Interviewed by: Mag
How did you first hear about the SHADE series? I follow Rachel Vincent on Twitter and last year during the YA Crush Tourney I saw her tweets supporting Tod when he was up against Zach. I had no idea what this "YA Crush Tourney" thing was, but her tweets made it sound fun so I had to investigate. That led me to reading the Shine snippets that Jeri posted and I decided that I needed to know more about Zach. I got SHADE from the library and read it in one sitting. Did the same thing with SHIFT. And then I found out that both Jeri & Rachel were going to be in Seattle for the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. I'd always wanted to visit Seattle so I decided to take myself there so I could meet both of them. Unfortunately, the book festival was nuts and I didn't get a chance to actually talk to either Jeri or Rachel. But it was still an awesome time. One of my favorite memories of that trip is tweeting about a dream in which both Logan and Zach were at the book festival and Logan replied to me (OMG!) and said that if I asked Jeri nicely, she'd sign "Bridge" from him. LOL
What do you like to do in your free time? (When you're not reading ;D) I'm always reading. Just kidding. Kind of. Ok, I don't read ALL the time, but I do read a LOT. But when I'm not reading, I like to watch tv, write, work outside in my yard (except this summer because it's been too hot), go bike riding (again with the being too hot to do much of it), go kayaking, and take pottery classes. Oh, and I took up knitting this past winter.
What's something not a lot of people know about you? My dream job is to be a marine biologist.
Who's your favorite SHADE character and why? Ahh, this is a hard one and unfair! LOL
I love, love, LOVE Zach and Aura (and Dylan and Martin and Megan and the rest of the Keeleys), but I'm going to go with Logan. I really can't put it into words, but there's just something about Logan that speaks to me. (Pretend that I'm not old enough to be his mother for this next part, k? In my head I'm about 18, 19 tops.) How can you not love him? He's a hot guitarist who sings like an angel and loves Aura with everything he has in him. He would do anything for her. But even though he's an incredible musician and acts like he's got it all together when he's up on stage, he's vulnerable and unsure of himself. He touched my heart the way very few fictional characters do. *wipes tears*
What's your favorite thing about Team Kilt? Everything! Team Kilt is made up of such incredibly awesome people. I love the camaraderie and the way that we're all there for each other - in good times and bad. I'm lucky to have met so many amazing people (in person and online) with whom I can share my love of books, music, fictional boys, etc.
What kind of music do you like listening to? As long as it's not hard-core rap and twangy country, I'm mostly good with it all, though I tend towards the alternative/indie music. Jeri got me hooked on Frightened Rabbit, and following them on Twitter led me to The Twilight Sad. I'd have to say right now those are two of my favorite bands. Listening to FR's Winter of Mixed Drinks can turn even the most awful day around. And James's voice? OMG! (James is the lead singer of TTS.)
What's one of your favorite books (besides SHADE)? I'm probably showing my age, but my favorite book of all-time is "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle.
If you could meet/hang out with ONE of the SHADE characters, who would you pick? Ahhh, that's such a hard question because I want to hang out with all of them. Except maybe Becca. But if I had to pick one, I think I'd go with Aura. Aura's who I wish I would have been in high school - she's strong, she's smart, she's loyal, and she knows what she wants and goes after it with all her heart. I would love to sit down and chat with her - about music, about Logan, about Zach, about Dylan, about astronomy ... about anything really.
Who's your least favorite SHADE character and why? I was going to say the anonymous person who made the decision to put Zach in [spoiler] and made him go through hell, but instead I'll go with ... no, wait, you know what, I'm going to stick with the anonymous person. Going through that ordeal changed Zach and had it not been for the people around him giving him the love and support he needed, he might not have survived. So yeah, I dislike very much whoever made that decision.
Where are some other places people can find you online to say hi? Well, I have two blogs, one on live journal and one on blogger, but I'm terrible about blogging so neither of them have been updated in just about forever. I'm trying to be better about checking Facebook at least once or twice a week. I also have a tumblr though I mostly got that so I could "like" the SHADEboys stuff. AND I just joined Pinterest but I haven't been very active there either. Twitter is where I seem to spend most of my time. LOL
Interviewed by: Judy
Which SHADE book is your favorite? Why? That's a hard one, they're are so great in their own way!! But I think I'm going to go with SHADE. Just because it's where it all started, and so many great things began :)
What is your favorite moment in the SHADE series? Why? There are so many great moments (well, every moment is FANTASTIC, honestly!) but one that's sticking out in my head right now is the scene in SHIFT where Zach and Logan "meet" through Aura. And also the potato bin. Enough said ;)
Favorite SHADE character? Why? Argh, another impossible one! There's so much to love about all of them! But I think I'll go with the excruciatingly obvious: Zachary. Because he's perfect and perfectly flawed, and there's just so much awesome about him :)
What's your ideal dream job? Anything with books, honestly! Right now I'd like to work at a bookstore or library, but when I "grow up" I want to be a book editor :)
How did you hear about Team Kilt and the SHADE series? It was last year, at the Crush Tourney. I found out about the Tourney through Ally Carter's blog when Hale was up for it, and when I went there to check it out, I discovered a wonderful world of awesome books I'd never heard of, including the SHADE books (the Tourney was also how I found out about book blogs, which was part of the reason I started mine :D). When I found out Zach and Logan were on Twitter, I used to stalk their Twitter chats even though I didn't have a Twitter. Eventually, though, I got one and joined the fun!!
Music is very important in the SHADE series. What kind of music do you like listening to? Most kinds! I grew up listening to country, so that still has a place in my heart, and my siblings and I'll listen to stuff like Usher and Hot Chelle Rae, or break out singing Somebody That I Used to Know. Mostly, though, I'm more into pop-punk stuff like We Are the In Crowd, The Downtown Fiction and Artist vs Poet. I have also been known to listen to I Will Possess Your Heart on repeat for reasons that should be obvious ;)
What is your favorite book (other than SHADE series)? I have so many! Probably too many to count. But I really love the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris :)
What's your favorite thing to do in the summer? Well, read. But that's my favorite thing to do anytime. My favorite thing to do ONLY in the summer would probably be swim. Or read by the pool :)
If they made a movie of your life, which actor would play you, and what would it be about? Which actor would play me? I have no idea. Hmm...I pick Emma Stone, because I love her. It would be about a delightfully geeky and sarcastic girl who goes to public school after being homeschooled since second grade. Since that's what's happening to me next year ;)
Tell me about a unique or quirky habit you have. I have the slightly OCD-like habits of counting off time in songs, and counting steps on the sidewalk and liking things to be even. Despite that, I'm a slob and my room is always messy :) That's all I can really think of, though. :D