Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes - Character Interview

Welcome to the blog tour for Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes.  Uncontrollable follows the first book in the series Untraceable, and the novelette, Unspeakable.  Please be sure to check out the rest of the tops on the tour here.  Today we have a character interview with Grace for you.  Hope you enjoy!

(The Nature of Grace #2)
by S. R. Johannes
Expected Publication Date 9/24/12 by Coleman and Stott

As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program". 

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants. 

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. 

Little does she know, she is being hunted too. 

You can read my review for Uncontrollable here.  

Character Interview with Grace, from Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes.

I am happy to welcome Grace from S. R. Johannes upcoming release Uncontrollable today.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, especially considering all that has been going on. 

Thanks for having me.

Grace, you have been through quite an ordeal, how are you dealing with things?

I’m not…dealing. I just try and get through the day. When you lose someone, it’s not about healing; it’s just about trying not to hurt as much.

I’m pretty sure, you never heal.

I know there has been some conflict with the guys in your life, has that eased up at all?

Isn’t there always conflict with guys? (am I right girls?) Part of the reason I try to keep them as a 2nd thought is to keep my life easy. For some reason, when guys get involved, things get complicated. And I can’t think straight.

Dad used to always say, “Can’t live with them, can’t kill them.” I think that’s true :).

Grace, I know Wyn has been your best friend like forever, and you also dated him for a while.  Why do you think he didn’t speak to you for 3 months and how did you deal with that?

He didn’t speak to me because he was hurt. For various reasons. And sometimes I think you take the things out on the people you care about most.  Let’s face it – I wasn’t totally upfront. I was trying to protect him but ended up hurting him even more.

How did it feel? It sucked. The last few months have been tough. But knowing I’m responsible for a lot of hurting is the worst part. In the past, Wyn (and my dad) always found a way to make me laugh. To keep things light.

Without either of them, I haven’t been laughing that much.

You are quite the outdoors person, like your dad.  Do you see yourself in a career with possibly the USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) or something similar some day?

I love the outdoors. It’s my home away from home. But I have no clue what I want to do with my life. I’m a little lost so I need to find my way back. I do know that I hope I find some way to help animals and nature. Without them, we wouldn’t have much of an Earth.

But right now I can barely tell you what I’m doing tomorrow, let alone in a year or 5. I hope I figure it out though.

It seems you surprised everyone by volunteering for the Red Wolves Project.  Are you glad now that you did?

Yes. I think I surprised myself. I wasn’t planning on ever getting involved in anything like that again, especially through a school project. But when Agent Sweeney came in and started talking about the wolves, something called to me. I knew it was time to get back out there and make a difference. I owe that to my dad. I knew the longer I stayed away, the more I lost my connection with my dad as well.

Can you tell us a little about your relationship with Mo?

I could tell you a lot but I won’t. A girl never talks :).  All I’ll say is that I’ve never cared about anyone the way I cared about Mo.

Wyn seems like he can be a pretty funny guy, though a little bit annoying at times.  Can you tell us a little more about him?

He’s a total nut job but I think he’s great. Anyone who can put up with me is a saint. If I could get him to think more function over fashion – our lives would be much easier J

It seems that you found the answers to a lot of unanswered questions in Uncontrollable, Has that brought you some peace or closure?   You also face the realization of a new threat.  How are you dealing with that?

I don’t think I’ll ever get peace or closure. I think I just get answers. Unfortunately they are not always the ones I want to hear.

But I will say this, I can’t let anyone threaten me, my family, or the nature I love so much. I won’t. I’m not afraid anymore. There’s not much more anyone can take away.

Grace, I see Shelli is here with you.  I should have known that the “guys” wouldn’t let you come by yourself.  Shelli, can you give us a hint about what is going to happen in the next book of the series?

Shelli: Grace lives happily ever after.

Grace: Yeah right. Be serious. What’s next?

Shelli: Lets just say it’s not my fault your grandma, Birdee, lives in the swamps.

Grace: Great. I hate swamps.

Shelli smiles: I know :).

Grace, and Shelli, thank you so much for stopping by today.  It has been great talking with you.  If I follow you outside, I bet I’ll find a hottie stalking about with the intention of keep you safe, won’t I? 

Abso-bloodly-lutely :)

Thanks again!

S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.  S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for as Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult).  After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.  

(The Nature of Grace #1)   
See my review here.           

16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

(The Nature or Grace #1.5)
An Untraceable short story from Mo's view


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