Today I'm sitting down with two lovely ladies. Autumn, the girl determined not to allow life's circumstances to keep her down from Angela Carlie's Dream Smashers and Gemma, the girl who sees ghosts, pardon me, shades, and lives with the circus in Jennifer Sommersby's Sleight. Thank you for being here today, ladies.
Easy questions first, then. Describe yourself in three words.
Gemma: Compassionate, cautious, and devoted.
Autumn: Responsible, caring, free.
Those definitely sound right to me. Ok, so what's more important: keeping your closet or your bookshelf full?
Autumn: Grams and Gramps never had much money to buy a lot of clothes. I'd like to have a few nice things, but I have to say I love reading because books let me escape from it all, you know? So, bookshelf full is my answer.
Gemma: Definitely my bookshelf. I’m cool with Levis and sneakers forever.
That would be my choice too! And if your life were a comic book, would you be the hero or her sidekick?
Gemma: I think my life already is a comic book. Junie’s the hero, the much prettier, much bouncier hero, and I’m the sidekick who tries to keep her tethered to the ground.
Autumn: Totally the hero. Rainy would be MY sidekick. She probably sees it the other way around, though. Whatever.
All right, let's jump into it. Tell us about the men your lives. :D
Autumn: Well, when I first met Evan, I totally thought he was hot, but he was kind of weird. He had this glow about him that lit up an entire room. Not like a Glow Worm or anything, but more like the embers on the bottom of a fireplace on a cold winter's day. He has a way of making me feel carefree and able to take on the dream smashers of the world. He's a bit of a Jesus freak, but that's okay because he's an awesome kisser.
He sounds just about perfect! What about your men, Gemma? I know you have a few and some are quite complicated lately.
Gemma: There are several. My uncle Ted, my uncle Irwin, a baby elephant named Jiminy…oh, you mean those kind of men. Wow. My cheeks just caught fire. I don’t know how to even talk about this. I’m still getting used to the whole idea of having a “better half,” but I know that Henry Dmitri is definitely that to me. (I can’t believe I’m saying this out loud.) It was ridiculous how it all started—one of those storybook things that doesn’t happen in real life. But it did. It happened. He’s a nice guy, super smart and very tuned in to me. It still doesn’t feel real sometimes, and he’s by no means perfect. We’re both kinda weird in our own ways, so I guess it makes sense that we’ve ended up together. I can’t not mention Ash—even though we grew up together in the circus, and he has made some stupid choices lately, I will always love him. That love used to be almost a brother/sister thing, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve had a crush on him since I was six. We’re not exactly on speaking terms these days, considering he’s helping a certain mad man try and kill me, but whatever. It is what it is.
Hm... who has been the most influential/inspirational person in your life?
Gemma: Probably my Auntie Marlene. Even though she’s not my aunt by blood, she has been everything to me, from the time I was little and struggling with my mother’s mania. Marlene has never failed me, never let me down, and has always encouraged me to be the best person I could possibly be. She’s the strongest, bravest, most caring and forgiving person I have ever known. People who know Marlene are better for it.
Autumn: I'd say my mom, Jacinda. I know what you're thinking, how could a meth addict be an inspiration? Well, she's been sort of a role model of what NOT to be and do. She's truly had the most influence on my life. Without her, I wouldn't be as strong as I am today.
Really? I wouldn't have expected that, Autumn. But I think it fits. Which leads me to the next question. I know both of you have very unique relationships with your mothers. If you could say one thing to
her right now, what would it be?
Autumn: I love you. I wish you would get clean and be the mom I've always wanted you to be. I wish you would love Grams as much as Grams loves you and take care of her instead of destroying her.
Gemma: That’s a tough one. I loved my mom…I miss her every day, but she was so absent in my life before she died. I know she did her best. I can’t imagine how hard things were for her, especially knowing what I know now. I guess I would just tell her that I love her, and to be strong.
That is tough. And both of you have been through so much. After all of it, what is the most important thing in your life right now?
Gemma: Staying alive.
Autumn: The people in my life are totally the most important: Grams, Evan, Rainy, Angel, and Jacinda, too. Also, getting better grades in school so I can get out of this town and go to college. I hope to travel the world and find as many adventures as possible and you can't do that without a good job. Can you believe me and Rainy go to school everyday now? Crazy cool.
Wow, so it sounds like you're settling in, Autumn. And Gemma, there's probably a lot more to your story! Thank you both so much for your answers!
Autumn: Thanks, Jenny and Gemma! It was cool to meet you. Thanks, Jenny, for having us!
Gemma: Nice to meet you both, too. Thanks for the chance to say hello. Autumn, if you ever want to come to the circus, give me a shout. I'll introduce you to a couple of really great elephants...
|Dream Smashers by Angela Carlie
||Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby