Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again.
All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse.
So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.
Q and A Today is with MAJESTY, the protagonist Kings and Queens.
Hello Majesty. It's great of you to take some time to visit today.
What would we find under your bed?
Probably crumpled balls of papers. I manage my school’s baseball team, and since I’ve been writing sports news for my team, and also the Athletic department in general, I’ve become extremely picky about my writing. I like my pieces to be humorous and witty but without seeming purposefully that way. You know what mean? It needs to feel natural, and it’s hard to strike that balance sometimes.
I also have dust bunnies under there. Under my bed is one of the last places I vacuum or sweep. I maybe do it once every three months, so the dust bunnies have usually mated by then, and I end up finding a whole family all up under there having a party that they didn’t even have the decency to invite me to.
What is the next big thing?
Another World Series win for the Sox! Yeah! You know which ones, and if you don’t, you need a slap upside the head. Seriously.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
Um, my friends KNOW I’m an extra-extrovert, and they get on my case about it because I sometimes speak up and/or out during the most inappropriate times and I’m not afraid to say what I’m thinking. There is not a shy bone in my body. I chat it up with people wherever I go.
I have this intense desire to spar verbally, a need really. I crave dirty battle to keep me sharp and on my toes, but it’s so hard to find a viable match these days. My fierce tongue has shoved so many into the shadows and they never come back for a rematch. I often offend people when I first meet them because if they’re interesting, I HAVE to test them out, to see if they’d be a worthy opponent. Usually, and so very sadly, they flunk.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Too lacking in funds for an Ipod, but on my MP3 that I use for running, I have a wide range of things from Mozart to Katy Perry to
, but the 60’s and 70’s stuff keeps pulling me back. So much of it is like a time capsule. And it’s not all pretty and overproduced and glossed up like today’s music. There’s so much that is ugly and gritty and raw in that old school sound. You can really get a sense of the societal tension, issues and what the musicians cared about. Linkin Park
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Ouch, cut to the throat why don’tcha. My dad. I’m tearing up as I write my response. I said trash to him about being too old for the cutesy things he always did, slammed, SLAMMED, a door in his face and never saw him again. Later that day, cops pulled up in my driveway. I knew. I knew what horrible news they had. It read loud and clear on their faces. And I knew, in that moment, that my words, my horrible, wretched, biting words, would linger forever. They were immortalized without apology by the heartless utterance, “I’m sorry. There’s been an accident.”
What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?
The Outsiders. It was written by a teenager in like the 50’s or something, and is still making the rounds of awesome books today. But, I loved that it perfectly captured tension that has existed and will always exist between classes. It doesn’t matter what time period it is. From Romeo and Juliet to The Hunger Games. It’s still identifiable, and those types of stories will always rock and resonate, because there will always be those who delight in demolishing those in lack.
Who should play you in a film?
Me. I am an actress after all. I’ve got a head shot and my resume ready. Call me. Tickets for Our Town at Cedar Creek High are on sale now. (Little plug there.)
And Matt Lanter from 90210 should play my best friend, Derek, and Tim Urban, yes the one who was on American Idol should play my other best friend, Alec. They’re pretty close in looks, voices and mannerisms. Alec might be able to play himself, but he’s not nearly as good as me. I would give Tim a chance. His voice is meltalicious. Check it.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
“Cowboy up!” ~ Kevin Millar.
(And if you don’t know who that is, slap yourself and Google it. You can probably find some hilarious interviews with him and some sports newscaster dudes on youtube. Word to the unstupid like me: don’t have any sips or big gulps in your mouth when you happen upon such said videos.)
“Cowboy up!” Those are the most awesome words I’ve ever heard. And they’re from a self-ascribed Idiot! It about sums up what everyone’s aim in life should be. When everything seems hopeless, when the odds are stacked against you, there’s always something to fight for, there’s still a reason to hope and believe and to give the battle your all.
Thanks so much for having me! This was an awesome and fun interview. I really enjoyed it.
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COURTNEY VAIL writes totally twisted YA and adult suspense. She enjoys braiding mystery, suspense & romance with some kind of weirdness. Her addictions to crazy coffee concoctions, Funny Bones, Ben & Jerry's, and bacon keep her running and writing. She currently lives in
New England with a comedian stud and a wild gang of kidlets.
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