Monday, March 14, 2016

Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Consider by Kristy Acevedo (Character Interview + Giveaway)


Hi guys! Today, we're featuring a sci-fi debut: Consider by Kristy Acevedo. We're doing something a little different though - we're not going to have a playlist or an author interview, instead we will conduct a character interview with the protagonist, Alexandra Lucas. I hope you like it.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm Alexandra Lucas, almost eighteen. Most people call me Alex. My favorite color is red, and David Tennant is the best Doctor. I'm hoping to go to college and become a kick-ass defense lawyer, but choosing a college is stressing me out. My boyfriend, Dominick, wants me to go to school in Boston with him, but I don't know how I feel about leaving home yet. Seems like the holograms' prophecy is triggering Dad's PTSD, and Mom is clueless as usual. Someone has to watch him.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
When I'm passionate about something, I won't stop arguing until I win. I'm a very compassionate person, which can get me into emotional trouble if I start feeling guilty about things that aren't my fault. I have general anxiety disorder with panic attacks, so sometimes I get stuck in my own irrational thoughts and can't always follow through with plans. When I'm afraid or embarrassed, I tend to spiral emotionally. I take Ativan when needed and that helps. My parents and friends are good about it, my brother not so much. He thinks it's all an act.

How is your senior year coming along?
Okay so far, I guess. It's a strange year--everyone is wearing these inappropriate hologram T-shirts to school. I kinda want one. Rita, my best friend, is trying to keep me motivated. Dominick won't stop stressing me out with college choices. If there's an apocalypse, will college even matter? My brother, Benji, is back home from the military service to guard the local hologram and vertex site. That's been hard. If he'd help out with watching Dad, that would be one thing, but all he likes to do is blame me for our family problems.

Could you tell us about your world before the holograms appeared?
I was having a great summer with Rita and Dominick, spending lots of time at the beach and traveling to Boston for concerts. I live on the coast in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and I spend a lot of time listening to the ocean. The ocean has always been a calming source in my life.

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you saw the holograms?
I still have a hard time believing it's even real. Part of me was terrified when I first saw them, but part of me was mesmerized. It's like a sci-fi movie coming true in real life.

What are your theories about the holograms' prophecy?
It can't be true. I mean, NASA says there's no comet headed toward us. I don't know what to think. Why would they come here to warn us if it's not real? Are they planning a secret invasion? Is it a government conspiracy? I keep watching the news and checking social media to stay updated, tracking everything in my journal to reread and analyze later.

If the world is going to end soon, could you list down some of the things that you would like to do before it happens (bucket list style)?
Bucket lists stress me out. I don't like making long-term plans. It's hard enough for me to get through a week sometimes. If anything, I'd rather not die a virgin, but I don't know if I'm ready for kind of relationship with Dominick.

If you could visit a specific time and place (beyond the constraints of time), where would you go and why?
I'd go back to the women's suffrage movement to help fight for voting rights. If fantasy worlds count, I would definitely travel on the Star Trek Enterprise, the TARDIS, and visit Hogwarts.

Thank you, Kristy!


About the Author:

Kristy Acevedo is a YA author, high school English teacher, and huge Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter fan. When she was a child, her “big sister” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program fostered her love of books by bringing her to the public library every Wednesday. A member of SCBWI, her debut novel, CONSIDER (Jolly Fish Press, April 2016), won the 2015 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and two cats (Milo and Khaleesi). She believes coffee and dark chocolate were put on this planet for the good of humankind.

Find Kristy: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Book Description:

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Jolly Fish Press

As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.

Giveaway

Thanks to Kristy for this giveaway!
What's up for grabs: Signed Copy + bookmark of Consider
Scope: International


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8 comments:

  1. I love character interviews. Love the time travel answer in particular.

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  2. Thanks for the character interview. It gave me some insight in to the story.

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  3. Love character interviews, and this one was especially interesting to read - I learned a lot! ~ Olivia x

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  4. Kristy sent me a signed poster & bookmark of Consider but I still don't have a copy of the book. I really wanna read it ☺

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  5. I really am into character interviews cos' it makes me feel like they're real and they're alive. It gives me excitement. And it makes me want to read it more than before. Asise from the pretty cover. :)

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  6. It sounds really interesting, and I like the whole decision aspect.

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  7. I think it's really cool that this novel features a smart, assertive protagonist who struggles with anxiety disorder/panic attacks. Thanks for introducing me to this new work! Cheers, Kara S

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