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Monday, November 23, 2009

Character Interview with Ever from the Immortals Series!

Today, I'd like to welcome Alyson Noel, author of numerous books for teens and adults. She is the bestelling author of Evermore, the first book in the Immortals Series and it's follow up, Blue Moon, which has garnered numerous praise and debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List. Shadowland, the highly anticipated third installment in the Immortals is in stores now! To celebrate the release of Shadowland, Alyson has graciously agreed to answer questions in character as EVER from The Immortals series!

Ever, you suffered a near-death experience, only to awaken with psychic powers. All of a sudden you had the ability to do things like hear other people’s thoughts and know their life story by touch. What would you say is the best thing about having psychic powers and also, what is the worst?

Well, when I first woke up and realized what happened I was horrified. I was sure I was being punished for causing the accident that killed my entire family. But now that I’ve moved past all of that, I have to say that I do like seeing auras because it gives me a hint as to how people are feeling, and I love being able to communicate telepathically with Damen! Though I’m still really uncomfortable with hearing random thoughts. Sometimes even your best friends think some not so kind things about you and it requires a pretty thick skin, or, in my case, a really strong shield and quantum remote!

If you were given the opportunity to see Riley once more, but only for a very brief moment, what would you want to tell her?

Oh, I think about this everyday! I think about her everyday. And sometimes I miss her so much I can’t stand it. I guess I’d just want her to know just that—that I love her and miss her and think about her all the time, and also how sorry I am for keeping her with me for as long as I did and not letting her move on with her afterlife. I’d also want to tell her to not worry about me—because even though I can’t really see her, I sometimes get the feeling that she’s trying to reach me—and, well, I just want her to know that while I may be making mistakes, I’m also learning from them, so just to get on with having the best afterlife that she can, and hopefully, someday, we’ll find a way to see each other again.

What do you miss most about your family? If you had one more day with them, how would you spend it?

I miss the times that I took for granted before. You know, the small moments you never really pay attention to until they’re gone forever. Listening to Riley sing along to her iPod in the car—her voice all screechy and loud and off key; going on long walks with Buttercup and my dad; helping my mom make her special recipe brownies; and just knowing that they were always there for me when I needed them—even when I thought that I didn’t.

What in your opinion is the greatest thing about that mystical place called Summerland?

In a word—everything! Seriously, between the manifesting, the Great Halls of Learning, that vast fragrant field—it’s all good! Damen was right, it’s magical and addictive, and sometimes I’m tempted to ditch all my problems and live there forever. But I can’t, it’s not right. Tempting, but not right.

If you had the option of picking one famous person throughout history that you wouldn’t mind coming back to reincarnate as, who would you choose and why?

Marie Antoinette because her life was so fascinating and glamorous and filled with drama and excitement, and even though it ended tragically, knowing what I know now, that death isn’t really the end, I think I could get through it as brave as she did. Also, since she and Damen were friends, I’d still get to hang out with him!

Since this is a book blog, I have to ask you, what are your favorite novels? Is there one book you’ve read so many times, but will never get tired of?

I love old Gothic romances, and I’ve read WUTHERING HEIGHTS, JANE EYRE, REBECCA, and my mom’s old Victoria Holt novels so many times it’s kind of embarrassing!

What are your thoughts on physical immortality – would you say that it is more of a burden or a gift?

I’m not sure I’ve been at it long enough to say for sure! I mean, the idea of living forever right here on Earth still feels a little surreal to me. But when I listen to Damen’s stories of hanging out with people as varied and diverse as Michelangelo, Einstein, and The Beatles—well, that really does seem pretty cool!

But then, when I think about all the good-byes I’ll have to say to Sabine, Miles, and Haven and anyone else I become friends with—well, let’s just say I’m really dreading that part . . .

Can you give us your thoughts on the obstacles you and Damen are going to be facing in Shadowland?

Well, as you know, I messed up. Big time. But still, I really didn’t have much of a choice! I mean, Damen was clearly dying—he was pale, weak, barely breathing—you should’ve seen him! And Rayne was totally creeping me out with the way she was hovering over him and telling me not to come inside her little magick circle! Not to mention how she’s never been very nice to me and how, well, how just plain weird she is. And, btw, I’m still not convinced I can trust her—but don’t tell her I said that even though she probably already knows. But anyway, since Roman was the only one with a real and quick solution, I really felt I had no choice but to take the gamble. I mean, seriously. What would you do? Your sixteen, your soul mate is dying, and you have only a handful of seconds to decide whether to trust creepy person number one or creepy person number two—anyway, the thing is—I didn’t totally lose, because it did work! Damen didn’t die. Well, maybe he did, but it was only temporarily, and I brought him right back which was the whole point, right? Now I just have to find a way to tell him what I did (so not looking forward to that!), and as soon as that’s done, I have to find a solution because there’s no way Roman is winning this one. He may have got me at my weakest, most vulnerable, fear and guilt riddled moment, but I’m stronger now. I’m no longer that girl. I’m not saying I’ll never make another mistake, but what I am saying is that Roman better watch his back . . .

Thank You Ever (and Alyson) for stopping by. And if you would like to read something else really fun, check out Fantastic Book Review's Interview with DAMEN!

Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Publication Date: November 17th 2009

At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.

Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . .

For more information on Alyson and her novels, please visit her Official Website, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and her Blog!

You can purchase Shadowland HERE.


Mary said...

Thank you so much for the interview. I actually bought (!) Evermore and Blue Moon and I can't wait for Shadowland.

Lisa said...

Okay, seriously Kim? This is one of THE COOLEST interviews I have ever read!!! What a fantastic idea to have your interview be of the charater of the series!! AWESOME! I just became a follower and found you thru "Network your blog" in the book blog ning.


Book Crazy Jenn said...

WOW that's soo awesome! LOVED that interview with Ever! :) How cool to get more insight to who she is!

I am reading Shadowland now... :) The whole series is one I love!

Thank you!

Shelli said...

great interview - thanks

brizmus said...

I'm feeling like I shouldn't have read this interview, since I haven't read Blue Moon. It was cute, though. Sounds like Ever has matured. :-)