Today is my second stop on the audiobook release tour for Brenda Pandos’ THE EMERALD TALISMAN hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic. For my first stop I had a chapter written from the perspective of Nicholas and today I have an awesome interview conducted by the author with Julia.
Which has made me even more curious to meet Julia, to find out more about her abilities, her connection with Nicholas and just why it would be so good for there to be no such thing as vampires.
So, without any further ado, let me turn the blog over to Brenda and Julia.
Brenda Pandos’ Interview with Julia
Thanks so much for having me, Rachel. I’m super nervous …
[Fiktshun: I’d be nervous too having my creator interview me. Good luck! And I hope she’s not too hard on you….]
1. With your ability to read people’s emotions, what’s it like to be inside your head? Do you ever have trouble discerning your own feelings from someone else’s?
It was absolutely horrible! For the longest time, I had no control. But someone helped me figure out things, and after I got the hang of it, I could turn it off. I don’t want to tell too much because I don’t want to ruin the story, but it’s so much easier being a teen when you can just feel your own stuff, you know?
[Fiktshun: I can only imagine it would be. Being a teen is definitely hard enough as it is. I would totally not want to feel someone else’s emotions! Ugh!]
2. If you were to leave this earth right now, would you have any regrets? Anything you wish you could have done differently?
Of course I do. I constantly second guess myself, my decisions, what I should have said, or shouldn’t. There’s not one big regret that I have that I’d change, but if I could do it again, I would have been more honest—with myself and the people I care about.
[Fiktshun: Oh now I’m curious how your honesty factors into this story!]
3. You and Nicholas had a sort of instant connection. Why do you think that is?
Well, because of what happened when I was a kid, how he was there. I knew him, though I didn’t remember that I did. How could I? And that he knew me pretty much inside and out … and since I could feel his confidence, it was … different, freeing. There’s nothing like a being around a guy that’s sure of himself, but not cocky. I like who I am and how I feel when I’m with him … he brings out the best in me and gives me that extra self assurance.
[Fiktshun: Wow, Nicholas sounds amazing. I wasn’t too sure about him after seeing things from his perspective. But now, from what you say about him, he kinda rocks!]
4. How has your life changed since Nicholas became a part of it?
It’s so awesome. He’s incredible. I never knew life and love could be like this, I mean we do have to watch our backs all the time, but he’s the best. He completes me.
[Fiktshun: You’re a total romantic aren’t you Julia? But that is awesome. Except for the “watching your backs” part. Hopefully things will get less complicated in the future for you both.]
5. What is your favorite trait about yourself?
Um… I don’t know. I guess maybe because of my empathy I get people. They can act a all tough, but I know what they feel, so everything is transparent. And those people who are hurting the most put up the biggest front. It’s so sad. I wish I could help them with their self-esteem issues and tell him that everyone feels just like they do, but I can’t. High school is rough and everyone is trying so hard, too hard even, to fit in, and they compromise themselves and take risks. They need to be themselves and find people who value them for who they are and ignore the rest. Like the saying goes “hurting people, hurt people.” Just remember that.
[Fiktshun: I hadn’t heard that saying before, but it is so true. It must be extra tough to have to experience all their doubts and suffering. I can’t even imagine how you cope!]
6. Your least favorite?
That I’m so emotional. I wish I didn’t cry over everything… it’s so embarrassing.
[Fiktshun: I think that’s probably because you’re an empath. You have heightened sensitivity. But would you trade your abilities for not being so emotional?]
7. Lastly, imagine for a moment that everything is completely, 100% right with the world, and you’re in a moment of utter bliss. Where are you, who is there with you, and what’s it like?
I’m with Nicholas and we are together forever, there are no such thing as vampires but he gets to keep his cool super powers, and my mom’s alive. One can dream, right? That would be bliss for me.
[Fiktshun: That is so romantic and heartbreaking! And I’m guessing, though, that the vampires in your world aren’t the dark, dangerous but ultimately likable kind! And yes, one can most definitely dream!]
Thank you so much Julia and Brenda for sharing this awesome interview with me and my blog’s readers! I really hope that you (Julia) and Nicholas have a happy future, without too many threats from the vamps.
About the Book
You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide.
If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students’ emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.
When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she’s devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same.
Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it’ll require Nicholas’ life.
The audiobook edition of THE EMERALD TALISMAN was released on September 20, 2012.
Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.
Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblue and Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.
If you haven’t yet taken a listen, here’s a short excerpt from the audiobook…
Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour for some awesome guest posts and reviews. Also, be sure to check out author Brenda Pandos’ blog for an amazing giveaway AND to follow the scavenger hunt….