Today I'm thrilled to welcome the protagonist from Mary Lindsey's upcoming young adult novel Shattered Souls to the blog to answer a couple questions! Lenzi can hear the voices of the dead, an ability I most certainly don't envy her, but it does make her story a fascinating one. Shattered Souls releases on December 8th from Philomel so be sure and mark you calendars, and don't forget to check out the other reviews, interviews, and guest posts that are part of the promotional tour through Teen Book Scene!
If Rose could have left you one piece of advice to find in this cycle where you have no memories of the past, what do you most wish she would have told you?
Well, I really would have appreciated it if she had let me know there was a crazy dead guy out to kill me for something I did in a past life I don’t remember. That would have been nice instead of finding it out the way I did.
What is the hardest part about knowing you’ve spent lifetimes with Alden but can’t remember a single moment unless he shares a memory with you?
I’m kinda jealous of that. I mean, he knows all kinds of things about me I don’t know about myself. I’d like to know him that well.
Also, I’m kind of embarrassed sometimes because I don’t know exactly what his experiences with Rose have been. I’ve never done this, but the best example I can give is it’s probably like when somebody gets really drunk and does stuff she doesn’t remember. Then, the next day she has to hang out with people who DO remember. Uncomfortable.
Now that you have some experience with resolutions and have embraced being a Speaker, what are you most excited about moving forward?
There’s nothing like that feeling when the hindered spirit moves on. Now that I kind of have the hang of it, I plan to really pay attention and enjoy that moment.
What was more frightening: hearing the voices and thinking you were crazy or fighting Smith?
It was a totally different kind of fear. When I started hearing voices, I thought I was going crazy. That was a personal fear for myself and what my mom would go through if I ended up like Dad. The battle with Smith affected so much more. Lots of lives, potentially. The difference between the types of fear would best be described as dread vs. terror.
Do you think you’ll continue learning more about Rose and what she was like, or are you content with the way things are?
I’d be happy if things stayed as they are, but I keep getting more of her memories all the time, and I look forward to really getting to know who she... I mean, who I used to be.
Thanks so much for stopping by Lenzi! For more information on Mary and Shattered Souls, you can find here here:
Shattered Souls on Amazon
A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.