INTRODUCING….Erin Michaelson, Character from Crash and Burn by MICHELE CALLAHAN.
Q:What is your motto?
A: Oh, this one is easy. “Fake it ‘til you make it.” That’s all I do, every day. It’s also the reason I dress up as someone else whenever I go out on stage. The real me is pretty boring, but when I put on a wig and a costume, I let the crazy out.
Q: Isn’t that how you met Chance Walker? And fell in love with him? When you were in disguise?
A: Yes, and no. I met him as myself when he came into the music store where I work. I gave him a guitar lesson, and he didn’t seem interested at all. He swears he was interested from the moment we met, but I didn’t believe him for a long time. He said that if he’d asked me out that first day, I would have just blown him off.
Q: Would you have? Just blown him off if he asked you out that first day?
A: Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe. He was too much for me to take in all at once. He still overwhelms me.
Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A: Before I would have said making it big in the music business, but now? Now this things with Chance consumes me.
Q: What is your greatest fear?
A: My mom died when I was fourteen and my dad wasn’t really around. After my mom died, I felt like a ghost, like she was the only one who ever really saw the real me. When I met Chance, when he kissed me backstage, the only thing I could thing about was whether he was kissing me, the real me, or Eva James, the persona I wear on stage. I felt invisible all over again, and that scared the hell out of me.
Q: What do you consider the most important virtue?
A: No one likes this answer, but I value honesty. It’s the reason I have the word “Truth” tattooed over my heart. When I was younger and drinking and doing drugs, when I was running away from home and trying to survive on my own, I was afraid to face the truth about myself. I was terrified of the truth. Now, truth is the only thing that matters to me. And especially, being honest with myself. Truth is the most powerful thing I know. The truth saved my life and truth is what keeps me strong.
Q: What is the quality you most like in a man?
A: He has to see me, the real me, and love everything about me, all the scars and all the crazy, and all the different ways I want him. Love and acceptance matter, because you can’t really have one without the other.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My old guitar. It’s not a great guitar, but my mom saved her money and bought it for my 13th birthday, just a year before she died. It survived more foster homes than I can count, and I still take it everywhere I go. I wrote Chance’s love song, Crash and Burn, on that guitar. It’s like my teddy bear or security blanket. I love that guitar.
Q: How would you like to die?
A: I want to be immortal. But since that won’t work, I’d like to die in my sleep, in Chance’s arms when we’re both about a hundred years old. Like that movie, The Notebook. That movie makes me cry every time.
Be sure to come back to read more about Erin and Michele and her novel, CRASH AND BURN, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Michele’s website, blog, books, etc.
Crash and Burn
Love You Like A Love Song, Book 1
by Michele Callahan