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Getting to know: Peter Cawdron!

Hi, Peter!
So, that was the serious interview. Now here is the silly interview to get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Just three words? Damn, I’m out already.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I know these are supposed to be silly, lighthearted questions, but as an ex-creationist, I shudder at the thought of “If… you were an animal…” As the whole concept of religious creationism presupposes that humans are different. Humans are supposedly exceptional, somehow exempt from inclusion in the animal kingdom. So on this question I’m going to have to go with: Homo sapiens because we’re a crazy lot, coming up with lots of crazy ideas. We just need to keep fact and fiction separate (and that’s rich coming from a science fiction writer!)

You’re hosting a dinner party and can invite four guests (real, fictional, dead, alive). Who would you choose?
-Charles Darwin – I’ve read most of his books, including his travel diary and letters to friends. He’d be astonishing to chat with in person.
-Albert Einstein – because, seriously, space-time??? How does someone come up with such a radical concept like that?
-Erwin Schrodinger – because quantum physics does my head in. Every time I think I’ve got it figured out, I realize how little I understand
-Erwin schrodinger’s cat – who may or may not be present depending on “stuff”

Great choices! Very clever!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse (quite fitting considering you’ve written stories about this!) and you can only use the first item to your left to survive. What is it and what do you think your chances of survival are?
The first item to my left is a spoon. With or without the spoon, my chances of survival are slim 🙂

Oops! That’s some bad luck!
What were you like in school?
A horror. The less said the better 🙂

If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
Again, probably too serious an answer for a silly section, but… brains (and not in the zombie sense). Brains win over brawn and has done for thousands of years. Brains put us on the Moon, cured (some forms of) cancer, eradicated hideous diseases like polio and smallpox, and feeds billions with astonishing proficiency (although there’s much more to be done in this regard). Let’s see Superman top that!

Look at the world’s major problems. They can all be group loosely under one category—problems that exist because we’re not using our brains.

I could do with more brains, too!
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
Firstly, it would be boring as hell. I really don’t know who would play me. Anyone, I guess. Two arms. Two legs. A bit of hair on top. That’s about all that’s needed as I’m no one special.

Thanks, Peter!

To learn more about Peter Cawdron and view his serious interview, along with the ‘where to buy’ links, please click here.

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Getting to know: Carrigan Richards!

Hi, Carrigan!

We’ve done the professional interview. Now, let’s get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Stubborn, funny, goofy

What is your biggest fashion regret?
Cut-off blue jean shorts rolled up

There’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the first item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
My phone. I’d survive for a while. I’m small and can outrun zombies!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A dog. Because they are such amazing creatures, and live life to the fullest.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
Hopefully someone cool. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence because she kinda acts like me in real life. Except, I’m no where near as outgoing as she is.

You’re hosting a dinner party and can invite four guests (dead, alive, real, fictional, anything goes). Who would you invite?
Edgar Allan Poe. Tori Amos. Dave Grohl. And my grandparents.

Great choices!
Finally, would you rather always having to speak your mind or never being able to talk again?
Speak my mind.

Great! Thanks, Carrigan!

To see Carrigan’s serious interview and the links to her new book ‘Under an Onyx Sky’, please click here.

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Getting to know: James Morris!

menandarcher copyHello, James!
So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now its time to get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in the words?
Flawed, friendly, focused

What we’re you like in school?
I played alto saxophone in marching band, and was pretty much friendly with a variety of cliques, yet belonging to none. I was fairly shy, though, and let’s not even talk about the lack of dating!

Interesting!
So. Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the first item on your left to survive. What is it and how long do you think you’ll live?

It’s a pen, an ordinary pen. And I think I’d last for about a day – or less. Maybe that would be a mercy.

At least you could write, I guess!
What was your biggest fashion regret?

Ha – parachute pants in the 1980’s.

Brilliant!
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
Probably Henry Thomas, the kid all grown up now, from “E.T.” I know, he’s not a big star now, but when I was a kid, all I wanted was to be E.T.’s friend. Boy, that reference dates me!

Interesting choice! I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that.
If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

This is a cheat, I know, but I’d wish for more wishes from a genie. I like being a regular person, but sometimes you need that little touch of grace or luck or something that helps you over the bumps in life. Being a superhero – life would be too easy in some respects, and I think that would eventually make you feel distance from your fellow man.

Great perspective!
Finally, if you were an animal, what would you be and why?
My first thought was a dolphin, because they’re smart, supposedly friendly most the time, and social; but then I thought, why not a badass shark to rule to ocean?

Great choice! Sharks are ace!

Thanks, James!

To view James’ serious interview and where to buy links, please click here.

‘What lies within’ is out now!

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Getting to know: Linda S. Prather!

Hi, Linda!

So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now, it’s time for the fun questions!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Empathetic, compassionate and crazy.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
Either the ability to heal others or the ability to become invisible. Healing from my compassion for people and animals and invisibility for my desire at times to be a fly on the wall when doors are closed.

Great choices!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long do you think you’d live?

A glass window and I’d survive a long time because I’m a fighter.

