Thursday, February 23, 2012

Character Interview: Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tsavelas

Today on the blog is a little visit from Chrysoula Tsavelas, the author of Matchbox Girls. I reviewed this book yesterday and liked it's uniqueness. Here is your chance to see a little further into it!

You can also fill out this form to enter to win a digital copy here on the blog (ends 3/1), and make sure to check out the information at the bottom of the guest post to see how to win a prize pack!

Without further ado, I give Chrysoula the floor.

Today's interviewer at Character Backstage is Corbin Adair. In-story, he plays the role of “mystery man.” He’s interviewing Marley Claviger, the star of the show. 

Corbin: Hi, Marley.

Marley: Hello.


Marley: I think you’re supposed to ask me some questions?

Corbin: Sorry, I was just thinking about—nevermind. So, you’re good friends with Zachariah Thorne. How long have you known him?

Marley: I’m not sure I’d say good friends. I mean, I don’t know him very well. We’ve been chatting for maybe a year? I didn’t really mark it on a calendar.

Corbin: Not a meaningful event, then. Good.

Marley: What does that mean?

Corbin: Nothing. I just don’t trust him.

Marley: Backstage rumor says you used to trust him quite a bit. What happened?

Corbin: I realized how stupid that was, but not before a lot of people got hurt.

Marley: Your kaiju-hunter friends from Senyaza. Come on, tell me how it happened.

Corbin: We can talk about that some other time. I still have to write a report for Senyaza.

Marley: How did you end up working for Senyaza?

Corbin: Uh, family connections. Most of… my kind… works for Senyaza, in some fashion or another.

Marley: But not Zachariah.

Corbin: No. Not Zachariah. And that should have been a tip-off.

Marley: I feel like I should be making organized crime jokes here, but I don’t know any. You and your family connections.

Corbin: Hey, how did you get to be the one asking questions?

Marley: Somebody had to do it.

Corbin: Yes. Me. Here’s one for you. How do you feel about the supernatural?

Marley: It doesn’t bother me in fiction.

Corbin: How about outside of fiction?

Marley: That’s a lot harder to answer, on account of it being supernatural. And thus not real.

Corbin: Yeah, uh…we should come back to that later. Do you like Thai food? That’s real.

Marley: What? Yes, of course. Who doesn’t like pad thai?

Corbin: Hmm. What are you doing Saturday night?

Marley: Are you—

Corbin: Quick, we’re almost out of time.

Marley: Fine. I have no plans for Saturday night.

Corbin: Excellent.

Marley: Corbin, are you asking me on a date?

Corbin: Oops, out of time!

He’s right. We are. Thanks, Corbin and Marley!

Tune in for the next stop on the blog tour on February 27 at the Candlemark & Gleam blog,! And don’t forget to join the discussion here and then stop by the Candlemark & Gleam blog to get your entry in our Matchbox Girls giveaway!


Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder...

When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into a secret war. She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers...

And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart...

Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she's gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her.  
Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas will be published in paperback and digital form by Candlemark & Gleam on February 21, 2012. You can pick up a copy through the Candlemark & Gleam website (, where all paperbacks come with a free digital edition, or through your favourite indie or mainstream book source.

Follow the author online at or on Twitter @chrysouladreams


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