2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
1. Why do you live where you live?
Because it's about as far away as you can get from Florida and still be in the continental United States... Well, not really, but that's the way it worked out. When I married my American husband he was living in Florida and had done so for forty years (and, as he puts it, he hated thirty nine and a half of those but was kept there by family matters). When I got there, it took me less than three years to put my foot down and say, "We're moving. Get me out of here. NOW." I am SO not a hothouse flower who does well in hot and humid climates and cannot live more than a hundred feet from a beach. Give me cedars and mountains and crisp fall days with changing leaves and the glitter of brittle sunlight on ice on cool winter mornings. Washington state is the closest thing to Heaven that we could find.
2. What was most disappointing about the publication of your first book?
Nothing disappoints me about the publication of a book. The book gets PUBLISHED. It (hopefully) gets read. Everything else is gravy.
3. Dinner party: 2 dead authors, 2 live ones, 1 editor?
Roger Zelazny, J R R Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Ursula Le Guin, my husband (who IS my first line editor, so yes, he qualifies!)
4. Why do people think nothing of drinking hot coffee in the summer, but won't eat ice cream in the winter?
You know, I can't tell you. But that is precisely what I do. I NEVER have ice cream in my freezer in the winter, I tend to start buying same somewhere in mid-May and quit thinking about it sometime in mid-October. But then again, I drink coffee any place, any time, whatever the season (ask anyone who knows me) If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that the taste of coolth (yes I know that isn't really a word but I like the way it looks) in your mouth is a welcome antidote to the summer heat, and when the weather is cold you don't crave it - people have different favourite flavours but on the whole the idea here is ICE CREAM, not a particular kind of ice cream. Whereas coffee is drunk not so much for the temperature but for the taste, and that's... um... less seasonal?...
5. What is the most boring thing you've ever done?
Anything that involves long periods of repetitive tasks. I need some sort of mental stimulation to function; unless I am, for instance, stuffing envelopes with other people and can talk and laugh with them while doing that, the job would make me catatonic very quickly.
Okay, then. There you go.
PS - those of you who asked for interviews, feel free to ask me questions in return!