Friday, April 9, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Karlene Browning

It's that time of the week:

(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 Karlene Browning. Karlene is an avid reader, a blogger, a shoe fanatic and a scentificator (that's a word I made up that means she creates fragrances). Doesn't she sound really, really cool?

Let's get to know Karlene!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Karlene: Thanks so much for having me. I love your INFF interviews.

SME: Gee, thanks!

Karlene: I confess, I'm a secret INFF stalker.

SME: So... what's your favorite cake flavor?

Karlene: Chocolate. Are their other flavors?

SME: Apparently. *shrugs* Pressing question #2: In what order do you prefer to assemble a s'more?

Karlene: Graham. Chocolate. Burnt marshmallow. More chocolate. Top with Graham. You're bringing back memories. I can't eat sugar so I haven't had a s'more in about 12 years.

SME: I was feeling nostalgic. Aaahhh... the smell of campfires and dirty kids (at least that's how campouts always worked in my family)

Karlene: Mine too.

SME: Speaking of campfires and lost opportunities for bathing... Suppose you were stuck on a desert island with only one type of food, one book and one pair of shoes. What food/book/shoes would you want to be castaway with?

Karlene: Can we assume we can get all the nutrients necessary for life from chocolate?

SME: On my hypothetical desert island, nutritional requirements are taken care of regardless of the food source!

Karlene: Good. Then chocolate. Definitely. As for the book, I'm taking my Kindle. (I know. I cheat.)

SME: Cheating is allowed at INFF. Just so you know.

Karlene: And shoes. Hmmm...hard question because I love shoes... I know. I'd take a pair of spike heeled red leather boots that fold down to make a pair of red flip flops.

SME: Wow. Fashionable, fun and useful. Sounds like the perfect choice.

Karlene: Of course, on a desert island, you never know when a trunk of shoes might float up on shore.

SME: Perhaps you have been marooned along with a very large shipment of high-end shoes. It could happen.

Karlene: It certainly could!

SME: What's your favorite continent?

Karlene: Normally I'd say North America because our toilet paper rocks. (Have you ever been to Europe? I haven't, but I heard their tp sucks. And some places in Asia don't even use tp. Shocking!) But lately, it's been a little too cold for my liking, so I'm thinking somewhere closer to the equator. Wait. Do

SME: Perhaps you could brush up on your Spanish and Portuguese and head to our Southern hemisphere counterpart... South America. Only 2 letters difference between the two continents, you realize.

Karlene: Uhm. Too much work. I'll stay in North America. *sigh*

SME: Choice noted. I have invented an entirely new and marginally exciting game, if you'd like to give it a try.

Karlene: Sure. I think. It won't make me look dumb will it?

SME: Nope, though it will probably make me look borderline mental.

Karlene: Borderline mental is highly under-rated.

SME: You create fragrances (or did for a while, at least). So we're going to play a game called, "What's That Smell?"

Karlene: Cool!

SME: I am so very, very picky about perfumes. I pretty much have the world's most sensitive sense of smell--it really bugs sometimes. So your task, should you choose to accept it, is to create a virtual fragance for me that won't make me gag or pass out or crawl into my bed in utter agony. Harder than it seems, FYI.

Karlene: I am also very picky. Bring it on!

SME: I'll give you some very crucial information about me, which you can then use to conceptualize my ideal scent. Then, in order to be crowned INFF winner, you have to describe that scent (hence the "virtual" thing--it's not real) and I have to like it. Ooohhhh! Tough one!

Karlene: *takes a boxing stance, bouncing on toes, beating knuckles together* Ready.

SME: Info About Me #1: I definitely have a sweet tooth.
#2: I am a redhead. (Don't know what that has to do with anything, but there you go.)
#3: Not a fan of musk. At all.
#4: Anything stronger than a faint whisper of scent makes me literally ill.
And last, but not least, Info About Me #5: I would rather not smell like something to eat just in case I run into any really hungry people.

Karlene: Okay, give me a minute... *humming the Jeopardy theme song* ... Okay, got it! I'm giving you a two-fer.

SME: oooohhhh!!!

Karlene: The first fragrance is simply coconut and egyptian musk. I know you said you didn't like musk, but trust me, this is so light you won't smell it at all. And the coconut is just a hint. Mixed together, they make a soft and wonderful lotion.

SME: That sounds fabulous... and I'm taking your word for it on the musk.

Karlene: The second is for days when you want your vivacious personality to explode. It's called Sunshine and Pomegranate and contains Pomegranate (of course), Grapefruit (which makes you look younger--although you don't need that effect yet) and a touch of Cinnamon. No, it doesn't smell like food... it just smells happy!

