Character Chat: Perfect Glass

3Meg and Henry, I want to thank you both for stopping by and answering some questions to let us get to know you some more.  I also want to thank you for sharing your story.  I know that for me it felt like an emotional roller coaster so I can only imagine what it really felt like for you two actually going through it all.

How about a couple of little known facts about you?

Henry – Um . . . my three older sisters used to put dresses on me when I was a baby. There are some unfortunate pictures that remain. And I grew this tall – 6’3” – in seventh grade. I was like mutant boy trying to make it down the hallway without crushing everyone else. I had no control over my limbs. Kids cowered in fear.

Meg – That’s adorable and creepy at the same time, Henry. I think, given the circumstances, people pretty much know all my secrets. But they probably don’t know that from the time I was three until I was probably twelve or thirteen, I snuck into Wyatt’s room at night to sleep because I was scared of the dark. He kept my sleeping bag under his bed for me and he never told a soul. I got up before anyone else and snuck back to my room. Also . . . I once went a month during the winter without shaving because I wanted to see how bad it would get. It got bad.

Who has had the most influence on you?

Meg – So many people . . . I’d say, though, that Henry has had the most influence on me lately. He taught me a lot about myself and about things that really matter in life.

Henry – Meg’s influenced me, for sure. But I’ve gotta say my dad, Clayton Whitmire. He’s taught me about being a man, hard work, faith, doing what’s right even when it’s hard. He’s a rock in my life.

What is your most treasured possession?

Henry – Ah. I have two. My grandfather’s old pocket New Testament that he left me when he died. And the painting Meg’s mom did of Meg and me.

Meg – Wyatt’s Jeep. And the copy of To Kill a Mockingbird that Henry gave me.

What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?

Meg – I want to be a writer who tells stories about people that seem unlovable. I want to show how everyone deserves a chance to be heard and understood.

Henry – Wow. I guess I most want to be a great husband and father, really. I want to keep our ranch going for our family. I want to make a difference in the lives of people here and abroad who need help.

Meg, in Glass Girl we are introduced to you moving to a new place while kind of trying to grieve and move on in a way while you try to adapt to a new place.  What can we expect from your story in Perfect Glass?

Things have changed for me again. I mean, I think I’ve come so far in healing from Wyatt’s death and figuring out who I am, but I still have so much to learn about what I believe. And with Henry gone, things get out of whack for me. I miss him so much, but I want to have a fun senior year like I always dreamed of, too. It’s a strange balancing act for me. And there’s this new kid, Quinn, who really wants me to help him figure some things out. He also may or may not want to be more than friends.

But the hardest part of this year will be trying to help Jo Russell, an artist who depends on me for everything. She’s breaking my heart and I don’t know if I’m strong enough to help her. I guess I’m realizing that there are no coincidences in life and I can’t waste this year just because I’m sad about being alone. I have this one chance to make a difference in Jo’s life.

Thank you both for stopping by and sharing with us.

Book Blurb for Perfect Glass b Laura A Kurk:

Things get messy when Meg Kavanagh gets involved—first with Jo Russell, the eccentric old artist, and then with Quinn O’Neill, the intriguing loner who can’t hide how he feels about Meg. Her senior year isn’t turning out like she planned it, but sometimes the best parts of life happen in the in-between moments. And Henry will be home soon, right?

He commits to one year in an orphanage that needs him more than he ever dreamed. Thousands of miles from Meg and the new punk who has fallen for her, and absent from the ranch that’s in his blood, Henry Whitmire finds out what it means to trust. When you’re so far from home, it’s terrifying to realize you’re not who you thought. But the perfect glass of calamity makes the best mirror.

An identity crisis, long distance love, new temptation, and growing pains teach Henry and Meg how to hang onto each other and to what really matters.

From YA author Laura Anderson Kurk comes the sequel to Glass Girl, a lyrical, multi-generational story about love that teaches, loss that haunts empty rooms, and reunions that feel like redemption.

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