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Character Interview: Shattered Souls

Normally I stick to interviewing the authors, but every now and then a blog tour assigns me something fun, like interviewing characters from a book. And does Shattered Souls have a cast of characters.

I don't know that from reading it, of course - though look at this summary! Look at that gorgeous cover!

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

No, I know it from the interview. Please enjoy.

Nicole: Welcome to WORD, you three! What is your favorite part of your story - or your lives - so to speak?
Lenzi: Well, I don’t want to give anything away, but I really like the scene on top of the parking garage. Sometimes a person just has to kick some butt in order to be taken seriously, you know what I mean?

Alden: My favorite scene? Um, well, other than the ones where I get to make out with Lenzi, you mean, right? That would have to be the scene in the graveyard in which we are reunited. It’s a rush to see her for the first time… every lifetime. That never gets old.

Zak: The scene in the Last Concert CafĂ© is by far my favorite. I get to play my music and I get the girl. Nothin’ better than that.

Nicole: Speaking of music - favorite songs?
Lenzi: Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty because it was one of my Dad’s favorites. I like the acoustic version by John Mayer, though, because that’s how Zak plays it.

Alden: I like today’s music, but my all time favorite is Mozart’s Requiem. I loved it the first time I heard it and every lifetime since.

Zak: Anything metal. Really. The heavier, the better.

Lenzi: Mary’s favorite song is Not a Day Goes By from the musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim.

Zak: Nicole didn’t ask that, babe. Nobody gives a rat’s (censored) what the author likes.

Alden: I care.

Zak: Of course you do ‘cause you’re a—

Alden: I’m a what? If I were you, my friend, I’d just walk away about now.

Lenzi: Shut up! Both of you. This is Nicole’s interview. Go ahead, Nicole. Sorry.

Nicole: No apologies necessary. Who would you pick to play you in a movie?

Zak: I’d pick someone who could flatten this punk, Alden, sitting next to me. Oh wait, that would be ME.

Alden: I’m not going to even dignify that with a response, Zak.

Lenzi: Let’s just move on to the next question.

Nicole: Oh dear. I'm almost afraid of my next question now. Which one of these guys do you get along with the best? The least?

Lenzi: Oh, perfect, Nicole. Zak! Alden! Sit down. No. Not next to each other. Move over, Zak. I’m going to sit in the middle. Now, what was the question again, Nicole? Oh, yeah. Which one of the guys do I get along with the best? Well, it’s hard to say. It depends on the circumstances. Neither one right now.

Nicole: And it seems they can't get along ever! If you could have any power, what would it be and why?
Lenzi: Oh, that’s easy. I’d love the power to see the past. I don't remember my previous lives, but all the other people from the Intercessor Council do, so they know stuff about me I don’t. It’s awkward, and honestly, a bit dangerous.

Alden: I’d want the power to see the future. I could prevent Lenzi from ever getting killed again, so that we could grow old together for once.

Lenzi: Oh, Alden. That’s really sweet. ...Sit down, Zak. Sit down and answer the question.

Zak: I’d want the power to fly. ...What? ...Why are you lookin’ at me like that? Did you just roll your eyes, Lenzi? Why? ‘Cause I didn’t spout some mushy crap like he did? It would be cool to fly. Just float up there, ya know? Admit it. You’d like to fly.

Alden: Thanks for having us on your blog, Nicole. Come on Lenzi, let’ go before I do something I’ll regret later.

Lenzi: We appreciate your time, Nicole, and would prefer Mary not know we were here. She gets kinda pissy when we argue in public.

Zak: I’m not arguing. I just answered the question. It would be cool to fly. Wait. You guys can’t just walk out. Can they, Nicole?

Mary Lindsey's writing is a natural expression of her love of reading and a fascination with the flexibility of the human imagination. Books make the impossible possible.

Mary lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter's pet rats, an Australian Bearded Dragon and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. (The roaches are long story—don't ask.)

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