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Character Interview: Brendan Salinger

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Happy release day for Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz!

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

Today we have the honor of hosting Brendan Salinger, Emma's fated love partner.

We've seen so much of you from Emma's perspective. Why don't you start us off by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm kind of normal, I guess. I'm 17, from NY. Love music—I probably buy about 3 or 4 different albums a week. Not just on iTunes either, I go down to Bleeker Bob's and pick up vinyl and stuff, because I DJ. Love sports. I'm on the basketball team, but I like playing baseball, too. Not so much into watching football but I'll play it. Now that school's over I'm going get a badass K/D on Free for All in COD: Black Ops.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
When I was a kid, my dad took me to spring training down in Tampa. It was awesome. I was by the fence and some guy tried to muscle me out of the way and Jeter said, "Hey man, stop it" and went to me and signed the ball. Posada signed it, too. I was about 8 or so, really little.

You also attend a prestigious private school. Do you have any advice to people seeking to attend Vincent Academy?
Don't. I don't know... it's a good school and all, I guess. You're practically guaranteed Ivy League afterwards, but I feel like if you went to a different school and did well you'd have just as much of a shot. Everyone's pretty snotty and always throwing their family names around like it should matter. There's just a lot of arrogant, entitled people there.

Now, we’ve seen you buy a gift for Emma. Why don’t you try writing a haiku to Emma?
A haiku? LOL no, do you want her to dump me?

I rather like to think that Emma would think it cute of you. How did you feel when you found out that you knew Emma in another life?
A little freaked out but once I accepted the whole magical part of it, it made sense. I didn't really understand why I was so intrigued by her at first. Then I hung out with her and it just felt natural, and she was so much fun. Even if it wasn't for the whole past lives thing I probably would have ended up asking her out because she's awesome.

There is plenty of magic involved where you and Emma are involved, and Emma’s twin brother is in the thick of it. If you had the chance to hang out with Ethan, what would you do with him?
From what Emma tells me, we would have gotten along. We'd probably go to concerts or go skateboarding. I don't know, he'd probably give me a hard time, though, because I'm dating his sister.

Thanks for joining us here today, Brendan! Before you leave, I’d like to ask something I feel all of us fans would like to know. Do you believe you're strong enough to protect Emma?
I hope so. She's pretty strong, but I'll do everything I can.

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Cara Lynn Shultz’s love of supernatural writing began when she was 7 and wrote a play about ghosts, which she and her friends acted out on her grandparents’ porch. Since then, her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press, Stuff, InStyle, Us Weekly, The Guardian UK and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She is a proud graduate of Fordham University and is currently a senior editor at Cara lives in her native New York City with her husband, tuxedo cat and 8 million other people.  Spellbound is her first novel.

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4 comments on "Character Interview: Brendan Salinger"
  1. Great interview. And I enjoyed that the interview was from Brendan.

    I've heard great things about this book. Can't wait to read it.

  2. WOw I love this interview really helps you to see the characters more in interviews like this:)

    1. Thanks. I enjoyed interviewing with Brendan as well and learning more about him :)

  3. Great interview! I love this series. Can't wait for the sequel!


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