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.
Today’s contestant is Shawna from C. Lee McKenzie’s debut novel Sliding on the Edge.
Character name: Shawna Stone
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.