Character Interview with Layla Petrovich, the protagonist of The Harvesting
Hello Layla! Thanks for stopping in today and agreeing to answer a few of my questions. Let's begin. Ready? Tell us about your family.
What can I say? I was raised by my grandmother, Vasilisa Petrovich. Grandma Petrovich has always been there for me. Even before my mom ran off, she used to take care of me. My mother was never really very maternal. Most of the time, I felt like I was a burden to her. Grandma is the one who raised me. Many of the people in Hamletville were a bit wary of Grandma. I have to admit, she was eccentric, bossy, and psychic: quite the mix. Some of the attitude toward my grandma got deflected onto me, but I tried to ignore it. After all, it was almost always just my grandma and me.
What is your favorite meal?
When I lived in DC, I liked to try different foods. My favorite restaurant was Levantes, a Mediterranean restaurant near Dupont Circle. I loved their Turkish pide, grilled lamb, and dolma--stuffed grape leaves. But when I was homesick, I always craved Grandma’s cooking. Nothing made me feel better than the smell of her pirozhki baking in the oven.
If you could share one last message with someone who has died, what would it be?
I would tell Ian thank you. My Grandma knows I loved her; I don’t need to tell her that. Things between Ian and I became complicated. I would want him to know how much I appreciate what he has done for all of us.
Who should play you in a film?
People sometimes tell me I look like Olivia Wilde. I don’t think I am nearly that beautiful, but I appreciate the compliment.
What makes you happy?
There were things that made me happy before the world went to hell: my work, being with my students, training for fencing matches. Now, things are different. Now I feel happy when the people around me are safe and have something to eat. I feel happy when I see Frenchie’s girls smiling. I feel happy when Jaime and I have a peaceful moment together. I know that our happiness is fleeting, so I try to hang on to every minute.
What one word best describes you?
Determined. I am determined to keep everyone safe from the undead—of all varieties-, I am determined to find us shelter, I am determined to understand the psychic gift I have inherited, I am determine to help us survive.
Is there a saying you particularly like? If so, what was it?
My grandma once told me that “fools are not sown, they grow by themselves.” I think we are surrounded by people who give off false impressions, trying to hide their foolish ways. I am too quick to trust people, but it never takes long for someone’s true nature to reveal itself. Fools are fools, no matter what disguise they wear.
The Harvesting Series, Book 1
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Steampunk Press
Number of pages: 394
Word Count: 71000
Cover Artist: Michael Hall Photography
TV interview with book info:
When mankind finally consumes itself, can any spark of humanity survive? Layla fights to keep those she loves alive when the zombie apocalypse unfolds, but she soon learns that zombies are not the only problem. With mankind silenced, those beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power. Layla must learn who to trust, fast, if she hopes to save what is left of our kind.
About the Author:
Melanie Karsak, steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Visit the author at her blog, melaniekarsak.blogspot.com, to learn more about upcoming projects.