A Character Interview with Thea Scott from the novel Memory Walker, by Carly Marino - Imagine having the ability to walk in a person's memory at the slightest touch of their skin. **Teasers-Giveaway**

Memory Walker
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 18th 2018
Evernight Teen

Imagine having the ability to walk in a person's memory at the slightest touch of their skin. 

High school rumors are the worst. In fact, high school’s the worst. Especially for the school freak who has to avoid human contact.

Freshman year, seventeen-year-old Thea Scott developed the suckiest burden ever. At the brief touch of a person’s skin, she’s forced to walk in their memories. She’d give anything to get rid of this ability—one she can’t control. Well, until the first day of senior year when breathtakingly gorgeous Cole Conway strolls through the auditorium doors and she faints, making an utter fool of herself, again. He acts like he knows her secret, and the last thing she wants is to end up in a lab with her brain in a jar. To protect herself, she decides to do the very thing she runs from, use her ability to enter his memories.

What she didn’t expect to find: out-of-this-world beings who have to “borrow” life essence from humans to survive. Cole unveils dangers she never imagined existed and turns out her own past is her greatest fear. The deeper she falls, the more turmoil and heartbreak crash into her. Dreams of fitting in soon dissolve, and she realizes it was way easier being just a high school freak.

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A Character Interview with Thea Scott
from Memory Walker, by Carly Marino

Welcome to Character Madness and Musings, Thea.
What’s it like to view a memory?

Hmm. That’s an interesting question. Well, it’s like falling into a dark hole with rushes of warmth and coldness. As I settle into someone’s memory, I hear, smell, and feel everything around them. I can’t stop the memory until the person breaks our contact, which totally sucks. A six-second arm around my shoulder throws me into an hour-long memory. It’s pretty terrible. Especially after. I’m usually out of sorts and I have to take a minute to ground myself.

Why haven’t you told anyone about your gift?

Gift? Bah! I always saw my memory walking ability as a curse. Can you imagine not being able to touch anyone? People don’t realize how many times we’re touched. A hug from my aunt can reveal conversations she’s had with doctors about me, the debts she’s stressed over.

But to answer your question, I told my best friends and my aunt when my ability first made an appearance freshman year. Of course, they thought I’d lost my mind, had a nervous breakdown. I couldn’t blame them. Who wouldn’t? After that I realized I had to keep my ability to myself. The government would have a hay day with a girl who could read other people’s memories. I think I really would go mad if I had to live the memories of criminals. 

Speaking of that… what’s the worst memory you’ve ever had to walk in?

A murder. Not just because of the violence but because I’m a child hiding in a closet watching everything happen. The worst part is that the memory feels like my own but I knew it isn’t. And the killer. (shutters) I can’t even talk about him.

The second worse is my best friend’s dad accidently shared with me he was having an affair. (sighs) Gosh, it’s so hard to keep a secret like that from my friend and her mom. But how would I tell them? Hey, I read your dad’s memory… Or I walked in on… every version sounded unbelievable. 

When you first saw Cole, what went through your mind?

(laughs) I fainted. Well, shortly after anyway. Before I embarrassed myself, I sat, mouth-dropped, gazing like a donkey at his gorgeousness. I mean, come on. How can anyone “real” be that incredibly hot? Come to find out… there was a pretty crazy reason. I’ll you find that out later. Anyway, he also had this way about him. He looked like he’d be a bad boy, a jerk, but his eyes… they had this sweet sparkle and guess what… eyes truly are windows to the soul. Cole was sweet, thoughtful, funny. He had me at his insult. (rolls her eyes) “Biting your fingernails is a really gross habit.” 

Finally: If you could change one of your own memories, what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t. Memory’s make us who we are and changing them, changes us. Erasing tiny details, lost keys, what you had for lunch yesterday, those are really harmless. The big stuff, though… I wouldn’t. Couldn’t do it…

Unless I had to, I guess.

Indeed. Thanks for sharing a little about your ability and your, swoon-worthy guy candy.

Anytime. Thanks for reading our story. (she leans in with her hand folded over her mouth) And don’t worry, the end is just the beginning. Wow, that was cliché?

About the Author

I love writing and reading about love. There’s nothing better than two characters finding each other in unusual situations and conquering all odds to be together. *Sigh* Regardless the genre – paranormal, contemporary, fantasy – if there’s romance—I wanna read it! 

I was born in Hawai’i but grew up most of my life in the sticks of Michigan and the sunny beaches of Florida. After graduating high school, I return to my island ohana for college where I wrote my thesis on how to write a young adult book. (Oddly enough)

Wife, mother, dog owner, and author, my hat constantly changes but I love every minute of the hustle. Writing is my passion and the wonderful nagging voice in my head. I’m blessed to have amazing family and friends who’ve supported me from my first story, written in poor phonics and elementary chicken scratch.

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