Meet the Characters ~ Shaylah

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to talk to the characters? Look no more, I caught up with the main character in The Mark of the Fae: The Gateway, Shaylah Derry. She agreed to sit down with me and answer a few questions.

Me: Let's start simple. Tell me a bit about yourself.

Shaylah: I'm 17, almost 18. I was born in Breen, Oregon and have lived there my whole life. I love animals and reading. My best friend is Brina Hallan and we have been friends since kindergarten. I don't really know what else to say, there really isn't anything exciting about me.

Me: I'm sure that isn't true. You are 17, graduating high school. What are your plans for the future? Are you going to college?

Shaylah: I just graduated. I am going to college. I want to be a doctor someday, and I can't wait to get out of Breen and see the world. Small town life just isn't for me. I want excitement and adventure! There has to be more out there than this little town.

Me: Well, it can't be all bad. Tell me about your favorite place at home. Is there somewhere you go that makes you want to stay in Breen?

Shaylah: There really isn't much that can make me want to stay here, but as for my favorite place? Well, I guess that would be my room. I have a window seat, where I spend a lot of time reading. It overlooks the forest in the back yard. We have a fence up, and this is one of the only places that I can see over the fence. I'm not suppose to go near the forest, but there is something about it that just draws me in. Everyone else around here avoids it, but I can't help it. There is just something magical about the natural beauty of it. I think that is what I will miss the most when I leave, other than my family, of course.

Me: Only your family? What about friends? Is there anyone that you will miss other than your family?

Shaylah: Well, Brina is my best friend, and I will miss her. We do plan to stay in touch though. I don't think that I could go a week without talking to her, let alone years while we are away. She makes life lighter, if you know what I mean. She just blurts out the first thing that comes to mind, and can make any situation better. She's a bit crazy, but that is what I love most about her.

Me: She sounds like fun. What about someone special? Is there a boyfriend in the picture?

Shaylah: Well, there was. I dated Evan for a few years in high school, but I broke up with him at the beginning of the year. He had no intention of leaving Breen, and I don't want to stay. We were just headed in different directions I think. It made it a little awkward for our friends, but we got through it. I did meet someone recently {blush}. I think maybe there is something there, but I don't want to jinx it! And Brina is dating his best friend, so maybe it's meant to be, ya know? I'll keep you posted, haha.

Me: Well, I wish you lots of luck with this mystery boy. I'll be looking for updates! I appreciate you sitting down with me, and can't wait to see where your journey takes you.

Shaylah: It was my pleasure.

Are you intrigued? I am. To find out more about Shaylah and her friends (and the mystery boy) you will have to read The Mark of the Fae: The Gateway available on Amazon October 1, 2017.

If you have any other questions for Shaylah, comment below or send me an email and I'll see if I can get you an answer.

M.M. Paquin

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