1. So, what’s your book all about?
My second published book, One Ghost Per Serving, is about a self-doubting father who embarks on a quest to win a seemingly impossible contest, and discovers he’s the only one who can stop a supernatural pathogen from spreading throughout the food supply.
2. What inspired you to write this tale?
A yogurt contest, Japanese yokai, nanotechnology in food, and other ephemeral things.
3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?
I’m an outliner, so, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln. A natural-born piggybacker, that guy.
4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?
Just my Macbook, and usually a table to put it on. I often work in the same (large) room with my husband, and with the flying bananas that give me ideas and confound me with their riddles.
5. What is your perfect “writing space”?
The house in Danger: Diabolik, of course.
6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.
You took the best one (‘Asshole,’ by Denis Leary), so I’ll go with a classic Wilhelm scream, though it’s not a song.
7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?
New Skullcrusher Mountain (nod to Jonathan Coulton)
8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.
6’4 or taller and a wall of intimidating muscle – but the tallness matters less than the physical capability. Someone like Joe Pike or Eliot from ‘Leverage.’ Why? Because I’m a somewhat petite woman and often wish I had a intimidating sidekick.
9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”
I would find someone I loved and tell them something I should have said. At least that.
10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?
Pistachio Sigismund Thundershield, Esq. (Yes, the bear is an attorney. Corporate practice, with an LLM in International Bear Tax Law).
11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?
Chewing with her mouth open.
12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?
An electric Tesla roadster.
13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?
The colder, more secluded parts of Europe. Also New Zealand.
14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?
Querencia. It’s a large sailboat – like the one in The Mayfair Witches.
15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?
Electronic dance, like Paul van Dyk. It’s soaring and energizing and non-distracting, though I normally don’t listen to music while I write.
16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?
“Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in a major appliance.”
17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?
From Toto’s ‘Africa': “I know that I must do what’s right, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti”
18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?
I could call it ‘Time with Family,’ because I often feel that I’ve passed through some kind of portal when I visit them. I would probably just replace the portal with a graphene one.
19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?
20. What’s next?
The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse will be out in early October, and I have another book set in the world of One Ghost Per Serving being released in 2013. I’ve written a few novels in other genres this year, and plan to continue that.