starts to raise what looks like a pair of underwear up to the very top of the pole.]
Natalie: [closes her eyes in resignation] Not again.
Me: This has happened before?
Natalie: Um, I think you remember the incident in math class last month. [sighs] I have to go now.
Me: Yes…yes, I think you do.
OMG...she totally hooked me. Teenagers. Dark, creepy forest. Underwear on the flag pole. And, um, TIME TRAVEL!!! Uh, yeah...I'm so in. Anne!!!!!!! FINISH SO WE CAN PREORDER THIS BOOK ALREADY. Oh my word. I'm so psyched. How can this be? It's not even published. *Sits on hands* I will wait patiently. Yes. I think I can.
Anne, thanks so much for this delicious interview. You are amazing! And Natalie? She's a beautiful character. LOVE her.
And now, my remarkable followers who I adore, if you're interested in participating in my Character Interviews series, give me a shout. You can e-mail me at cvaldezmiller AT gmail DOT com or find me on Twitter. And I would urge you to check out why you should chat with your characters. It's fun, it's helpful, and I'm such an almost-not-nerdy person to work with (who totally doesn't mind ending sentences with prepositions.)
*It's quite possible I have mixed my adjectives.