Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, PJ Sharon, and her characters from Pieces of Love. It’s a fantastic contemporary young adult romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Alexis, the heroine from Pieces of Love.
How did you first meet your writer?
I first met PJ (even though she’s an adult, she likes teenagers to call her by her first name since like, after all, we ARE young adults) at the local library. She teaches a teen writer’s group there and I popped into her head when she was talking about portraying realistic teens in her books. Once I got into her head, there was no way she could NOT write my story.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
I’m not much of a talker and it’s not like my life is an action-packed movie waiting to be filmed, so I’d have to admit to being hung up on the romance part of PIECES of LOVE. Those awesome kissing scenes with Ethan and steamy “almost” moments are totally swoon-worthy! Although, my grandmother, Maddie, had some sage advice and some very funny lines. (Her arm delved into the bag up to her shoulder. “I hope my Mounds bars don’t melt.” She dug deeper, her whole face disappearing as Ethan’s dad walked up.) If it weren’t so mortifying, it would have been hysterical.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Um…being that I’m sixteen, it made sense for my story to be categorized as “YA”, and since the story is both contemporary and has a pretty heavy focus on my blossoming romance with the uber cute Ethan Kaswell, I don’t see PJ had much choice. Like most Contemporary YA, there is plenty of family drama and teen angst to keep the story true to the genre.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
In the early chapters of the book, I come across seeming a little…hmmm…snarky to be kind to myself. Downright bitchy, ungrateful, and self-pitying to be honest. But that’s only because I was hiding how much pain I was in. PJ pretty quickly peeled through my layers and got to the best parts of me. It was cool to see the transformation from the inside out, you know?
What is your greatest fear?
That’s a tough question. Life has been kind of tough at times, so I’m afraid of a lot of things. Mostly, I think I’m afraid of being seen. I mean truly seen by others. Like when I play music and the deepest parts of me rise to the surface. I feel the most vulnerable just then and I’m so afraid people won’t like what they see or hear. It’s an awful feeling to expose yourself like that and then have people reject you.
What is your most prized possession?
Hands down, it would have to be my dad’s old Gibson guitar. Music was the one thing that connected us after he died. The fact that I could play and remember him without all the negative feelings attached to his death was something I didn’t even realize until late in the story. It was like sharing a piece of him through something we both loved. Before knowing how the story turns out, I might have said my sister Amanda’s charm bracelet, but in the process of learning to let her go, I realized that things aren’t what keep us connected. It’s the memories and the love.
Did you have a pet as a child? What happened to it? How did you feel about that?
We had a bird and a cat. Not a good combination. Enough said?
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
Clearly, it’s not being able to see from other people’s point of view. I can get a bit stuck in my own head and wallow in my own drama. But I’m learning.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
If I had to say, I think my strongest attribute is my need for social justice. I hate prejudice, unfair judgment, and inequality of class. Being on a cruise ship was a real education! It killed me to see people wearing hoards of expensive jewelry and eating like there was no tomorrow and then get off the ship in these really impoverished places with children begging in the streets and then get back on board and seem to be completely unaffected. It truly disgusted me. It also made it hard to enjoy all that amazing food, knowing that at the end of the day, all the uneaten leftovers would be thrown into the sea. When I asked about it, I was told they couldn’t give it to the locals for “liability” reasons. Grrr!
What do you like most about where you live?
I’m afraid I didn’t appreciate living in Somerville, CT on Thompson Lake before I went on the cruise and saw more of the world and how people lived. Thompson Lake is pretty idyllic. Although I won’t be hanging out partying with my friends any more, I think I’ll appreciate the changes of season, the lushness of the greenery, and the peace and quiet of the lake at sunset. I might even take up kayaking.
What’s the worst/weirdest thing you did as a kid?
I introduced the bird to the cat.
Sixteen year-old Alexis Hartman wants nothing more than to smoke pot and play guitar. Getting high and escaping into her music seems the perfect solution when her world is shattered by her sister’s death. But when she’s arrested for possession a second time, life couldn’t get any more complicated. Her mother’s breakdown is the final straw that forces Lexi to spend the summer on the West Coast with her grandmother, Maddie. When Lexi steps over the line one too many times, she’s certain her life is over and that she’s destined for juvenile detention—until Maddie decides that desperate measures are called for. A three week Mediterranean cruise—for seniors.
Eighteen year-old Ethan Kaswell, the poster child for good sons, is stranded on the cruise when his father, a famous heart surgeon, is called away. With his own life perfectly mapped out, Ethan finds Lexi’s unpredictability irresistible. Although he’s smart enough to see that there is no future in falling for a “vacation crush,” Lexi’s edgy dark side draws him like an anchor to the bottom of the sea. As the two embark on the journey of a lifetime, will Lexi finally learn to love someone—even when she has to let them go?
Ethan dipped his head and found my lips—soft, warm, a melting of flesh on flesh. His lips tasted fruity like lime and his breath was sweet from the champagne. When his tongue met mine, my first instinct was to pull away. But as his hands massaged my lower back, my whole body melted into him and all I wanted was…more. His lips followed a trail along my jaw and down my neck, sending a jolt of sensation to the lower half of my body and drawing a groan from deep in my throat.
After a blissful eternity of kisses, and both of us fumbling to maneuver our hands around clothing and over each other’s flesh, we fell onto the bed in a tangle of arms and legs, fingers tugging at buttons and mouth’s fused together. The dull taste of alcohol reminded me that I should be thinking of something other than tearing Ethan’s clothes off, but my heart stampeded in my chest and every cell in my body screamed for connection. I’d never wanted to be part of someone else so badly. Thoughts crashed against the humming vibration in my body and the fuzzy barrier in my head. I couldn’t think of even a shred of a reason why I should resist the opportunity to go all the way with the coolest, sweetest, cutest guy I’d ever known. Drunk or not, he was hot. And he was the only boy who had ever made me feel this way…like I was beautiful…like I mattered…like I was wanted.
I unbuttoned the last button of his shirt and my hands raked across his bare chest, the heat of his body against my palms sending a thrilling heat to places I’d only fantasized someone could make me feel. I came up for air long enough to see from his face that the feeling was mutual. The blazing intensity I saw in his eyes only fanned the flame hotter inside me. But as I climbed on top of him, his hands became vicelike on my arms and he pushed me back, a fierce expression of…disgust taking over his face. My heart plummeted and dark emotions dowsed the flame like ice water.
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PJ Sharon is the award winning author of contemporary young adult novels, including PIECES of LOVE, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award and the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One in the trilogy, was a finalist in both the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient. Book Two, Western Desert released in June of 2013 and was a finalist in both the Winter Rose contest and Write Touch Readers contest. Watch for Book Three in the fall of 2014.
Writing young adult fiction since 2007 and following her destiny to write romantic and hopeful stories for teens, PJ is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.
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Net Galley listing for reviews: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/47577
As a special treat, PJ is gifting an ebook copy of any of her other books, readers choice of HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, ON THIN ICE, SAVAGE CINDERELLA, WANING MOON, OR WESTERN DESERT. So be sure to leave your EMAIL address so she can contact you if you win!
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!