Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of Heather Lyons’ blog tour for her new novel, The Collectors’ Society (Out now)! For my blog tour stop, I have a character interview with Alice! Plus, there’s an awesome giveaway! First, here’s some more information about The Collectors’ Society:
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.
After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.
It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?
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Question: Hi, Alice! Thanks so much for being here with me today!
Answer: Greetings, Meredith.
Question: So…. Modern technology. What are your feelings towards cell phones, computers, etc? What about the clubs and the clothes?
Answer: Bothersome items, to be honest, but I suppose necessary ones, as well. I miss the art of letter writing, though, of taking the time to put thoughts to paper. Texting is not the same, is it? As for the clothes . . . I’ll concur with Wendy. I don’t miss corsets one bit. Modern shoes are a bit more comfortable too, aren’t they? As long as they aren’t those ridiculously tall ones.
Clubs, on the other hand, seem to be the same as they always are. Loud dens of excess and pleasure. Except, perhaps, these modern ones are a bit tamer than the Wonderlandian ones I’m familiar with.
Question: What part of the Twenty-First Century was the hardest to adjust to? On the flip side, what part of the Twenty-First Century made it easier to adjust to everything?
Answer: The technology has confounded me repeatedly. So many gadgets to learn, so many buttons and sequences to memorize. Even still, there are many moments in which I want to hurl my phone across the room. Conversely, I would say that the television has made my adjustments easier. I could watch how the world has evolved in the solitude of my own room, and take in these changes without an audience. I loathe going into situations blind, so this has been a small blessing.
Question: How did you feel when you realized you were from a story and there was another “Alice” out there?
Answer: Numb, I think.
Question: Let’s talk about Finn… Yummy, right??
Answer: Does that mean attractive? Because, yes. Finn is quite alluring, isn’t he?
Question: When you learned about Finn’s story and how he was portrayed in it, how did that make you feel?
Answer: Confused, I suppose, because the image of a boy I viewed on my phone and the man I know are quite different. But then, I am different from what others expect, too, aren’t I? My opinion of Finn is and always will be based upon his actions and self, rather than whatever is said by anyone else.
Question: And what about that moment in the armoire…? *fans self* That was pretty intense, as was the… event… that occurred soon after…
Answer: (turns a bit red, but stays stodgily silent)
Question: Can we talk about F.K. Jenkins….?
Answer: He’s a loathsome swine.
Question: What was the first thought that went through your head when you realized you were finally going back to Wonderland?
Answer: I’m not sure there was a singular thought, but there were a multitude of emotions that can best be described as opposing sides of a coin: elation and fear.
Question: Now, about the White King… *Swoons* Can we just… I don’t know… Swoon over him, please?!?!
Answer: (said quietly) I think it would be terribly difficult not to.
Question: When it came time to leave Wonderland – and the White King – again, how did you feel?
Question: Within your group of friends at The Society, whose “story” shocked you the most? Why or how?
Answer: I would have to say that Van Brunt’s story was the most confounding, because he does not strike me as the sort to act so foolishly. But then again, youth is not always the most rational time in our lives, is it?
Question: What was the most important lesson you learned throughout this journey?
Answer: We are the ones to write our stories—not others.
Question: Looking to the future, what are you most excited about? Or, should I ask, who are you most excited for/to be with?
Answer: I am most keen to unravel the mysteries behind the destruction of Timelines. Something tells me we’ve only touched upon the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discovering the answers. I am also looking forward to fully embracing my status as a member of the Society.
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
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