Shelby Revealed (A Mind Games Interview & Giveaway)

April 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm 68 comments

Mind Games by Carolyn CraneI’ve always had a fondness for supporting casts and secondary characters in books, films, and tv shows. So, when I read Carolyn Crane’s Mind Games, I really connected with main character Justine’s fellow Disillusionist and Russian “ringlet girl” (as Justine calls her when she first meets her), Shelby.

For those not in the know, the Disillusionists are a paranormal, psychological crime-fighting hit-squad. Under the leadership of the charismatic (and mysterious) Packard, the team targets Midcity criminals, and unleashes the team-members’ neuroses on them.

Each Disillusionist has a unique specialty. Justine is a hypochodriac. In the following scene from Mind Games, Shelby explains what her specialty is to Justine:

I infuse target with grim clarity about impossibility of happiness.”
“That’s your disillusionist specialty?”
She nods.
“She sucks the sparkle out of desire,” Helmut adds.
“I do not suck, I give. I give knowledge.”

With a character who has that much insight, I knew that Shelby was the person I needed to speak to to get to know Justine and her wacky crew of Disillusionists better.

Last week I paid her a visit at her apartment in Midcity. When I arrived, I was immediately taken with the amount of color, pattern, and texture that filled her apartment. Shelby herself wore the most impressive pair of black and red striped bell-bottoms, paired with a nerhu jacket with large orange poppies. When she sat on a red and white zig-zag patterned chair, my eyes began to water. I put on my sunglasses, and dove right into the interview . . .

Renee: I love how you dress, and your apartment is really groovy. Where do you get your sense of style? Do you have a name for it?

Shelby:  Thank you, Renee. Justine would look at outfit I wear today and say, black zigzag does not go with floral print. She would say, I must wear what is pleasing to the eye. These clothes I chose this morning to keep me warm. And now I must find different shirt? Different pants? To be pleasing to eye? I ask you Renee, is false harmony pleasing to the eye?

Renee: So, I guess you would be a function over form girl. Utilitarianism at it’s finest!

I have to say that your apartment is quite a feast for the eye. One doesn’t quite know where to look first. Do you like at antique stores or are you more of an IKEA shopper?

Shelby: No, I am not IKEA or antique girl. I like yard sales. Actually, Renee, I bought pattern couch at yard sale yesterday. Is very sturdy. I will give to you.

Ugly sofa (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Renee: Oh, um…thanks…I don’t quite know what to say…

It looks very…uh…crazy—I mean—cozy.

Shelby: Springs of couch dig into your back. But, this is good, Renee. Pain of this couch will keep you and your family aware that there is no possibility of happiness. You can watch TV as family, and couch will not let you forget truth about life.

Renee: Wow, you really are all about the unvarnished view. It’s like you’re the Disillusionist whose ability really is about being disillusioned. There are no scales on your eyes, are there?

What is your favorite thing about being a Disillusionist?

Shelby: Disillusionment strips away illusion and comfort. Is state of truth.

Renee: Speaking of truth, be honest with me. Weren’t you the tiniest bit jealous when Justine joined the group?

Mongolian bbq (courtesy of Wikimedia Comons)Shelby: Is okay. I have been very long time the only girl there. And, I do not have friends. So, when Justine joined I thought, I will make her be friend to me. And I did. She is very much butterflies and sunshine—how do you say—optimist. But, I tolerate this.

Renee: Any dish or insights about Justine and Packard?

Shelby: Hmm. I think you want me to tell secret.

Renee: Just among us girls. I know you see things that the other guys on the team don’t see.

Tell me. What is up with Packard? He’s such a man of mystery, and always seems to have a hidden agenda. He really plays the part of the mastermind quite well. But, honestly, for as smart a guy as he is, he really bollocksed it up with Justine, didn’t he?

Shelby: Packard was wrong to fool Justine. If I was Justine, I would like to see Packard grovel. I would like to see Packard crawl on bloody hands and knees through glass and beg my forgiveness. Perhaps with broken fingers. Yes. That would be best, I think.

Renee: I always love a good grovel, myself.

Beret guy (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)And, of course, since Packard now has some competition for Justine’s affections, he needs to up his game. I was so surprised at where things went with Otto! What do you think about him?

Shelby: Otto is too much fairytale man. He is too much knight in shining armor. I do not like it.

Renee: Ooh, that sounds like some potential future conflict in book 2, Double Cross. I can’t wait to see what will happen with them. And, with your entire crew, of course.

On that note, I want to thank you, Shelby for giving me a glimpse into the Disillusionist world. It was a lot of fun to visit!

If you want to read more about Shelby, Justine, Packard, and the rest of the Disillusionists check out Mind Games. You can read an excerpt for it on Carolyn Crane’s site.

To win your own copy of Mind Games, leave a comment here by midnight (Pacific time) Sunday, April 18, 2010. Winner will be announced Monday, April 19.

This is open to international entrants.

