Please Welcome, ROCK STAR AUTHOR:
Jeri is one of my favorite authors. I first discovered her from the WVMP series about vamps, weres and others running a radio station, I was in LOVE. She blends her love of music with wonderful characters that are unique and believable. So when she started a young adult series, starring a kid in a band and mentions all of my favorite artists, well, you know this is a must read for me! Check out her website HERE. Her books always have a message of hope for no matter how rough life becomes, music can always get you through it.
Special shout outs to Two Chicks on Books and Fiktshun for organizing this special event. These girls put together an awe inspiring tour for young adult authors and I am honored to be participating.
Now, on to the good stuff....
Please welcome the SHADE BOYS:
Zachary: Cheers for asking all three of us SHADEboys to do a joint interview! We chat a lot on Twitter with readers and with one another, and we’ve even interviewed people ourselves. But we’re pure chuffed to yatter on endlessly in an official capacity.
Logan: Translation: that means we’re psyched to be talking on an actual blog. In fact, I’m SO stoked, I’ll even use the Shift key, which I normally don’t do on Twitter or on the SHADEboys tumblr. I either go ALL CAPS or all lower case, cuz I’m not a halfway sorta guy. Also, it’s kind of a thing.
Martin: Are we recording yet? When do I have to stop saying ****?
Zachary: Thirty seconds ago.
Martin: Oh. Sorry.
Zachary: Anyway, a brief introduction for those who don’t know us. I’m Zachary Moore, one of the main characters in the SHADE trilogy by The Woman Upstairs, aka Jeri Smith-Ready. I’m from Glasgow, Scotland; I love astronomy and real football; and I have a massive weakness for chocolate.
Like the main character and love of my life, Aura, I’m 16 at the start of the series and 18 at the end. I was the last person born before the Shift, which means everyone younger than I (starting with Aura) can see ghosts. But I can’t, except when…well, that’s a secret.
Logan: Logan Keeley here. I’m forever 17, since I died, like, an hour after my birthday. That’s not really a spoiler, since it happens at the beginning of the first book, which totally sucked (my dying, not the book). I’m from Baltimore, I love music and REAL-real football (i.e., not soccer). Most of all I like attention. Which makes being a ghost really hard, but makes being on Twitter awesome.
Martin: I’m Martin Connelly, Zachary’s best mate. I’m only in SHINE, the last book in the trilogy, which means one day I’ll get my own spinoff series!
Logan: Dream on, dude. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a short story like I did.
Martin: But Zachary’s getting a novella. So that means each SHADEboy gets a bigger spotlight than the last. Be nice and I’ll let you write the soundtrack for my action-film franchise.
Logan: Now THAT would be cool. So…are we supposed to get asked stuff?
Zachary: It would probably help if we stopped talking for a second or two.
Mary: First I have a question for all three of you. What makes you cringe?
Zachary: When people find out I’m Scottish and immediately make a sheep joke.
Martin: Y’know, I’ve not seen a sheep up close in years.
Zachary: Probably cos they always see you first.
Martin: Nice one. A’right, my turn. I’m dead tired of being either ridiculed or swooned over cos I’m a ginger. It’s just a hair colour, not a marker of moral degradation. Not that I don’t have moral degradation as a weekly goal.
Zachary: Logan, how about you—what makes you cringe?
Mary: On that note, can you still discover new music in the afterlife?
Logan: Totally. Funny thing about the afterlife—it’s not as after-y as you’d think.
Zachary: And that’s all you can say without spoilers.
Logan: But I CAN say I’m super excited about the new Mumford & Sons coming out September 25.
Zachary: I’ll give that a listen, but only after the new Frightened Rabbit EP (not to brag, but both release the day before here in the UK).
Mary: Zachary, how did you cope with having to compete with a ghost for Aura’s affections?
Zachary: I coped the usual way lads cope with constant frustration and disappointment.
Logan: Dude, you’re not talking about—
Zachary: Sport. Mostly football. Why, what did you think I was going to say?
Martin: Well, there is the honourary nickname Niall and I have for you, which somehow made it past the editors of SHINE.
Zachary: I’ve no idea what you’re talking about. Isn’t it your turn to answer a question?
Mary: Martin, what drives you crazy about Zach?
Martin: Ach, where to begin? Let’s take a journey through a typical day with Zachary Moore. He’s pure crabbit in the morning until after his fourth cup of tea, as likely to bite yer heid off as say “Hiya.”
Zachary: I’m not a morning person, it’s true.
Martin: And he’ll never ask for help when he needs it. Or admit when he’s wrong.
Zachary: I did admit it, that one time I actually was wrong.
Martin: But the most infuriating thing about Zachary is that even after all the hell he’s been through, he’s still a good guy. It’s inhuman. Also, there are some weeks when he only sleeps an hour or two a night, but he’s still by far the best-looking lad in Glasgow. I should know—I’ve ranked them all.
Zachary: You’re too kind.
Martin: There’s no such thing as too kind—you’ve taught me that, ya wee bastard.
Logan: Guys, get a room, OK? Oh wait, you already did, literally. Which Aura is incredibly understanding about, I might add.
Zachary: Thanks. There’s no way THAT could be misinterpreted.
Mary: So Logan, what most do you miss about the physical world?
Logan: It’s a tie between kissing Aura and playing guitar. But over time the guitar probably wins.
Zachary: How’s that possible?
Logan: It’s hard to let go of someone you love, but being dead is pretty much the definition of “no future.” So hanging on to Aura is just cruel to both of us.
Zachary: Sorry, mate.
Logan: (shrugs) I also miss pizza.
Mary: Zachary, where in the world would you take Aura to stargaze?
Zachary: They say the mountains of Chile have the world’s clearest skies, and I’ve always wanted to see the southern hemisphere constellations. (gives Logan a guilty look) But honestly, I’d take her to Hawaii.
Logan: So you could see her in a bikini, right?
Zachary: Naw, Hawaii has an amazing set of observatories on Mauna Kea. It also has beautiful scenery and volcanoes, plus plants and animals found nowhere else, and…aye, the bikini kinda wins it.
Martin: Well, this is pure awkward.
Mary: Martin, you’re a bartender. What’s your favorite pub drink?
Martin: In winter I fancy a hot toddy (whisky, sugar, lemon juice and hot water—some people use tea, but I don’t). Generally, though, my tastes are simple: Tennent’s Lager or Crabbie’s Ginger Beer. And Irn Bru for hangovers.
Zachary: I should mention for our American audiences that the drinking age here in Scotland is 18.
Martin: Aye, so when Zach and I tweet about our weekend trips to the pubs and clubs, we’re not being scandalous. Not about the drink, anyway.
Zachary: (checks transcript) I think four pages counts as a marathon blether, so let’s wrap up. Thanks very much to Mary for having us on her blog, and to Jaime at Two Chicks on Books for inviting us in the first place. We love youse!
Logan: And if we haven’t totally weirded y’all out, come follow us on Twitter or visit our tumblr for blog posts on music, television, and random stuff that pops into our heads. We like to talk with readers A LOT about pretty much ANYTHING.
Hmm, I’m ALL CAPSing again, so it’s probably time to go. SEE YA!
Martin: Bye, everyone! Be sure to look for me in the next generation of Bourne films. (“There were never just two.”)
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