As part of the promotional tour through Teen Book Scene I'm thrilled to welcome Sam from Gemma Halliday's upcoming release Deadly Cool to the blog today to answer a few questions about the craziness that is her life as a result of recent events. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so be sure and pop back in on Thursday for my full review!
If you could suddenly have the investigative skills of any famous detective, who would you pick and what about them most appeals to you?
I would totally have to go with Sherlock Holmes, because he's just so super smart. Man, if I had those kinds of powers of observation, imagine the kinds of grades I could be pulling in advanced Chem!
What’s the first thing that went through your mind when you found the body in the closet?
Run like heck! Seriously, that was the single most creepy thing that has ever happened to me. When my best friend Hartley and I saw her, we just like freaked. I think I didn't stop screaming for at least a full five minutes.
If you found the same evidence of infidelity in your boyfriend’s locker that Hartley finds in Josh’s, what do you think you’d do? Would you confront him as Hartley planned to do with Josh, or would you take a different approach?
Okay, first off, my boyfriend, Kyle, would never cheat on me. Kyle is like the most sweet, loyal, kind guy you could ever meet. Plus, he knows I'd kick his keister if he even thought about it. But, in the world of let's imagine, I would totally have to confront Kyle about it. Hartley was right to have it out with Josh about his cheating. It was the only way she was ever going to get closure. Of course, she didn't know it was going to lead to investigating a murder, but what can you do, right?
Do you have a favorite amateur detective moment you experienced while attempting to solve this case?
I have to say, it was pretty cool the way that Hartley and I broke into Chase Erikson's bedroom to look for evidence that he might have something to do with the murder. We were like in stealth mode with our brilliant plan to get in. Unfortunately, things didn't turn out so hot with the getting-out part, but we totally rocked the sneaking in.
How effective do you feel you were as a lookout when Hartley was snooping in Chase’s room?
Uh, yeah. No comment on that one. Hey, it's hard to be a lookout!
Do you think Chase is a good fit for Hartley?
You know, if you'd asked me that last semester, I'd have said that Chase's Bad Boy thing was way wrong for Hartley's girl-next-door style. But after getting to know him a little, I have to say that I think Chase may really care about Hartley. And, let's face it, he's hot. I think they could possibly be a pretty cool couple. But, you know, we'll have to wait and see how that develops…
Let’s say you and Hartley turn into an amazing crime fighting team moving forward. What witty and memorable name would you call yourselves?
Dude, how fun! Okay, I think we could totally pull off Chase's Angels. Or maybe the Dangerous Duo. Oh, or the Blond Bombshells!
You have to create a distraction in the middle of the school day so Hartley and Chase can sneak out unnoticed and be super sleuths, what do you do first?
Well, there's always the classic fire alarm trick, but it's hard to pull off unnoticed in a crowded hallway. A more subtle approach would be simply to "accidentally" bump a pile of papers on the teacher's desk. Teachers go crazy when they're graded papers are out of order. I'm sure Hart and Chase could easily slip out of class while she's scrambling to put her grades in order.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions Sam! For more information on Gemma, Hartley, Sam, and Deadly Cool you can find them here:
First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?
As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.
I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.