thaler davis: character interview

Today’s interview features Thaler, Jansen’s roommate for the last 5 years and friend with benefits for the last 3. In A Stranger Thing, Thaler, Jansen, and their other roommates Kylar and Xavier are headed to Chicago to continue living together as they take the next steps in their careers. But let’s be real, most of the drama will be in their personal lives. 😉 Thaler has recently realized he’s in love with Jansen, and even though she has a crazy history with her ex-boyfriend and best friend Jason and is about to go spend the summer with him, Thaler decided to tell her how he felt.

-What’s your name?

~Thaler Davis

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~Chicago, for the next several years at least. Just starting my residency in orthopedic surgery.

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I would just say I’m Bud Light, ‘cause I’m light and easygoing, and everybody’s my bud. (Haha, I’m lame, I know.) It takes a lot to make me mad; my attitude towards life is just go with the flow and roll with the punches. Everything is easier to handle when you don’t get overly upset about it.

-What’s your biggest secret?

~Well, it was that I was in love with my college roommate Jansen. But I just asked her to be my girlfriend when she moves to Chicago at the end of the summer, and she said yes, so I don’t have any secrets anymore. Gotta say I’m feeling pretty good about life. 🙂

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Well…let’s just say even though I’ve known Jansen for 8 years, she has some surprises in store for me. Maybe the way I react to those is surprising, but I don’t think so.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~You know, this may actually be a surprise, but I think the one thing I might change is I might stand up to one of my friends and tell him to quit being a douchebag. I’ve always just let it go ‘cause it’s not about me, but maybe when I saw him treating one of my other friends like shit…maybe I should’ve said something.

-Thanks, Thaler! If you want to know how Jansen and Thaler’s eight-year friendship turned into love, read the full story in All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. And to find out the full backstory about Jansen and Jason’s past, look for the upcoming trilogy Not Like Paradise.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, Xavier, Taylor, Cade, Jansen, and Jason!

Tomorrow, meet a character who’s been mentioned in previous books, and whose bed Lorylyn and Zibby have slept in, but who has never made an actual appearance in a scene…Jason’s sister Kella! And let’s just say she goes from a mere mention to the center of attention in about 3 lines. 😉 And…let’s also say that if Thaler knew something Kella knows and Jansen is soon to find out…he might not only change his answer to the question about what he’d change in A Stranger Thing, he might change a whole lot more. Or at least be substantially less nonchalant.

Until tomorrow! 😉

Kella, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Kella, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)


jansen montgomery: character interview

Today’s interview features Jansen, who has a way of catching those around her completely off guard with sporadic and unexpected glimpses into a past few of her friends can fully grasp. Like sophomore year of college, when Lorylyn, Kylar, and Zibby learned her parents disowned her at 16 because of a drug overdose, or when they found out her big sapphire ring has a secret none of them could have guessed. Or a few years later, when Jansen told them about her life growing up in New York, a story Lorylyn calls the craziest one she’s ever heard, yet a story none of them even knew existed before that night. In A Stranger Thing, more secrets from Jansen’s past will make themselves known, and her new boyfriend Thaler is in for quite a shock. Or maybe a few shocks…

Jansen, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Jansen, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

-What’s your name?

~Jansen Montgomery

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~In three months I’ll be moving to Chicago to live w/ my friends Kylar and Xav and my boyfriend-to-be Thaler. 🙂 He just asked me, the morning we were moving out of our house in Irvine, Indiana, where we went to college and lived with a bunch of our other friends, to be his girlfriend when I get to Chicago in the fall. In the meantime, for this summer, I’m living in New York City with my best friend Jason and his roommate Sinead.

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I would be a gin and tonic because my life looks transparent and harmless, but if you get close enough for a real taste of my story, it’ll be hard to swallow and linger long after. 😉

-What’s your biggest secret?

~Probably my past. I don’t think of it as a secret, but only a few people know about it. By my past, I mean growing up in NYC w/ Jason and everything that happened there.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~I don’t know, because actually there are a lot of surprises. Maybe what happens in Budapest…or what happens later b/c of Budapest, or maybe the person who contacts me totally out of the blue, or maybe the very end of the book, when you find out something I’ve been keeping secret for a year at that point.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I would change how things ended in Budapest and how I was out of touch w/ the most important person in my life for a few months. I don’t think it would’ve had to happen that way.

-Thanks, Jansen! To read about Jansen’s college years and learn more bits and pieces of her past, check out All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. But don’t expect all the answers…those will be coming in a trilogy called Not Like Paradise, the full story of Jansen’s life from ages 14 to 18.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, Xavier, Taylor, and Cade!

Tomorrow’s interview will be with Jansen’s best childhood friend and other half, Jason! He’s the only one who knows everything about Jansen’s past…but no, he’s not telling yet either. 🙂 Still, come find out what he does have to say…it’ll be good. 😉 See you tomorrow!

taylor cren: character interview

In today’s A Stranger Thing character interview, you’ll be meeting Taylor! Taylor and Lorylyn first meet shortly after Lorylyn arrives in Denver and is searching for roommates on Craigslist. Taylor has lived in Denver ever since college, but her current roommate and best friend Crissy is about to move in with a guy, so Taylor is on her own. Lorylyn’s roommate criteria include someone who’s either new to Denver like her or someone with an established life and fun friends, and Taylor seems like the latter. The two of them, as well as Crissy and Zibby, hit it off immediately, but even as she gets to know Taylor better, Lorylyn continues to be caught off guard by Taylor’s love life.

Taylor, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Taylor, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

-What’s your name?

~Taylor Cren

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~Denver

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I’d be a vodka soda because it’s fun and classic and gets you going, just like I do. 😉

-What’s your biggest secret?

~Before the start of the book I don’t really have any secrets. Shortly after I meet Lorylyn and we become roomies, this guy hurts me pretty badly but I don’t tell anyone because no one even knows we were involved (except Crissy). I also do tend to date multiple guys at once and don’t tell any of the guys there are others. 🙂 It’s not like I give them any indication it’s exclusive though, so there’s nothing wrong with that, right?! 🙂

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Probably just things with guys that you don’t necessarily see coming, because while I date a lot of guys, I don’t always give the details, because sometimes they just don’t matter. Or sometimes, they matter too much. But then other times, I give all the details. So I think that’s why people are surprised when they find out there was something they missed, or something I didn’t tell, because they think they’ve heard the whole story.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I wouldn’t want to be separated from some of my friends at the end of the book!!! 😦 And…I’d probably avoid dating all those guys by being with the one I really like the most, if it was in my power to change that. Who knows…maybe I can. We’ll see… 😉

-Thanks, Taylor! Taylor is a new character in A Stranger Thing, but if you’d like to find out about some of the other characters prior to this book, check out All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. And make sure to read the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, and Xavier. Up tomorrow…Cade, Lorylyn’s ex-husband!