April 30, 2012

OhMyGosh! It's Issie, Devyn & Cassidy from the Need series!!! Q&A



Me: Oh. My. Gosh! I can’t believe I have Issie, Devyn and Cassidy here on Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! I am totally star-struck! Welcome!!! We rarely get to learn much about the side characters in a book series, and I just adore all three of you! So I think it’s totally awesome that I get to ask you some questions!
All: Thank you so much for having us! It’s exciting. It’s usually all Zara-Devyn-Astley all the time.

Me: If my question isn’t directed to you personally, then the question is for any of/or all three of you!
All: Cool.

Me: First off, could you give me some tips on how I would know if my town has been surrounded by evil pixies?
Cassidy: Hearing people whispering your name is a big hint.
Issie: As is randomly disappearing boys or seeing blue people who are not part of the Blue Man Group.
Cassidy: Or the dressing up like characters from that movie where everyone was blue and nice but then the white guy came in and saved them from the other white guys.
Devyn: Let’s not talk about that movie. I think any time you feel as if your town has been invaded by evil pixies, it has been most likely truly invaded. However, I am writing a thesis on Invasion Scenarios of Pixies: What to look out for. It should be published soon.

Me: Obviously, pixies are not really like Tinker Bell, so what are pixies really like?
Cassidy: They are like people. Some are good. Some are not-so-good.
Issie: Some want to kill you.
Devyn: There’s an entire spectrum of quirks and behaviors and morality amongst pixies when they have a strong king. However, when their king is not strong, then they are almost feral and controlled by their needs.
Issie: Tinker Belle is a bit like that, actually.
Cassidy: Weird, but true.

Me: Is there a way for me to identify if I’m face-to-face with a pixie that has its glamour hiding its true appearance?
Devyn: Some smell like Dove soap. Kings may leave a glistening trail of pixie dust, and an occasional queen will also leave that residue, but in general? No. There is no way to discern a glamoured pixie from a human.

Me: How can I prepare myself for survival if my town has been taken over by evil pixies?
Issie: I think the best idea is to move. My mom had me tape kitchen knives to my forearms. That didn’t really help.
Cassidy: Pixies are tough. They aren’t like vampires. They don’t only come out at night. But like vampires, they can’t come into your house unless you invite them inside. So, basically stay home. Don’t let anyone else in. Be a hermit.
Issie: That’s no way to live!
Cassidy: I know, but she asked the question.
Issie: I think the answer sounds sort of negative, no offense, Cassidy.
Cassidy: None taken. But the question itself is pretty negative. It’s about survival and evil pixies taking over a town.
Issie: I wish I could talk about bunnies or something happy. No offense, blogger! It’s just so much death all the time. I feel guilty now about complaining.
Devyn: It’s fine, Is.
Cassidy: It really is.
Cassidy: I think we may need a group hug here.

Me: When you first learned about pixies you only knew them to be evil. How hard was it for you to accept that they are not all evil? And what’s it like to have a really good friend who is a pixie?
Devyn: It was hard. It is so much easier to demonize creatures as ‘other.’ And when you are in a war, it is even more tempting. You don’t want to think that your enemy has a family or has any good elements to them. You want to always be right, always be the moral one, always be ‘good.’ But there are so many shades of good and evil, and your physical nature doesn’t determine your moral integrity or your worth, not now, not ever.
Issie: Zara is the best friend ever. So, it’s great.
Cassidy: It’s really all about love. You can love anyone - pixie, were, elf, fairy, hedgehog, school superintendent. There isn’t one thing that defines ‘pixie,’ any more than there is one thing that defines ‘human.’ I think that was a good lesson to learn.

Me: Aside from trying to rid your town of evil pixies and going to school, what do you like to do with your free time?
Devyn: Study. Learn. Fly.
Issie: What is this thing you call ‘free time?’
Cassidy: I’m really trying to learn about my species. And also make my own candles and incense. Zara’s always getting hurt, and I’m running out of funds to buy them all the time.

Me: Devin and Issie! When did you realize that you had feelings for each other?
Devyn: Um....
Issie: Um....
Cassidy: They have liked each other forever. Look. They are blushing. That’s so cute.

Me: Devin, how long have you known that you were a were-eagle? What were the first signs and what are the pros and cons of being a were-eagle?
Devyn: My parents told me as soon as I could comprehend language. Were-eagles usually turn at the age of the three, which is quite different from other weres. We tend to be not see things well at close range and jump off of furniture. As toddlers, this makes us a bit accident prone. That is a con. Other cons include: Molting, craving raw meat, vision issues obviously. Pros? Well, flight. We are quite good in fights. Talons are remarkably handy.

Me: Cassidy, how long have you known that you were an elf? What were the first signs and what are the pros and cons of being an elf?
Cassidy: I had no idea until recently. The first sign is a feeling. A tingling in the hands in the shape of a circle. The sense of peace in the woods - a feeling of communion with nature. I’m not sure if I know the pros and cons of being an elf because I don’t actually know what it is to be an elf. Unlike Devyn, I’ve had no other elves to train me. I am so sorry. I don’t feel like I am answering well.

Me: Issie, what’s it like to be the only human in your group of friends? And how do you handle that controlling mother of yours?
Issie: Every once in awhile not being pixie or were or elf, kind of gets to me. You sort of feel boring.
Devyn: You are not boring.
Issie: Thanks. Or unspecial.
Cassidy: You are not unspecial!
Issie: You guys are so nice. But, yeah... It’s okay. Zara’s always telling me that it’s good to be human, good to be who you are, and to accept it. But sometimes it feels limiting. I’d like to be super strong or have talons or be able to heal people. In a battle, I’m not really the best fighter, obviously. But I’m okay with that now. My mom? Oh my gosh. My mom.... Kitchen knives taped to my forearms... Let’s just say that I am looking forward to college.

Me: Issie, you are pretty in touch with pop-culture! Who is your idol? And who is your dream man in the fame world?
Issie: I totally love Buffy. TOTALLY LOVE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!!!! Sorry. I got excited. Um... Dream man in the fame world? Other than Devyn? Devyn! Cover your ears. I kind of like the vampire guy on the UK version of Being Human.

Me: Lastly, for all three of you…is there anything else you can tell us about yourselves that we wouldn’t learn in the Need series?
Cassidy: I am not always itchy. It just seems that way.
Issie: I like bunnies. You know that, don’t you? I am actually very good at Angry Birds. Oops! Sorry Devyn. I promised Devyn I’d stop playing that. He finds it offensive.
Devyn: Classic Macedonian history is amazing and my favorite thing to study.

Me: Thank you again for stopping by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! We all hope to see you around again soon!

It’s all-out war (and no-holds-barred romance) in the climactic conclusion to Carrie Jones’s bestselling series.

Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn’t sure what her role is anymore. She’s not just fighting for her friends; she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king...

Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.

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About the author:
Carrie Jones is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Need series, as well as After Obsession with Steven E. Wedel. She is a distinguished alum of Vermont College’s MFA Program, and a part-time police dispatcher in Maine.


1 comment:

Amy said...

What a fun interview!! OMG I love Issie's answer about playing Angry Birds. I am almost done with the book now. My tour stop is on Friday. :) I love this series!

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