Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for the 6th question for May Author Interview featuring 13 Young Adult authors. Answers for question #5 can be found here
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So, the 6th question is “Your favorite scene or character?”
One of my favorite characters to write is Oscar from my Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series. Oscar has some serious emotional, psychological, and hunger issues. Reality isn’t always his friend and he tends to go off the rails on occasion. That made him a challenge to write, but also one of the most interesting of my characters to get inside his head.
My favorite scene in The Last Orphans is the opening scene. It’s a little sad because the protagonist just lost a family member, but I had a lot of fun with the setting. I drew from my childhood experiences in the South to create a sultry summer afternoon in North Georgia. It was a blast to take that setting and tie it dirrectly to my lead character’s emotional state at that point in the story.
I can’t give you the details or it’ll spoil a big shocking moment in the book, but in The Mind’s Eye my favourite scene happens quite late on. It’s the most violent scene in the book and it happens in North Africa, I just loved creating the action-packed atmosphere around it and building up to that big ‘Oh NO’ moment. It’s those scenes that I live for as a writer.
In The Eye of Tanub… hmm. That’s a hard one. I seriously love all of the characters. This is by far my favorite series. I love Lauren’s sassiness, I love Zach’s loyalty and determination. I love Dardanos’s hard exterior and tender insides. I love Flitwicket’s calm intellect… I could go on and on. LOL
My favorite character is Evalyn (Eva) Dunbar. She is such a typical teenage girl, particularly in my neck of the woods. I love how she blossoms from an introvert who thinks of herself as a freak into a young woman in love.
I think Kate was the most fun for me, since she represents my life and feelings when I was fifteen. I was moved from the city to the country at that age, and I thought my life was over. I had a lot to learn about country living and values. My favorite scene would be from the second book, Lost Through Time, when Kate is struggling to live in 1910, rural Minnesota.
Ah-hum, is it cliché to say the kissing scene is my favorite? Okay, aside from that, my favorite scenes to write usually involved Eden and her guardian angel Gabriel. I loved creating scenes where their two worlds collided.
I loved writing when Allie Collins meets Damien Michaels for the first time. Allie is walking alone by the lake and stops by one of her favorite trees. Then, she feels like someone is watching her and scrambles up the branches. In her haste, she ends up falling and getting the wind knocked out of her. A dark-haired guy with piercing blue-grey eyes and a strange tattoo on his bicep approaches her. Allie is nervous and defensive during her interaction with the “calm and collected” (and turns out highly secretive) Damien… this was one of the first scenes I wrote and it came easily to me, and I immediately knew I needed to keep writing to figure out more about this attractive and mysteriously alluring Damien Michaels!
My two favorite characters to write have the smallest roles in this book – how funny is that? Brigid and Kieran. They both play bigger roles in Current Impressions. My favorite scene was the dance club where Meara meets Kieran for the first time. I rewrote that scene into a short story that is available in the Certain anthology, a collection of short stories from a few of this year’s UtopYA Con authors.
I love writing from Joseph’s POV, he has such a different perspective to Rosa. And I love exploring the other (male) side of their relationship.
I love Zoe all day long. She’s so funny and she has this shell of sarcasm she uses to protect herself from people, that was really fun to explore. And she’s a speak first think second kinda gal, which is always a hoot.
I have a merman character, Derek, who’s just so much fun to write for. He always has something to say about something and he’s a bit of a playboy. He tends to speak his mind and he seems simple and playful, but as I began really exploring his character, I learned that there’s so much more depth and tragedy that’s happened in his life then he lets on.
13) Author #13: Michael Thal
Writing Goodbye Tchaikovskywas a labor of love. It’s an emotional autobiography of hearing loss. I placed myself into David Rothman’s mind thinking what my life would have been like if I lost my hearing at 12 and not 44. All of David’s emotional responses to his loss are my own. Even today, I can’t read the book without crying. Hearing loss is a horrendous calamity. Bringing it to life for my YA readers as seen through David’s eyes was important to me. Perhaps my readers will become more empathetic to the deaf and hard of hearing. It’s a goal.
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