Character Interview with Tash Sinclair From Nikki Logan’s My Boyfriend and Other Enemies

Please welcome Tash Sinclair to the virtual offices today! Tash is the heroine of Manga Maniac Café fave Nikki Logan’s My Boyfriend and Other Enemies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less?

[Tash Sinclair] Creative, optimistic, stoic, damaged.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Tash Sinclair?

[Tash Sinclair] I need a proper breakfast to fuel the physicality of my glassblowing so, most days, I have a biggish feed before heading to the studio. I walk or run the couple of kilometres to Fremantle (because it really doesn’t matter how sweaty I am on arrival, I’m only going to get sweatier) and simply pull on overalls and safety gear on top of my running gear. And then I work solidly all morning at the furnaces blowing glass and working on my art pieces. If I’m not the trial or creation phase of a new piece then I might head out somewhere inspiring to draw or design and gather ideas. But most of the time I’ll be in the studio either trialling new features and perfecting them or working on a commission.

End of day I’m pretty filthy so I walk home again (if the weather is truly awful I’ll inflict myself on the public transport system), shower straight up and then spend a few hours doing business admin before heading out or fixing a meal. After that it’s just me, my sofa and my DVD collection.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Aiden?

[Tash Sinclair] Stubborn. Judgmental. Hot.  Though if you tell him that last one I’ll deny it. He doesn’t need the ego boost.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about him?

[Tash Sinclair] Aiden is very driven by past experience and this closes him off to new ones, sometimes. He’s much slower to forgive and forget than I am. He can also be irritatingly obtuse for such a bright man.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Tash Sinclair] My father. My life, and my mother’s would have been so different without him. And although I totally believe that growing up with him made me stronger I also believe I would have found a different reason to be strong. So maybe way back on that day in my childhood when he first tried to use me against my mother I would have called him on it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Tash Sinclair] Mum’s old mobile phone. I use it to access her voicemail when I really, really need to hear her voice and I never know when I’m going to get hit by a bout of sorrow and need to take the edge off.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t feuding with potential boyfriends?

[Tash Sinclair] Well, that’s kind of a sport for me–I love a good mental spar. And being a self-employed artist I don’t have a whole lot of time to do things not related to work but when I do I guess it’s exhibitions to see what other artists are doing, trolling through the markets looking for unique, hand-made fashion. Oh and I love the football—AFL all the way!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Tash Sinclair] Success. Happiness. Peace. Love. Family.  For me it feels like those five things are so intertwined I can’t have one without the other. So it’s a work in progress.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Tash Sinclair] No problems, thanks so much for having me. Let me know if you’re ever looking for a nice glass piece for the Manga Maniac Café foyer. Happy to do you a deal on something original and naturey.

About the book:

Tempted by trouble…The moment Tash Sinclair sets eyes on family rival Aiden Moore she knows she’s in trouble. His vendetta against her is bad enough, but the fact that she finds Aiden outrageously attractive makes everything a million times worse!

Tash and Aiden clash immediately, but everyone knows that the line between love and hate is paper-thin. As the fireworks fly will Tash and Aiden spontaneously combust—or will Tash do the unthinkable and fall for her own worst enemy? After all, you should keep your friends close, but maybe your enemies the closest of all…!

Book Blast and Giveaway! 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

 


Paperback
Published June 15th 2013
 
I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.


 
 
 


Locker 63.

My eyes sweep aisle after aisle until I find the one I’m looking for. It’s blue and unassuming, but it could unlock the secret to everything. I lick my lips as I insert the key, close my eyes, and with a prayer, twist.

Click.

The door opens, and inside I find more than documents. There’s also a pink hoodie, a duffle bag, and a fresh change of clothes.

What was I preparing for? What was I doing? I open the manila envelope on the bottom and flip through the documents—a lot of reports, surveillance photos, old newspaper clippings. I don’t have time to go through all of it now, so I stash them in my duffle bag and throw on some new clothes.

A tight-fitting t-shirt, pink hoodie, and comfortable blue jeans are my new outfit. It’s a weird choice for trendy, sophisticated Lara, but she was up to something big. Real big.

I lift the hidden duffle bag out of the locker, surprised at how hefty it is. I unzip it and find money inside. A lot of money. I touch it. Must be thousands of dollars bound together in neat little stacks.

My heart quickens as I wonder where it came from and what I was planning to do with it. If ever there was a moment for a flashback, it’s now. A shining blue cell phone at the bottom of the duffle bag catches my attention. I pull it out and see a note stuck to it. In my handwriting.

Hide in the shower. Move fast.

Wide eyed and with a pounding heart, I slam the locker, grab everything, and run down the hall. I turn into the showers and duck into a stall, the vinyl shower curtain flapping against me. I still it with trembling fingers as I hear heavy steps enter the locker room.




 
 

 
 
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Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. Early on she had dreams of writing romances and mysteries. It was something she did when most kids were trying out for softball or out riding bikes.

She’s always loved dark mysteries, but also enjoys a great comedy so she tries to include both these things in everything she writes, one way or another.

She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is the author of the YA series, The Dream Slayer, and the dystopian series Glistening Haven. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com.