It’s that time again! Time for me to promote another upcoming book by my friend, science fiction and fantasy writer Clay Gilbert. I’ve promoted his books in his Annah series on here before, but now I’m promoting his new series featuring a rather unusual girl named Pearl. How unusual is she? Well, you’ll just have to read to find out! But in the meantime, let’s get to know her a little in this interview I did.
- I know you like stories about monsters. Do you have a favorite monster? Why? *chuckles* Matt-he’s my adopted dad–asked me that one time. Gotta be either Frankenstein or the Wolf Man, if you mean classic monsters, but I like Godzilla a lot too. And King Kong. And I know Frankenstein ain’t really the monster’s name, but the name of the doctor. But yeah, Frankenstein’s monster wants to get along with people, but people treat him mean and it makes him mean too. Maybe if I never had father figures like Matt or Dr. Steve back in the lab where I grew up, I woulda been sad and angry and mean to folks like Frankenstein’s monster. I got lucky, I guess.
- What’s your favorite food? Hmm, I like food. (looks around) Ya got any? (laughs) Scrambled eggs and bacon’s prob’ly my favorite breakfast food. Hot dogs or pizza prob’ly are my two favorite other foods. Matt–Dad–would say those ain’t very good for me, but I can’t help that. (laugh again) I like pepperonis and green peppers and onions on my pizza. But not anchovies. (in Gollum voice) we HATES anchovies, preciousss.
- You were named after a verse from the Bible; the “pearl of great price”. What’s your favorite part of the Bible? Anything with Jesus in it. Specially I liked how he talked about people needing to be like children to enter God’s kingdom. I think people overlook kids a lot of the time, and don’t give ’em enough credit or treat ’em like real people, and I think it mighta been that way in Jesus’s time, too. I know I ain’t like most other ten-year-old kids, but I still know what it’s like not to be listened to by some folks cause of my age, even though I’m smart. Oops, Dad says that’s braggin’ and folks don’t like people who brag too much. Sorry. But yeah, Jesus loved everybody–loves everybody–and he don’t care what color skin someone’s got, whether it’s dark like mine or light yours, or whether somebody got silver eyes or pointy teeth and nails, or not, so long as they good to people and kind to people.
- Do you have any favorite musicians? Any you don’t like? I love Johnny Cash. He prob’ly my favorite of all. Love that song “Wabash Cannonball”. and “Man in Black”. I like Tracy Chapman–she makes of think of me. I like LL Cool J and Tupac, even though it sounds like he had a rough time. Maybe even BECAUSE he sounds like he had a rough life . He got hold of a lot of money, but ‘fore he did, sounds like he went through stuff about as bad as the stuff I seen before Dr. Steve or Dad came along. Different stuff, but just as bad. Ain’t no music I don’t like, not really. There’s some good to all of it.
- Have you read Firestarter by Stephen King? Your story seems similar in a way. Yeah I read that. I felt sorry for Charlie, the little girl in the book. She coulda been like any normal little girl, well mostly. Guess I’s kind of jealous of her, too. She could go to a normal school, if folks woulda left her and her Dad alone. My dad couldn’t get me in no normal school, no way. He’s homeschooled me though. I mean, I know I talk like a hick, but I’ve read stuff some kids don’t read till college.
6. Have you ever read Flowers for Algernon? I ain’t read that. Dad told me I might like it.I thought I read lots of stuff till I met him. But he writes books, so I reckon he has to read a lot, even more than what folks usually think is readin’ a lot.
7. Basically, who are your favorite writers? JRR Tolkien’s prob’ly my favorite. I love, love, love Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit too. I like Stephen King stuff, though I ain’t read all of it. He wrote this one book called The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (he’s a baseball player, if ya don’t know). The little girl in that book reminded me some of me, except of course she don’t look like me. She liked figurin’ stuff out though, and was in the woods for a while like I was. I also like Maurice Sendak and CS Lewis and Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain. I’d like to meet Huck Finn. I bet he’d be fun to hang out with.
8. Do you have any favorite TV shows? Star Trek, probably. But like, my favorite Star Trek ain’t just called Star Trek–it’s Star Trek: Deep Space 9. And not just cause Sisko has brown skin like mine, but cause on that whole station,they got people who are all diff’rent colors and different races–like for real, people form way different planets and stuff–and they mostly still manage to be friends.
9. Who do you consider a friend?
My dad Matt Chandler, is my best friend in the whole world. He was my friend before I thought of him as my family. I know he’d do anything for me, and I sure would for him. Dr. Steve Squire–he gone now, which is sad, but people die, sure ’nuff–he was my first real good friend. Met him in the bad place–in the lab where I grew up. He helped me a lot, even if it maybe got him in trouble. But I think that’s what real friends do, they help ya, even if helping you isn’t always good for them. If we only always do what’s good for us, and not what’s good for other people, well, I don’t think that’s how folks are supposed to act, at all.