Entertaining the characters from Entertaining angels

Today I'm delighted to welcome author Emerald Barnes to my blog as she celebrates the recent release of her novel, Entertaining Angels. She's brought another guest with her, so grab a coffee, and enjoy the conversation. Hi Emerald.

Hi Sheila. Characters are so important to my novel, Entertaining Angels, and I want to have a sit down with Zach Taylor. He’s new to town, but he has his eyes set on my little Mads. And, her life will change forever!

First of all, thank you for hosting our little conversation, Sheila!

Zach: Yes, thank you so much, Mrs. Deeth.

Zach is dressed in jeans and a nice white, button down shirt. His hair is spiked just a little, and he’s smiling at me from his seat.

Emerald: Hey, Zach. How are you today?

Zach: I’m fine. And you?

Emerald: I’m good. How about we get started?

He nods his head.

Emerald: He’s a little quiet, so you’ll have to excuse him if he doesn’t answer my questions to the best of his ability.

Zach: I’m not exactly quiet. There are just things I can’t reveal quite yet.

Emerald: So you don’t spoil the book, I understand.

Zach smiles his brilliant smile at me and nods.

Emerald: So, Zach, how about you introduce yourself to Mrs. Deeth’s readers.

Zach: I’m Zach Taylor. I am in Emerald’s newest book, and I’m new around town.

Emerald: That’s it?

Zach: Well, I can’t really say more than that, can I? You created me. You know.

Zach laughs warmly, and I shake my head.

Emerald: You’re right. I guess that’s true. I laugh. How about you tell me your first impression of Madison, instead?

Zach: He smiles affectionately. She’s easily one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen. Sure, she’s a bit timid, and she doesn’t love herself like she should. But, I hope that changes soon. She doesn’t believe in herself either, but I can tell that she wants to, even if it’s deep inside of her.

Emerald: She is beautiful, isn’t she? Zach nods, still smiling. How about you tell me about Chase?

Zach: A deep laugh rumbles through his chest. Chase is quite the nerd, isn’t he? But he’s Madison’s best friend, and I think that they both need each other more than they know or will at least admit to themselves. I love how protective he is of her, and I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t even like me.

Emerald: Well, I’m sure that will change.

Zach: I have no doubt it will. Zach winks.

Emerald: I’m guessing you know something we don’t.  Zach just smiles at me. Clearly, he’s not going to speak about that. Okay. So, next question. What do you think of Ashley? She might actually be considered the villain of the story, right?

Zach: Maybe. I guess it depends on your definition of villain. Ashley has the chance to be a good girl, but instead, she thinks it’s best to degrade Madison. But, as horrible as it seems, Ashley might just be a victim herself. You never really know what’s going on in someone’s life. I’m not saying that it’s right for her to torment Madison. I see how much it destroys her, and that breaks my heart. Still, I don’t think Ashley is one hundred percent to blame.

Emerald: I agree. Although, she doesn’t make a good case for herself.

Zach: No, I suppose she doesn’t, but like I said, you never know what’s going on behind the scenes of someone’s life.

Emerald: You’re absolutely right. How did you feel about the way Madison handled going about trying to lose weight?

Zach: His smile fades as the thinks about the entire situation. I think that it wasn’t a very smart decision, but Madison was desperate. Desperation leads people to do things that we don’t necessarily agree with, but that’s why I tried to be there for her no matter what. And Chase was there, too. Sometimes, I think it was better that he was there instead of me. She trusted him more.

Emerald: Well, she’s known him longer.

Zach: Yes, I suppose that’s true.

Emerald: Well, let’s go on and talk about how you liked being in a new town and new place.

Zach: It was different. It was unlike any place I’d ever been, really. I mean, it’s a small town in Mississippi. There wasn’t much to do for fun besides hang out in a parking lot.

Emerald: Welcome to the South.

Zach: He laughs again, his smile returning. But, I did like it. I loved the whole experience, but nothing is quite like home.

Emerald: No. There’s definitely no place like home. Well, Zach, I think we probably need to wrap up this interview. It’s not like there’s much you’re willing to share with me anyway.
  My voice is light, joking as I tease him.

Zach: You know I can’t. His smile grows wider. They’ll have to read the book to understand why.

Emerald: Correct, sir! Thanks for sitting down with me today. I hope that you’ve enjoyed it, and I hope that the readers do, too.

Zach: Thanks for talking me. I’ll see you guys in the book!

Emerald: *waves* See you later!

Thank you Emerald and Zach. It was really cool meeting you. And now here's some more information about the book.

About the Book:
 Entertaining Angels
By: Emerald Barnes
Genre: Young Adult
Released: June 24th, 2014

 Madison Andrews can't face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that's not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school.  He's smoking hot and totally out of her league.  She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won't let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

About the author:

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women.  She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.  She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!

She's constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with.  She is a crazy grammar nazi who also proofreads novels!

She's an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews.  She's a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person.  God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.


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