1. Bella is surprised and touched that Charlie put snow chains on her truck because she isn't used to people taking care of her. Later on we know that Renee called Bella hysterical to have her come home yet Renee wasn't in Phoenix. Given all of this what were your impressions of Renee?
My first thought was that when Renee said 'come home', she didn't mean Pheonix. To her, Bella's 'home' is with her - she just wanted her little girl to be with her. I like Renee, yes she's flighty and all the rest, but she obviously loves Bella. Maybe I'm coloured by Bella's view of her.
2. The accident is the first great action scene in the book. Did you get all the details right in your head the first time, or did you realize you missed finer points when Bella thinks about the accident later?
I actually read it through twice the first time, before Bella got to the hospital. It took me while to get it pictured in my head, but I like to get things 'right' before I go on, to save confusion later.
3. What did you think about Charlie's response to the accident?
Completely in character, and exactly what I expected from him. He loves Bella, and was scared for her, and for himself, and as a Police Chief, he automatically turned to the professional to get an opinion/overview of the situation, as he would at any other accident.
4. This is the first time we meet Carlisle. What were your first impressions?
I'm afraid I can't really remember, I was so focused on what Edward was going to say to Bella, but I think his kindness and professionalism came through.
5. Did Edward's cool and even sarcastic comments regarding the accident intrigue you or frighten you?
Intrigue. I knew it was a vampire love story; I knew he and Bella were going to get together at some point, I was fascinated to see how Stephanie was going to get them to that point, how Bella was going to find out, what Edward's reaction would be when she did. Again, I read this twice, trying to get a handle on his true character, as opposed to the role he was obvioulsy playing at school.