- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions (but only if you want to).
Five questions from the delightful rebness:
- What is your best childhood memory?
Far from school and the bitches that bullied me on a regular, I had an amazing childhood. My parents were stricter than other parents on the block, but I only appreciate that now that I'm an adult. My mom used to take us to the library all the time. My dad used to take me (JUST ME) to Disney movies as a special treat. They both would pile us into the station wagon, and we'd drive from Denver to Marion, IA to Surf City, NJ. They gave me so much to treasure that I can't narrow it down. But they're fodder for my memoirs! I did write about one of those memories here. My dad and I still share night-sky musings. The last one was the lunar eclipse (even though we were talking on the phone while we watched it).
- Have you ever prank called anyone?
Yes. During the summers of my youth (and long before caller ID was so readily available), we'd dare each other to call Red Lobsters and ask if they had crabs. It was the height of hilarity to our pre-teen minds. I could never get the question out before I was laughing so hard I had to hang up. Bart Simpson, we were not.
- What's your favourite French word?
This is a hard question, bb. I love the French language. I'm always learning new words and turns of phrase. I suppose that right now at this very early second in the morning l'écureuil is my fav. It's also one of the harder words to say en français.
- Which book has had the biggest influence on you, whether it's in terms of your writing or your life in general?
In terms of my writing, I'd have to say that Holly Black's Books of Modern Faerie were the ones that influenced me the most. They were my introduction to dark, gritty, real YA urban fantasy in a time when I needed them. And Valiant struck a chord with me that I will never forget. A number of other books helped me, among them are: Phantom by Susan Kay, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux (which I've read in English and French), and The Stand by Stephen King.
In terms of my life in general, I think most of those books have had a hand in shaping me as well. Without Louis and Lestat, I'd never have found some of the most amazing people on earth. And you, of course. >:D Without Erik, I'd never have realized that I'm not the monster. And even if I am, we all have monsters inside. Without comic books, I'd never be as incredibly geektastic as I am. (OMG! DID YOU SEE THE NUMBER OF MARVEL & DC MOVIES BEING RELEASED THIS SUMMER? I AM A PUDDLE OF HAPPY GOO!!) Without books, I might never have found a way to escape reality for a few hours.
- BB WHERE SHOULD WE GO NEXT?
SOUTH AFRICA TO SWIM WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS! IN A CAGE! Okay, fine, we can go to SF. They have great whites there too.
If anyone wants to know moar about me, please feel free to ask in the comments.