Today I would like to give a warm welcome to Y.A. Sci-fi/Fantasy author, Samantha Durante who is joining us on tour with her book, STITCH!
An Interview with Isaac
Samantha: Hi everyone! Samantha Durante, author of Stitch here, and today I’ll be interviewing our resident heartthrob, Isaac!
Isaac: ‘Resident heartthrob,’ Sam? Really?
Samantha: Oh, Isaac, don’t be modest.
Isaac: (flushing through his gorgeous sculptured cheekbones) ‘Sculptured cheekbones??’
Samantha: Haha, sorry! We’ve gotta do it for the ladies!
Isaac: There’s only ONE lady I’m worried about, and I don’t think she’ll be happy about you flaunting me to readers…
Samantha: Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure Alessa’s got her admirers as well.
Isaac: (sighs) If you say so… (trying to hide a self-satisfied smirk)
Samantha: (rolling eyes and laughing) Okay, well let’s get on with this. Tell me – what was your favorite part of living on the farm in 1917? And don’t give too much away… Readers who skimmed the blurb might have guessed already that you don’t really live on a farm in 1917, but for the time you thought you did, what was it like?
Isaac: Wow, well that was just a totally different experience. I think the biggest thing that sticks out to me from that period was just the simplicity of it all. It was winter and with the servants taking care of things, there wasn’t much to do around the house, so I just spent my days reading and tending to the horses and hanging out with my sister. I thought I was stressed out at the time, since I felt like I was just trapped in this life that I didn’t belong in – which in retrospect makes a lot of sense – but once I got back to the real world and remembered all the huge problems we were really dealing with, my worries on the farm seemed almost laughable. There was no hunger, no fear of constantly being in danger, no having to sneak around or keep my thoughts hidden. My biggest concern was how I was going to work up the nerve to tell my family that I didn’t want to take over the farm! (laughs) I wish I’d known what I was going to wake up to so that I would have enjoyed that time a little more while I had it.
Samantha: Well that’s certainly a positive way of looking at things.
Isaac: I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not happy that they locked me up there and I lost months of my life, months of time I could have spent with Alessa or helping the resistance. By the time we got out of there, the rebellion was practically crumbling… It seemed like the weight of the entire movement rested on our shoulders, and that wasn’t an easy burden to bear. But compared to my cell in the Paragon’s prison –
Samantha: (interjecting) Stop right there! Let’s not spoil the twist here…
Isaac: Right. Well, all I’m saying is that I’ve spent time in worse places than that cozy little farm. Much worse.
Samantha: So what can you tell readers about your adventures in book 2 of the series, Shudder?
Isaac: Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you that it picks up right where book 1 left off and there’s plenty of action and intimate moments and explosive twists to come. You’ll experience everything that Alessa and I go through right by our side as we do our part to buoy the resistance and give the people of our colony a fighting chance. And there are even some chapters where you’ll get to drop in on some of your other favorite characters from Stitch and see what they’re up to while Less and I are out on our mission. I think anyone who enjoyed Stitch will definitely like what’s to come in the sequel.
Samantha: Well thanks so much for sharing that, Isaac! We invite any readers who are interested in hearing more from Isaac and the other characters from Stitch to check out the many stops on the tour, going on all this month! (Full tour schedule here.) And a huge thanks to the Reading Between the Wines Book Club for hosting us!!