I was so excited when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for The Childe, for not just one, but two stops! I heard such amazing things about this book that I jumped at the chance to not only participate, but to finally get the opportunity to read this book and the sequel, Dark Days.
For today’s tour stop I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing the mysterious Cat Colvin. And as many of you already know, I like to ask lots and lots of questions during my interviews. So I thank her, in advance, for being patient enough to answer all of mine.
I’ve also had the chance to read The Childe and my review is HERE if you’d like to check it out.
But before you meet Cat, just in case you wanted to know a little bit more about the book, here’s its description.
Or Something Else Entirely?
Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she’s taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that’s impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that’s where the differences end . . . unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe.
High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it’s no different. This is especially true when she’s faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat’s family not telling her?
The Childe is the first book in this coming-of-age fantasy series which follows Cat’s life through the twists and turns toward finding out whom and what she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with mystery, biting humor, and the paranormal.
And now for the interview…
Anyway, I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. I thought I’d start right off with the tough ones and get those out of the way. So….
Q. From the moment you met the gorgeous, blue-eyed, Ryan Beckford, it seems like the two of you had an instant connection, and yet you fought against it. What is it about Ryan that drew you to him? And why did you fight your attraction to him?
Hmmmm…well the first thing that drew to me to Ryan was that he looked so different from the people he hung out with. I mean here was this boy-next-door type hanging with a group of preppy Goths…I was intrigued. Then came the obvious “he’s hot” thought that crossed my mind. Plus he did kind of stand up for me against that jerk Isaac, and that definitely got him bonus points. Speaking of Issac, he and his group were BIG reasons why I fought against liking Ryan. For the most part you’re who you hang out with, so I just figured Ryan was like them even though he did look different. I also had a lot going on and bringing a boy into the mix would’ve just complicated things even further.
[Fiktshun: I was intrigued, too, Cat. And yes, I was wary of Ryan at the start. I wondered just what his agenda was. But I’m glad to see you gave him a chance. I think he was worth it. I hope you think so too. And I hope he still is….]
Q. On day one you managed to make an enemy in Isaac and instead of backing down you continued to challenge him when no one else has. What made you decide to do that? Where did you find the courage? And why don’t you think anyone else before you stood up to him?
I had a lot of practice dealing with mean people when I was at Madison Prep. The place was filled with them. Isaac is just like those jerks from my old school. He’s so infuriating! I think maybe my anger had a lot to do with why I stood up to him and his group. He drove me nuts. There were also times though that I didn’t feel like myself when I was confronting him…it felt like someone else was driving my reactions, and giving me this surge of “courage” as you put it. Those moments were very weird, but made me feel great afterwards because I had let out some of Isaacs hot air (which he’s filled with). As far as why no one has stood up against Isaac is beyond me. I guess a lot of people just find him and his group very intimidating.
[Fiktshun: Wow, I guess Mr. Crawley was wrong and that Madison Prep was not the perfect silver spoon school he thought it was. And so interesting that you felt it was someone else driving your reactions….]
Q. You seem to have a love-hate relationship with your brother Taylor. He calls you the Red Freak, publicly. That must make you want to take a swing at him. Would you say you love him more than you hate him? Or do you hate him more than you love him? Do you have a nickname for him that’s as embarrassing as the one he has for you?
Aww I love Taylor! Yeah, I do want to take a swing at him once in a while, but he’s my brother, I have to love him because it’s in the contract, hahaha. He used to be a lot worse when we were younger about the whole “Red Freak” thing, mainly because my mom and dad had nice nicknames for me…so he just had to be different. But now when he calls me “Red Freak” I know that he says it as more of a joke, and we have fun playing it off like we have this love-hate relationship. You know I do kind of find it odd that I never came up with a nickname for him, but I guess it’s because I didn’t want to sink to his level.
[Fiktshun: I think you could take him. In my opinion. And I do think you take the high road where he doesn’t. Though I think he deserves a nickname, and not one that Kirsten would make up for him. Ick.]
Q. As annoying as he may be, your brother does sound like a hottie. He is a star football player at school and one girl in particular, Kirsten, is so desperate to get his attention she’s trying to befriend you just so he’ll notice her. What do you really think of her? I know she’s the daughter of someone who’s very important, but she’s not here now, so feel free to let us know what you really think about her.
