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.

It’s a busy week for the Debs Pageant, but today we have something extra exciting . . . it’s a boy! Zack from J.E. MacLeod’s debut Waiting to Score to be exact.

Character name: Zachary Chase. aka- Zack or Zack Attack.
Age: 15 1/2
Biography: Zack is a guy with mad hockey skills. His mom wants him to play professionally, but he’s conflicted by the fact that his dad was a professional hockey player who died on the road with a car full of groupies. He doesn’t want to turn out like that. Zack is searching for who HE is and sometimes the answer scares him.

What is your talent?
Most people would say it’s hockey. But I play a mean guitar, and I sing.

What will you wear for the evening dress competition?
Dude. I will not be wearing a dress that’s for sure.
I have a suit my Mom bought for me. It’s cool. I’d wear that.

Who is your escort?
Jane. Though getting her in a dress is not going to happen. Trust me.

And now for the interview portion . . .What’s the biggest challenge facing today’s youth?
Owning up to who we are. Everyone wants us to be someone, our parents, our teachers. We have to figure out who we really are and roll with that.

Thanks J.E. and Zack!

For more about J.E. MacLeod, please visit her website. You can buy Waiting to Score from Amazon or your local independent book store.

Debs Pageant: J.E. MacLeod
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