Brilliant answer!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

My Shitz Tsu, Popcorn. He has it made. He’s actually the boss, the baby, and focus of the entire family any time he wants it. He has no worries, no stress, and doesn’t ever have to worry if his food bowl is going to be filled.

My labrador, Brandy, is exactly the same!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?

The dress I wore to my son’s wedding. It fit a year before that, but now going back and looking at the pictures and the video, well that 10 pounds I’d gained is very visible.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would you like to play you?

Jamie Lee Curtis. I think she’s got it all. Tough, sexy, funny and sweet.

Would you rather never being able to speak again, or always having to say everything on your mind?

Ha, ha. For me to be able to say everything on my mind, but once again my compassion for my fellow human beings comes in to play so I would choose never being able to speak again for them.

Brilliant! Thanks, Linda!
To learn more about the amazing Linda S. Prather, and see her serious answers, please click here.

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Getting to know: Sophie Weeks

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Hi, Sophie!
So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now, let’s get to know the real you!

What were you like in school?
I was kind of weirdly intense about everything.  My senior year of high school, I was voted most likely to become a cult leader.  

Well, that’s certainly interesting!
How would you describe yourself in three words?

Playful, pensive, passionate.

Perfect!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
Writing at my kitchen table, so…there’s a jar of coconut oil.  I guess I’d grease my steps with it?  Might hold them off about half an hour.

Well, maybe.. Sorry, I can’t think of anything better! Good luck!
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and what would the title be?

I was once told, in an astonishing and improbable compliment, that I resembled Drew Barrymore, so I hope she’s willing to gain some weight for the role.  The title would be Reckless Dreams and it would be a dark comedy.

If you could choose any two people to be your parents, real or fictional, alive or dead, who would you choose?
I definitely want Jon Stewart to be my dad.  My mom is getting tired about being pestered about whether she didn’t have an affair with some Jewish kid from New Jersey before I was born. For a mom, I have to dip into fiction. Araminty Brown from National Velvet is so many kinds of amazing.  Hard-headed, strong, and supportive.  Every time I reread that book I’m astonished at the depth and beauty of that character.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
Flying, absolutely.  I don’t know if I could do anything useful with that, apart from rescue cats stuck up trees, but I love the idea of flying.  I still have a lot of vivid flying dreams that make me very happy.

The ability to fly would be great!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?

You know, I don’t regret the orange chiffon dress, nor the giant lavender tulle skirt…I only regret the five billion little black dresses that represent risks not taken.

Thanks, Sophie!

To learn more about Sophie and to view her serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Mark Gillespie

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So, that was the serious interview, now it’s time to get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Dreamer, Distracted…(sorry what was the question?) 

What were you like in school?
I really was a dreamer.  Whatever they were trying to teach me I was thinking about something else.  I couldn’t be bothered with school to be honest! Home economics?  I mean, what’s the point??

Right. So, imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
A shoebox.  I’m dead.

Um.. well.. Yeah, sorry, you’re probably right..
If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
It’d have to be Woody Harrelson.  Been told many times there’s a resemblance. Don’t see it myself!

Interesting choice!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 
Anything that can fly.  But if it’s a choice between a mosquito and a golden eagle, it’s eagle all the way!

Golden Eagles are great!
Imagine that you’re a hosting a dinner party for your three favourite people. Who have you invited and what have you cooked?
Cook?  Eh, it’s a Dominos all round.  I’m sure they’d understand.  Assuming I can bring in people from throughout history, I would invite Richard Burton (fascinating man who possessed the greatest voice ever), Crazy Horse (Sioux who defeated Custer at the Little Bighorn), and Amelia Earhart just to ask what the hell happened to her plane!  

Awesome choices! Though that home economics in school probably would have helped with the cooking!!
Finally, if you had a time machine, where and when would you most like to visit?
Last week.  Glasgow city centre.  I lost a tenner there 😉 

Interesting use of a time machine! Haha

Thanks, Mark!

To see Mark’s serious interview, please click here.

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Getting to know: Kathy Shuker

Kathy Shuker photoHello, Kathy!
We’ve done the serious interview, now let’s do the silly interview!

So, What were you like in school?
Quiet, useless at sports except hockey (? don’t know why) and always doodling in the margins of my notebooks.

I can relate to that!
How would you describe yourself in three words?

Shy, friendly, self-critical.

If you had to sing a song in a talent competition, what would you sing and why?
‘I Wanna Be Like You’ from The Jungle Book because I’d have no chance of winning so I’d have to play it for laughs.

Great choice!
Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?

An invisibility cloak but I wouldn’t last long because the zombies mightn’t be able to see me but they’d hear me whimpering pathetically.

If you were a superhero what would your superpower be and why?
I’d be able to teleport matter from one place to another so I could get the people or goods necessary to where they were required.

It would certainly be a very useful superpower!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

An elephant: smart, way cool trunk, great social and family bonding and you get to play with mud and water every day.

Elephants are gorgeous!
Finally, if there was a book written about your life, what would be the title and why?

‘Nice Try’. I don’t succeed at everything I try to do but I’d like to think I give it my best shot.

Brilliant. Thanks, Kathy!
To learn more about the wonderful Kathy Shuker and to see her serious interview, please click here.