Come back tomorrow for my Mind Games review!

ETA: Due to some personal obligations, I will post the Mind Games review on Monday, April 19 when I announce the winner.

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  • 1. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Renee! Thanks for having Shelby over, It means so much to her, even though she might not say so. You were very gracious to accept that couch!

    OMG, that beret guy is sort of hilarious.

    • 2. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      Of course, it’s the shipping fees for that couch that are going to kill me! lol

      Only Otto can carry off a beret with panache! BTW, do you remember the “guardian angels” beret guy from the 80s? I kept flashing on him when reading about Otto.

  • 3. Chris  |  April 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Hey, wait, wasn’t that couch in Carolyn Crane’s living room just last week?! 😉

    Not entering, but I’ll mention it in linkity tomorrow! Fun interview, Renee.

    • 4. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for the linkity, Chris! 🙂

    • 5. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      Yet your cats will still attack visitors. Nothing will save your visitors from peril, even your posting.

  • 6. Cherry Mischievous  |  April 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I haven’t read this book yet, but by the looks of it, the characters are groovy!

    Re-posted your contest at:


    • 7. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      I love Carolyn’s sense of humor in MG.

      Thanks for the re-post and tweet! 🙂

    • 8. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      With your tweet, you have brightened my spirits from slate gray to dark haze. I thank you.

  • 9. Christa  |  April 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Oh, I didn’t want to read too much of the interview so I don’t spoil the story for myself, but what I skimmed, I love!

    Please enter me in the chance to win Mind Games… I love the premise!

    • 10. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      I do that all the time, too!

      Awesome! You’re in.

    • 11. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

      I always read the spoilers. I will know end of book when I get there. It does not matter.

  • 12. Sullivan McPig  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I think I’m now officially in love with Shelby!
    Does she like pigs?

    (not entering the giveaway)

    • 13. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      I’m sure if there were one embroidered on a warm, comfy jacket or rug, she’d be all over the pig!

      Isn’t she awesome?

      • 14. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

        LOL. Yes, on clothes. Or, if the pig wasn’t too perky, she might like him as a pet. But, he would have to be very somber.

    • 15. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      I love all pigs.

  • 16. Ashtray Pepper  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the post; can’t wait to read Mind Games!

    • 17. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!!

    • 18. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      I like your name.

  • 19. orannia  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    It was lovely to meet you Shelby!

    If I was Justine, I would like to see Packard grovel. I would like to see Packard crawl on bloody hands and knees through glass and beg my forgiveness.

    It’s all in the details 🙂

    I’m curious. Have any of the Disillusionists turned their…umm..talents on each other?

    • 20. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      Not yet, but a certain character named Simon could foreseeable get an idea like that.

    • 21. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      Lovely to meet you. You ask a good question. Sometimes I would like to turn my talents on Justine. She is much to chipper.

  • 22. Sandy Jay  |  April 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Is there a matching ottoman for that couch????

    • 23. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm


      I asked Shelby about that, and she says there is. It is a stool, with nails pounded through the underside, so that they gouge your ankles when you rest your feet on it. She says she will give it to you if Renee doesn’t want it! It’s your lucky day!!!

    • 24. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 5:53 am

      I will make one for you.

  • 25. Giada M  |  April 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    This book is on top of my wishlist! It sounds AWESOME! Thank you so much for the interview!^O^ If this giveaway is international, I would like to be entered.
    Thank you very much!

    Giada M

    fabgiada @

    • 26. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks for dropping by! I do not know the answer to the international question…

    • 27. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      I used to have wish list. I put it into my hope chest, and smashed it against rocks of doom.

      But, I am sure Carolyn Crane is grateful to see that you have MG on your wishlist. This sort of thing excites her very much.

    • 28. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Yes! International entries welcome. Book Depository’s free shipping makes it easy to send it anywhere. 😉

  • 29. willaful  |  April 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Would love to win a book, but would love even more to win that couch. 😉

  • 30. Carolyn Crane  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Oh, Shelby is very pleased to hear that, Willaful! She was not sure how enthusiastic Renee actually was!

    • 31. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      I might be able to sacrifice and give up the couch to willaful. Can I bring it over right now? 😛

      • 32. Shelby  |  April 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm

        I will bring couch to Willaful. Willaful, perhaps you will be my friend. We can sit in couch and contemplate hopelessness.

        Renee, do not worry. I will find an uglier and more painful couch for you. I will find it.

        • 33. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm

          Thank you?

  • 34. Moonsanity (Brenda H.)  |  April 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I frighten easily and the use of the word groovy and then the picture of the couch had me shaking with fear. But I’m guessing that Shelby would say that fear is good.

    I must be entered in the contest. I will of course buy the book if I don’t win because I must know more about the characters. I’m waiting for pay day. Do you guys get paid for being Disillusionists? After seeing that couch I’m wondering if you don’t and you have to buy everything from yard sales.

