Erin writes . . .
Yes, can you believe, it's Friday. Again. So that means another Follow my Blog Friday hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. And the question they have for us today is:
Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?
So, I'll go first. Maybe the best way to answer this is to say that books change my mood, rather than the other way round. Sad books drag me down, but that's not a bad thing. I think it means I have feelings. I guess I'm a bit sensitive that way. So that's me. What do you think Seth?
Seth: Not books so much. But I definitely choose music based on my mood. The happier I am, the wilder the rock. When I'm down, the tempo on my iPod changes too.
Erin: What about you guys? We'd love to hear what you think. And in the meantime, while we wait for your replies, we are going to introduce you to some visitors we have on the blog today.
Welcome to Rain, River, Owen and Carsyn. For new visitors to our blog, we've been spotlighting Jade Varden's AMAZING book Justice this week and you have arrived in time for the final post - characters interviews. Read on . . . they are always fun.
Erin: *winks at Rain* “It’s been a while since we’ve had so many hot guys sharing our space. I can understand why you had your head turned in Justice. Not that you didn’t have good reason. After all, finding out that the people you thought were your parents had actually kidnapped you when you were a baby is not a small thing. And that’s what we want to talk to you about today. I know Seth is burning up to ask you about Social Services.”
Seth: “No kidding! I’ve been a victim of their ‘service’ too. Trust me, it sucks. So Rain, tell us how it felt when they ‘abducted’ you from your mom, your dad, and your brother and dumped you with your so-called ‘real’ family?”
Rain: “I felt like I was living someone else’s life. Nothing felt real to me anymore; I just couldn’t believe it was happening. For a long time, I think I was hoping that things would suddenly change again and go back to the way they were. It all happened so quickly, I could hardly think of anything.”
Erin: “Maybe you’ll also describe how it felt when you discovered you were not Rain Ramey, the person you thought you had been for the last sixteen years, and were really named Chloe. How does one cope with an identity shift like that?”
Rain: “It was strange. I kept looking at myself in the mirror, expecting to become a different person maybe. It was a little like being in a play. All I knew for sure was that I was supposed to start acting and looking a certain way, but I didn’t really know how to do it.”
Erin: “Okay. Now to the love . . . you had three really interesting guys – River, Owen and Tom - eager to help you find your place in your new life. In an ideal world which of them would you have chosen to date?”
Rain: “At different times, I thought about dating all three of them – but I think a lot of the girls who have known them have probably done that.”
Seth: “What I don’t get, Rain, is that River showed himself so willing to help you get to the bottom of all the lies and secrets clouding your life, why weren’t you more willing to share with him?”
Erin: “I agree. I just didn’t get that either. I mean, he’s caring and brooding. And he looks like Nicholas Hoult. Those eyes . . .!”
Rain: *grins* “I know. Awesome.”
Seth: “Hey, you guys, focus!”
Rain: *mock contrition* “Sorry, Seth. To answer your question - I shared a lot with River I didn’t share with anyone else, but sharing with anyone is scary. Everyone around me was wearing masks, and I couldn’t be sure who was being genuine and who was still lying.”
Seth: “Rain, another thing I wondered about. If it had been me, I’d have skipped out on my new family and would have gone back to the people I considered to be my real parents. Why didn’t you try harder to make contact with them?”
Rain: “A part of me is still a little angry at them, and maybe I’ll always be a little angry with them. I thought they would try a lot harder to get to me back.”
Erin: “Okay Seth. I think you’ve grilled poor Rain quite enough. *Grins at River* “Now it’s my turn. River, given that you had so many problems of your own, why were you so willing to help Rain?
River: “I helped her because I had so many problems. I kind of know what she was going through. The first time I saw Rain, I knew she wasn’t like any of the girls I’ve ever known before. She’s like me.”
Erin: “I hate to ask this, but I have to know . . . how did you feel once she started dating Owen?”
River: “Confused, since she had practically sworn off dating right before it happened. And I was even more confused by her choice. She could have picked twenty guys that would have been better than Owen.
Erin: *under her breath* “Agreed.” *Turning to Owen* “I’ll admit that you are a bit of an enigma, Owen. Don’t you think it a bit odd that you dumped Carsyn – Rain’s sister – to date Rain? Did you do it to cause trouble, or do you really like her?”
Owen: “Carsyn’s a great girl, but we weren’t right for each other. Rain’s the one who helped me see it.”
Erin: *aside to Seth* “Slime ball!”
Seth: “Shush! He’ll hear you.” *turns quickly to Carsyn* “I have a final question for you-”
Erin: *interrupts* “Carsyn, I don’t want to pull any punches here, but you remind me of my step-sister Mia.” *aside to our readers, and trust me, Mia is NOT a nice person* “So tell us exactly what you thought when your parents told you Rain – whom you despised - was actually your long lost sister?”
Carsyn: “I thought she was going to be a huge embarrassment to the entire family, and I was right.”
Seth: *nudging Erin the ribs to shut her up* “Okay, I think that about does it. Thanks for joining us guys. And we hope to have you back after we’ve read your next book, The Tower. It’s burning a hole in my eReader because I HAVE to know what happens next in your lives.”
Erin: “And to all our readers. Don’t forget our Justice giveaway. Trust me you WANT to read this book, so do yourself a favour and click the link.”