I am Tamara Carrington, college student, young woman, daughter, girlfriend
Where do you live?
Denver, Colorado, Earth
Are you the hero of your own story?
Others may see it differently, but I don’t see myself as a hero, just someone who is doing the best she can
What is your problem in the story?
I meet these aliens and am getting to know them. It’s turning my life upside down, especially when I fall in love…and learn a bunch of stuff about my family and myself that I probably should have guessed, but never realized.
Do you embrace conflict?
I don’t like conflict and tend to avoid it, but if I have to, I will face it.
How do you see yourself?
A little shy, avoiding the lime-light, but deep down I do know I am strong enough to face anything that comes into my life.
How does the author see you?
The author sees me as much more than I see myself. I have navigated some very intense, life changing experiences and come out stronger in the end. I forget that sometimes.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
She did a wonderful job of portraying me. I was surprised at some of the strengths she showed.
Do you have a hero?
Did you get along with your parents?
I did get along with my parents; I love them both dearly. I sometimes wondered what they were hiding, because it was obvious there was more going on than I knew, but I didn’t let it bother me. Mostly.
What in your past had the most profound effect on you?
The hidden stuff that I didn’t discover until the Azellians came into my life.
What in your past would you like to forget?
A certain incident that happened in my late teens. I didn’t get past that incident until I met Greg, a wonderful Azellian healer.
What in your past would you like others to forget?
That same incident. I had to leave the high school I was at because what had happened was so disturbing.
Who was your first love?
My dog, Brindle. I fell in love with her when I was six and she was my constant companion until I was eighteen, when we had to put her down. I still miss her.
What is the most important thing that ever happened to you? Why?
Meeting the Azellians (the aliens). My whole life changed the day that they walked into the Registrar’s office. They introduced so much into my life: love, joy, fear, change, the airing of family secrets that had been poisoning our family. While it also ushered in adulthood (I’m not sure I was ready for that), I could greet what came with a clearer sense of myself and my abilities.
Was there a major turning point in your life?
The day I agreed to start spending time with the Azellians. They tell me that what ended up happening would have happened anyway, but sometimes I wonder if they were telling me the truth. Then I remember all the wonderful friends I have made and the intense connections and realize that I really am grateful that they came into my life.
What is your favorite scent? Why?
Lilacs. They remind me of spring.
What is your favorite color? Why?
Blue. It relaxes me, makes me realize there is more to the world than just what is happening in my life.