Characters In Love: Sandy McDermott

For Valentines Day 2014, I agreed to do a character interview for the blog Unwritten, in which they interviewed our very own Sandy McDermott about her love life.  It proved to be… interesting.

To read the original post and all the comments, go here:  LINK

Otherwise, read on for the contents of the interview!

[Unwritten Interviewer]  “Hi everyone, and welcome to another episode of Characters In Love!  We’re here today with Sandy McDermott, the heroine of the The Survivors Book I: Summer, and the newly released The Survivors Book II: Autumn!  Sandy, welcome.  How are you today?”

[Sandy McDermott]  “Grumpy.  I feel sick and my foot hurts.  Can we just get on with this?”

[UI]  “Uh… sure.  Let’s start with the basics.  Please tell us a little about yourself.”

[SM]  “What, me?  I’m just…  I don’t know, I’m just a regular girl in an irregular situation.  Ten years ago, my world was hit by a killer virus, which wiped out almost everyone and left me on my lonesome.  I learned to be pretty self-reliant after that, but let’s face it, it really sucked.  Still, what can you do, right?”

[UI]  “Not much, I suppose.  But you’ve got Michael now, right?  Where did you two first meet?”

[SM]  “In a zombie-infested hospital at midnight.  It was so romantic.  That was sarcasm, by the way.”

[UI]  “I can tell!  Was it love at first sight?”

[SM]   “Not quite.  He thought I was a zombie and tried to shoot me, but he missed.  I punched him out and ran for my life.  Poor Michael.  I nearly broke his jaw!”

[UI]  “Sounds like the start of a healthy relationship.  When did you know for certain that you were in love?”

[SM]  “I’m still not entirely sure, to be honest.  It just sort of happened.  I’m not really a loveable girl.  I mean, I’m a good person at the core, but I’m cantankerous, bossy, and tend to assume the worst of people.  He’s the complete opposite of me.  He’s positive, up-beat, patient, and just an all-round good guy.  I’ve had some really bad stuff happen to me over the years, but he’s… helping me to get over that.  I think I knew for sure when I realised that I wanted to be a person for his sake.”

[UI]  “Awww, how sweet.  But every relationship has its ups and downs, right?  Have you ever done anything to compromise your love – or vice versa?”

[SM]  “Not yet.”

[UI]  “Not yet?”

[SM]  “I can’t talk about it.  You’ll just have to wait for Book III and Book IV to find out.”

[UI]  “Ooh, mysterious!  Well, let’s try this question instead: has anyone ever come between you?”

[SM]  “Not really.  There’s a bit of gender disparity amongst out groups, because… well, women are more vulnerable than men, so there aren’t a lot of us left.  I was lucky to survive what they did to me – don’t ask, I don’t want to talk about it.  Anyway, that leaves us with a lot of men and not many women, so there’s bound to be some tension.  I know that at least one of my men has a crush on me, but they also know that a broken jaw would be the least of their concerns if they tried to get between us. “

[UI]  “Haha, feisty!  Okay, if you could take Michael on the perfect date, where would that be?”

[SM]  “Anywhere that we don’t have to fight for our lives.  It’s nice to know that someone always has my back, but I wish that we didn’t have to be like that.  But if I could take him anywhere, anytime… oh, never mind.  It’s silly.”

[UI]  “Oh,  go on!  Tell us anyway.”

[SM]  “Okay, okay.  If I could take Michael anywhere, then I’d want to take him back in time to meet my parents.  They would have loved him.  He was a cop, so at least then they’d know that I’m well taken care of.  He’s definitely the kind of guy you want to meet your mother.”

[UI]  “Awwwww!   It can’t be that perfect, though.  Is there anything Michael does that completely annoys you?”

[SM]  “Well, yes. The positivity gets a bit much sometimes.  He’s so ‘glass-half-full’ that the glass overflows, and he can be a bit naïve at times.  Still, he’s new to this, so I can forgive him.  He’s learning, I’m learning, everyone’s learning.  That’s what life is about, right?”

[UI]  “Very true.  Speaking of which, what’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced together as a couple?”

[SM]  “Coping with the loss of loved ones, and trying to protect the people we’ve got left from the dangers of the world.  It gets really hard sometimes, but at least I know that he’s always got my back, and I’ve got his.  He’s totally my shield maiden, but don’t tell him I said that.  He likes to think that he wears the pants, but the truth is that I own his pants and he likes that even more.”

[UI]  “Oh my!  Is there a happily ever after in store for the two of you?”

[SM]  “You know, I really wish I knew.  The future is all up in the air right now.  I really hope there is, but my writer is pretty mean to me at times, so anything could happen.”

[UI]  “Dun, dun, DUUUUN!  And that’s all we have time for today, folks!  Thanks for your time, Sandy – and good luck searching for your happily ever after.”