An Interview with Maddie Lewis, protagonist of The Sea Child:
- CN: Welcome, Maddie. I have enjoyed getting to know you and hope our audience will too. Just so you know, I’m not going to reveal any spoilers to them. They’ll just have to read The Sea Child to find out what happens to you and your brothers. So, how about you and Westley? How would you describe your relationship with him? — Maddie: I really like Westley. He’s not like the guys I used to date at my old school: Westley cares about the real me. He’s kind, very smart, and on top of all his other good qualities, he’s a great kisser. I don’t want to admit it, but my heart beats a little faster when he’s around. I look forward to seeing how things work out for us.
- CN: What’s your favorite subject in school? — Maddie: I’d have to say Theatre. I absolutely loved my theatre classes at my old school, followed by English. I had a teacher who made literature come alive for me. Now that I’m almost finished high school, I’m feeling a little nostalgic about it all. However, because of everything that’s happened, I am thinking about changing my college major.
- CN: Was it hard to move to a new place? — Maddie: It was really hard, especially right in the middle of my last year in high school. Back home I had my friends, my usual routine, the sports I participated in, and the places I liked to hang out. My brothers also had a tough time adjusting. I am really grateful for my grandma, who helped us to ease our way into life here in Carlsbad. I also am grateful to the girls at Carlsbad High School who went out of their way to include me and make me feel welcome, even when all I really wanted to do was withdraw and shut out the world.
- CN: Do you feel as though you are an expert on Selkies now? — Maddie: (laughs) Hardly! Most of what I learned on the internet turned out to be only partially true. I learned a little more from Penny, but there is so much more to know. The Selkie culture, history, religion, and language will take months, if not years to really know and understand. Scary? Yes. But do I want to learn more? Definitely.
- CN: In The Sea Child, you and your brothers place a lot of emphasis on food. What is your favorite food? — Maddie: Anything I don’t have to cook! (laughs) Seriously, I think my favorite is Chinese food. Chin’s Szechwan Restaurant is one of my top places to eat out.
- CN: Do you feel as though you were just an ordinary teenager before everything happened to you, or have you always felt different? — Maddie: Growing up, I felt very normal, as did my brothers. We had no idea about our strange heritage. Our parents raised us in a strict home, and we felt loved. I will always appreciate that they gave us a happy childhood, but sometimes I’m also really, really angry at them. How could they leave us in this mess without leaving any advice, like in a diary or an old journal or something?
- CN: Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Thank you, Maddie, for being my guest today. I can hardly wait to see what happens in the next book. — Maddie: You’re welcome. I promise it will be full of mystery, adventure, romance, and a whole lot more about Selkies.