Hello! I know I haven't been around much the past few weeks. Lots going on behind the scenes! However, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be on the blog tour for Suzanne Lazear's Innocent Darkness! Today we have an interview with Steven, Noli's best friend and an all around interesting guy.
Hello Steven and thanks for stopping by YA Bibliophile! Let's get started right away! You and Noli seem to be quite close. How did you become friends?
I appreciate you having me here today. One day I was sitting in the gazebo in my backyard, studying. Suddenly, a fence board moved and a girl with torn stockings and untied ribbons barreled into my backyard and demanded I help her extract revenge on her older brother because he wouldn’t help her. We’ve been friends ever since.
It appears you two have gotten in to a bit of mischief in your time. Do you have any favorite scrapes that you've made it out of?
When we were building the tree house in Noli’s backyard she made me sneak into an abandoned, falling apart house because she wanted a certain bit. The floor of the old house caved in, trapping me. Fortunately, Noli was there to help me—even though it meant we both got in trouble. I think that was about when I realized that she was much more than the girl on the other side of the fence, that this girl, torn stockings and all, was my very best friend.
Have you ever regretted any of the "trouble" you and Noli have found?
Yes. I wish I never would have let her drive her flying car. Even though I told her I didn’t know how, I still could have managed well enough. I’m just not good at it like she was and was afraid. She’s a girl and she’s so much better than me at so many things. Sometimes I let it bother me. I let my own fear come between good judgment and I’ll always regret that.
From what I could gather you're a bit of an academic. What are your favorite things to study and why?
I love philosophy.There’s something very telling about the beliefs someone holds and I find it fascinating to read about different ideologies and then debate their practical (or impractical) applications. I also like reading sonnets and poetry – partially because both my father and Noli think they’re useless. Never ask Noli to write you a poem…
First impressions can often be deceiving. Do you think people get a true impression of who you are upon meeting you or is there more you wish they knew?
Most people think I’m quiet, bookish, and a little awkward. In all honestly, I am quiet, bookish, and a little awkward and am content to be that way for now. I know eventually I’ll have to change a little if I’m to achieve my goals. There is more to me than my books and studies, but at the same time, I prefer them to other things…like swords. My brother James, on the other hand, prefers swords to books. Where it should bother me that my younger brother is the better swordsman, it doesn’t. I’m just happy to know that he’s on my side.
If there were no limits and no repercussions, what's one adventure you'd love to go on?
I’m not sure if this is specifically an adventure – and I will do this eventually no matter the repercussions, but one day, I’ll return to the Otherworld and get our court back. I’d prefer to negotiate, but if I have to take the earth court by force from my uncle, so be it.
Thanks Steven! For those of you wanting to check out the rest of the tour you can head over to Mundie Moms' Tour Page. Lots of great posts!
Wish. Love. Desire. Live.
Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.