“Last night I died for the third time this week...”
Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It’s a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he’ll depend on it to save his life.
In the story, Jordan has an almost instant attraction to drugs. Why did you decide to give him a flaw like this?
Jordan is intellectually arrogant. He also believes that he’s invincible because of his youth, because he knows he’s good-looking, and because he’s an athlete. He’s never failed at anything he put his mind to, so he doesn’t know what failure feels like. He approaches drugs with the same arrogant attitude. Jordan would say, “I’m invincible and this can’t possibly hurt me so I’m going to see what it’s like to get high. I don’t care if people say it’s bad. They only say that because stupid people get addicted. I’m not stupid.”
What is your favorite chapter in SLIPSTREAM and why?
I like the last chapter. In a conversation between the Light and Jordan, everything is explained. It’s like everything comes into focus and there’s a huge reveal.
Tell us about your two favorite characters from the story and why? (My favorite was Kolin)
Jordan is my favorite because he’s incredibly smart which is (for me) really sexy. I also love Kathy because she’s independent, compassionate, and also smart. I like intelligent characters. Nearly everyone in the book pops off with something remarkably astute at some point or another.
What do you feel is Jordan's best quality? What is his worst?
Jordan’s best and worst quality is loyalty. He’d follow a friend off the edge of a cliff. He would never say no to a friend, even if it meant breaking the law. And he gives of himself to those for whom he has developed an affection toward (even if this means hurting himself to continue giving).
What is your favorite scene in the book and why?
SPOILER ALERT: The part where I show that the Light has been physically shorn in half. I thought that was cool and kind of original. It’s not every day that you meet a god that has been cut in half.
During the story, Jordan eventually realizes that he's gay. Did you have any reservations about going this route with your main character? Or was it planned from the beginning and why?
I planned it from the beginning. There aren’t enough gay characters in science-fiction. I had no reservations except for maybe turning off the extremely conservative crowd. And those people wouldn’t buy my book anyway. I wrote the kind of book I would want to read. It’s rated-R. I like rated-R stuff.
I admired how you wrote the dialogue for the Kolin, the British character. How did you get so good at it?
LOL I took three years to write this book. Dialogue came by watching British shows and reading English slang. But yeah…three years. I wrote slowly and nit-picked the dialog. I find British/English/Welsh accents to be incredibly sexy. So that’s a motivator.
10. What actors would play Jordan, Kathy and Kolin if Slipstream was made into a movie and why?
|Cameron Monaghan as Jordan|
I would have Cameron Monaghan play Jordan. He’d have to have his hair dyed blond. He’s the kid that plays Ian Gallagher on Shameless.
|Emma Watson as Kathy|
I would want Emma Watson to play Kathy. She’d also have to have her hair dyed blond. I think she’d look good that way though.
|Alex Pettyfer as Kolin|
I would want Kolin to be played by Alex Pettyfer. He’s British so the accent would be a shoe-in. He’s blond and young BUT NOT a teenager. I think that’d be perfect.
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I have a contest for the release of my book. I will pick one random person who comments on this post to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a SLIPSTREAM jeweled spider (the same person wins both prizes). The jeweled spider really sparkles in the sunlight. I hope whoever wins it really likes it. Also, please make sure that your email is linked to your signature in some way. And yes, the crystal spiders play an important role in my book.
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