Recently I interviewed Cecily Wolfe about her new book, A Harvest of Stars (you can read that interview here). Today I am happy to interview one of the characters from that book.
Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.
My name is Claudia Rose Butler, but my good friends call me Claud. Most adults don’t approve of that nickname, but that’s none of their business.
Where are you from and what is it like there?
The Middle of Nowhere, Kentucky, and it’s just what you imagine. Yes, I’m rolling my eyes. It’s a bad habit, my mother says.
What was it like growing up? What’s the happiest memory from your childhood?
Boring, if it wasn’t for my friend Lucy. Whenever she can get away from that crazy grandmother of hers, we run around together. Nothing bad, just goofing around. We used to play Barbies and tag in the front yard. Lucy’s hair is like a Barbie doll’s, long and blonde and perfect, even after an afternoon of tag and rolling around in the grass.
Do you have a best friend?
Lucy Gaines, of course. She’s not what people think, nothing even close. It’s that grandmother. She’s about ten kinds of crazy.
What is your favourite food?
Can you tell us about your family? Are you close with them?
My parents and my brother Michael. They’re alright. Michael has a crush on Lucy but so does every other boy in town (really rolling my eyes at that).
Are you in love with someone?
You must be kidding. Have you seen the boys that go to my high school?
Do you hate someone? Why?
I don’t hate her, but damn near close. That grandmother of Lucy’s – if she’d just loosen up a bit, Lucy would be a lot happier.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m pretty fearless, which I don’t think is a bad thing no matter what my parents say.
Can you list your bad habits for us?
My mother says rolling my eyes is unladylike and will make me go cross-eyed some day. Yeah, I just roll my eyes at her when she brings it up. Hey, my brother does it too and she hardly ever hassles him about it. I swear sometimes too, but what the hell.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty. Lucy would stand by me through anything, and I’d do the same for her. Friends for life.
If you had one day left to live, what would you do?
Lay in the field behind my house and watch the clouds roll by with Lucy. It’s what we’ve done forever.
Thanks Claud for being here today. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better.
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Synopsis of A Harvest of Stars:
Locklyn Gaines isn’t her mother, but the residents of her small southeastern Kentucky town don’t care. Her mother’s secrets are Lock’s shame, and every time her drunk stepfather uses her as a punching bag, Lock wonders how much her dying mother knows about what goes on in the crumbling old house her mother’s family has lived in for generations. Isaiah Parker hardly remembers life before the first day of kindergarten, before he became obsessed with the serious, dark-haired girl in sunglasses who lives just beyond the field behind his house and rides the school bus with him every day. Protecting Lock had been a fantasy for the child he was, but Isaiah and Lock are nearly finished with high school, and Isaiah knows that now is the time for him to save her. Her stepfather has other plans, however, and one night may be all they have to do whatever it takes to escape and start over again, together.