Please welcome a special guest today! Through the magic of the interwebz, Sierra Fox, plucky protagonist of Yolanda Sfetsos’ On Pins and Needles, has dropped in the virtual offices for a chat. On Pins and Needles is Sierra Fox’s latest adventure, so make sure to snap up A Patch of Darkness and Split at the Seams if you haven’t already read them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Sierra Fox] Always curious, gifted and cursed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Sierra Fox?
[Sierra Fox] A typical day in my life includes not getting enough sleep, staying up way too late, dealing with a variety of troublesome spooks, practicing spells and incantations, trying to spend as much time alone with Papan as I can, making sure my sister doesn’t get into the same kind of trouble I manage to attract, annoying Oren, and trying to outrun the Obscurus freaks.
You know, just trying to stay alive.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Jason?
[Sierra Fox] Sexy. Kind. Loyal. Did I mention sexy?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about him?
[Sierra Fox] His overprotectiveness when it comes to his wolf side. I wish he’d stop worrying about his wolf hurting me, he never will!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Sierra Fox] I wouldn’t have let myself get swept up in the schoolgirl crush I had on Mace Clamber. Getting physically and personally involved with him years ago put me on a path that’s led to one troubled incident after another.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Sierra Fox] Definitely can’t leave home without my trusty silver dagger.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t avoiding a premature death at the hands of demon-obsessed freaks?
[Sierra Fox] I enjoy spook catching, spending time with friends, learning new spells from Oren, hanging out with my favourite werewolf, getting to know my sister, and writing as much as I can in my grimoire. I really do try to stay away from trouble, but seem to attract it no matter what.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Sierra Fox] Normal. Happy. Working. Papan. Family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Sierra Fox] Thanks for having me.
Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.
Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.
“Thank you.” Willow flashed a pretty smile and headed for the door. She stopped just outside, turned and said, “I’m really glad I found you. I’ve always wanted a sister and you’re even better than I imagined.”
I smiled back and felt a warm glow inside. She might come with a few otherworldly problems, but who didn’t have some kind of baggage nowadays? “I’ll see you tomorrow, Willow.”
She strolled out the door and I turned back to my office.
After picking up the folders and stacking them where they belonged, I decided there was no way I would get any work done now. Besides, it was almost time to meet Papan in the city.
I shut the window, put on my mostly-dry jacket and made sure my dagger was still secured between sock and boot. I loaded up with keys, wallet, and phone before heading for the door, wishing Oren would hurry up and teach me the incantation to make my pockets deeper than they really were.
After closing the door behind me, I made sure it was locked before rushing for the stairs. I might have walked into my office in a morose mood, but I was now filled with a sense of hopeful energy.
I’d helped poltergeists before without being able to see them. I could handle this for my sister.
Wow, it feels good to say sister.
As soon as I stepped out of the building, I smacked right into someone. When strong arms wrapped tightly around my midsection, I struggled to squirm out of the vice-like grip.
Oh crap, not again!