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Interview with the Bentley...


 Bentley Smith is the main male anti-hero of The Katelyn Diaries book series. He is handsome, enigmatic and carrying a lot more than Katelyn believes. Tonight on Behind the Pages, you're going to be treated to a Q&A with a character that has become so much more popular than I ever believed he would when I began the series.


Q. Where are you from Bentley? What is your heritage?

A. My father was born in Norway and my mother was born in Australia. I was born in Australia. I am a dual citizen of both countries after applying for dual citizen when Norway started allowing people to do so. I lived in Norway for a year with my family when I was 17.

Q. Do you find it easy to forgive others?

A. The answer to that is a little complex isn't it? It depends on the person who needs forgiveness. Some people are easy to not forgive and simply to forget about them. However, there are some people who could stab you and you wouldn't just forgive them, you'd apologize for bleeding on them.

Q.  What do you notice first about a person?

A. Their face. Is that weird? Isn't that what everyone notices first when you approach someone? I mean, unless she has big... Never mind. But my Nanna always told me that our first impressions of a person need to be thought, reflected on and then disregarded because our first impression is what society tells us we should think, whereas the second thought of them is more what we truly believe ourselves.

Q. What is your drink of choice?

A. Rum. I can give or take the coke to go with it.

Q. Which of your parents do you more take after?

A. I don't think I'm very much like either of them. I don't want to be like them. Not that I don't love my mother, I do. But I don't want to be the kind of person she was. Maybe I get some traits from my father, I have a short temper like he did, but I think I know how to regulate my emotions better than he did.

I actually think I'm most like my Pop, my mum's father.

Q. What odd habits do you have?

A. I play with the corners of my pillow case or shorts when I'm tired or stressed

Q. What is your biggest regret?

A. That I never did it sooner.

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