Hello everyone! Today I have the pleasure of having Alec on the blog. He is the swoonworthy love interest from Fateful by Claudia Gray. You can find my review of the the book HERE. Now those of you who don’t know, Fateful takes place on the Titanic. And we all know what happens to the Titanic… so I had to be very careful in not letting the interview get spoilery. And it’s not! At least I don’t think so. I hope you agree and enjoy the interview!
Alec it’s great to have you on today!
When you first saw Tess in the streets before you both got on the Titanic did you have a connection with her immediately? Did you look at her and see something was special about her? Or were you just so distracted and concerned for her safety that you didn’t really have a chance? If it wasn’t immediate when exactly did you realize you were falling for her?
When I first met Tess — well, you know the circumstances. Night was falling, the Brotherhood members were coming closer, and above all I was afraid for her safety. Even my trying to save her put her at risk. Immediately I felt powerfully drawn to her, but … how can I say this? I didn’t trust what I felt. After dark, I change, and not for the better. How could I trust my instincts? Maybe it was the monster inside me that wanted to bring Tess closer, only to destroy her. Not until I saw her the next day did I realize that she really was that beautiful, that extraordinary.
Was Tess’ status as a ladies maid something that ever deterred you, or made you hesitate in pursuing her for that reason?
Now, her employers – they were a deterrent, but only in the sense of being an obstacle for us to overcome!
What are 5 of Tess’ best qualities, in your opinion?
If you were able to go back in time and change things what do you think you would change?
If I could go back, I would have to return to that night in Wisconsin when I was first bitten by a werewolf. I’d undo it, and all the harm I caused after I became a monster. Of course, I would still have to board the Titanic, even knowing it was destined to sink. How could I leave Tess to face that alone?
If you had to choose between being a werewolf and meeting Tess and not being a werewolf and never meeting her, would you choose to be a werewolf?
Although perhaps it’s selfish of me to say it, if that was my only choice, then I would accept becoming a werewolf in order to find Tess again. But it’s a high price to pay, and what bothers me most is that I’m not the only one who has to pay it. So does my father. So does Gabrielle. If I could do things over, though, perhaps I could change things this time. Meeting Tess, though — that, I would never change.
When the Titanic was going down what were some thoughts going through your head? Did you think there was any chance of your own survival, or were only concerned about others on the ship?
Every man above the age of 13 knows that in the case of disaster at sea, women and children are to be rescued first. Once I had accepted the incredible fact that the Titanic was sinking — which wasn’t easy to believe, let me tell you — I assumed my life would be lost. I tried not to think about it. What mattered most was getting Tess to safety, if I even could. And it was terrible — beyond terrible — to be on the deck at the very end, to see so many women and children coming up from third class. They weren’t brought up in time; they had no chance at the lifeboats, most of them. There were three little Irish girls we’d seen playing a day or two before — their red hair was unmistakable — and seeing them crushed me. It was as horrible an hour as you can possibly imagine.
So let’s get on to some lighter stuff
What’s your favorite book, and why?
As much as I’d like to claim my favorite novel is something very literary and worthy, honestly, I love THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins. A great adventure — and let’s say I can sympathize with the hero’s problems.
What would your favorite dessert be?
Crepes Suzette. I’m not sure what it says about me that my favorite dessert is something that’s served to you then set on fire.
If you could choose to live or travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Thanks so much for coming on today Alec! I truly enjoyed reading yours and Tess’ story and miss you both already! Is there anything you’d like to add that you think others should know about you?
You should know that if there had been any other way to quickly cross the Atlantic that spring, I would have taken it. But the Titanic seemed the fastest and safest way. We had no idea.
About the author: *taken from her website*
Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.
I am a full-time novelist based in Chicago. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.
You can also find her on LiveJournal, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.
Make sure you stop by the rest of the blog tour stops as well as her book tour stops below.