(Every Friday I 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 guest is the Regan Brianne Jensen. Regen is the author of "Jagumaterra" a science fiction novel. She can be found on the web at her blog and on facebook. A preview of "Jagumaterra" is also available.
Let's get to know Regan!
SME: Welcome to INFF!If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
Regan Brianne Jensen: Thanks, Sarah! It's both nerve-racking and exciting to be here!
SME: I'll be nice. I promise. Shall we start with an easy question?
Regan Brianne Jensen: That would be great!
SME: What is your favorite candy?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Haha! Wow, that is an easy one. Red Vines licorice.
SME: Interesting choice. Have you always liked them?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Yeah, I've always liked them, although they haven't always been my favorite.
SME: What was it that finally earned them that top slot?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Hmm. . .It's hard to say. I think when I realized that I was more excited about licorice than chocolate (I know, HUGE gasp!)
SME: I'm not even sure you are allowed to say that. I'll have to check the rule book. How 'bout another great question: What's your favorite continent?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Depends. When it comes to culture, Europe. When it comes to liberty and religion, America.
SME: So a tie. I can accept that.
Regan Brianne Jensen: Yep, never been able to pick between one or the other.
SME: You are an author, as I know. So my first question is about your books: How do you pronounce "Jagumaterra," and what does it mean?
Regan Brianne Jensen: It's pronounces "jah-GOO-muh-TEH-ruh." It means "Land of the Jaguar People."
SME: Very cool. Tell us a little about the book.
Regan Brianne Jensen: Well, it's about a young "Jagumaress" (female of the species) and her discovery of a family secret that requires her to rebel against the tyrannical government that has taken over the planet.
SME: So science fiction (or do you consider it fantasy--the line between the two is definitely blurred)
Regan Brianne Jensen: Yeah, the line is very blurred. But it would be considered science-fiction, since it has more to do with space and science than magic.
SME: What was it that got you writing in the first place?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Interesting story. My second-grade class had an activity where each student wrote a sequel to a story we had just read together. When my teacher saw mine, she entered it in a school writing contest and it won First Place.
SME: Fantastic! And you've wanted to write ever since?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Yep!
SME: That's great. And First Place--not too shabby!
Regan Brianne Jensen: No, it isn't. I was flattered, anyway. *shoves growing ego aside*
SME: In the spirit of INFF, I have a game for you--one of my favorites, in fact. It's called "Rapid Fire Q&A" In this game I will ask you questions about yourself and you give me the first answer that pops into your mind-no explanation, no reasoning. Just one-maybe two-word answers. Ready?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Let's do it!
SME: Favorite color?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Red
SME: Favorite nursery rhyme?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Twinkle, Twinkle
SME: Your first word (if you know)?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Da Da
SME: Book you've read most recently
Regan Brianne Jensen: Scriptures
SME: Favorite scent?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Pine and Mint
SME: Dream vacation spot?
Regan Brianne Jensen: Mountain Cabin
SME: Person you would most like to have a copy of your book?
Regan Brianne Jensen: JK Rowling
SME: Yea! 100%!!
Regan Brianne Jensen: Woohoo!
SME: You're today's champion!
Regan Brianne Jensen: Sweetness!
SME: Knowing that you are riding high on the triumph of your game success, wanna go straight to the portrait gallery and view your portrait?
Regan Brianne Jensen: You bet I do!
*draws with noticable skill and ability*
Regan Brianne Jensen: Wow! It looks just like me! (And I love the shoes!)
SME: Yeah. I thought the shoes were pretty fab!
Regan Brianne Jensen: Coolio!
SME: This is where the "cool" kids hang out, you know.
And that brings us to the final question of INFF: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Regan Brianne Jensen: 1. I got to talk about my fave candy.
2. I'm on your blog. (Seriously, I feel like I should wave to my mom or something. Hi, Mom!)
3. People now know how to pronounce my book's title. (Haha!)
4. I got to hang out with you.
5. I got a freakin' awesome picture drawn with some fabulous shoes!
SME: All superbly good reasons! Thanks for being my INFF friend!
Regan Brianne Jensen: No prob! Thanks for having me!
SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!
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!
(Regan gets 2 extra entries in February's giveaway if her interview receives 5 or more comments!!)