Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy aimed at young adults, which I gave a five star review that you can read here.
When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered.
Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger.
The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.
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This is a character interview for the main character, Kim, interviewed by her sister Charley with some just for fun questions. Enjoy!
I’m sitting at my desk in my bedroom, when my sister saunters in. Charley sits on my bed, crosses her leg and grins at me. She’s holding a reporter’s pad in one hand and a pencil in the other.
“You’re not busy are you?” she asks.
“I’m doing homework.”
“Excellent, you can help me out then, can’t you?”
I roll my eyes and spin my chair round to face her. “With what?” I make sure I sigh when I speak, so she knows how annoyed I am at the interruption. The only problem is my lips tease up into a smile I can’t suppress.
“I need to test out these interview questions on you,” she says. “I’m meant to be doing a feature for the school newspaper each half term, spotlighting a pupil.”
I purse my lips. “And you want to interview me?”
“No, silly. I want to test the questions on you.” She waves her hand. “I’ll find someone interesting to interview for real.”
It’s a good thing I know she’s not serious. I tuck my feet beneath my bum. “Okay,” I say. “Fire away.”
Charley flips her pad open. “Tell us about your family.” She bites the end of the pencil, whilst she waits for me to reply.
I arch an eyebrow. “Really?” I can have far too much fun with this. “Well, Mum’s a store manager who hates cooking. Dad works in IT. He refers to his job as getting to play with computers all day. I have a wonderful kid brother who’s always so helpful and a really irritating big sister who thinks she knows everything.” I grin at Charley.
She narrows her eyes into a semi-serious glare. “Next question. What was the scariest moment of your life?”
I thatch my fingertips together. I’m not sure anything really scary has ever happened to me, except… “When Mum and Dad told us they were splitting up,” I say.
Charley clears her throat. “Moving on. What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I shrug. “You know I don’t have any idea,” I say. Unlike Charley, who seems to have her life mapped out.
“Boring,” she complains with a yawn.
“Fine,” I snap. “I don’t want to work in an office and I couldn’t be a teacher. Maybe a research scientist, or something? I like science.”
“What songs are most played on your iPod?”
“Try, by Pink and I think I Wanna Marry You by Bruno Mars.”
“Bruno Mars? Seriously?” Charley asks. “And for a second there I thought you might have some taste in music when you mentioned Pink.”
I cross my arms and press my chin against my chest. “Next question.”
“If you could apologise to someone in your past, who would it be?”
I twirl a strand of hair around my finger and put on my best innocent expression. “You, for dropping you in it when you broke Mum’s necklace.”
Charley gasps. “I knew it was you who told on me.” She pouts dramatically and then consults her notepad for the next question. “Do your friends think you’re an introvert or an extrovert?” When I hesitate she says, “Do you want me to answer this one for you?”
“No.” I chew the inside of my cheek for a second. “An introvert,” I say. “I have a few good friends, but don’t really put myself out there.”
Charley nods. “That’s what I would have said. You know, sometimes I wonder if you really are my sister,” she adds with a grin. “What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?”
“I have an annoying sister?”
“A serious answer, please,” she says in a prim voice.
“I was being serious. Even though I haven’t done gymnastics or dance since I was ten, I can still do the splits.”
“Really?” Charley asks, lifting her eyebrows. “I didn’t know that. Last question. What makes you happy?”
“Helping out my pain in the neck sister, obviously.”
Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten.
She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK.
Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.
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