I’m beginning *dundundunnnn* a new project! If everything works out, this new story will be coming out Fall 2019. Right now, I’m calling it The Invisible Boy and it’s about a girl that makes friends with a boy who just might have some secrets up his sleeve… or, rather, in his hoodie pockets. Meet Nadia!
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1. What’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.?
Nadia’s Disney song is How Far I’ll Go from Moana, which is one of her obsessions. Also high on the list: Kubo and the Two Strings, Number the Stars, and anything by Gail Carson Levine.
2. Is there anything they regret doing?
Well, there was the hurricane incident. Nadia was trying to help her family by monitoring the flood levels (opening the door to check how close the creek had come) but one time when she opened the door, her family dog got loose and ran off into the storm. Nadia ran after it, nearly got herself killed, and didn’t find the dog. Her parents were furious afterward.
(Spoiler: The dog’s okay. All dogs in my stories are granted immortality.)
3. If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Her mom would. If Nadia was sick, her mom would get her pho, cuddle her up on the couch, and play reruns of The Wonder Years on Netflix. Even though she might also have her laptop nearby to check on blogging business things, she would make a good effort to be present with Nadia. That’s why Nadia kind of likes being sick.
4. Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Nadia loves her journals. She uses them (plus a LOT of washi tape and stickers) to record stories, poems, lists, doodles, pictures… You name it, she’s got it. Her journal is a chaotic mess of random things that caught her eye or seemed interesting.
5. What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
Hot chocolate is an excellent start. Nadia likes it even in the summer, thankyouverymuch. Long bike rides are another great draw for her — really anything that’s active and fun. She likes going on adventures to Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. (Great Falls is one of her ultimate favorite locales for a warm afternoon.) Her love language is quality time, so she likes gifts that show you’ve thought about her (like yellow socks). Nadia also loves reading (as one might expect from a homeschooled nerd) and will be your best friend if you’ve enjoyed any of her favorite books.
6. Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
Bright, bright, bright — and the crazier the leggings, the better (you can see her style guide here). Cupcake emoji leggings, cat scientist leggings, comic book leggings, watermelon leggings, crazy abstract leggings… You get the idea. A lot of leggings paired with crazy bright tunic-ish shirts, in a color combination that highlights all the boldness of being 12-years-old.
7. What’s their favorite type of weather?
Sunny and warm. Nadia loves to be outside practicing archery in her front yard, running around barefoot in the grass, and riding her bike along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Early fall and late spring are her absolute favorite times of the year.
8. What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
Nadia and her parents don’t always see eye-to-eye. They want to keep her “safe” by protecting her from key information — unpleasant things that they fear would upset her. But their efforts to keep her in the dark end up putting her (and others) in danger. The biggest fight explodes when they won’t believe her.
9. What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Depending on the source of the name, “Nadia” can mean “tender” or “hope.” Her parents call her “Dia,” often as a slightly condescending nickname. She also gets stuff like “Legolas” and “Artemis” because of her archery habits.
10. What makes their heart feel alive?
Nadia loves all things bright and lively. That means the color yellow, paintings, nature… She loves moving and being active in places that are beautiful. And she loves it even more when she has a companion along for the ride.
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