Ugh…that’s all I have to say about Kirsten. She really is the epitome of self-centeredness and thinking highly of one’s self. The movie “Mean Girls” definitely comes to mind when I think of her and her Trifecta entourage. I actually feel sorry for her. She’s so desperate to get attention and to get what she wants, that she steps on everyone to get it. Oh, and she’s incredibly vapid! Alright, now that I got all that out of my system, I can honestly say that I believe there might be a shred of good inside of her. I mean no one can be THAT crappy of a person, right?
[Fiktshun: I’m so glad you feel you can speak freely. I will do everything in my power not to let Kirsten know about our little talk. But I just don’t know about the “good” inside Kirsten. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron. Just sayin’….]
Q. You have an amazing, and definitely eclectic group of friends. If you could describe each of them in three words, what would you say about Amanda, Matt, Elle and Julie?
What a great question! Wow this is harder than I thought it was going to be. It’s so hard to sum my friends in just three words. I guess for Amanda I’d have to say eccentric, hilarious, and blunt. Matt is definitely protective, goofball, and loyal. Elle would have to be shy, thoughtful, and only recently, unpredictable (in a good way). Julie is motherly, brilliant, and caring.
[Fiktshun: Great descriptions for your friends! And yes, Matt IS such a goofball. I still wonder about that Julie though. Sneaky or mysterious would have been words I’d have used to describe her. Oh, and I do love that Elle is coming out of her shell just a little bit.]
Q. You’ve known them forever, but is there something developing between Amanda and Matt? They seem to like to torment each other. Is it more of a brother/sister thing or do you think they might really like each other?
Uh, first of all I don’t know if I could picture them as boyfriend and girlfriend since we’ve all been friends for so long, but if it did happen I’d support them. Personally I think their relationship is much more of a brother and sister one because I think Amanda gets annoyed with Matt too quickly (and often) for a relationship between them to work. Plus Matt probably wouldn’t survive it because Amanda beats on him A LOT, hahaha!
[Fiktshun: Yes, that girl can pack a punch. I’d hate to see her when she’s angry. Because poor Matt must be really bruised from those “affectionate” punches. Well, and there’s always Hannah….]
Q. You and your friends seem to be fascinated with an author, Robert Craven, who writes books, that are made into movies, about vampires and werewolves. What is it about his writing in particular that you are drawn to? And which do you prefer – vampires or werewolves?
Ahhhh Robert Craven! We absolutely LOVE him, his books, and the movies made from his books! His writing style is so easy to follow and his descriptions of vampires, werewolves, witches, and just about everything else are so detailed and really allow you to feel that you’re a part of the story and not just looking in on it. His books are a lot of fun too. They’re not all serious, and have a sense of humor about them. I’d definitely say that I’m on the side of the vampires, though I really love werewolves as well. There’s just something dark, mysterious, and cool about them, and since Bartholomew Drake (main character of Robert Craven’s novels) is a vampire, I’ve got to side with him because HE’S AN AWESOME CHARACTER!
[Fiktshun: Hmmm…. So very interesting that you love those vamps. And after what I learned about Robert Craven, I would have to say he’s a bit of a mystery, too. I wonder if we’ll see more of him down the road.]
Q. You have two different colored eyes that you hide with a contact. It’s definitely a unique feature to have, why do you try to hide it? You seem comfortable with your appearance otherwise – even with your fire-red hair. Was it your idea to conceal it or was it someone else’s idea?
To tell you the truth I already have enough that makes me stand out in a crowd…I don’t really need another one, hahaha. And I’m not really that comfortable with my appearance, but I play it off pretty well. It’s really hard being taller than most girls (and a good number of guys too), paler than porcelain, a mop of curly red hair that hates you and every single hair brush, left-handed in a sea full of right-handers, and then add the whole eye thing. Covering up my amber eye, just makes one less thing that people stare at. Also, when my eye did begin to turn amber, it was my parents that suggested I cover it up. I didn’t argue, because like I said I had enough odd already.
[Fiktshun: Haha, hidden in all of that was the answer I was looking for. Though I think your appearance is unique. Maybe even striking. But I suppose at the age of fifteen and sixteen that’s not always a good thing. So that masquerade ball must have been a lot of fun for you.]
Q. Not only are bad things happening in town, but strange things have started to happen to you in the past year. Your friends seem like they’d understand and support you. Why haven’t you told them? And what about your parents?
