Monday, October 3, 2011

Character Interview: Sam from Deadly Cool

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:



Thanks to Gemma and the wonderful people at Teen Book Scene I have a set of Deadly Cool trading cards to give away on the blog today! To enter, please just leave a comment on this post and leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, and will run through midnight EST Friday, October 7th after which time a winner will be chosen and announced on the blog. Good luck everyone!

DEADLY COOL (from Goodreads):

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.


  1. I loved the answer to the first thought when you saw the body in the closet. I think my first reaction would be to scream. Then I'd run like heck. :-)

  2. Haha! Sam sounds like such a fun character! I love that she uses words like "keister"! And it's great that she's still pretty upbeat, even after finding a body in a closet! Yikes!

  3. I would totally pick Sherlock Holmes too! He is just so snarky and brilliant. I'd definitely need a Watson to help balance me out. ;) Look forward to your review on Thursday, Jenny!

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this--what a fun character interview. :)

  5. Love Sam's voice and am really wanting to read all about her sleuthing adventure. Great post!

  6. I like Dangerous Duo myself :)

    "Teachers go crazy when their graded papers are out of order."-LOL!!!


  7. I would love to win this!

    "Uh, yeah. No comment on that one. Hey, it's hard to be a lookout!"-she sooo messed up :P


  8. Alison - I think I would probably just stand there frozen, unable to speak or move until I pass out from fear:)

    Lauren - She's hilarious. She's trying to curse less, so she uses other words in their stead:)

    Rummanah - I wouldn't mind a Watson either:)

    Wendy - Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it:)

    Jan - I loved this book, it was just fun and hilarious and I can't wait for more.

    Jacinda - Me too. That's what I would go with:)

    Krazzy - Yes, yes she did. Complete lookout failure:)

  9. LOL I think anyone would be shocked to find a body in a closet. I know I would do the same and run out of there too.

  10. Jenny, you are the Queen of interview! Never the same boring questions always something new and exciting!

  11. Being a lookout IS hard! Not that I've had many options to do so, but I've had some experience. Oddly enough, I have this weird dream to be a super sleuth...or possibly an assassin who doesn't kill but incapacitates (is that even possible). I'm not really the murderous type, but I wouldn't mind beating the crap out of someone who deserved it...uhhhh... *whispers* I may have anger issues. ;D

    Sidenote: Did you like the book,Jenny? Is it worth a pickup? *hugs* Talk to you soon!:D

  12. I would love to be a amateur detective as long as I didn't find any dead bodies and no one shot at me...who am I kidding. I would make a horrible detective. Oh well, I leave it up to Sam and Hartley.

  13. Love this interview! Sam sounds like a really great character. I'm really looking forward to reading this book!

  14. To be honest I haven't paid any attention to this book other than notice that it looks like an interesting sci-fi cover. So I was wrong on that point. It sounds interesting and I find that I prefer YA mysteries to adult mysteries, I'm not sure why. I'll definitely look into it more, there aren't a lot of books in this genre for the YA crowd, I hope this is one that would be a good purchase for our upper school library.

  15. Hey everyone, happy Monday! Sam is busy in class today, so I'm posting for her. She says thanks so much for hosting her today, and she can't wait to hear what you all think of her adventure with her best friend Hartley when it comes out next week. Oh, and she says she'll try to pop in again to say hi if she can sneak a text in at lunch...

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  17. Cheating boyfriends suck! I'm glad to hear that Hartley gets the new HOT 'bad boy'. He sounds much more win than whatshisface.

    Thanks for the interview Sam. If I found a body in my closet then I'd have the same reaction. And Kyle sounds great.

  18. OMG! I would so scream too if I found a body. However, I'd probably run as well, and not just think about it. :)

    Love this interview! :)

    Btw, Jenny, did you see the award? It's the Gini award and there is possible winnings involved. :) It's on my RAK post. :D

  19. Lol, yes papers need to be in order ;)

  20. I'm soooo hoping to read this book this week! Major Brunette live for the hot bad boy!! ;)

  21. He sounds like a great character!

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  22. After reading this interview, I've got to read the book. I love the quirky sense of humor of Sam! She seems like a firecracker.

  23. LOL Finding a dead body would be the creepiest thing that happened to me too!! I don't know how you would top that. =o *shivers*

  24. Dead body, creepy. Cover, amazing, but I'm jealous. I need headphones like hers. :D
    thanks for the chance

  25. HAHAHAHA yes. I freaking loved this book. It was so fun, and it didn't take itself seriously! Always a plus. Great interview :)

  26. Ooh! This has been on my To Read list since I first heard about it! Thank you so much for the giveaway!


  27. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  28. Oh, Sam sounds awesome. I love the nicknames she came up with for her and Hartley and think a confrontation with a guy who cheats on you is totally the way to go. Not only do you get closure, but you can tell him how much better off you're going to be without him.

  29. Jenny-

    Great character interview! You do these so well!! I think I like this Sam character! She's funny!


  30. Love these questions and answers... the book sounds very fun and interesting!

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  31. Thanks for this great giveaway and the interview, it was very interesting!


  32. this looks really really good, and i love the cover! thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

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