She’s got a sweet smile and she’s wearing a school uniform when she walks into our studio. Loose hazelnut-brown hair hangs over a slight frame, and initially, she’s quiet, clearly waiting to be told where she should sit, like any kid dropped off in a strange place. In short, Anastasia Larson seems like a normal girl – amazing, what skill, talent, disposition and potential exists just beneath the surface of all of us. We took a moment recently to sit down with this fresh new hero to talk about her powers, her life, and her road ahead.
Interviewer: Hi, Anastasia. Thanks for making the time to see us today and talk to us. Are you missing any classes for this interview?
Anastasia: Hi, um. . . I actually am okay, for now. What time is it? Can we make this as quick as we can please?
Interviewer: Can you talk to us a bit about how you discovered your powers?
Anastasia: I really don’t want to talk about it, if that’s okay. I just got mad and now I dwell on it sometimes.
Interviewer: And what do your powers allow you to do?
Anastasia: I can control the weather and it’s linked to my emotions.
Interviewer: Tell the readers about your school and what you’ve been learning. It’s not your typical school, is it?
Anastasia: My school is mainstream, but, well, I’m starting to think that not everything is as it seems, not just in school but the whole town. I’m still new here. My school is called Opal Creek High School, and I’ve been learning Modern History, P.E. (which I don’t like at all) and Maths, oh and English of course.
Interviewer: I have to admit, you’re not what I expected! Do you get that a lot from people?
Anastasia: I don’t really know what people think of me. I’m not very sociable.
Interviewer: What are your main goals right now, and how do you feel about tackling them?
Anastasia: My main goal right now is to not be late for class. . . again. It’s the first time I’ve been late for anything EVER! My other goal is to find out how to control my powers and where they came from. And I want to plan out my goals as best as I can really.
Interviewer: There will be a lot of people reading this transcript who feel out of place, not up to scratch, disempowered, in all kinds of ways. You’re proving that difference is power! Wisdom often comes from the young – do you have any advice you want to give to your followers?
Anastasia: For people who have Asperger’s like me or anyone who has similar circumstances. My advice is to not listen to any of the bullies, because they are mean and in the end they get what’s coming to them. And also surround yourself with people who understand (I know it sounds silly, but it’s true) Thanks for interviewing me but I really need to get to class.
Anastasia is the main character of J.J. Fryer’s debut novel Inner Reflection, which you can purchase from our online store. The first chapters are available to read online for free on our blog. You can connect with J.J. Fryer on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about Anastasia and the series.