· What was the scariest moment of your life?
My boyfriend, Tanner, asked me to meet this guy who’s a member of the Live Once rebels. He tried to get me to run away with them, but then all these guards came out of the forest and attacked us. I ended up getting arrested and thrown in prison. It was the most terrifying thing that ever happened to me and I still have nightmares about it.
· If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
My little sister. When she was five, she disappeared into the forest because I wouldn’t take her swimming in the stream that separates our farm from the wilderness. It’s pretty safe there, but something went wrong and she disappeared. It’s all my fault because I should have been watching her. I wish, with my entire being, that there was some way I could go back in time to save her. She was just so sweet and innocent. I would give anything to switch places with her.
· What makes you happy?
My super-annoying little brother, Max. I love being around him, even though he drives me crazy sometimes. He always tries to act grown up and I just want to see him be a kid for a while longer. I almost feel like he’s my second chance, like if I do right by him, I can make up for failing my sister.
· What one word best describes you?
I’ve never really thought about that before. I get scared a lot, even though I try not to show it. I’m not pretty, no matter what Tanner says. When I got to our nation’s capital, they fixed me up so much; I didn’t even look like myself! They even made me wear a wig made of human hair. Ewww!
I don’t take direction very well, either. My teacher, Mr. Flannigan, kept saying the most he could hope for was that I wouldn’t embarrass Socrates. He might be right, especially if he judges me based on my past offenses, like skipping a visit to be with my brother after he got in trouble. I’ll take that punishment any day.
· Do you have any special routines or rituals?
When I get really stressed, I go to a little playground behind our apartments and talk to my sister. We all used to play there, but Mrs. Chesaning said we were too noisy so she shut it down. Some of the parents started putting up little crosses for their kids who died or disappeared, like my sister, and it just kept going from there. I still don’t think Mrs. Chesaning likes it, but she’d have a riot on her hands if she took the crosses down. It’s always so peaceful when I go there and talk to my sister, sometimes I swear I can hear her talk back.
· Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
It’s not really a bit of advice, but my teacher, Mr. Flannigan, had a huge impact on my life. He came to Chesaning Farms to teach me how to act and behave before I left to meet up with Socrates. That’s not what stuck with me, though. It was his nature. His belief that even if the odds are stacked against you, it’s important to stand up for your beliefs, no matter the cost. I’ve never forgotten that lesson.
The First Tour
May 15, 2013 Through June 12, 2013
May 15: Interview on Laurie’s Non-paranormal Thoughts & Reviews
May 15: Interview on Young Adult Novel Reader
May 16: Review on The Coffee Pot
May 16: Interview on The IndieView
May 17: Review on Mallory Heart Reviews
May 18: Review on A Bit of Dash
May 20: Review on Reading Renee
May 20: Guest Post on To Read, or Not To Read
May 21: Guest Post on A Knife and Quill
May 21: Review on The Solitary Bookworm
May 22: Review on Big Al’s Books and Pals
May 23: Guest Post on Becky’s Blarmy Book Blog
May 24: Guest Post on My Book and My Coffee
May 25: Review on Lissette E. Manning
May 27: Review on Books and Needlepoint
May 28: Review on Random Musings of a Curious Mind
May 30: Guest Post on Comfort Books
June 1: Guest Post on Literary Musings
June 3: Review on Lovey Dovey Books
June 5: Guest Post on Big Al’s Books and Pals
June 7: Review on I’m a Voracious Reader
June 8: Interview on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
June 9: Review and Guest Post on Reader Girls
June 10: Review on Offbeat Vagabond
June 11: Interview on KBoards
June 12: Review on Workaday Reads