Today I’m interviewing Avery Gray, the main character from J.A. George’s novel, Gifted. I interviewed George recently on my blog (you can read that interview here).
Hello, tell us about yourself.
Alright. My name is Avery Gray, but everyone calls me Ava. I’m nineteen and currently studying International Business at university. I can read minds and see into the future, but not at will. It’s… a long story. 287 pages long in fact.
What do you admire most about the world?
Oh, that’s deep. I admire how big people can dream and how hard they will work to reach that dream. I admire determination, imagination and creativity above all.
What is your favourite food?
Pizza because dough, tomato sauce and cheese isn’t something you can go wrong with.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to draw. I also like to eat.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Some of my friends would say sarcasm…why deny it? They’re probably right. Some of my friends would say loyalty. I like to place others before myself. That could eventually lead to my downfall, but hey, that’s the best way to fall.
Do you have a secret?
Yes. How much time do you have?
I guess I need to read the book to find out! Thank you, Avery, for answering my questions today.
Synopsis of Gifted:
There is no chosen one in this story.
Avery Gray was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.
Avery is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. Up until now, the biggest choice she’s had to make was glasses or contacts? At the moment, it’s stay and save, or leave and be saved.
Allow me to explain. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.
But change is not always bad. Avery meets Theodore-James Connors, an enigmatic young man who takes her to Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. She soon finds herself in a close-knit group of friends she’d never have imagined herself in. Friends who are diverse in every possible way, from their ethnic backgrounds, to their personalities, from their gifts, to their life stories. Friends who make her laugh, who make her cry, who make her think and who make her…her.
However, change is not always good. The beautiful, golden city of Hayven has its dark side – Cliders. Gifters turned rogue, aka, Cliders are determined to aid fallen Clider, Madrina, return to rule Hayven. They will stop at nothing to make that happen, including harming those Ava has grown to love.
Again, Ava is faced with a choice: spend her days finding a way to inhibit Madrina’s return, or walk away. After all, she isn’t the chosen one. Yet, there exists a third option – rig the future itself and make it work for her.
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