    • 35. Renee  |  April 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

      Shelby is the epitome of the word “groovy”. Each time she shows up in the book, her outfit is groovier! lol

      Carolyn or Shelby will have to answer the question of pay. Tho’ the yard sale people might have paid Shelby to get the couch off of their hands.

    • 36. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 5:57 am

      Moonsanity, fear is not so bad, except it suggests you wish to avoid the worst that can happen. I ask you, why bother?

      Thanks for your question. We get paid very much for our work. I prefer yard sales, because if the people are throwing something away, it must be good.

    • 37. Moonsanity (Brenda H.)  |  April 15, 2010 at 7:40 am

      Well, groovy it shall be then. LOL I think I would classify the couch as groovy, and it kind of looks like it’s been around since the 60’s. *snicker*

      Shelby, I’m glad they pay you well. You can buy a lot of stuff at garage sales when you have money. You could also “dumpster dive” as some do. You might enjoy it.

  • 38. Joyson B.  |  April 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Cool! Finally found a giveaway of this book! Haha. My sister would kill to have this book, and I would want to give it to her for her coming birthday! Please enter me! :

    Thanks a lot!! More power and God Bless! =)

    • 39. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 5:59 am

      Sigh. You are a kind sister. I hope book makes your sister happy, even though happiness is only illusion.

  • 40. Kaetrin  |  April 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Count me in!

    • 41. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 5:59 am

      I will find couch for you, too.

  • 42. Fran  |  April 15, 2010 at 12:15 am

    So sad to say I haven’t read this book, but the interview was great!

    • 43. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 6:00 am

      Sadness is only natural. I will make you an uncomfortable couch for consolation.

  • 44. Mariska  |  April 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I’ve been trying to hard to win this book ! enter me in please 🙂

    • 45. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 6:01 am

      I hope that you win, but you know, is all the same in the end.

  • 46. Eva SB  |  April 15, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Love the interview thought that couch didn’t help much with my vertigo – it took me awhile to be able to see straight enough to type.

    I look forward to reading the book.

    • 47. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 6:03 am

      I will find wallpaper in pattern of the couch, and this will give you balance to see straight.

  • 48. Sarah  |  April 15, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I have been looking at this book for a while now, it seems really interesting and I keep hearing great things about it. I was planning on buying the book, but if I win it.. well that’s even better 😀

  • 49. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Perhaps wallpaper in that pattern would set you right. I will look into this.

  • 50. limecello  |  April 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Very fun post! As for that couch … whoa… trippy O_o I really wouldn’t know what to say if I saw that in person.

    • 51. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      I think you will sit in it, and look at other things in room. And ponder doom. Or, that is what I would do.

  • 52. FemmeFairyGodmother  |  April 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Oooh, yet another new series to add to my list. It’s a wonder I get anything done (besides read) and have enough money left to pay my bills! Geesh. 🙂 But maybe I’ll win this book!

    • 53. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      I think you have good idea. FFG. Why not spend all your time reading? The bills, they mean nothing.

  • 54. jill sorenson  |  April 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    OMG! I cackled through the entire interview. Love Shelby and the Otto pic! Way cool.

    • 55. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      Jill, I am glad you were not laughing or guffawing or giggling. Or tittering. Cackling is so much more respectable. Suits you much better.

  • 56. GSM  |  April 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Wow. Another great, creative interview for Mind Games. Can’t wait to read about Shelby, et al. Thanks.

  • 57. Shelby  |  April 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    GSM: Thank you for coming. I failed to infuse Renee with grimness, but perhaps I will have better luck with you.

  • 58. Renee  |  April 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    WOW, Shelby, you are awesome! Thank you so much for coming by and visiting in the comments.

    I had so much fun visiting with you, and can’t wait to see more of you in Double Cross. Maybe author Carolyn Crane will write a romance into the story for you! 😉

    Also, Thank you everyone for for commenting. I’m looking forward to drawing a winner on Sunday!

  • 59. jupiter  |  April 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    can’t wait to read this book.I’ve read alot of good reviews of this series.

  • 60. Donna  |  April 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve been seeing reviews all over the web so for this, and they have all been good. That normally doesn’t happen so I must read this. 🙂

  • 61. Allison  |  April 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for posting your interview with Shelby, Renee. I was in a good mood until she showed me the futility of it. You might as well enter me in the contest even though there is no point as I have no chance of winning. Not that it matters anyway.

  • 62. GIVEAWAY REMINDER « Renee's Book Addiction  |  April 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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  • 63. Dawn M.  |  April 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Great interview! :0) And I loved all the extra comments in the comments. Heh. The book sounded good before but now that I’ve met one of the characters, I want to read it even more. Count me in, please!


  • 64. Tracey D  |  April 18, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I enjoyed reading the post. This book sounds great.

  • 65. Liz J in Central Illinois  |  April 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Very interesting and entertaining post! The book sounds like it would be a good read!

  • 66. Spav  |  April 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Great interview. I can’t wait to read this book!

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