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Today's Guest of Honor is Logan from Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade Trilogy!
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Hey everyone, Logan Keeley here! The Woman Upstairs (you know her as Jeri Smith-Ready) said I could answer these interview questions about one of my favorite topics: ME. Thanks to Amber for inviting us!
What is your Creature? I’m a ghost, which is what happens to most people in my world when they die suddenly. Some of them pass on and find peace right away, so no one sees them as ghosts. But the rest of us hang around because we have, um, issues. Or hey, we just love this world—who can blame us?
Name? Logan Keeley, former lead singer and guitarist for the Keeley Brothers. Boyfriend to Aura Salvatore, the smartest, most beautiful girl alive. She and everyone born after her can see and talk to ghosts, and no one else can. They’re known as “Post-Shifters,” since the weird event that caused this is called the “Shift.” (That’s also the name of the second book in the series, SHIFT.)
Is your creature from a specific part of the world? Nah, ghosts are everywhere! But we can only go to the places where we went in life, like hamsters in a Habitrail. So most people try to travel as much as they can, in case they become a ghost someday. As much as it sucks to be stuck in one town when you’re alive, it’s sucks even MORE when you’re dead. I like to haunt Dublin a lot, and my hometown of Baltimore. And sometimes DisneyWorld.
Physical Description? We glow violet, or at least that’s the way we look to post-Shifters. Also, we’re captured in our happiest moment. So if you were to see a young-looking ghost, that doesn’t mean they died young. Me, I died on the happiest night of my life (I know, tragic!), so I look like I did then. Bleached blond hair with a black streak (did I mention I was in a punk band?), skate shorts, short sleeve button down shirt (it wasn’t what I wore to the concert, but I changed afterward for my seventeenth birthday party, since my concert shirt was sweaty), and my blue-and-black-checkered hightop Vans.
Yep, that’s me, forever: skate-punk rocker in violet. Luckily, I’m a Ravens fan, so I’m not as anti-purple as most guys.
What book or series does this creature appear in? I rock the SHADE trilogy by Jeri Smith-Ready: SHADE, SHIFT, and SHINE.
I also have a short story in the ENTHRALLED anthology (edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong—if you want to find it, look under their names, not Jeri’s). It’s called “Bridge,” and it’s about me and my older brother Mickey. In the story, I have to stop him from killing himself over my death, but he’s a pre-Shifter and can’t hear me, so I find a stranger to be the go-between. It takes place at the beach, which is cool.
What is the history of this creature? how where they created, where do they come from? Oh man, that involves big-time book spoilers, but I’ll try to explain what I can. Ghosts have always been around, but most people couldn’t see them, and when they did, we looked wispy gray or white. Which is how I’ve heard things are in your world. But in my world (which is a lot like yours—we have most of the same bands and movies and stuff), after the Shift, ghosts became violet, and everyone born after the Shift could see us.
What are their strengths? We can zap ourselves from place to place just by thinking about it. We’re invisible to adults (at least until Aura and those born after her grow up).
BUT there are these things called “shades.” They’re what ghosts transform into when we get really bitter and desperate. The longer someone stays a ghost, the more likely they’ll become a shade. Sadly, shades can never pass on or find peace, so shading is pretty much a one-way trip to Hell-on-earth.
Shades have major strengths, though. They can go where they want, and they make post-Shifters sick and dizzy. There’s a whole division of the Department of Metaphysical Purity that protects the world from shades, called the Obsidian Corps. They are badass, and I hate them.
What are their weaknesses? Like I mentioned before, ghosts can only travel where we went during our lives. Plus we can’t enter rooms or buildings where the walls are lined with BlackBox, which is this technology based on electromagnetically charged obsidian. Also, we really don’t like the color red. And we can’t see other ghosts, which makes our afterlives pretty lonely. (Not that I ever feel sorry for myself. Much. I mean, not 100% of the time.)
Shades’ major weakness is that they can’t talk to anyone, because pre-Shifters can’t see them and post-Shifters are too busy puking their guts out. And there’s that whole eternity-with-sucky-existence thing.
OH! I almost forgot: ghosts can’t lie. (That’s a weakness, right?) So they get called to testify as witnesses for lots of crimes, including their own murders! Aura’s job is to translate ghosts’ testimonies in court. Which is pretty cool, but can also be sad and weird.
How long can they live? We don’t technically live at all. We’re dead. We can’t touch anything (there are no such thing as poltergeists) or hug and kiss the people we love. I guess we can exist on earth forever, either as ghosts or shades, but I can’t imagine anyone wanting to.
What do they need to survive? Nothing. We don’t eat, either, which is a major bummer. I miss pizza more than ANYTHING other than playing guitar and kissing my girlfriend.
What are some unique characteristics that set them apart from humans? Ouch! We ARE human. We’re not monsters. Well, okay, shades are monsters. But still! It’s bad enough to be dead without people thinking we’re not human.
(I know it’s just a form question, so I’m not mad at you personally. It’s just that there are some people in my world (mostly pre-Shifters who can’t even see us) who really hate ghosts and want to lock us all up.)
Are they made or born? We’re made by dying suddenly. I guess this is because sudden death doesn’t give you time to prepare. Hardly anyone wants to die, but when you have some warning, it helps you accept it.
Do you like being what you are? Well, obviously, I’d rather be alive than dead. I had a lot to live for— college, a music career, a loving family, the best girlfriend ever. But I did something colossally stupid that took my life away. I hope that readers learn from my mistake and don’t do what I did. Maybe my could even save a life or two.
BUT if I had to die like that, I’m glad I could be a ghost. It gave me a chance to say goodbye to the people I love. It even gave me a chance to grow up.
I guess that’s as good a place as any to stop yakking. Thanks a lot for having me on your blog—you rock!
You can follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/keeley_
I also have a tumblr with Zachary, my old nemesis: http://shadeboys.tumblr.com. We blog about TV, music, and any other random stuff that we think of.
Zach’s on Twitter, too: http://twitter.com/moore_
And so is his best friend Martin: http://twitter.com/connelly_
Aura is there, too, but not very often, because that would be, um, awkward: http://twitter.com/salvatore_
Oh, and if you want to follow Jeri (The Woman Upstairs), she’s here: http://twitter.com/jsmithready
, and her website is: http://www.jerismithready.com
And last but not least, here’s a sweet video that Amy from Fictitious Delicious made for me: http://youtu.be/jHq3VbmoBRM?
Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound.
Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.
When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.
More About The Shade Books:
Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart. Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.
Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.
In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.
Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.
As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.
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Thanks so much Logan for being here!! I am so sorry about the "human" question. It was a mistake.
I love Logan so much that I am really really scared to read the last book Shine. What if he leaves? My heart can't take it. I know I have to suck it up though and see what happens.
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