SME: I was looking at the list of ingredients and thinking... those are all alarmingly edible. But your words of reassurance calmed me a bit. Hmm... Pomegranate (love), grapefruit (makes me think of growing up in AZ) and cinnamon (yummy... er, I mean... this will smell happy, not tastey)! *sniffs both fragrances* I think.... I approve!! You are the INFF champion!!

Karlene: Yay! Thank you.

SME: On that high, let's take a stroll over to the portrait gallery and take a look at the fabulous portrait I drew of you!

Karlene: I've been waiting to see this all morning.

*the aroma of sharpies, which is not as yummy as cinnamon, fills the air*

Karlene: I love it!!!! I love how you show my hair as sleek and soft. And those are awesome glasses. But the best part is the boots! Where can I get a pair just like those? (If you ever get tired of writing, you can make a boatload of $ as a shoe designer.)

SME: *smiles* A little bird told me you like fashionably busy boots, so I thought up a cute pair for you. So glad you like them!

Karlene: *singing, "these boots are made for walking... and that's just what they'll do..."

SME: Perhaps they would be found in that ill-fated shipment of shoes you'll stumble across on that deserted island!

Karlene: That would just make my day! You don't happen to have a map to that island do you? Those boots would be worth the trip.

SME: I'll get on that. In the meantime... traditional final question: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Karlene: Listed in order of importance. Last being most important.
#5. We got to talk about shoes (...these boost are...* Sorry. Got distracted.) AND chocolate (which I think should officially be recognized as the most important of the six major food groups).
#4. I got to cheat and nobody gave me any grief over it. (My kids are always accusing me of cheating at board games. But I don't. I swear. Cross my heart.)

SME: Neither do I *ahem*

Karlene: #3. I got a one-of-a-kind, incredibly flattering picture of myself wearing some totally cool boots. (Can I use this as my official bio pic on my website?)

SME: Um... yeah!

Karlene: #2. Being interviewed for INFF boosts my coolness factor through the roof!
#1. I can now say I'm officially friends with Sarah M. Eden, romance writer extraordinaire and one who writes romances that I actually read more than once.

SME: I read them more than once, as well. I read them A LOT. It's a sickness. But one I'm willing to live with.

Karlene: We all have our burdens to bear.

SME: So true. *sigh* Thanks so much for being my INFF friend, Karlene!

Karlene: 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!!

If you'd like to be 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!

(Karlene gets 2 extra entries in April's giveaway--which is gonna be really cool, so she's gonna really want those extra entries--if her interview receives 5 or more comments!!)

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Sandra said...

I have known and loved Karlene for a lot of years now and absolutely LOVE this interview.

Annette Lyon said...

I suddenly want a pomegranate. But I'll settle for chocolate. :D

Great interview!

Erika said...

You talking about s'mores makes me really want one! I sadly can't buy graham crackers here in Holland. But, our tp is just fine actually! :) Good luck, Karlene! Vote for Karlene! hehe

Elizabeth Morgan said...

Karlene sounds like a fun spunky person to be around!

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Rebecca Talley said...

Oh my, you're both hilarious. Karlene, I expect to see you in some spiky boots, or maybe some hot mama shoes at the conference--I'll be watching!

Fun and funny interview--loved it!

L.T. Elliot said...

Those scents sound yummy to me! (And I'm with you on the musk, Sarah)

Th. said...


A kindle's all well and good until its battery dies. Then, the whole stranded-without-electricity thing starts to sink in.

Taffy said...

That was another awesome interview! You two are funny!
I am now going to my bathroom to smell my perfume.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I loved the picture of Karlene! Looks just like her!

Nichole Giles said...

ROFL. That was too fun! And I want a pair of those boots, too, so sign me up to be marooned on that island.

You two are a hoot.


Heather B. Moore said...

Very funny. I need to write down the S'more recipe. LOL.

suan said...

i'd like a pair of those boots that turn into flip cool. you two are so funny...enjoyed the interview :)

Tanja said...

I have to have my smores cooked to a golden brown. NO burning here.

Karlene said...

Th.--if we can pretend that chocolate has all the necessary nutrients to sustain life, we can pretend that the Kindle's battery will last forever. :)

CL Beck, author said...

Great interview, and I loved the questions and Karlene's answers! Not to mention the stick figure drawing that looked just like Karlene. Soft hair, cool boots and all! :)

Braden said...

I came over from Karlene's blog and was very impressed by the portrait and the scent. Very cool. I'm coming back next Friday. That was fun.


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