TEN blog tour that YA Highway is participating in, I was lucky enough not only to get to read Gretchen McNeil's TEN early, but I also got a chance to sit down with two of the characters: the sharp-witted Kumiko and her, um, less-than-sharp-witted boyfriend, Gunner. Enjoy!
You’re heading to a weekend party, sans parents, on a private island off the Washington coast. Sounds fun. What did you pack?
Gunner: K does the packing.
Kumiko (smirking): He'd forget his head if it wasn't attached. Aside from the usual array of clothes and unmentionables, I always bring my iPod because you never know what kind of pop crap someone's going to try and force on the party. Plus a good book in case the party sucks ass.
Gunner: And comic books.
Kumiko (rolling eyes): And comic books.
You’re a couple, right? You look cozy. How long have you two been dating?
Kumiko (eying Gunner): Officially? About two months.
How would you describe your relationship?
Gunner (smiling): It's awesome, dude!
Is there anything you’re not looking forward to this weekend?
Gunner: Bugs. There are bugs on islands. I don't like bugs.
Kumiko, can you tell me what first attracted you to Gunner? What are his best features?
Kumiko: Well, he's tall and hot. And strong. I like the strong silent types.
Gunner, same question…what first drew you to Kumiko?
Gunner: I dig Asian chicks. Oh, and she's really, really nice.
Kumiko (elbowing him in the ribs): You're not supposed to tell anyone that.
Gunner: That I like Asian chicks?
Kumiko: No, that I'm nice. Secret.
Tell me how you know the other people who are going to be at the party. Anything we should know?
Gunner: T.J. He's my best friend. And my ex-girlfriend I think.
Kumiko: Minnie's going to be there?
Gunner (shifting in his seat): Um, yeah, baby. Did I forget to tell you that?
Kumiko (glaring): I'm not sure "forget" is the word you were looking for in that sentence.
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
(Gunner starts to answer, but Kumiko jumps in): Some quiet time. Alone.
Gunner: Yeah. Sex. That's what I was gonna say!
Kumiko: Thanks, Gun Show.
Thanks, you two! And have a great time out there! Or...um....you know, stay safe!
About the Author:
Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – will be released September 18, 2012, and her third novel 3:59, sci fi horror pitched as The Parent Trap meets Event Horizon, is scheduled for Fall 2013.
Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday."