Guest Post : Meg Kassel’s Character Interview

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Meg Kassel is taking over today’s post with her very first Character Interview featuring her very own Reece Fernandez from her YA Fantasy novel Black Bird of the Gallows!

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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.”


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Published: 5 September 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal / Fantasy

Pages: 312

Kat’s Book Review: Click HERE!


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“As an writer, I’ve had many “firsts” this year—first published book, first interview, first review, first time holding my finished bound book (FYI, that was amazing)—and here’s another one: I’ve never interviewed one of my characters before. Of course, I wrote these guys, so there shouldn’t be any surprises, but there are things even I don’t know about Reece Fernandez, the hunky, broody hero from my debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows. I do know he does NOT like to be called hunky or broody, so we’re probably not off to the best start. I hope you enjoy my little chat with Reece!”


Meg Kassel:     Hi Reece! How’s it going?

Reece Fernandez:      Fine. How are you?

MK:     Good, thanks. This is weird, interviewing you.

RF:      *Grins.* Yeah, it is.

MK:     So, first question. What was your first thought when you saw Angie for the first time?

RF:     My first, FIRST thought was, that girl needed a better coat. She looked cold. And then I saw her closer up and, well. I couldn’t think much at all. She stole my breath.

MK:     Aww, Reece. That’s romantic.

RF:      *sighs* Next question.

MK:     Okay. What were you like BEFORE you became a harbinger of death?

RF:      It was a long time ago. Did you know they had muskets back then? And those nifty tricorn hats. No internet.

MK:     You didn’t answer my question.

RF:      No, because I’m not thrilled with who I was. My older brothers roped me into a life with no good ending. We all got hanged, for good reason.

MK:     Oh, come on now. You didn’t murder anyone. I couldn’t write you as a hero, if you were.

RF:      True, I didn’t commit the murder I was accused of, but I stole and I didn’t turn in my brothers when they started to turn more and more violent. I didn’t leave, either. *shrugs.* Then again, I wouldn’t have met Angie if I’d been a more upstanding citizen. And I’m really glad I met her.

MK:     You two are cute together.

RF:      *discretely glances at phone*

MK:     We’re almost done here. What is your number one pet peeve?

RF:      Aside from begin followed around by one of those hive-mouth beekeepers and having one threaten to sting my girlfriend so I can take his horrible curse? *grins* Being called “broody.”

MK:     Ha! Sorry, my publisher picked that word. They think it works in the blurb.

RF:      *frowns*

MK:     In fairness, you ARE a fair amount broody in this book.

RF:      *raises one eyebrow* What did you expect? You made me a harbinger of death.

MK:     Fair enough. Thanks for sitting down with me, Reece. It’s been…enlightening.

RF:      My pleasure, Meg. Thanks for writing me. And thanks for making my book a standalone. You’re rough on characters.

MK:     You think YOU had a hard time? Wait until you see what I did to the couple in your companion novel. The hero is a beekeeper.

RF:      I’m so glad I’m not in that one.

MK:     What makes you so sure you don’t make an appearance?

RF:      Oh. That’s just…fantastic.


Author Biography

Meg Kassel

Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.


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