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Today we have a very special treat from author Shawn Maravel! Shawn is going to let us in on her recent interview with the cast of her novel Volition! She was lucky enough to snag an interview with her three main characters Charlotte, Joel and even Alex decided to show up! Thank you Shawn for the wonderful insight on your interview! To check out Shawn's blog go here -To check out one of Shawn books go here -To check out Shawn on goodreads go here -To check out Shawn Facebook page go here -To check out MY review of Volition go here

When the characters file into the interview room I notice that Joel has Charlotte enter first, placing himself between her and Alex. Alex follows after with his hands deep in his pockets. He comes off as indifferent, maybe even bored. Charlotte’s face is friendly and she pulls me in for a hug when she reaches the chairs.
“Thank you all for coming,” I say.
“Thanks for having us,” she replies.
Joel is next in line and extends his hand respectfully. He’s even more gorgeous than I had picture him as I wrote the books and I have to search for the words I want to say. “So nice to finally meet you,” I manage to say.
His bright green eyes are warm and inviting and though I know that he’s constantly making sure that Charlotte is okay, even as she sits down in the first chair, he looks calm. His expression is serene and I don’t detect even a little bit of nerves. Charlotte on the other hand seems a bit anxious to get started as her foot shakes nervously.
When Joel sits down beside her, he holds her hand and kisses her forehead gently. Her nerves seem to vanish instantly and mine spike as I watch them together. It’s as if I’m intruding on an intimate moment between them, then I remind myself that they’re here because I invited them.
Alex walks up next, taking my hand in his and raising it to his lips. I feel my heartbeat spike and blush fills my cheeks. He’s smoldering. His dark eyes and dark hair make him mysterious and dangerously handsome.
“Nice to meet you, Alex,” I say.
“The pleasure is mine,” he breathes back seductively.
Letting go of my hand he joins the others in the chairs I’ve set up, taking the free spot beside Charlotte. A flicker of defensiveness flashes across Joel’s eyes though he seems to have maintained his emotions flawlessly. He still looks relaxed and I hope that I can absorb some of it. The unspoken tension in the room has made me feel a bit uneasy.
Taking my seat I smile and clutch my cue cards. “I just want to say that I am so happy to have you here. Thank you for agreeing to participate in this interview.”
“Of course,” Charlotte says sweetly.
“I’ll start with you, Charlotte,” I say, picking up my first flash card. “What is your favorite memory growing up?"
Charlotte squeezes Joel’s hand slightly then smiles as she sifts through her memories. “I have a lot but I guess my favorite would have to be when I was a little girl and my mom and dad would rush me outside after the first snow of the year no matter how late it was and we’d make snow angels together. It’s a simple memory I guess but my parents always tried to take advantage of the little moments like that. I still do it every winter as silly as that sounds. It’s something I hope to continue with if I ever have kids.”
I catch a sad expression flash across Joel’s face. “That’s a great memory,” I comment.
Directing my attention to Alex I say, "Alex, where do you see yourself five years from now?"
He chuckles easily and I can’t help but smile too, he looks fearless and carefree in his contemplation of the question. “In hell,” he says with a joking tone. Charlotte nudges him and he rolls his eyes. “I guess it all depends,” he says, letting his eyes scan Charlotte unguardedly. “Only time will tell.”
It’s not really an answer but he’s shooting me the smolder again and I can’t find cause to urge him to give a direct reply.
"Joel,” I say, clearing my throat and redirecting my attention “you seem pretty devoted to Charlotte, is there anything you wouldn't do for her?"
Alex slouched back in his seat and crosses his arms over his chest. Joel is smiling as if he has to search for something that he’s not sure he’ll find.
“I’ll have to get back to you on that,” he says sweetly. I can tell that the answer is no and I feel myself smile just in knowing how devoted he is.
"Describe Charlotte in one word,” I say, increasingly curious as to his answer.
“Strong,” he replied in a tone that seems to include the words beautiful and radiant without actually saying them.
I feel my face get hot again. There’s something about the man that seems to see through people and I’m worried that he can see through me too.
 "Charlotte, what was your first impression of Joel?" I ask.
She laughs. “When I first saw him I thought that he was gorgeous, but when we first met I was certain that he meant me harm. Can you imagine?”
My eyes flash to Joel. “No,” I answer honestly and Charlotte and I both laugh. Alex rolls his eyes again.
Clearing my throat I turn to my next question. "Alex, you've known Charlotte for a long time now, since meeting Joel how has she changed?"
He seems to consider the question as he studies Charlotte. “She uh…” he begins, sitting up taller in his chair. “She seems, happy I guess. Maybe a bit delusional,” he adds quickly.
Charlotte smacks his arm playfully. “You’re delusional,” she quips.
“Ain’t that the truth,” he mumbles under his breath.
Now I’m increasingly aware of the tension in the room and the effortless way that Charlotte seems to rein it in after every response. Both men are watching her from the corners of their eyes and I wonder if she knows how drawn to her they both are.
"Joel,” I say, drawing the attention back to the interview again “if you could have a day off, what would you want to do? Where would you go?"
“Well, if by vacation you mean time away from Charlotte, I’d have to pass. But if I’m allowed to take her with me, then I wouldn’t mind doing some traveling I guess. I don’t get out much.”
“Are you always this romantic?” I ask with a smile.
“I don’t know that I’d call it romantic,” he says. “Just devoted.”
I suppress a sigh.
Moving on. "Charlotte, Alex seems like a pretty great guy, how is it that you two never ended up together?"
Joel tenses as Alex has been doing for most of the interview. Alex turns to Charlotte, clearly eager to hear the answer to the question. I’m pretty sure I should have left that question out.
“Uh, well…” she begins, ignoring the stares from either side of her. “I guess he’s always just been such a great friend. I never wanted to jeopardize that.” She places a hand over Alex’s and I can see the ice in his expression melt. “His friendship is too important to me. Besides, I know that Joel’s the one.”
The ice in Alex’s eyes is back and he slips his hand out from under Charlotte’s.
“Okay, last question,” I announce. "Alex, since Charlotte and Joel have started going out have the two of you guys become friends at all?" I’m pretty sure I already know the answer to this one.
Alex smiles wryly. “Oh yeah, we’re the best of friends.”
I choose to ignore the thick sarcasm in his voice.
“Well guys, our time is up, but it was so great finally getting to meet you.”
“It was our pleasure,” Joel says kindly.
“Yes, thank you again, Shawn, for having us,” Charlotte says.
“It was…enlightening,” Alex adds with a coy smile.


Bella Street said...

LOVE IT!! Great interview, Shawn!

Sahina said...

Hahah this definitely made my smile ;) & seriously, Damon from VD is the sh*t! I looove him <3

Kelvin O'Ralph said...

Lovely interview, Shawn :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, all I can say is that I wish I were Charlotte with her options. Tho if I have to chose I think Alex get's my vote.

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