And have all of them think I’m CRAZY? No thank you. Yeah I know my friends and family are supportive, but if I had a hard time believing the stuff that was happening to me, how could I expect them to? Plus everything seems to have calmed down, with me anyway, after taking the pills Dr. Bane gave me. Like I said before, I have enough to make me stand out, I don’t need my friends and family (and inevitably everyone else because news travels fast in a small town like Astoria) to find out that weird things were happening to me.
[Fiktshun: Well, that makes sense. And of course your parents could have been a bit more honest with you in the first place, too. It just always seems to be the case that keeping secrets seems right when you’re keeping them, but they always seem to bite you in the backside in the long run. I hope those pills really are helping.]
Q. Like you, all of your friends except Elle seem to be pretty comfortable with who they are. Being friends with all of you for as long as she has seems like it should have been enough to bring her out of her shell. Why do you think Elle is still so shy? And do you think Amanda’s wrong for pushing her as hard as she does?
We’ve been asking ourselves that question for years. Elle has ALWAYS been the shy and quiet one. We’ve tried and tried to get her to come out of her shell, but nothing ever seemed to work. We secretly think that Elle likes being that way because she is such an introvert. This year though she’s really surprised us by how much she’s grown and it seems like being the school’s mascot has helped. Oh, and Amanda is like that with everyone. She’s very blunt and pretty much always says and does what she wants too. It’s kind of what makes her, her. So to answer your question, maybe she is a bit hard on Elle, but Amanda is all about tough love, hahaha!
[Fiktshun: Yes, it was nice to see Elle start to gain some confidence. In spite of Amanda. Of course you end with a laugh, but I have a feeling you might not be as happy if Amanda turns her tough love on you. That girl does not pull any punches. Literally.]
Q. What would you say is the best, most memorable moment you had during the past year?
This question is soooooo hard! I mean so much has happened this past year. It’s difficult to pick just one. But if I have to, I’d say that the most memorable moment was when I broke the state swim record at regionals. It was a very intense time for me and I couldn’t believe I had done it, even after I received my gold medal. Oh, and the after party was AWESOME!
[Fiktshun: It’s so awesome that you said that about the swim meet versus about the boy. It’s nice to know that not everything is about the boy and sometimes it’s about you. So, I’m glad you said that was your most memorable moment of the year. And I’m sure beating Kirsten and getting to see her sour grapes attitude had nothing to do with it!]
This or That
Okay, I’ll stop putting you on the spot with all of those long and difficult questions. How about a few “THIS or THAT” questions instead….
A study session with Ryan or movie night with your friends?
You just had to ask this one, didn’t you? Well I will have to say (ONLY BECAUSE I HATE STUDYING MATH) that I’d prefer a movie night with my friends, but Ryan would be there too, hahaha!
Spending ten minutes with Isaac or going to a party with Kirsten?
Talk about the lesser of two evils. I’d have to go with going to a party with Kirsten. I’ve had a lot of practice tuning her out and could still enjoy the party, but with Isaac he’d just make me angry the whole time.
Public school or private school?
Even though everything seemed to just unravel after going to public school, it still beats private school hands down. There’s at least diversity at Astoria High, unlike Madison Prep. Plus I was sooooo over being called “The-Silver-Spooned-Privileged-One” by Taylor…I actually prefer “Red Freak.”
Robert Craven books or Robert Craven movies?
Though I absolutely love the movies, the books are much more descriptive than the movies ever could be, and since Robert Craven is the master of awesome descriptions, I’d have to say the books. Besides, you just watch the movies, but you live the books…YES THEY ARE THAT GOOD!
Dress up or dress down?
Dress down because I love to be comfortable. When I dress up, I kind always feel out of place except if it’s for a dance or special event. Those are the only times I enjoy dressing up. Most of the time you’ll just find me in jeans or shorts with a t-shirt and a jacket or hoodie. Also, not a big fan of high heels, I’m already tall enough, hahaha!
Kissing Ryan or winning a swim meet?
Hahaha, darn this question. I’d have to say kissing Ryan…and I’m leaving it at that, hahaha!
A pop quiz from Mr. “Creepy” Crawley or having lunch with the ever-charming Amelia?
Another lesser of two evils question…darn. Well I’d have to go with having lunch with Amelia because Creepy Crawley’s pop quizzes are HELL, and at least (like with Kirsten) I could tune out Amelia.
Cats or dogs?
Well I like both, but since I love Jewels, the stray cat that comes to visit me, I’ll have to say I’m more partial to cats.
