In order to introduce myself, I had a few friends and fans ask me some really important questions:
- Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: In order to avoid doing the things I don’t do.
- Q: Is it a burden being that cute every day?
A: Yes, but it’s a burden I’m prepared to endure for the greater good.
- Q: Who put the “bop” in the bop she bop she bop?
A: My daughter’s fish, Bubbles. (Sadly, Bubbles was suicidal, so he didn’t have time to put the “ram” in the ramalama ding dong).
- Q: How do you feel about Vikings as central characters in fantasy?
A: Some of my best friends are Vikings! I OFTEN put my friends in my work, so you can anticipate there being some Vikings in my upcoming novels. Vikings have always been a source of inspiration to me.
- Q: Assuming there is room enough for only one book in your emergency survival kit… What colour would you paint your room?
A: I’m glad you asked that question. It’s one of those burning questions that are often discussed around the dinner table and long into the night. Entire weekends have been squandered pontificating when one ought to be vacuuming or painting the house or building a suspension bridge. What was the question again?
But, seriously, now…
I had a look at a list of the Top Ten Job Interview questions, figuring I’d use that as a model of where to begin. The very first question was this:
“Tell me about yourself.”
In case you can’t see the problem with that, I will tell you. That is not a question! Thanks for NOTHIN’.
Writer — Fantasy, a bit of Science Fiction, novels and short fiction. In the works:
Novels: Dark Elf’s Warrior (series); Griffin and the Spurious Correlations; an untitled paranormal romance.
Short fiction: The Inner Light (http://pulpliterature.com), He Had it Coming, To Serve and Protect, The Pageant — A Battle Maiden’s Cunning Stunt (http://www.electricspec.com/issues/volume-7-issue-1-february-29–2012/).
Singer — with FAT Jazz, and another newly formed jazz combo that doesn’t have a name yet. Formerly with Earth to Doris, and Chris Colt & the 45s; Musical Director: “In the Heights” (2015), “Hairspray Jr.” (2014), “Urinetown” (2014), “Fame Jr.” (2013), “Les Miserables” (2013). Vocal/performance coach: “Zombie Prom” (2012), “Bugsy Malone”; Upcoming.… “Mary Poppins”. Vocal workshops for secondary and middle Schools.
Actor — BFA in Theatre from UVic. Currently playing Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady with Royal City Musical Theatre (April 2015). Played Rosa Bud in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, Pristine in “The Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera”, Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”, Olivia in “Twelfth Night”, The Teacher in “The Visit”, etc. Directed middle school productions of “Seussical Jr.” and “A Grimm Night for Hans Christian Andersen”, as well as two elementary school musicals. Currently I use my acting to work a LOT as a Standardized Patient for many health professional training programs.
My favourite job, of course, is being a parent to two awesome progeny, (who refuse to be plumbers), alongside my Incomparable Spousal Unit.
Oh, and by the way… I don’t collect anything, except rejection letters. I consider them “progress.”
And finally, here are some of My Favourite Things:
Books – Pride & Prejudice (I read this every 18 months or so… Jane Austen, of course), Mrs. Mike (Benedict & Nancy Freedman), Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien… duh), the Vlad Taltos series (Steven Brust), The Khaavren Romances (Steven Brust), Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman), Coraline (Neil Gaiman), The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman), [Rorkruun], Everything Jasper Fforde has written (Thursday Next series, Nursery Crime series, Shades of Grey).
Authors – Steven Brust, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth George, Carol Berg, Kelley Armstrong, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Tom Holt, Stuart McLean
Beverages – Single Malt scotch; Gin & Tonic; Vodka & just about anything; coffee with chocolate, cream and honey; Columba Cream;
Movies – Little Big Man, Silverado, Serenity, Lord of the Rings, Tombstone, Emma (with Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong), Little Women (with Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Help, Hard Day’s Night, Help, Yellow Submarine, The Outlaw Josie Wales, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hot Fuzz
Shows – Very much enjoying Schitt’s Creek and X Company (CBC); Downton Abbey, Firefly, Doctor Who, Corner Gas, Holmes on Homes, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Northern Exposure; The Vinyl Cafe, This is That (CBC Radio).
Places – Port Coquitlam, Scotland, the stage, the company of friends, my house.
Bands/Musicians – Yes, Kate Bush, Rush, Indigo Girls, Kurt Elling, Gordon Lightfoot, The Beatles, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Peter Gabriel, kd lang, Annie Lennox, Queen, Roy Forbes, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, The Arrogant Worms, Arcade Fire, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald
Foods I love – Meat (beef Medium rare, pork, chicken), haggis (I make my own), cheese, peanut butter (without added sugar… the just peanuts kind).
Golly, I have a lot of favourite things! Maybe my tastes are not discerning enough… Okay, to provide some balance:
Foods I don’t love (pictured) – salmon, raisins, cilantro, most beer. Ick. (Except the asparagus and other veggies. I like them).
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