Reporter Jay Kipp gets more than he expected from his interview with an old, blind homeless man who goes by the mythological moniker of Phineus, a Phoenician king who was blinded by Zeus
It’s a little bit of a departure from my normal stuff, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, I must give thanks to fellow writer/blogger/Triberr mate JW Manus. In addition to many great things she has to say, she has put together a couple of concise posts on getting your Word documents formatted for e-conversion.
What does the future hold?
Previous to settling down with my wife, I spent a couple of years on various travels. From Hawaii to Canada to Mexico (and most of the continental United States). Granted, not too terribly exotic, but I had some interesting experiences. Next Friday, I’ll share one of those from my time in Mexico.
But without further ado…
If you haven’t read my past last week, a review of Penelope Crowe’s 100 Unfortunate Days, I would hope you would take the time to do so after reading this interview. Penelope is a Triberr mate of mine (along with four other great writers you can find out about at my friend Jonathan Allen’s post The #TESSpecFic Weekly. Party time. Excellent.) . While other Triberr mate JW Manus doesn’t hesitate to fly in the face of convention, Penelope doesn’t hesitate to ask the questions many of us are often afraid to ask (at least aloud).
And when she’s not doing that, she’s writing children’s stories. An interesting woman indeed.
So NOW without further ado…
Seven Questions with Author Penelope Crowe
A combination of all of the above and more. In fifth grade I had a little red notebook with a smiley face on it that I wrote in every day. I wrote about all the kids in the class—nice, not nice, mean, etc. I was out sick and came back to find my notebook had been molested, and everyone had commented right back. I knew from then on that words had quite a bit of power. I was a power-hungry fifth grader. I went on to do a comic, and a bit of editing for the school newspaper. I was not a good editor then, and am not a good editor now. This has never left me.
[PDD: Great story. I remember a similar notebook when I was young after reading Harriet the Spy. I was pretty convinced of nefarious goings-on around me. Hope there wasn’t too much retribution from your classmates.]
2- What was the last book you finished reading? What are you currently reading? If it doesn’t seem obvious by title, what are the genres? Do either of these fall under your favorite genre (you know, the book you pick out when you’re going on vacation)?
I re-read Salem’s Lot, and tried to re-read Ghost Story by Peter Straub—both for a book club I am in. I loved them both the first time. Salem’s not was not as scary as I remember and I could not finish Ghost Story. I am reading Incubus by Ann Arensburg, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Art of Tim Burton, Free Five by Paul Dail, If You Go Into the Woods by David Gaughran, Dark Jar by Bruce Memblatt and several others. I almost always read several books at the same time. In the past it was one book in the car (while waiting, not driving), one book on the nightstand, one book in the living room…you get the picture. Now it is even easier to hyper-read because I have a Kindle and a Nook—and I looove indie author giveaways. I have discovered so many wonderful stories and authors this way.
[PDD: Interesting you should mention this. I’ve noticed since getting my Kindle for Christmas that I’m much more inclined to read more than one book at a time than I ever was previously. And who is this Paul Dail you mention? :)]
3- What is the TV guide synopsis of your most recently completed project… or whatever project you’d like to talk about today? (I’ve heard several people say you should be able to hook someone in 25 words or less, but I’m not offering to represent your work professionally, so 30 words will be accepted)
Francine woke up to find a six foot tall chocolate bunny in her room with eyes the size of baseballs. Was this the work of the Easter bunny, or an escaped spy robot?
4- Okay, now your book jacket version (200 words or less).
Francine loved candy more than anything in the world. She made an impossible mega-candy wish that could only come true in her dreams, then woke up on Easter morning to find it had come true! Was this the work of the Easter bunny, or had Easter been taken over by a Super Spy Bunny!!
[PDD: I’m glad you clarified that this was a children’s book. Knowing of your darker content, I was picturing something along the lines of Donnie Darko.]
5- What is one of the biggest obstacles you have to (or have had to) overcome in regards to writing? Could be about content, your process, or any other way you interpret the question.
I am always trying to overcome my own impatience. I probably will always have to deal with it. It is okay though. My cousin said, “Once you name it you can tame it.” At least I know what my problem is. J I want everything done yesterday. I do like the whole process, but most of the time it seems it cannot happen fast enough for me. My husband says my other problem is that I am so taken with being a writer I do not care about the money. I do not see this as a problem at all…
[PDD: Preachin’ to the choir, sister… at least about the patience part. I’ve been pretty taken with being a writer for many years now, however I do care about the financial aspect of my craft.]
6- What is something that your readers might be surprised to find out about you?
I have had over 20 jobs—everything from makeup artist for Sony Studios in New Jersey to vice president of sales in an outsourcing organization in the 90s. And I do not like ice cream.
[PDD: Again, sounds familiar. For me it has been everything from swinging a hammer to being a headhunter for a staffing agency. However, I love ice cream.]
7- In 100 Unfortunate Days, among other things, the woman talks about her disenchantment with God. I know from your recent blog posts that this is something you share with this character. If you knew that God existed, what would be three questions you would like to ask of him/her/it?
- If you are so powerful why are you so passive?
- Why all the obvious hoopla 2000 years ago—and nothing since?
- Why don’t you speak when spoken to?
[PDD: While I’m sure some would be inclined to attempt to answer these questions for you (as I’ve seen them do at your blog… myself included), I think you have hit the nail on the head as to the sentiments of many people who are struggling with their belief in a Christianity-based deity.
Thanks for taking the time. And good luck with your current and future endeavors.]
What do I want from you?
Would you care to comment on any of Penelope’s responses? Or just say “hi”?
You can find more about Penelope at the following links:
As the Crowe Flies– Penelope’s blog
Amazon links to stories by Penelope Crowe/Dea Lenihan:
And don’t forget to check back next Friday for a little taste of Mexico.
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