Hair up or hair down?
Hair down. I have too much wild and crazy hair to put up anyway, believe me I’ve tried, and it was an epic fail.
Dancing or slow dancing?
Not dancing, hahaha! But if I had to choose, I’d pick slow dancing. Up until this past year I probably would’ve said just plain old dancing, but I’ve had some really amazing slow dances recently, so now I’m a fan.
Learn it yourself or get a tutor?
For the most part I like to learn stuff myself. The tutoring experience I had this past year was a special circumstance, BUT I’m so glad that it happened.
And just so that we can learn a little more about you, here are just a few QUICKIE QUESTIONS.
Fortune tellers – believe or disbelieve?
Well since the last fortune teller I went to was right-ish, then I guess I believe-ish.
Witches – believe or disbelieve?
Definitely believe in witches, know a few of them personally actually.
Next song in the queue on your music player?
Something To Die For by The Sounds (addicted to this song!)
Cheesiest line you heard your dad say to your mom?
Ohhhh there are hundreds to choose from, hahaha! But my favorite one would have to be: “Excuse me miss, but I think I’ve dropped something…my jaw.” My dad is such a goofball. I’m constantly rolling my eyes at the things that come out of his mouth.
Favorite song to dance to?
Yeah Yeah Yeah by The Sounds (I’m kind of on a The Sounds kick at the moment). But if you’re asking for my favorite slow dance song, then that would be Wild Horses by The Sundays.
A nice pair of jeans, my lucky yellow blouse, my favorite gray striped hoodie, and my pair of yellow Converse.
Most embarrassing moment?
Ohhhh this one’s easy! It actually happened during my last birthday when I passed out in front of EVERYONE that was at my party. Talk about embarrassing, plus I didn’t even get to have any of my cake!
Before you go….
I have just a couple PARTING QUESTIONS for you if you don’t mind….
If you had to describe yourself to readers of this interview in one sentence, what would you say?
I’d say that I’m an interesting looking girl who’s trying to figure out who she is while trying to blend (or fit) in.
And if you could share one thing about yourself that you think is important, that we might not already know, what would it be?
I think we’ve actually covered most of the things that are “important” about me, but I will say that one thing you all don’t know is that I’ve got an obsession with chocolate. It is my kryptonite (in a good way, hahaha!)
Thank you so much again, Cat, for stopping by and allowing me to grill you about so many personal things. I would love to have you back on the blog someday as I’m sure I’ll have just a few more questions for you after I’ve uncovered just what happens in Dark Days.
Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on The Childe Blog Tour which are linked in the schedule below. The tour will be stopping back in just a couple weeks for my review of Dark Days.
And don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT to be entered into some of the awesome giveaways that the authors and tour hosts have going on! Details can be found in the post at the first stop on the tour, linked in the button below.
Sunday, Jan. 8th – Books Complete Me (Opening Post: Cover Reveal for Dark Days and Blog Tour Details)
Monday, Jan. 9th – A Diary of a Book Addict (Review of The Childe)
Tuesday, Jan. 10th– Book Love (A Unique Mother (Tiffany King) and Daughter (Ashlynn King) Review of Dark Days)
Thursday, Jan. 12th – Amethyst Daydreams (Guest Post: Playlist with Book Scenes)
Wednesday, Jan. 18th – Katelyn Torrey (Sample chapter post from The Childe/Teaser of Dark Days)
Thursday, Jan. 19th – Bookish Babes (Link to review of The Childe/Review of Dark Days)
Tuesday, Jan. 24th – Katelyn Torrey (Link to review of The Childe/Review of Dark Days)
Friday, Jan. 27th – Page Flipperz (Character This or That: Cat Colvin)
Monday, Jan. 30th – Book Bite Reviews (Link to review of The Childe/Review of Dark Days)
Wednesday, Feb. 1st – Reading Lark (Review of The Childe)
Thursday, Feb. 2nd – Books Complete Me (Link to review of The Childe/Review of Dark Days)
Wednesday, Feb. 8th – All Things Books (Link to Review of The Childe/Review of Dark Days)
Thursday, Feb. 9th – Words 2 Follow (Our Favorite Reads: Traditionally Published)
Friday, Feb. 10th – Forever Lost In My Own World (Link to review of The Childe/Review of Dark Days)
Saturday, Feb. 11th – Books Complete Me (Special Post and Last chance to enter Kindle Fire giveaway)