Dear readers, tonight with me is a young woman who moved to a small rural town — where things are not quite as they seem.
She is here to tell us whether there is something more to kids than dressing as goths, or running away from home once a month.
Can you introduce yourself, please?
My name is Bridget Etheridge and I am eighteen years old. The tales in “The Nevermore Parables Series”, which commences with Mystic Evermore, are punctuated with extracts from my diary. So you can say I’m sort of the narrator. The books don’t use the first person all the time – but the guiding thread is ME!
Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
I’m an army kid. I grew up everywhere my father was transferred, which was mostly around the easterly coast of the United States of America. It was quite unsettling and I didn’t have any long term friends until we moved to Mystic Evermore in Georgia. By that time I was desperate for us to settle down and with any luck, this will become a permanent placement for dad and we might settle down.
Did you have any favorite toys as a child? Any cherished memories?
As an army kid, I got pretty good at letting go of material possessions. I do have a collection of school uniforms from all the different schools I have attended. Role plays anyone?
What do you do now?
I’m a senior at Mystic Evermore High. What else would an eighteen year old be doing? Oh and I have some volunteer work happening.
Tell us a little about your friends.
I have a twin brother named Fenton and he is going out with the Sheriff’s daughter Carlice. We make a pretty tight group.
Can you tell us about your latest adventure?
I can’t really do that because most of the community doesn’t know that there are vampires in town, let alone some of the other creatures…
What was the scariest thing in your adventures?
Danger of course. Monsters, bears, crooks, bad guys. And broken hearts – mine and my friends!
What is the best thing about it?
I guess life is not boring. Although, when I’m left out of the main action, I sometimes feel useless. I wish I had a super power… like some of the others.
Any romantic involvement?
I’m a teenage girl. I crave passion and romance. Physical attraction is the main criterion for me, and I’m willing to love even when it hurts… and also when my love is not returned. I’m still innocent in some ways, but I want to experience that intense loving feeling that poets write about, and Hollywood producers make movies about. I know, I’m a sucker for love and I ought to learn better, I’m working on it.
Whom do you really hate?
I’m too young to really hate anyone. There have been a few bullies at different schools that I didn’t much like. And when I first met Javier Tilton, I thought he was a sleaze, working his way around every girl in the class. I don’t like Lena Lenore, she is snobby and selfish, but it isn’t worth hating her.
Can you share a secret with us, which you’ve never told anyone else?
Umm. I have a crush on Damien Nevermore. I may have told a few people already.
Cecelia grew up in the Barossa Valley, a picturesque area of South Australia. Cecelia moved to New South Wales to study and lived there for ten years. Her Masters’ thesis was entitled: THE LITERARY MANIFESTO OF H.P. LOVECRAFT: A WRITER IN SEARCH OF A THEORY. (The final chapter was extracted and published as “Symbolism of Style in `The Strange High House in the Mist'”, in Lovecraft Studies 31, edited by S.T. Joshi, pp.11-15.) Her Science Fiction poetry was also published in The Mentor, a fanzine edited by Ron. L. Clarke.
You can find Bridget on the pages of Mystic Evermore.
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