Monday, September 26, 2011

Character Interview: Lenzi from Shattered Souls

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.


  1. Great interview. I'm participating in the tour later on and should hopefully get my ARC in the next week or so. I'm looking forward to it.

  2. Yeah, it was definitely a little unfair that Alden had all those memories but Lenzi didn't! I love the drunk analogy. :P
    Thanks for the interview! :)

  3. I got a real feel for Mary with this interview and am quite interested in the book because of it. I love the past lives aspect and Mary not having any understanding of it. I think I would be thinking I was going crazy too.

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! I've been admiring the cover for a while -- it's SO GORGEOUS! -- and Lenzi seems like an awesome main character! I wouldn't really want her ability either LOL but hey! It sounds like she's dealing with it well! :)

    Awesome interview! Now I'm even more excited for SS to come out!

  5. Alison - Thanks! Can't wait to see what you think of it:)

    Lauren - I thought that was a great analogy too, it would definitely be uncomfortable to not remember anything that he does.

    Jan - I love past lives too, the whole premise of this one was really interesting:)

    Mimi - I adore the cover as well! She deals with her ability way better than I would:)

  6. This is one book I am dying to read! I have heard great things about it. You interview questions are great! Makes me want to know more!

  7. Whoa! I can imagine it must be uncomfortable to not remember a lifetime even when you partner can. That kind of set up reminds me of the relationship between the characters in The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller.

    Looking forward to reading this one. Like everyone else, I love the cover.

  8. You always have fun interview questions, Jenny! I'm participating in the tour later on and should hopefully get my ARC near Thanksgiving. With a great review from Andrea Cremer, I'm really looking forward to this book.

  9. Savy - Thanks! I enjoyed this book, makes me wish I could remember past lives:)

    Missie - Right? I would be constantly wondering what he knows that I don't and if he knows anything embarrassing:)

    Rummanah - Thank you! Can't wait to read your thoughts on it!

  10. I can't wait to read this book, now even more! Great character interview!


  11. I am DYING to read Shattered souls!!! OMG!!!

  12. I like your character interviews :D They are just so fun and different to read

  13. Okay, so while I don't envy the ability to listen to the dead...because that sounds scary as all get out...I do love books that have protags that do. :D I've always adored this cover because I feel like the girl on the cover is unraveling slowly. I'm so excited to jump into it now! :D

  14. YES! I also so love the cover. I really want to read this one. And... hm... hearing the dead? That sounds like a book for TEAM GHOST! ;)

  15. Oh, I can't WAIT to read this one! Definitely don't envy her the ability to hear the dead. *shiver* Great interview.

  16. That sucks having someone else remember things about you and you being unable to remember those things :( Great interview!

  17. Heather - Glad you enjoyed it:)

    Ashley - Hope you love it!

    Blodeuedd - Thank you:)

    Jen - I would probably die of fright if I could hear the dead, there wouldn't even be time to think I'm crazy, I'd just keel over:)

    Melissa - Definitely a book for Team Ghost:)

    Mary - Right? I would be traumatized if that happened to me. Or dead:)

    Jacinda - I would hate not being able to remember, it would drive me crazy!

  18. Great character interview! This one reminds me of The Body Finder- which is one of my favorite books. I'll definitely have to check this out. Thanks for sharing this!

  19. LOL It probably would have been nice if Rose had told her that a dead guy wanted to kill her. =P I am so glad that Lenzi has embraced being a Speaker. =) Nice interview, Jenny!!

  20. Awesome interview, Jenny! I've been dying to read this one sounds phenomenal :) don't need me to write your reviews bc yours rock the pants off mine. That sounded dirty and I meant it.

  21. I would definitely appreciate knowing beforehand that a crazy dead guy was out to get me. I don't know how useful knowing that would be since I don't believe in ghosts anyway but at least you've got some time to prepare.

  22. Yep, the "crazy dead guy" stalker would be an important piece of info. Glad you realized you weren't going crazy!

  23. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I've been drooling over the cover for months now, and it sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing this character interview with us, Lenzi sounds like a great character!