Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Won’t You Be My Neighbor—Dax

I have a ground breaking interview today. One of my favorite people in the world, Chantele Sedgwick, is letting me interview a character from her awesome book—Not Your Average Fairy Tale.

So will everyone give a warm virtual welcome to Dax :)

Dax: Thanks for having me, Ms. Cothran. It's a pleasure. You obviously have good taste.

Angie: Dax, call me Angie. We aren't that formal here. I'm so glad you agreed to come and talk with me today, because I have all kinds of questions for you. Let’s start out easy and ease into the harder ones.

Your magical world is pretty cool. What is your favorite part about it?

Dax: I'm actually not the biggest fan. Everyone is too goody goody there. And anywhere Ash Summerland is, I'd rather not be. Things are more interesting in the human world. I can actually use my magic without anyone breathing down my neck.

Angie: That's interesting. Then tell me what you like most about the human world.

Dax: I feel powerful in the human world. Since human's are all the same, powerless and predictable, I have a lot of fun when I'm there. It's easy to get inside their heads and freak them out. Call it a hobby I guess.

Angie: Powerless and predictable, huh. I won't take that as an insult :)

Here's a harder one. In your dealings with Ash and even Kendall, you come across as the "bad guy." Do you feel like you are the bad guy, or just misunderstood?

Dax: Oh, stereotypes. Don't you love them? I'm a good guy, naturally. Ever since I've been at the Academy though, Ash and I have had our differences. When we disagree, I'm always the one in trouble and Ash never gets punished for anything he does. Now that Ash has Kendall though, it's a whole different ball game. He actually cares about someone else. Which could be fun in the future. 

So, in answer to your question, you always have to have a villain, and I guess I play the part well when it comes to him. I'm darker by nature, but not pure evil. I can be good too if I want to be. The opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet.

Angie: So you are just a bit complicated. I can identify with that.

Okay Dax, I want you to be really honest with your answer here. What do you want more than anything else in the world?

Dax: A friend. It sounds lame, I know, and I come off as a loner that wants to be alone, but I would really like someone to relate to. Who understands me.

Angie: Dax, you're breaking my heart :( Have you ever thought being nicer would get you what you want?

Dax: Believe me. When you have my reputation, people won't take me serious if I all of a sudden change personalities. You know what I mean?

Angie: I do. But maybe you can try it by small degrees, then maybe it won't be such a shock to people. Sorry I didn't mean for this to turn into a therapy session :)

How about a lighter question. Besides harassing Ash and messing with unsuspecting humans, what do you like to do for fun? What are your hobbies?

Dax: Thank you for the subject change. I don't talk about my personal problems very often. If ever. Um... as for hobbies? I'm a big fan of skateboarding. Random, I know. I also like to draw. 

Angie: I love to draw too! Did you feel that little connection we had there?

Normally I would give you a beauty pageant question, something super hard but you've been so great about opening up I thought we could play a little word association game instead. I'm going to give you 5 words and I want you to tell me the first thing that comes to your mind. Then I might ask a little follow up question.

Gummy Bear

Dax: Fairy - Ash. Ha ha.
Red - Blood
Gummy Bear - I prefer Gummy Worms.
Season - Winter
Alligator - Teeth

Angie: Gummy Worms? Why? They are basically long gummy bears.

Dax: I have no idea. Gummy worms just taste better. Mixture of flavors maybe?

Angie: Dax, you were awesome today. I just want you to know that you really surprised me at the end of the book. I didn't see that epilogue coming! Just a little friendly advice from me to you--revenge never works out how you have it planned. I want to see you get that friend :)

Dax: Thank you, Angie. It was a pleasure being here. And hopefully I will surprise you in the next book.

Angie: I hope so too!

Thanks for letting us meet Dax, Chantele. If you want to check out Not Your Average Fairy Tale (and I totally recommend you do :) Try these links.

Love you to pieces, Chan!


Samantha May said...

Oh I love it! Dax sounds like such a great character. Much love to Chantele :D

And you of course :P

Kyra Lennon said...

AH, this was awesome!! Is it wrong that I think Dax is kind of hot, even though he scared the hell out of me in the book? :p

Nick Wilford said...

Very fun interview. Sounds like there are some great, well-drawn characters in this book.

Suzi said...

Wow. I definitely want to read more about Dax. I'm curious about how he likes to mess with us powerless and predictable humans.

Meredith said...

Ha, I think I'm going to love Dax! Can't wait to read this one!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Thank you so much for having Dax today, Angie! :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Great interview! Loved his answer to the 'bad boy' question. He sounds like a very interesting character!

Jenny S. Morris said...

I skipped this interview. I just read the first chapter of Chantele's book last night I don't want to ruin it. I'll come back and read the interview when I'm done with the book. But I am so looking forward to meeting Dax. YUM!!!!

Emily R. King said...

Wow. Dax is definitely a character I'd like to meet. Great interview!

Shallee said...

Nice to meet Dax! Sounds like a great, relatable "villain." :)

Kathryn Purdie said...

Haha. I loved this!! Oh, Dax, you devil, you. Way to bring out his softer side, Angie.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Interesting character. Great interview.
Yes, they do taste different.

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