I had fun reading through this character interview for Andrea Murray’s main protagonist in her Vivid trilogy. Vivian Cartwright is a bright, quirky teenager and as someone who has long since left the teen-years, I still found her to be a likable and relatable with her self-deprecating humor and all the hints at the pain from her past.
Enjoy the “interview” below. Also, don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway of our TWO books–Vivid and Slither. It’s free to enter, and who doesn’t like free books? Scroll to the bottom of this post to submit an entry. And now…on to the interview!
Tell me about yourself.
I’m not sure what you want to know. I’m a regular girl except I can do all this stuff I wish I couldn’t. I lost my mom when I was five, and I’ve never met my dad. Aunt Charlotte is my only family, and we pretty much keep to ourselves, except for Abby, my best–only–friend. I try to stay off the radar, but my mouth sometimes gets the better of me.
What kind of music do you like? Who’s your favorite musician/band? What’s your favorite song?
Aunt Charlotte made sure my education extended to all things 80s, so I love all those big-hair bands! Bon Jovi, Def Leppard–all those guys in tights and too much hairspray are my favorites. My favorite song is pretty much anything 80s but no power ballads. Lots of drums, screaming guitars, and loud singers that’s what I like.
What is your favorite meal?
Aunt Charlotte’s meatloaf with skin-on mashed potatoes and brown gravy followed by cupcakes with buttercream frosting–the best!
Who is your hero? Why?
My mom’s my hero. I can’t remember much about her, but I know she was protecting me from something or someone. We spent everyday running, but she never stopped being my mom. She always tried to make life as normal as possible considering we spent lots of nights sleeping in our car. Being able to cook a hotdog just by holding it was pretty impressive, too.
If your protagonist is “normal,” what powers would your character have if he were a superhero?
Yeah, don’t think this question applies to me. I have enough problems with the powers I have!
What is your favorite book?
I like romance novels, but don’t tell anyone, especially not Abby who would be so mad because I’m constantly telling her to stop talking about guys. Aunt Charlotte likes to read those books with the half-naked hunks on the front, and I always make fun of her because, I mean, that’s not real literature, right? But when she’s in her garden or grading papers, I sneak one to my room and read before I go to sleep then dream about my own knight in shining armor. It sounds backward and completely sexist, but what girl doesn’t secretly wish to be loved and protected by her man?
If you had a pet, what would it be?
A pet? I’m not really a pet kind of girl. I have enough trouble taking care of myself. Can’t see myself with some tiny fluff ball with a bark that’s more annoying than cute. Cats are too stuck up; I get enough of that crap at school. So, no pet. Well, maybe a fish. You don’t have to cuddle those or walk them.
Where would you take your honey for a date?
A date? Clueless on this one. I’ve never had a date, and I’m not sure I’d do well with all that boyfriend stuff. I’d like to try, I think, but I don’t know the first thing about guys or where to take one on a date. A movie, maybe? If we went to a movie, we wouldn’t have to talk much, and he wouldn’t see how completely awkward I can be. I might get a second date out of the deal as long as we don’t have to interact!
Your protagonist is going to a movie. What movie do you see? Who do you take along? What do you get from the concession stand?
Abby and I sometimes go to the movies, and we usually see something scary because she insists on buying the tickets, and that’s what she likes. I don’t argue, but that’s never my first choice. I like funny movies. Real life is scary enough when you’ve seen what I’ve seen. I hate popcorn, but I love candy, so I usually get a box of anything chocolate.
Describe your perfect day.
I’d love a day of nothing, like a stay-at-home-in-pajamas day. I’d lie around and watch tv or read and eat junk food. Not having to deal with anyone (and not being afraid I’ll accidentally hurt someone) sounds incredible.
Here’s the book blurb for Vivid:
Her entire life she has feared her power and its connection to her mother’s murder.
When Vivian Cartwright was five years old, she witnessed her mother’s death. Now, sixteen-year-old Vivian only wants a normal life, hard to accomplish when you possess the power to control energy. Her entire life she has feared her power and its connection to her mother’s murder and has kept her ability a secret from everyone except her guardian, Charlotte, who has hidden Vivian from the man responsible for her mother’s murder.
Her secret is safe until Vivian defends herself at school using her power. After this first use of her gift in many years, Vivian’s power seems to take on a mind of its own, increasing in strength and demanding to be used. When she is assigned to tutor the would-be boyfriend of Trista Parmer (a.k.a. the biggest diva in school), Vivian cannot deny the electrifying connection that she feels for the boy, Easton Garrett. In her desire to get Easton away from Vivian, Trista doubles her efforts to humiliate Vivian, forcing Vivian to use her supernatural gift over and over. This increase in power also brings dreams of her mother’s death and the mysterious man associated with it. In her desire to unlock her past, Vivian is forced to use her supernatural gift over and over. With each use, Vivian fears she is losing control and discovers her powers are growing—maybe too much—bringing her unknowingly closer to the man who murdered her mother.
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More about the author:
Andrea Murray’s love of English didn’t begin until high school. In fact, in elementary school, she hated reading and never read a book unless she was forced to read. She found her joy as a ninth grader when she began reading classic short stories like “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. After that, she knew she wanted to study English and teach kids like her who weren’t entirely thrilled with English. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class in the same little town where she still lives and earned a BSE in English and an MA in English from Arkansas State University, where she also earned honors as the Outstanding BSE graduate in English. Andrea has now been teaching English for twenty years. She’s taught journalism, freshman composition, every level of junior high and high school English, and Pre-AP and AP literature. Andrea is also a two-time teacher of the year. She lives in Arkansas with Chris, her high school sweetheart and husband of twenty plus years; their two children, Olivia and Wyatt; and their rambunctious German Shepherd, Claus, in a possibly haunted house. She co-coaches her daughter’s three-time state champion Odyssey of the Mind team. She loves Victorian British literature focused on that when earning her MA. Her first true love is historical romance. She can remember sneaking her mother’s trashy romance novels when she was a young teenager and reading while mother was grocery shopping. Her favorites were always the Medieval and pirate stories, but she also loves young adult literature and just about anything paranormal or with a superhero. She’s a proud Mensan and is addicted to television. When she isn’t watching bad science fiction movies, she spends her time reading. In addition to her young adult paranormal romance series The Vivid Trilogy, she has written The Omni Duology, a young-adult dystopian duo. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Darrell Award and a runner-up for the Book Country About the Book Award.
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