Age: 13 years old
1. Where are you from? Did you have a happy childhood?
Danny writes something on a piece of paper and hands it to you. “Do you know sign language or do you need my brother to translate for you?” (you don’t know it, so his 24 year old hearing brother Michael is going to be your interpreter for this interview)
“I’m originally from Rockland County but after that incident with Samuel Herrington seven years ago…” (you look confused) and Danny says, “You know, that evil biophysicist that’s now in Sing Sing? The one who kidnapped my parents and tried to kill me and my brother? We were all over the news, don’t you remember?” (you sort of nod yes). “Yeah, well, before that things were pretty great – totally normal childhood. Then for a few weeks things were crazy but then they calmed down. The problem was, things didn’t go back to normal. We were getting recognized everywhere. My parents moved us to upstate NY to a smaller town so we wouldn’t be recognized as much and could have some privacy.
Things were pretty cool for me growing up. I mean, how could they not be? I know what happens to people when they die and because of that my entire life has been unique. I’ve got this cool relationship with birds and I can travel to…” (Michael nudges Danny in the ribs and gives him a face and Danny stops signing. With a sheepish grin, he shrugs). Well, let’s just say my life is different than other kids. (you ask how? But he refuses to say anything else on the matter)
2. Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Is there something you’d rather be doing?
“Right now I’m a student in eighth grade. I go half day to a school for the deaf and the other half of the day I go to a regular mainstream school. Since I’m deaf, at the mainstream school I have an interpreter that shadows me all day, but she’s really nice and backs off when I’m with my friends and stuff. My teachers are pretty cool. Two of them even learned some ASL when they knew I was going to eventually be in their classes. Well, enough to say hello to me and to ask me if I have any questions about the assignments.”
3. What’s going on in your life right now?
“Right now things aren’t going so well. I’m having a lot of nightmares and I keep feeling like something or someone is watching me. The scary part is no one else in my family believes me.” (he casts a glare on Michael, who rolls his eyes). “But I think maybe my little sister knows something is going on. She’s only seven but I think she’s been having nightmares, too. I’m going to have to talk to her about it.”
4. Is there someone special in your life?
No, but there is in my brother’s life. <He makes a gagging imitation> Now I have to watch him making out with his girlfriend and drooling over every word she says whenever she comes to visit. It’s annoying. I never get any time to talk to him anymore.
8. Any last comments?
Danny eyes her suspiciously. “You don’t by any chance like bugs, do you?” (you shake your head no.”) Danny exhales loudly and says aloud, “Good.”
Elyse Salpeter is the author of seven novels and a host of short stories. What she loves doing is mixing “the real with the fantastic” in her books. She loves taking different scenarios and suddenly creating worlds where things just aren’t what they appear to be. Her Dark Fantasy Series, THE WORLD OF KAROV and THE RUBY AMULET take us to other realms filled with magic and evil… THE HUNT FOR XANADU is an adult contemporary thriller about a young girl on a mission to avenge her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu. It is steeped in Buddhist spiritual mysteries.
FLYING TO THE LIGHT and now FLYING TO THE FIRE are her YA thriller series about a deaf boy who knows about the afterlife and now people are after him for the answer.
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FLYING TO THE LIGHT US: http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Light-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00J8ZPKWG
FLYING TO THE FIRE US: http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Fire-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00MDKZAG4/
Flying to the Light: Book #1 in the Flying Series
Seventeen year old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to rule the world.
Flying to the Fire: Book #2 in the Flying Series
An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie…because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister–before she is lost to him forever.
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