Published by Jolly Fish Press on May 3rd, 2016
Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself.
Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie's future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer.
As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as “Jimmy2416.” Between keeping Robbie's secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?
Hi guys! Welcome to the blog tour for Jerkbait by Mia Siegert. I was very excited to be a part of this blog tour as I have had my eye on this book for awhile. I am very excited to show you the character questionnaire that Mia filled out for Tristan. Happy reading, fellow book nerds.
-Character Interview: Tristan-
1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
Tristan Lyle Betterby is my full name, and Butter is my nickname. Can you guess what Robbie’s is? :-/
2. How old are you? When is your birthday?
Eighteen. September 15th. Just think, if it was one day later, we wouldn’t be draft eligible for another year. But no pressure, right?
3. Where were you born? Where do you live now? Are you patriotic?
Born in Summit, live in Nutley, and uh. I guess?
4. Who are/were your parents?
Mom’s in marketing. Dad used to be an ECHL player but now he’s an agent for hockey players.
5. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
My twin Robbie. And I don’t know. He’s… loud and kind of a dick, I guess. I mean, not all the time… I don’t know. We’re not really close.
6. What is your occupation?
Student by day, reluctant hockey player by afternoon, closeted dancer by evening.
7. How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
5’10, 165 lbs.
8. What color is your hair? What color are your eyes?
Brown and brown.
9. What is your race?
10. To which social class do you belong?
I don’t even know. Middle class is such a broad category, and I guess we’d be the upper end of that. Probably that’ll change when Robbie gets drafted.
11. Do you consider yourself to be attractive? Do others?
I don’t look bad. And considering I’m not telepathic, no clue. I don’t think they’d think I was ugly, though.
12. What is your style of dress?
Polo shirts and khakis.
13. Do you have any scars? Tattoos? Birthmarks? Other unique physical features?
Not really. I mean, we all have a few scars here or there from hockey but they’re pretty faded. Robbie’s the one with the bleached hair and fake lip ring so he’s more noticeable really.
14. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?
I have trouble benching 150 lbs. 🙁 But I can lift the girls, like my bestie Heather, so that counts for something, right?
15. Are you right- or left-handed?
16. What does your voice sound like?
17. What kind of vocabulary do you use?
18. List three quirks or other defining characteristics.
I don’t know. I kind of think I’m boring. I mean, I do barre at my desk in my room, but that’s more necessity. I also don’t listen to musical soundtracks until I see a show (Youtube totally counts as a show, though).
19. How often do you bathe? Do you wear perfumes?
Daily. And uh. No.
20. What kind of facial expression do you commonly wear (dour glare, wry smile, etc)?
21. Do you use body language? How?
… doesn’t everyone? I mean, dancing, sure, but…
22. Do you have a commonly used saying?
… no really.
About the Author
Mia Siegert received her MFA from Goddard College and her BA from Montclair State University where she won Honorable Mention in the 2009 English Department Awards for fiction. Her debut JERKBAIT will be released May 2016 by Jolly Fish Press. Siegert has been published in Clapboard House, Word Riot, The Limn Literary & Arts Journal, as well as a few other small presses.
Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume designer. She enjoys training horses and watching hockey.