Blog-Tour-ButtonToday I’ve turned the tables on an author friend and interviewed one of her characters from her new YA novella. It’s available now from Decadent Publishing.

The book? REMEMBER ME by Amaleen Ison. (Wicked cover, right?) And did I mention there’s a giveaway? First things first …

Here’s the synopsis:

Sera isn’t living. She’s existing—barely. Bedbound by illness, she has no memory of life before the freezing barn she now calls home. A mournful song haunts her dreams and hints at a past not completely buried—one she’s desperate to uncover. Yet Father’s whirlwind visits to draw blood and administer medication don’t provide answers. He only confirms the one thing she already knows; she’s dying.

A lonely death without ever knowing her past seems inevitable until a sudden, mystifying return to health coincides with the arrival of a boy in the opposite out-building. The inextricable pull to the stranger, and the broken memories that storm her mind when he’s near, warn of a history quite different to any she could have imagined. If she’s to uncover the truth she craves, she’ll have to decide whether knowledge of the past is worth forfeiting her second chance at life.

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  1. Can you tell us your name and the title of the book you live in?
    My name is Sera. I’m seventeen-years-old, and the book I live in is called Remember Me.
  2. Describe to our readers your role in the book.
    I’m the main character, and I drive the story forward in my quest to recover my lost memories.
  3. How did you convince your author to put you in this book? For example, did you visit a dream or make yourself known some other way?
    Amaleen watched a movie called Splice about a genetically engineered girl/animal (Dren) who’s hidden away from the world in a barn. Dren’s lonely existence and innocent acceptance of her confinement at the hands of her creators planted the seed of my existence.
  4. Is your author easy to work with or controlling?
    My author brought me to life for five chapters, then left me freezing in knee deep snow for over six months. So, no. I wouldn’t call her easy to work with.
  5. Would you tell us about one of your favorite friends from this book?
    I don’t have any friends—at least I don’t think I do—just my father and uncle who visit me once a day in my barn. Father is sad and gruff, while Uncle Noah is quiet and looks at me like he’s embarrassed somehow. It’s not so bad, though. I sleep most of the time and don’t notice how lonely my life is. All that changes, however, with the arrival of a stranger in the opposite out-building.
  6. What would you like our readers to know about you?
    I don’t like being cold. In fact, I positively hate it when my teeth chatter and my body shakes. Unfortunately, that’s how I spend my days—freezing cold.
  7. Is there anything in your story you wish you hadn’t done? Why?
    Yes, there is one thing. I can’t tell you about it, though. It’s the reason my story exists.
  8. What was your main motivation?
    I want to recover my memories and find out why I’m living in a barn in the wilds of Alaska. So when a strange boy arrives and I glimpse flashes of a life that makes no sense to me, I know I can’t rest until I know the truth.

Flash questions:

  • Biggest regret?
    Putting my family through so much heartache.
  • If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be, where, and why?
    I’d tattoo a picture of my mother and father on my forearm so I’d never forget their faces.
  • Someone asks you to go skydiving. What’s your answer?
    Heights don’t scare me. I often imagine I can fly. So my answer is yes.
  • Were you easy or hard to write?
    I’m a mixed up girl, so I was pretty hard to write.
  • Absolute worst thing you’ve ever done?
    You’ll find out when you read the book.
  • Detail about yourself that’s not in your book?
    I love to laugh.

Here’s where you can get REMEMBER ME:

Still wondering about that giveaway? You can win A $20 gift card to Amazon PLUS a digital copy of REMEMBER ME. Pretty cool, and all you have to do is enter the rafflecopter here.

More about the author:

EmmaPortrait2-240x300Amaleen Ison is a married mother of one. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire, England, along with her cats (Oscar and Winston), guinea pig ( LouLou), and gerbils (Blackberry and Pumpkinseed). She writes Young Adult fantasy stories that meander into a variety of sub-genres.

As a child, Amaleen lived most of her life in her head. She imagined herself in mystical lands populated by the weird and wonderful. She still spends way too much time daydreaming, but now she writes about her imaginings and weaves them into stories. The fantasy element is always important, but more so the hodgepodge of emotions that arise from her characters first time experiences.

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