Welcome to today's stop on the MARA Madness Blog Tour hosted all month by Books Complete Me. This is stop number 10 and to see all the other ones, click on that banner below! I love The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I'm excited to be part of the tour!
Today, you get to meet Daniel. Who's he? Well, he is Mara's amazing brother. I think you'll get to know a lot about him in this interview. He's loyal and he's always looking out for his family. There's something really intriguing about Daniel, and he's one of my favorite characters in the novel. He's smart, friendly, and a little geeky sometimes. A great combination! Before you meet him in the book, meet him here.
What do you do for fun?
I read—Don DeLillo and Franz Kafka
are my favorite authors. I also write music—Chopin and Rachmaninoff are
my favorite composers.
What is your earliest memory?
I was five, my parents took me and Mara on a cruise to Alaska. They had
this talent show set up for the kids and my parents wanted me and Mara
to participate so they could get a break and relax. Mara wanted to sing a
song and I wanted to play piano, but then she decided she wanted to do
something together. So we practiced Chopsticks for weeks, keeping it a
secret from our parents, until the day of the talent show. The crew took
us to a big stage and there was a piano all set up in the middle, and
when we went out there, we saw virtually every single person on the
cruise ship in the audience—there must have been hundreds of people. I
remember being really nervous and I froze, but Mara didn’t miss a beat.
She just walked right up to the piano and sat down, then turned and
waited for me. I followed, and we played, and everyone gave us a
standing ovation. That’s my earliest memory.
Who has had the most influence on you?
Who is the most important person in your life, and why?
mom. She’s been through more than most people know about, but she
hasn’t let anything weaken her. She loves her kids ferociously and would
do anything for us.
What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
the delivery people showed up at our old house with the piano. I don’t
remember ever saying that I wanted to play, but I think my mom knew that
I did. It was an old Steinway and must have been expensive, but without
it, I wouldn’t have discovered how much I love music.
What was it like when you heard about the accident your sister was in?
don’t think I’ve ever been so scared. At the time, we didn’t know if
she would wake up. But our father told us more than once how dangerous
it is to do what she did—she wasn’t the first teenager to try it. So I
was also angry at her. It was truly the most horrible moment of my life.
What's your biggest secret?
I have Bieber Fever.
That's Daniel!! You'll get to know him more in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and he's an amazing brother/character.
As part of the Mara Madness Blog Tour, you get to solve a puzzle! Each blog
has one letter assigned to them. Each stop on the tour (21 stops total)
will be posting a letter and the chance to enter ends the last day of the tour, 9/30 at midnight. When you put the puzzle together, it spells out an important line from the book! Even if you haven't read the book yet, you'll still be able to piece it together. You can submit your answer here when you know it. Make sure to check out Books Complete Me on Monday
the October 3rd to see if you were right!
The prize: 2 people will win a signed, finished copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!
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