Books and Bindings: So you’re a character from Jen’s book, The Island, tell us more about the book.
Leia: The book is set on an island where it is normal for the adults to send their children away at age ten. We have to leave our childhood homes and join the youngster community in a different part of the island called the Manor.
Books and Bindings: Can you tell us more about yourself? What do you do? Where do you fit in the story? What are things we should know about you?
Leia: I am Leia, I am sixteen years old and I have lived at the Manor with my twin brother Colin for six years now. The readers see everything through my eyes. I do abide by the rules of my community, but deep down, I have my doubts about leaving our parents at such young age.
Books and Bindings: How was it like growing up in the island? How was it like at home when you were younger knowing you had to leave when you turned ten.
Leia: Growing up on the island was wonderful; I love the seaside and feel most alive when I’m at the beach. I always knew I would have to leave my parents when I turned ten, so I told myself I had to be strong when the time came. It still hurts to see how distant our parents were on the day Colin and I left the house, though.
Books and Bindings: You didn’t find any boy in the manor interesting enough for you to actually consider marrying. What do you look for in a guy?
Leia: Maybe I am looking for something more I have never seen before. Someone to broaden my horizons.
Books and Bindings: How would you describe your feelings for Walt? Did he have everything you’re looking for in a guy?
Leia: Walt is infuriating sometimes! He can be a pain in the butt, but he also fascinates me. And somehow, he is very protective of me and I liked that. No one has felt the need to protect me before because I am one of the strong girls in the Manor.
Books and Bindings: How do you think Jen came up with the idea of you as a character?
Leia: I think she was imagining what she herself would have been like if she had to leave her parents at age ten, but she made me a lot stronger so I could survive.
Books and Bindings: How do you like being a character in The Island?
Leia: I love the world Jen has created for us, but I am also glad I get to leave the Island by the end of the book. 🙂
Books and Bindings: Without giving anything away, how do you see your future? What do you know about Jen’s plans? Will we expect you in future stories?
Leia: I am pretty sure she is writing another book about the island. It will be a companion novella to the first book and it will be told from Walt’s point of view. Readers will see me through Walt’s eyes and they will find out more (and I with them) about Walt’s side of the island.
Books and Bindings: If they make a movie about the book, who would you want to play as you? Why?
Leia: Alice Englert. She did a great job playing Lena in Beautiful Creatures and she is such an intense actress!
Books and Bindings: Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know? Do you have a message for them before they read about your life?
Leia: Suspend your disbelief and be ready to be sucked into a world you’ve never seen before.
Title: The Island
Author: Jen Minkman
Genre: YA Dystopia
‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.
I have never seen one.’
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?