Sunday, January 13, 2013

Edge of the Past by Jennifer Comeaux: Character Interview and Excerpt


Life on the Edge

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.


Edge of the Past

Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.



I went inside the small room and pulled the curtain shut. The ivory satin dress hung on the wall. The first time I’d tried on the gown, we all ended up in a mess of tears – me, Mom, Aunt Debbie… even Aubrey, who was the least sentimental person I knew.
Stripping out of my clothes, I stepped into the dress and peeked around the curtain. “Mom, can you help me?”
She maneuvered around the dress’s long train as her fingers carefully made their way up the long row of delicate buttons. When she finished, Mom held my skirt and we moved out into the shop and in front of the huge mirror on the far wall.
My chest tightened as I stared at my reflection. Louann’s final alterations made the dress fit my petite curves perfectly. I ran my hand across the off-the-shoulder neckline and down the draped bodice to the A-line skirt, sliding my fingertips along the cool, silky material. I hadn’t wanted any frills on the dress, so the gown had a simple yet elegant look with only a touch of beading. It was everything I’d dreamed, just like I’d thought my life with Sergei would be. The tightness in my chest rose to my throat, creating a painful lump.
“It’s so beautiful,” Mom said. “I know I say that every time I see it, but it’s true.”
I nodded and attempted to speak, but no words came. Only tears. I tried to breathe them back with quick gasps, but I couldn’t stop them as they seeped from my eyes.

Today Emily from EDGE OF THE PAST is answering a few questions! Emily is a twenty-two-year-old Olympic pairs skater who is engaged to her coach Sergei. Let’s get to know her a little better!
Where do you dream of traveling to and why? I’ve been lucky to travel to many different countries for figure skating competitions, but one place I haven’t visited is Italy. My mom’s family is Italian, and my late grandparents were born outside of Florence. I’d love to visit there someday to see where my family’s roots began!
Tell us about your family. I’m an only child, and my parents are both professors at Boston University. My dad is the most easy-going person you’ll ever meet, but my mom is a little more… intense. They’ve both been incredibly supportive of my skating career. My mom’s side of the family is big with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. Like I mentioned, they’re Italian, and they love to cook and have large family gatherings. They’re the best!
What book are you reading now? I’m currently reading The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. My fiancé Sergei loves the classics, and he and I trade books so we can discuss them at our afternoon Starbucks chats. Some people might think we’re a little nerdy, but after a long day of practice at the rink, having coffee and talking about books is such a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
What songs are most played on your iPod? Anything by Sting. “When We Dance” is one of my favorites because Sergei used it as part of his proposal. I also love anything by Coldplay, especially “Sparks” and “Trouble.”
What is your favorite meal? Spinach lasagna! My grandma had an awesome recipe that she passed down to my mom, and now she’s passed it on to me. I could eat pasta every day!
What group did you hang out with in high school? I had a small low-key group of friends in high school. I was always really busy with skating, so I didn’t get involved in a lot of activities at school.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Well, you heard about my coffee dates with Sergei! We have great beaches here on Cape Cod, so during the summer I like to hang out there with my friends. Sergei and I love watching movies, too.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know? I’m definitely a morning person because I’m so used to getting up early for skating. My internal alarm clock usually wakes me up even on the mornings I can sleep in!
Tell us about your favorite restaurant. My favorite restaurant is Roadhouse Café on Main Street in Hyannis. It’s a cute, cozy place with a piano bar, and it has amazing food. I like going there on Saturday nights when there’s live music.
Do you have any special routines or rituals? When I put on my makeup and do my hair for a competition, I line up all the products in the same spot and do everything in the same order every time. I also say a prayer a few minutes before Chris and I skate.

Author Jennifer Comeaux

Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working in the corporate world, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life On the Edge, her first published novel.

When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see a different side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.


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