Meet your new book best-friend, Karen Ashmore from “Chasing Shadows”:
So nice of you to pop by the future for this interview, Karen.
Whispers, “I appreciate you thinking of me.” Eyes dart uncertainly over the bright living room.
You look a little nervous.
“You never know who might have followed me to the future. It’s happened before, you know.”
I do remember. But you’re safe for now, and we’ll let you go back as soon as we’re finished here.
Relaxes. “Okay. I guess I have some time.”
Great! First question is if you have a special thinking place in Serimone?
“I spend a lot of time in the barn loft. It’s peaceful there.”
Aside from traveling through eras, what do you like to do in your spare time?
“I really enjoy reading. It’s not very easy to find books that are available to the lower classes in the twelfth century, so I have a bunch of modern books stashed away in the Joneses’ barn.”
Some people have compared the Jones family to the Weasleys from Harry Potter. I’ve never read the, but would you agree with this assessment?
Laughs. “That’s one of the series I brought with me, and every time I read a scene with them, I think of my ‘family.’ They took me in without a second thought and are sweet and hilarious in the way that they’re in each other’s business all the time. They’re also an incredibly loyal and tight-knit group.” Grins. “And Ruth Jones and Mrs. Weasley have a lot in common in the way that they both dote on guests. They’re the best thing about that era.”
Superpower of choice?
“Nope. No superpowers. I’ve realized that messing with nature as God intended gets sticky. I’ve dealt with the consequences of traveling through time, and I’d rather just be content with who I am and how God designed me.”
Wow. You truly are as wise as Sarah said. Okay, well then do you have a favorite color?
“Sunrise yellow. It always gives me hope for a new day, and Seth and I have enjoyed watching the sunrise together lately.”
Speaking of which, what’s up with you and Seth?
Freezes for a split second before recovering. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Uh-huh. Right. Sure you don’t. Then what is your favorite pastime in Serimone?
“Making flower crowns.”
It’s just that I understood that reference, folks, and you will too when you read Chasing Shadows. I just have to be honest, Karen, and say that you and Seth make such a cute couple.
Blushes. “What? You’re being ridiculous . . . Wait, did he say something about me?”
Getting back to the hard-hitting questions—
“Oh, come on—“
—What’s it like being a falsely accused witch on the lamb?
Sighs. “Okay, fine. Well, it can be a little stressful at times, and at first I found myself constantly looking over my shoulder. But I’ve taken a note from the Shadow and have learned to blend in. Plus, Gabriel Dunlivey was really the only one who took up that strange quest to find me, so with him gone, I don’t have much to worry about.”
… So, the Shadow. Do you know his identity? He did rescue you from being burned at the stake.
Smiles in admiration. “He’s a hero and one of the reasons why I’m alive today. The Shadow is also an inspiration to my cause against Cadius. But as to his true identity, no, I don’t know who he really is. And I’m not sure I want to; keeping his true name a secret seems important to him, and I wouldn’t want to burst his bubble of privacy.” Leans forward, grinning conspiratorially. “Besides, it’s kind of cool that a masked vigilante is protecting Serimone.”
*Sighs dreamily* Tell me about it.
“Well, I should probably get back. There’s no telling how much time has passed in Serimone while I’ve been here. And I’d hate to miss a very important upcoming event,” she sing-songs.
The wedding that Sarah mentioned? Oooh, won’t you tell us a little about it, Karen? Who’s the bride?
Jumps up from her chair with a small grin and a wave of farewell. “Sorry, I have to go.”
Wait! The fangirls need to know. I need to know who—
A flash of light and Karen is gone.
Blast! Well, I guess I’ll just have to quiz Damien Lisandro next time. Umm, I guess that’s it for today, guys. *Mutters to self* Time travelers are just so odd.