Thanks to The Teen Book Scene, I had the great opportunity to interview Sadie from the novel Chasing Alliecat by Rebecca Fjelland Davis, which I will have a review of up shortly. Learn more about the author on her website.
You seem to love biking a lot, when did you first learn to ride and did you always love it?
I begged for a bike when I was four. I got one for my fifth birthday, and Dad took the training wheels off the third day I had it. Yeah, I loved it right away, but it wasn't until I was about ten that I realized how much fun it was to really push myself on a bike.
What were your first impressions of Allie when you met her?
Rock hard, probably a Punk rocker kind of girl 'cause of all the metal on her face; that she'd be mean, and crush me on the bike. She sort of scared me, that first time I saw her in the woods. Another reason nobody should judge from first impressions.
Joe seems like he's a pretty close friend, how long have you guys known each other?
Just met at the Blue Ox, or actually that night at Scout's Last Chance. When he was at Scout's, I couldn't believe the guy I saw at the Blue Ox was the Joe who was going to stay at Scout and Susan's for the summer.
Do you have hobbies other than biking?
Yeah! I started an Environmental Action Group at my school. One thing that didn't make it into the book Chasing AllieCat is that I researched the Junk Woods in LeHillier, and it's a SuperFund clean-up site. (The tap water in LeHillier SUCKS). I spent a bunch of time working on that during the summer, too, but our author took that stuff out 'cause it slowed down the mystery and the romance. I got Joe interested, too.
I took ballet from the time I was three, and I liked that, too, but it was hard to find time to do both: dance and bike. In ninth grade, I was in the advanced class, and we were dancing nine hours a week including rehearsals. Then I talked my mom into letting me quit dance so I could ride more. Thank goodness, she listened. I'm way better on the bike than I was on pointe shoes.
I play volleyball, too but I might not go out this year so I can keep racing in the fall. Mom thinks I should play volleyball one more year.
Oh, and I have been in the school plays. I was Chava in "Fiddler on the Roof." I think I got the part 'cause I was the best dancer that tried out.
What's one thing that most people wouldn't know about you?
That The Jungle Book is my favorite book and I've read it ten times. Also, that I have an obsession with t-shirts. I collect them from races, bike events, concerts, anything. Other than t-shirts, I am obsessive about not leaving a carbon footprint. I always haul my own bags to stores, no matter where I'm shopping, for example. (I guess people know that). That drives my friend Erica nuts.
They don't know that I think I want to major in engineering in college–maybe–and do something with alternative energy.
And now people know that I like Joe. But I don't think anybody knows how much I like him.
Thank you Sadie, it's great to learn more about you!