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Interview with Georgia and Michael
Protagonists of Snark and Circumstance
Hi Georgia and Michael, it's such a pleasure to have you here!
1. Tell me, introduce yourself in three words.
Wow . . . I guess “snarky” would be the first word. [Michael smirks and she smiles] I mean, I gave the book the title, right? And . . .”compassionate” I hope, because even though I come across as a snarkmonster, I really care about people and animals, especially the ones that look like they need caring about, if you know what I mean. And “truthful”. I think I am honest about things, unlike a lot of people.
2. Now, introduce Michael in three words (if they are enough!)
[Georgia glances at Michael, who smirks again] Okay. “Mysterious.” [Michael raises his eyebrows and she blushes a little]. Look, there’s a story in here somewhere [points to Michael’s chest], but no one knows what it is. And “smart”. Michael is very smart. And, though I hate to admit it, he can be really funny, so . . . “funny.” That’s three words, right? [Georgia looks relieved]
3. Someone told me you're vegan, why did you choose to take this decision?
[Now Georgia really perks up. Michael rolls his eyes and settles in for a long discourse]. I know all the health benefits and everything [glances at Michael] but I won’t bore you with those. I just think killing and eating other living creatures to satisfy some imagined dietary need is selfish. And wrong. You wouldn’t eat your cat or dog, would you? Why eat a pig? Pigs are smart and pretty cool.
4. I know you love to bake, tell us, what do you prefere baking?
Cookies, but sometimes I’m too lazy and with cookies you have keep arranging them on a pan, baking them, cooling them, taking them off the pan, and then putting more on the pan, baking, them, cooling them . . . Cakes let you just dump everything in a pan and stick it in the oven. And then put frosting on it!
5. Ingredients of your favourite cupcake!
This is one of my favorites because it is really tasty and sooo easy. I actually used to make this with my mom when I was little – she had no idea it was vegan and probably still doesn’t. I liked it when I was little because it’s called “Wacky Cake” and you make a face in the bowl of ingredients.
You take 3 cups of flour, 8 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 cups of sugar and mix it in a bowl. In that mix, you make two small holes like eyes and one “long” hole like a smile. Into the one eye, pour 3 teaspoons vanilla and into the other 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Put 10 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the mouth and mix. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. Then you can frost it with a handful of chocolate chips melted with a couple of tablespoons of soy or almond creamer. If you use semi-sweet or dark chocolate it’s probably vegan, which is good, because vegan chips can get expensive. This will make a dozen cupcakes or a regular-sized cake. Two layer, if you want. Oh, and I don’t know metric measurements. Do you need those?
6. Favourite book?
It’s really hard to narrow down a favorite book. Right now I’m reading Pride and Prejudice and really liking it. Mr. Darcy is such a snotty asswaffle, though. He’s hard to take. But then, I’m only halfway through it. [smiles] I’ll give him a chance.
7. Do you have a best friend?
This is corny, but my best friend has always been my big sister, Tori. Though now she’s spending so much time with her boyfriend, Trey . . .
Michael interjects quietly, “Trey’s a great guy” and Georgia nods, a little reluctantly.
1. You too, describe yourself in three words.
Well, I like “smart” [smiles over at Georgia] – I’ll take that one. And at least she didn’t call me a “snotty asswaffle.” I think I’ll go with “honest”, too. I don’t pretend to be anything I’m not. Which is why I don’t think I’m “mysterious” [laughs].
Georgia: That’s only two.
Michael: Okay – “not mysterious”.
Georgia rolls her eyes.
2. How about Georgia?
Georgia: Here it comes.
Michael: Well, you heard “snotty asswaffle”, so, obviously, she is gifted with language. She really is a decent writer, though, and draws really well. But she can be kind of difficult. “Needs to stop using snark as a weapon”, maybe?
Georgia: Way more than three words. Way more.
3. What's the hardest thing you have ever done?
Michael: It’s not something I’m comfortable telling people about, but back at my old school –
Georgia [in exaggerated approximation on an aristocratic voice}: The Pemberley School, one of the finest prep schools in New England, you know.
Michael. [annoyed] Yeah. . . Anyway, I made a decision there that I knew was going to affect the rest of my life but I knew it was the right thing to do. That’s all I can really say. I don’t want to get anyone else . . . in trouble. I don’t know who else will read this . . .
Georgia: Right. Not at all “mysterious.”
4. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I go running to clear my head. I run with my dog, because he loves flying over the trails with me,[with a playful look at Georgia] but then maybe he’s flying because he’s afraid I’ll eat him. I also love traveling. I like seeing new places and people.
5. Would you like to introduce us to your family, tell us a little about them?
Well, as Georgia can tell you, my family has been in Longbourne since before it was Longbourne. This seems to really bother her. [he chuckles and she rolls her eyes again] I have a lot of relatives that live closer to Boston but I’m an only child, so it’s just my dad, who’s a doctor, and my mom, who’s a painter, and me. Oh, and my grandmother lives in town, too.
Georgia [with some delight] And she hates me!
Michael [annoyed again]: She doesn’t even know you.
Georgia: That night at the country club, the Harvest Ball –
Michael: Don’t start with that again.
6. Favourite book?
We just read Hamlet in English class, and I loved it. The language is obviously beautiful and it’s such a moving story, about a guy trying to do the right thing, even if the right thing seems pretty
horrible to him.
Georgia: Yeah, Michael loves Hamlet. Ophelia, not so much.
7. Your favourite color?
Oh, that’s an easy one. Blue. I love the color blue.
Georgia [looks surprised]: Me, too!
Snark and Circumstance
One superior smirk from Michael Endicott convinces sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett that the Devil wears Polo. His family may have founded the postcard-perfect New England town they live in, but Georgia’s not impressed. Even if he is smart, good looking, and can return Georgia’s barbs as deftly as he returns serves on his family’s tennis courts. After all, if Michael actually thinks she refuses to participate in lab dissections just to mess with his grade, he’s a little too sure that he’s the center of the universe. Could there be more to Michael Endicott than smirks and sarcasm? If Georgia can cut the snark long enough, she just might find out.
Charm and Consequence
Sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett is no expert on guys, but her bio-class partner is harder to dissect than anything in their lab tray. He’s smart, almost as sarcastic as she is, and cute in that preppie way. Things are great . . . until he decides her vegan activism is ridiculous and suddenly can’t refuse a date with her fast enough. So why does he show up at her door, interested in learning how to make tofu ricotta? And why does he seem so upset that a senior hottie has taken an interest in her? Could he be interested in Georgia after all?