“In a world where people are invulnerable to illness and death, with lives spanning hundreds of years, a sixteen-year-old becomes witness to the impossible – her brother’s failure to regenerate after death after which she suspects that she too may be mortal.”
Believe it or not, in the six years of book blogging, this is my first character interview! I was nervous that I wouldn’t ask interesting/fun enough questions. Let me know how I did in the comments!
Also, if you have any further questions for Michael, I might have the opportunity to interview him again in the future.
Have you read any other character interviews? Which ones were your favorites? One of my personal favorites was a character interview with Kaidan Rowe from Wendy Higgin’s Sweet Evil series. (I know, I know, I just talked about See Me for St. Patty’s Day. So sue me, I like her novels!)
Now, on to my interview with hero and love interest, Michael Bradley!
The moment you fought and killed Josh, what was running through your head?
If I could go back to that moment and change it … thinking about it is like staring down a dark pit because there’s no end to regret. When I fought him, he was covered in Basher uniform. Head to toe, no way to tell who he was, even his voice was garbled. I didn’t see him as Josh, I didn’t see what he was trying to do. I replay it in my head now and I can hear the desperation in his voice; I can see the shift in his stance; now I know that all he wanted was to get across the room and out of there. But I didn’t see it then – all I saw was what the Bashers did to my family, the way they tormented my brother and tore my family apart. So when Josh stabbed me in the heart it was like they were still trying to damage me and I wanted it to stop. I wanted to stop them. I never thought for a second that he wouldn’t come back. There’s a pit right there in front of me and the only thing keeping me from the edge is Ava. If she can forgive me, then maybe one day I can forgive myself.
If you could tell Josh one thing about his future, your future, or Ava’s, what would you say?
I’d tell him that I’ll finish what he started. I’ll keep Ava safe and I won’t let anyone use her mortality.
When you were strapped down in the room behind door number three, what were you thinking about?
No matter what they did to me in that room, all I could think about was how scared I was that I would lose her once she found out the truth.
What was your favorite moment with Ava? Your least favorite?
My favorite moment with Ava was when she let me dance with her in the park. You know, with Ava, there’s this guard that she doesn’t let down, there’s this wall, and that was the first time she let me step through it and stand with her.
My least favorite moment was after my car exploded and I thought I couldn’t save her. If my heart could stop, it was then, seeing her like that. She was so pale, half-alive, half-dead, fading. Broken. I thought I was going to break with her. I don’t ever want to feel like that again.
Your father is a scientist, who has made unusual ethical decisions. What did it feel like, growing up, to have him as a father?
Oh man, my dad … My mom used to say that he was always a step ahead of everyone else, that he saw what was coming and always had a plan. Even when she left, he wasn’t surprised. Actually, I’m pretty sure he helped her leave. Growing up with him was like growing up with this stranger who somehow knew more about everything than he ever let on. But he couldn’t help my brother and I think that broke something in him. Despite all his knowledge and all his scientific breakthroughs, all the technology he created, he couldn’t help his own son. It changed him. I want to believe that deep down he’s still a good person, but I just don’t know for sure that he is.
How did it feel to share a sleeping bag with Ava?
Sharing a sleeping back with Ava was like … Honestly, there was this one moment when she fell asleep and she was breathing deep, and I knew that she felt safe with me for the first time, and that was all I needed. That moment was all I needed.
What do you think your futures hold?
See there are two ways this could go. The way I want it to go – there’s a safe place for us, both me and her, and in that place she can figure out who she is and what her mortality means, and she can dance as much as she likes, and I can figure out who I am and maybe forgive myself for what happened. Maybe.
But the way I think it will go? There’s nowhere and nobody that doesn’t get infected by fear, and as long as there’s fear and ambition and hatred, then there’ll never be a safe place for us. But I swear I’ll keep her alive until she’s as old as she can get, because if I don’t … don’t even ask me what I’ll do if I can’t keep her alive.
What do you think about Mortality? What do you wish you could tell your nation about mortality?
I wish I could tell my nation that mortality is precious. That they need it and they need to understand it. Ava can’t hurt them. They can only hurt themselves.
Thanks, Rachel, I have to get back to Ava now. We need to keep moving. But I’m trusting you to be my voice right now and tell people what I said.
Thanks, Michael, for sitting down with me for this chat! I wish you and Ava safe travels, and occasional stolen moments together!
And in case any of you need more convincing to read Fear My Mortality, you can read my review here.
I don’t want to clog up this post unnecessarily, but I participated in the cover reveal for this one as well. You can see the beautiful blown up version, and my comments about it, at this post here.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour schedule, featuring posts with all sorts of fun stuff, click the banner to be taken to the schedule (links for every post, though this is the first day of the tour.)
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Fear My Mortality!