Wednesday, December 21, 2011

(On A Dark Wing Blog Tour) Interviews with Characters: A Talk with Abbey Chandler

The holidays are almost upon us! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Abbey Chandler, from On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane, as part of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour.  Abbey was kind enough to answer some questions about her experience with Death and how she copes without her mother.  On A Dark Wing follows Abbey as she tries to escape Death's clutches once again.  Five years ago Abbey cheated Death, but now he's back to take her secret crush, Nate Holden, as well.  On A Dark Wing takes a look at the complexities of the concept of death, and spins them into a beautiful tale full of love, letting go, and new beginnings.  Look for my review of On A Dark Wing coming soon!

Now in honor of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour, I give to you Interviews With Characters: A Talk With Abbey Chandler!

And don't forget to find out how you could win a Kindle Fire at the bottom of the page!

A Talk With Abbey Chandler

From On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

By T.B.

1) If you could change one thing about the day your mother died, what would it be?

Only one? The easy answer is—I would never have missed that damned school bus. If I had a groundhog day and could do something different, I would’ve faked being sick and stayed home from school. Or I could have resisted the urge for a Pepsi and Cheetos and quit being such a junk food addict, but wishing for a do-over has been pure torture and it never changed anything. I like to think that I eventually would have been smart enough to realize that, but after years of nightmares where nothing ever changed and my mom died over and over—I only felt worse about what I did.

Death had been the smart one, not me. I love you, mom…always.

2) Do you ever think you will be able to see ravens in the same way again?

Ravens look scary. Have you ever stared at one, for real? They got those beady black eyes that look dead. It’s like they know something you don’t. I mean, there’s got to be a reason that Poe wrote about them to scare people, right? That’s how I felt about ravens before. Now when I see one, I think about my first kiss. Gawh! Guess that’s another reason I’m weird.

3) Before meeting Death, would you have ever believed that beings such as spirits were possible?

I don’t think of Death as a spirit. Not really. Whatever it means to have a soul, I believe he has one, like all of us do. He just doesn’t have a body, unless he borrows one and takes it for a spin. How amazing is that? And if what he showed me is real, what else is out there that we can’t see?

The first time I saw the boy made of clouds and sky, he felt more like a powerful energy force. I should have been afraid of him, but I wasn’t. He made the pain and my shivering go away. I thought I’d dreamed him. It’s hard to explain, but the instant I took his hand he made me feel connected to…everything, like I was important and really mattered. I felt…loved. I tried to explain this to Tanner. He said he totally got it, but I’m not sure I can ever find the words to describe how at peace I felt. I didn’t feel alone either. The day of the accident, I really wanted to go with that boy—stay with him—but my mother’s voice shook me. She made me afraid again—for her. I used to be scared of dying, but now, not so much. I just got things I wanna do before that happens, you know?

4) When your secret crush, Nate Holden, showed up on your mountain and kissed you—in the back of your mind, did you have a feeling that his sudden interest in you seemed too good to be true?

Guess I was delusional to think some great perfect guy could actually have an interest in me, huh? But if Robert Pattinson, Liam Hemsworth or Alex Pettyfer came up to you and kissed you, I bet you’d let him do it without asking ‘why me,’ wouldn’t you? I had to know what it felt like to be a regular girl with a guy who actually wanted to kiss her. Is having a crush with a movie actor so different from the fantasy I had over a guy in my school? I guess I have to say that I never thought anything real would happen with Nate. Yeah, when he kissed me, I probably should have freaked more or questioned what happened, but I just…couldn’t. I held onto that moment—just for me—until I had to let it go. Was that wrong?

5) Are there days where you wish you could see your mother one more time and get a chance to say goodbye?  If so, how do you deal with those days?

Death gave me something very special. It’s too personal to talk about online, but I feel closer to my mom than I ever did before. I can’t explain what happened. All I know is that a mother’s love is a powerful thing and not even Death can stop it. I actually feel my mom sometimes, when I least expect her. Maybe she’s always with me. (Gawd, I hope she doesn’t come with me in the bathroom or see me naked in the shower.)

But on days when I need to feel her with me, sometimes I look through our family photo albums or wear some of her old clothes. And I can’t eat a roasted marshmallow without feeling her with me. Is that crazy? I hope not.

-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!

Thank you so much for stopping by as part of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour, Abbey!  If any one of those stars that you mentioned threw himself at me, I definitely wouldn't protest!  Death really helped you become at peace with your mother's passing, and that's something that is so nice to see.  I agree, I have so many things I want to do before my time comes!  I'll definitely keep an eye out next time I see a raven, so I can let you know what I think!  Again, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Abbey!  Don't forget to stop by the other stops on the tour for some fun prizes!  That wraps up this interview.  This was Interviews with Characters: A Talk With Abbey Chandler!

Look for my full review of On A Dark Wing soon!

Interested in more interviews?  Check out my Interviews with Authors page here to find more exciting interviews!

Don't click away just yet! Keep scrolling down to find out how you could win a Kindle Fire!

As part of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour Jordan is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!  All you have to do is go to the On A Dark Wing Tour Page here and enter the Rafflecopter form on the page.

Also, ten blogs will be giving away SIGNED hardcover copies of On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane, as part of the tour, along with a secret gift from yours truly, Abbey Chandler!  To enter visit the participating blogs and fill out their Rafflecopter entry form.

Winners will be announced at the LIVE chat with Jordan Dane on January 5, so keep your eyes open for that and make sure to mark your calenders!  More info on the chat will be coming soon.

Don't forget to check out the other stops of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour where you can read reviews, excerpts, interviews, and enter giveaways as well! : Dec. 19 – Review : Dec. 19 – Review : Dec. 19 –Quote Battle (Tanner VS Death) : Dec. 19 – Character Interview (Tanner) : Dec. 19 – Review : Dec. 20 – Review : Dec. 20 – Review : Dec. 20 – Review : Dec. 20 – Author Interview : Dec. 20 – Review : Dec. 21 – Review : Dec. 21 – Review : Dec. 21 – Character Interview (Abbey) : Dec. 21 – Review : Dec. 22 – Review : Dec. 22 – Review : Dec. 22 – Review & Dream Cast : Dec. 22 – Parody Questions (Jordan Dane) : Dec. 23 – Review : Dec. 23 – Review : Dec. 23 – Review : Dec. 24 – Review : Dec. 24 – Review : Dec. 26 – Review : Dec. 26--Review : Dec. 26 – Author Interview : Dec. 26 – Guest Post (Character Tweets) : Dec. 26 – Review : Dec. 27 – Guest Post Death Becomes You - The Concept of Afterlife in “On a Dark Wing” : Dec. 27 – Review : Dec. 27 – Review : Dec. 28 – Review : Dec. 28 – Review : Dec. 28 – Review : Dec. 29 – Character Interview (Death)(Death may make an appearance. Fingers crossed) : Dec. 29 – Review : Dec. 29 – Review : Dec. 30 – Review : Dec. 30 – Review : Dec. 30 – Guest Post(My Alternate Universe. IT COULD HAPPEN!) Includes book excerpt. : Dec. 31 – Review : Dec. 31 – Review : Dec. 31 – Guest Post(Music for ON A DARK WING) Includes book Excerpt & Special Surprise for Comments : Jan 2 – Author Interview : Jan. 2 – Review : Jan. 2 – Review


  1. I enjoyed the interview with Abby.

  2. Thanks for featuring Abbey on your blog and for being a tour stop. It's great what you're doing to encourage reading. Merry Christmas!!

    Jordan Dane


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