It’s time to meet the 12th featured author of the SSS! Introducing…Isabel Bandeira!
Character Interview: Phoebe Martins from BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER
Hi Nori! I’m so excited that you wanted to talk to me about books, since I’m a big fan of your blog!
(I wish I could have gone to Bookitcon this year, but I had an archery tournament that weekend and Coach Rentz would have killed me if I missed it. ☹)
Now, I’ve heard that you’re a bookworm so… I must ask- what are your favorite books?
My two favorite series are the Golden series and the Hidden House series. What can I say? I love paranormal!
If you haven’t heard about them (and *gasp* how’s that possible when Golden has been on the NYT bestseller’s list since forever?) here are both of their first books in one sentence:
Golden: Maeve has to save the Otherland and our world from evil Irish nightmare creatures by embracing her destiny (and a hot leprechaun warrior.)
Hidden House: If Marissa can’t convince Dan to stop the exorcism, he might just make her boyfriend disappear from her mirror—and her life—forever.
Who is your favorite book boyfriend?
It’s almost impossible to choose, but if I really had to pick anyone, it would be Cyril from the Hidden House series. He’s just so sweet and swoonworthy and I really love the way he talks and how, even though he’s from the nineteen hundreds and they were pretty sexist back then, he loves Marissa specifically because she’s strong, sassy, and independent.
Em says I love Cyril because he represents an impossible fictional romance, and that it explains a lot about my crush on Kris, but she’s just biased because she hates him. Kris, I mean, not Cyril.
What’s on your TBR?
It’s really, really big *side-eyes the massive pile on the bookshelf* I can’t wait to read Northern Light—it totally had me at Iceland and elves. And there’s the new contemporary from Emma Sanderson, Cradled on the Waves, that everyone’s been talking about on twitter and goodreads. Sometimes, I’m a little afraid when everyone’s raving about a book because I don’t want to be that person who ends up hating a really popular book, but I loved Emma’s last book, so I think I’ll love this one, too.
A magic door appears in front of you and it can take you to any world you wish. Where would you go?
The Otherland in Golden. It sounds so beautiful, and I’d love an excuse to watch a training session. Especially if it’s anything like when Maeve walked in on Aedan, shirtless, while he ran through his swordfighting exercises. I also really want to see the Archives and Maeve’s harp.
Do you judge books by their covers?
*hides behind Gilded’s pretty cover* Maybe a little bit? I know I shouldn’t, but it’s really hard to resist a really, really pretty cover!
What do you do when you (gasp) aren’t reading?
I teach knitting and work at our town’s local yarn store. I’m also an archer (but you probably guessed that from the reason why I missed Bookitcon.) I might never be good enough to go to the Olympics, but I really love the challenge.
What’s your favorite food? (Curious minds want to know 😉 )
I love grilled cheese sticks with tomato soup. They’re the perfect kind of comfort food. Plus, they’re vegetarian, which means even Dev can eat them when he’s hanging out at our lunch table.
When did you discover your feelings for Dev?
Uhm, maybe you’re confusing Dev with Kris? Dev’s just a friend and we hang out a lot because we’re both in band and he’s in the theatre club with my friend Em. A lot of girls think he’s cute, but, like I said, we’re just friends.
Kris is a different story. I fell in crush with him the minute I saw him freshman year. He looks so much like Aedan from the Golden series and he acts like Aedan, too—he’s so confident and a great leader as our class president. It’s hard not to love him (unless you’re Em and the football team and the cheerleaders and all of my friends, but they’re biased against him just because he’s into political stuff.)
Now, some rapid-fire questions:
Coffee or tea?
Paper or e-book?
Paper. It hurts less when it hits you in the face if you fall asleep while reading.
Social media of choice?
*pauses* Actually, Dev has these really nice hazel eyes that are a little bit like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s. They’re greener than hers, though.
Autumn. I love when it’s rainy and just cold enough to cuddle under a blanket and read with a huge mug of pumpkin spice hot cocoa on the table next to me.
Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog!
Phoebe Martins is not a book blogger, though she wishes she was. In her spare time between reading, school, and organizing her bookshelves, she’s a competitive recurve archer and knits. She lives in South Jersey.
Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own. In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits. Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olson, Inc. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel. (Photo Credit: Rachel McCalley)