Today we’re joined by Kass Bateman, heroine of Denise Jaden’s Living Out Loud series.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
God, it was so much easier. I could do what I wanted, keep people in check just by looking at them the right way. Now that she’s pushed me out of my comfort zone, it’s like everyone can see right through my barriers, see how many ways they can crack my shell with a tiny nick in the right place.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I like the way I can level people with a glare. I’ve gotten past that thing where I feel the need to look away.
What do you like least about yourself?
I’m abrasive. I hate that I can’t seem to just act normal once in a while. No matter what comes out of my mouth, even if I’m in a good mood, it sounds biting and harsher than I mean it to.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
She sent me on tour with Eli’s band, like I’m some kind of damn groupie. I told her we wouldn’t get along, and I, again, was right.
Oh, and she sent me into a burning building, but that’s another story…
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I’m pretty sure you know the answer to that. Yes, we argue. Pretty much nonstop. It’s usually about her pushing me at Eli, but honestly, it could be about anything, because I hate people telling me what to do. (Surprise, surprise, right?)
What is your greatest fear?
I don’t like to talk about my fears, but OK, if I had to pick one it would be staying by myself. I’ve just never done it. Because Dad’s sick, he’s always home with me, and even though it seems like I can handle pretty much anything, staying on my own is one thing I haven’t gotten my head around yet.
What makes you happy?
Not to contradict myself, but probably Eli. Talking to him. Saying things that are real.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I wouldn’t have been so fast to jump into bed with Eli. I don’t know, things got weird after that, and I figure if we had had a natural progression in our relationship, like most people, it probably would have been better for both of us.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
This one’s easy: Steve, the drummer from Eli’s band. He’s cocky and annoying as hell. He thinks he can tell everyone what to do, including me.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I’d trade places with my sister Hope. She’s so damn cryptic, and I’d love to come out on the other side knowing all of her secrets.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Don’t know, don’t care.
ETA: Thanks, Kass. I always know I can count on you ;).
You can find me at denisejaden.com
What's next for you?
I hear Ms. Jaden has lots of fun things in my future. After the burning building and the road trip with Eli’s band, I’m going to be out on my own for the first time. I’m also going to get more involved with Eli’s music and some photography. There’s a bunch of annoying and painful stuff on the horizon for me, and lucky you, you can be a fly on the wall for it if you want to…
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