Hello, everyone! Please welcome, Cambria Hebert, the author of Masquerade for an interview on Ivy Reads!
Cambria Hebert is an author, a blogger and a latte sipper. She has an irrational fear of chickens (EWWW!) and is obsessed with werewolves. She would rather have coffee (Starbucks please!) than food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries. You can find her stalking the YA aisles of Barnes & Noble with her iPhone glued to her hand.
Where did you get the idea for Masquerade?
I wanted to write a story that people might be able to identify with. I know – how can you identify with a disfigured girl? – I think a lot more than most would think. Have you ever not liked what you see in the mirror? Have you ever felt unsure of yourself? Have you ever had a bad day and just wanted to get through it? I thought that Heven would be a new kind of protagonist. She used to be blond and beautiful and have it all but life changed and she had to change with it. She had to learn to trust herself – accept herself for what she is in the now – not what she wanted to be. I thought of all the people who said they were tired of writing about a perfect girl who gets the perfect guy. So once I decided to write about Heven I thought “how did she get disfigured? What happened to her.” The story grew from there.
Where did you get the idea of including bubble tea to the story?
I went online to research Portland Maine, which some of the scenes of the book are from. I wanted to pull in some of the local places that I found to give the story more authenticity. I was reasearching Portland and the places there and I ended up at Bubble Maineia’s website. It looked like such a cool, fun place and I thought ‘this is a great place for people to hang out’ – I wanted something a little different than I had read in other books and this seemed perfect.
If you were Heven, and Sam told you who he really was and what happened Before, would you accept him or refuse him? Why?
Well I guess I can’t say what I would do for sure – because I have never been in that situation. BUT I think that I would accept him. He proves his love in so many ways and you just know that he is a good person. I would want someone to accept me for who I am so why shouldn’t that same courtesy apply to others? I think it would be something that would take time to get used to but I would certainly try. I would do just about anything for someone that I loved. Plus, girl – he is Hot! Lol.
Where did you think of the name Heven? It sounds so unique!
Actually, a friend of mine, Christy, has a daughter named Heven. I always thought it was a beautiful name and it just fit so well with the story that I had to use it.
Do you relate to any of the characters?
I think I relate to them all in one way or another. Except maybe The Hate – that character is Cukoo!!!! Lol. But seriously, every one of them has something that I have experienced or thought about at some point in my life. Some of them have qualities that I myself would like to have. Some of them have qualities I wish I didn’t have! LOL. Most of all I think I relate to Heven. While I have never been disfigured I have had times in my life (still do) where I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see. There are times I feel self conscious of myself or want to be left alone. I like to think as well that I am a good person – and I think about other people like she does. She definitely also has inner strength something that I strive for.
If you had a home away from home, where would it be and why?
This is actually a hard question! LOL. Most people would probably say its Starbucks – my hubby calls it my ‘mothership’ Ha ha ha. I like it there because its smells good and has a great relaxed atmosphere.
But my real home away from home would be my grandmother’s house. I am always welcome there and she listens to me ramble on about everything even if it is stuff that really doesn’t matter. And her newspaper always gets the best sale papers in it! Lol. I love sitting at the table with coffee and looking through the ads. Also, she lives on a golf course and I can get up in the morning and go for a run and it’s so beautiful – the mountain views are gorgeous and it’s so peaceful and quiet – it’s my favorite thing to do when I go back to my hometown to visit.
Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.
Thanks, Cambria, for a great interview!!
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