In Secrets of Truth & Beauty, Dara is a former child pageant star. So, in order to introduce you to the wonderful authors and characters of the 2009 Debutantes, I am hosting a Debs Pageant on my blog.

sliding_edgeToday’s contestant is Shawna from C. Lee McKenzie’s debut novel Sliding on the Edge.

Character name: Shawna Stone
Age: 16

Biography: I can handle anything. A Las Vegas hustle. Skipping out on the rent. And don’t get in my face and try to tell me I must be scared because I’m not.

What is your talent? I can tell the best lies. Nobody would ever suspect what I say isn’t the absolute truth. Of course, my shoplifting isn’t bad either.

What will you wear for the evening dress competition? I own a T-shirt. Just one. But it’s a winner with its one line philosophy across my chest.

Who is your escort?
I’m goin’ stag. I don’t care much for guys . . . well, it’s not that I don’t care for them. I just don’t trust them much.

And now for the interview portion . . . What’s the biggest challenge facing today’s youth?
Adults who don’t or won’t listen, who won’t take time to understand, who are too busy to notice when someone like me has a big problem.

What color best represents you and why?
Anything but plaid! I hate plaid. But if one color represents me, I’d choose black. Black’s a color, right?

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I’d ask for my father back. If he’d lived I wouldn’t be stuck alone with Jackie. That’s my mom.

Thank you Shawna and C. Lee!

For more about C. Lee McKenzie, please visit her website.

Sliding on the Edge is out now! You can order from Amazon, or pick it up at your local independent bookstore.

Debs Pageant: C. Lee McKenzie

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