Friday, August 21, 2009

"I Need Friends" Friday

Welcome, welcome! So, I realized the other day that I don't have a lot of friends. I started wondering why that was, but the reasons were depressing. Rather than focusing on the stark reality of my non-existent social life, I came up with a brilliant idea.

Today I am introducing a brand new segment here at called:

Every Friday I will interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.

Today's interview is with an amazing up-and-coming author. Me! Enjoy.

SME: Hello, Sarah M. Eden. Welcome to “I Need Friends” Friday.

Sarah: Thank you. I am thrilled to be part of this endeavor.

SME: You're an author, right?

Sarah: I am.

SME: Do you ever, like, stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself and think, "Holy Crumb-ola. I'm an author. When did that happen? Aren't authors supposed to be really cool or interesting?"

Sarah: Who would do something like that?

SME: *nervous cough* Next question. How long have you been writing?

Sarah: Approximately three years now.

SME: Really? I learned to write in, like, Kindergarten.

Sarah: Oh. I thought you meant, when did I begin writing novels?

SME: That's a good question, too. I'm gonna write that down for the next time I interview an author.

So, you've been writing novels for three years. How many have you written?

Sarah: I have nine titles currently available (That's right. A link allowing interviewee to do a little shameless self-promotion in exchange for enduring this interview. Keep that in mind, in case you're interested in participating). I have a tenth that will be available later this year, and an eleventh currently under consideration at a publishing company.

SME: Which publishing company?

Sarah: I don't think I want to tell you that.

SME: *waits in silent anticipation*

Sarah: Next question, please.

SME: What's your favorite continent?

Sarah: My favorite continent?

SME: Yeah. Everyone has a favorite continent.

Sarah: I suppose I like North America.

SME: I'm a fan, too. North America is great. It's definitely in my top seven.

Sarah: You know, this is kind of a strange interview. I mean, "What is your favorite continent?" Who asks that in an interview?

SME: It's a valid question.

Sarah: Do you have any normal questions?

SME: What exactly was it about the
of the INFF segment ------->
that led you to believe this would be normal?

Sarah: Point taken.

SME: Alright. Welcome to the portion of the interview where I ask my new friend about something really interesting they are working on/involved in/learning about/dreaming of doing someday.
Sarah, because you are an author, I'm going to ask you about your Work In Progress - known in the biz as your "WIP." The snazzy title for this segment?

*cue "Whip It" by Devo. "You must whip it. Whip it. Whip it good."

Sarah: That is pretty lame.

SME: Lame, but funny. So, how's the WIP?

Sarah: Coming along pretty well. I am currently editing A FORLORN HOPE, which is book five in the Jonquil Brothers Series (another link of self-promotion). This story centers on Stanley Jonquil, who has only just returned from five years of fighting in the Napoleonic Wars, and his struggle to find peace and solace after witnessing so much suffering and devastation.

SME: There's got to be a lady involved, though. Your stories are romances.

Sarah: Of course there's a lady.

SME: Then why didn't you say so?

Sarah: *starting to look a little annoyed* During a brief period of recuperation at home, Stanley met and fell in love with Marjie Kendrick, the younger sister of the lady his oldest brother would eventually fall in love with and marry.

SME: That sounds a little complicated.

Sarah: Try to keep up. So Stanley is in love with his sister-in-law's little sister-

SME: Is that even legal?

Sarah: They aren't actually related.

SME: Hey, isn't that a line from a movie?

Sarah: *shakes her head in apparent frustration* Anyway. My WIP, I think, is a really good book and I'm excited for it to come out.

SME: If a reader hasn't read the other Jonquil Books, will they be frustrated and throw the book against a wall because they'll be so lost and confused and then curse you and all your books - past, current and future - as the work of an incompetent storyteller and maniacal torturer of readers?

Sarah: What is that even supposed to mean?

SME: Try to keep up. Will new readers be able to follow the story even if they haven't read the other Jonquil books?

Sarah: Certainly. All of my books are written so that a reader could jump in anywhere in the series and not be confused.

SME: Do you have a release date, yet?

Sarah: It should be available sometime this fall.

SME: Awesome! Be sure to let me know when A FORLORN HOPE comes out. I'll post the info here on my website.

Sarah: I kind of assumed you would.

SME: Now on to the portion of the interview where I draw a portrait of my new friend.

Sarah: A portrait? Are you an artist?

SME: *laughs* No.

Several minutes of awkward silence while SME labors over a pad of drawing paper.

SME: What do you think? ----->

Sarah: It's a stick figure.

SME: Yeah. That's all I know how to draw.

Sarah: With shoes.

SME: Shoes are important. I drew you wearing Airwalks. I hope that's okay.

Sarah: Sure. Um, I look a little ticked-off in that drawing.

SME: You look a little ticked-off in person.

Sarah: I think you need to work on being a more professional interviewer.

SME: Maybe you need to work on being a more professional interviewee!

Sarah: This interview may not be the best way to encourage people to participate in your little "I Need Friends" gimmick.

SME: Nah. I think everyone understands that when a person interviews *ahem* themself that things can get a little *ahem* awkward.

Sarah: True.

SME: I would be much nicer to future interviewees.

Sarah: And less abnormal?

SME: I make no guarantees.

Sarah: *sighs*

SME: Our time is almost up.

Sarah: Tragic.

SME: Um, did I just hear sarcasm in your voice?

Sarah: This has been a little strange.

SME: Do I need to put the title/image in here again so that "strange" won't surprise you?

Sarah: No. I get it. And now I think I understand the whole, "I have no friends" thing you're experiencing.

SME: What are you trying to say?

Sarah: Never mind.

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

I hope that whetted your appetite for future interviews. Will they all be that snarky? No. Will they all be that enjoyable? Absolutely.

So... If you have something interesting to share about yourself or just want the fabulous experience of being interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

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Shantel said...

I love the stick figure! and the forlourn (however you spell it) picture of that boy. That is just sad! and yes, I am laughing. At your sad.

Aubrey said...

See? Now, that was funny. You are a blogger. Me... not so much.
But I'll be your Friday friend-- if you'll have me. :)

Taffy said...

That was an AWESOME interview! I am totally using the continent question!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that was absolutely hilarious! And a great idea. I think I'll copy it. I need friends, too.

Sarah M Eden said...

Shantel - Isn't my stick figure drawing ability mind boggling?

Aubrey - I'll be in contact!!!! (I was REALLY hoping you'd agree)

Taffy - I tried to explain to my interviewee that the continent question was a good one!

Tamara - Instead of copying the idea, how about agreeing to be a Friday Friend on here? It'd be fun!!!

Annette Lyon said...

That was one of the funniest things I've read all week!

Now I have "whip it good" in my head. Thanks for that.

And of course I'm your friend.

Rachel Rossano said...

I loved it! Count me in.

PS I am eagerly awaiting your next release. :)

Andrew said...

Interviewing yourself perfectly demonstrates the title of the entry...was that on purpose? Hmm? Let me ask myself...


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