Today, as part of the blog tour for The Star Child, I’m excited to have the lovely Stephanie Keyes, author of The Star Child, here … *shaking hands with Stephanie*… on my blog for an interview!
We’re going to be meeting Kellen St. James – a recent Yale graduate who just got back … safe and sound … from the underworld!
Kellen, thanks for joining us today. A lot has definitely happened in a short time and it’s great to have you here with us.
Thanks. I’m happy to be here.
Before we go into talking about the underworld journey that you just went through, I can’t help but notice you’re carrying a Snickers bar and an ipod music player today. Do you like candies and music a lot?
Candy, in general, no, just Snickers. When I was in college, I was not into coffee. So, I’d eat Snickers, which was the only candy in the vending machine, to get through the studying. Fortunately, I have a photographic memory, so I didn’t have to pull as many all-nighters like some of the guys did…
Music is something that I always have on. I’m constantly listening to it. I like a lot of Eighties stuff. The Police, The Clash, that sort of thing…
When did you first learn about Irish folklore?
My family’s from there, but it was really my Gran. She told me about a lot of it. When, I was younger I thought it was a bunch of stuff that adults made up to scare kids… Yeah, it’s pretty much all true.
Is there a particular folklore that always kinda catches your attention?
When I was a kid, the whole shape shifter thing seemed cool to me… the idea that you could change into another form. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to do that at some point in their lives?
You met Calienta at the cove near your Gran’s house when you were six, and I know that you’ve since fantasized and written a lot of stories about her. I hope this question is not too personal, but is there a particular story that you wrote about her that you wouldn’t mind sharing with us?
No, it’s cool. There was one I wrote… where we ran off together and toured Europe. I’ve always wanted to go to France or maybe Germany… just rent a country house somewhere. It probably sounds strange, but any reality was better than my own, growing up. It just made my real life easier to deal with if I could imagine something better. Once I wrote that piece, I imagined our lives like that all the time. Together and safe somewhere far away…
You just had quite an eventful journey in the underworld. Would it be okay if I ask you some questions in relation to your trip?
Have at it.
Not long after you traveled down in the underworld, you got separated from Calienta. What went through your mind in the moment when you realized you’re separated from her?
First, I thought of Calienta, but I quickly realized that she knew how to handle herself. Second, it was “oh crap”. I mean, it’s not like I have any powers or anything, so I had no idea what to do. I made a big mess of things in Faerie too.
What kept you going when you were hungry, thirsty and tired in the underworld?
Calienta. It was always her.
When you’re crossing the Upside-Down Ocean and got injured, did you doubt that you’d never be able to see Calienta again?
Oh, geez. Yeah. I couldn’t figure out why I was part of the prophecy. Then I started to wonder if I was supposed to be some sort of sacrifice. It felt so final… I knew that I was saying goodbye to her for good. But, I would have done anything to save Calienta. the way she’s been saving me all of my life.
Be honest with us here… were you intimidated by Calienta’s parents and brother?
Heck, yes. Who wouldn’t have been? Somebody showing up in your bathroom mirror is freaky enough. Then you add on the fact that they can control the weather… I mean, who has to deal with this sort of thing? In Calienta’s brother’s case, he had this grudge against me. I still think he needed to get over it. Her parents are cool, but still, it’s intimidating…
If Calienta were standing in front of you right now, what would you like to tell her?
I know you have a rocky relationship with your father, but deep down, do you love him?
I did… once. I just can’t anymore. I can’t.
Now that you’ve inherited your Gran’s house, do you plan to stay in Ireland for the next while?
Yeah. Calienta and I are planning to live there after the wedding.
Thank you so much for being here… I wish you all the very best.
Thanks. You’ve been great and you’ve got a cool blog.
Aww… thank you, Kellen! Isn’t he sweet?
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About the Book
The world is about to be cloaked in darkness.
Only one can stop the night.
Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.
Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?
About the Author
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