VBT: Hold- Rachel Davidson Leigh
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lucas Aday, the star of Rachel Davidson Leigh’s first novel, Hold.
Hi Rachel, thank you for agreeing to let Luke join us for this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m Rachel, and my hobbies include overanalyzing television shows and pairing readers with their perfect books. My debut novel, Hold, is a story about grief, identity, and transformation. After his sister’s death, Lucas Aday can hardly drag himself back to school. He couldn’t possibly prepare himself to stop time or to fall for the only other boy who doesn’t stop moving.
I’m glad that you get the chance to talk to Luke today. He deserves as little bit of celebrity after everything I put him through. Take it away, Luke.
1) What do you find attractive in a man?
Oh, wow. That got personal fast, didn’t it? Um.
I guess I like a good smile. I’ve only liked, maybe, two guys, but they both got this light in their eyes when they smiled and I liked that. I think I also go for guys who think fast? That sounds weird, but it’s cool when a guy can go from one idea to another and another so fast I can hardly follow what he’s going to say next. Even if I can’t actually keep up, it makes me want to be faster and smarter too. So, I guess I like guys who make me better, especially if they have weird minds.
My friend, Marcos, is reading over my shoulder while I write my answers and he says I like weirdos because I’m a weirdo too.
That’s probably true. I know it sounds like I should be mad, but he didn’t mean it like that. He meant the good kind of weird. He’s also saying that I should tell you that “I like guys with good butts” and if I don’t say so I’m “lying my ass off,” but that’s not true. I didn’t say that.
2) The first thing that went through your head when you saw Eddie Sankawulo?
Honestly? I was pissed off. It was my first day back at school after Lizzy’s funeral, the lacrosse guys wouldn’t leave me alone, I was having a panic attack in the hallway, and then he showed up. It was weird. With anyone else, I would have been thinking four-letter words, but he was still Eddie. Even then, he was funny and he didn’t move like anyone else I’d ever seen. It was like he already owned the hallway, and he did have a great smile.
3) Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?
This is going to sound rude, but please no? I’m really happy with how it all worked out, but the parts of my life, and my friends lives, that she talks about were some of the toughest things I’ve ever had to go through. She got to be there for some of the best parts of my life too, but if she showed up again, I don’t know, I’d get scared a piano was about to drop on my head. Fanfic authors, on the other hand, can visit us as much as they want. I can speak for everyone when I say that we wouldn’t mind being in a coffee shop AU or trapped in an elevator.
4) Before you met Eddie, what was your ideal man?
Thanks for that. Now Marcos is poking me with a pen and grinning. FYI, I hate him, and I definitely should have read these questions before I let him come over.
Before Eddie showed up in my life, I might have had a long-running, obnoxious, crush-that-would-not-die on the Marcos who is currently poking me in the side. Yes, we were friends then too. Yes, he knew and it was awkward. Actually, there’s a pretty good story there, but I don’t think I can tell you.
At the time, I would have said that I liked guys who were really sweet, with a quirky sense of humor, and I probably would have said that same thing about the smile. I might have also said something about his eyes. Now, I’d say that I had a thing for mean space cadets who should stop playing with my pens.
5) You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?
See? This is what I thought the interview was going to be like. This is a really nice question. When I go out to eat with my friends, I steal all of the seafood on the table, Eddie takes the meat, Marcos boggarts the veggies (even the fried ones), and my other best friend, Dee, eats breadsticks like she’s carbo-loading for the Olympics.
Something had made the whole world stop around him, like his own bubble in time, but it was gone. He couldn’t crawl back inside.
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He opened his mouth, but the words stuck in his throat. He felt the influence of their room, just like all the rehearsals before this one. Even when he couldn't find a good direction to save his life, he eventually sank into their place, their stage and Eddie’s smile, as if he could stay here forever. As long as Eddie kept looking at him as if he were the smartest, funniest, most talented boy he’d ever known, part of him was sure the outside world would hold its breath and wait. Outside, there were secrets and questions and too many hospital beds, but in here—Luke’s stomach clenched. It would be glowing and perfect for a while, but then he had to go.
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Neither of them asked questions. Instead, Dee chattered about one show she’d convinced Marcos to watch and another, which she hadn’t. Luke hadn’t heard of either of them, but that wasn’t new. Lizzy liked old TV shows, so that’s what he knew best. Luke caught every other word as she ran through the plots, but the rest flowed together like music.
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