Thursday, July 15, 2010

Interview with Miranda from Holly Cupala

I have the pleasure of hosting the amazing Holly Cupala and her amazing character Miranda on her awesome blog tour. She was luckily available to interview. I hope you enjoy a glimpse into her mind.
1. What would you like most for people to remember about Xanda?

I remember her scent, her smile, the way her eyes were like mine. How she was never afraid to be herself, even if it meant sacrifice. It’s hard to remember the bad things, even though I know they were there. She could be wild and destructive, even to herself—but she would have defended me to the death. My memory of her is like a bird flying into the sun, dazzling and dangerous and headed straight into the light.
2. What was the hardest part of dealing with rumors while you were pregnant? What advice do you have for other teens dealing with rumors and bullying?
Looking back over my friendship with Delaney, I realized I wanted to find something in her that wasn’t there. She had some of the superficial qualities of my sister—fierce confidence, charm, and delectable outrageousness. But where my sister’s covered loyalty and a dangerous selflessness, Delaney’s covered brutal insecurity and a need to conquer. She had to take someone else down to feel better about herself, and it came out through rumors and manipulation—of me and of others.
I wish I would have seen Delaney and the situation more clearly from the beginning. I hope other girls will recognize when a friendship is unhealthy and destructive, and find strength—first to take themselves out of the line of fire, and if necessary, to get help from someone they trust.
3. I grew up in the suburbs outside of Seattle. What are your favorite parts of the city?
I think my favorite parts are the places that make me remember the people I care about. Plum blossoms in April make me think of Kamran, and Capitol Hill makes me think of our first kiss. The rain makes me think of Xanda. Snow on the mountains makes me think of Lexi, and how her being here has changed everything.
4. What are your favorite things about Labyrinths? What other types of art would you also like to do?
If you asked me a year ago, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you—that my labyrinth drawings echoed the paths I followed to understand my past, and that I hoped to find my way into the future. I wouldn’t have been able to draw faces, or as my mother said, “I’d take something beautiful and turn it into something hideous.” That was before any of us understood. Before Lexi. I learned to draw faces…and trees, and water…and birds flying out of the labyrinth and into the sun. There is freedom outside of the labyrinth, seeing the path stretch out in every direction. The question now is where I might want to go next.
5. What do you hope people remember about your story?
The thing I remember most is what Nik said to me in my darkest moment: “Life is constantly weaving together, and we can look back and see all of the threads. We don’t always know why things happen until down the road.” I don’t know why Xanda had to die, or why I got to live, or why Lexi happened. But I do know it all has meaning. Maybe someday I will have the answers, but for right now, I have hope.
I am happy to say that I will be giving away a signed copy to one lucky winner. It will be international and ends on the July 23rd. Just leave a comment with a secret that you have kept and also your email address.


  1. oh wow im kinda speechless what a great idea i truly felt as if i was getting to know Miranda.. thank you so such a beautiful interview

    a secret... hmmm :)

    Sometimes when im alone i still get scared of the dark, it happens rarely and at random moments, but it does, strange huh?:)

    thanks for making it international i cant believe i just told y'all that lol!

  2. great interview...I like it from the characters perspecitive.

  3. Thank you for the awesome interview and giveaway!
    I'm now following your blog. :)

    I don't really have any secrets.... but there is something about me no that many people know about. I almost got struck by lightning when I took my dog outside. Of course after the lightning left an extremely loud thunder started. So yeah ever since then I've been terrified to go outside in a storm.


  4. Hm.....when I was younger, I kept the secret that I was afraid of monsters under my bed :)

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  5. I honestly can't think of a secret about myself... I have a tendancy to talk a lot and people know all about me, ha!

    :) Erica

  6. The only secret I can think of at this moment is that I'm scared of my dreams. They always turn into nightmares; I've never had a pleasant dream before :( Thanks for the giveaway!

    ekta.p7 [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. Sarah, thanks so much for inviting Miranda to interview on your blog, and thank you to everyone for stopping by!

  8. That was a great idea to interview Miranda. It was amazing. I've never seen anyone do that before. How cool!

  9. Nice interview and its cool how you two met and filmed s vid together.

    Lets see a secret I have kept from my mom is that a while back my sister wanted to buy something online but my mom told her not to get it because she's to young to start online shopping. In the end I ended up ordering it for her and saying it was mine when it came.


  10. What a great interview idea!

    My secret is something i kept from my mom when i was in grade 9...i decided i was going to be cool adn wear my new $60 jeans (its a big deal cuz i come from a single parent family and usually only got $30 jeans) while rollerblading well i decided to show off and did a jump over a speed bump. I landed the jump i cheered a bit but then when i went to go take a new stride i ended up wipping out and ripped my new jeans. I told my mom that someone tripped me and to this day she doesnt knwo the difference. I felt really bad but i didnt want to get yelled at or grounded :(

    Cassandra C
    cassandra dot crouser at yahoo dot ca

  11. I LOVE this interview! Great job Sarah and Holly/ Rand your answers are so fantastic.


  12. A secret I have kept is that my sister had a motorcycle. When my parents finally saw it she told them it belonged to her boyfriend. I just kept my mouth closed.

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  13. This was a great idea for an interview! I don't know why, but anytime I read anything about TMAS I get really emotional. I'm very sensitive, lol.

    Me, a secret??? Of course not... :-)

    Well, I have to keep the secret that my twin brother can't have kids. :-(


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