Friday, August 20, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Stephanie Humphreys

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 Stephanie Humphreys: author, Canadian and all-around great lady! She has a brand new book on shelves this month. You can visit her on the web at her blog and on her website and her book, Finding Rose, is available for purchase online, as well!

Let's get to know Stephanie!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Stephanie Humphreys: Thanks. I look forward to reading INFF every week.

SME: I appreciate that. When I first started INFF I had no idea how it would be received.

Stephanie Humphreys: It's a great idea.

SME: I enjoy it, anyway, and, let's face it, this blog is all about entertaining me.

Stephanie Humphreys: I can't think of a better reason to have a blog.

SME: I recently received a mind-boggling assortment of Canadian chocolate. Sooo many chocolates I'd never heard of. Do you have a favorite?

Stephanie Humphreys: I don't even know where to start.

SME: A whole new world has opened up to me. Even as we speak I am savoring a Kinder bar.

Stephanie Humphreys: Kinder bars are wonderful. Have you ever seen a Kindersurprise?

SME: No, but it sounds intriguing.

Stephanie Humphreys: It is a hollow chocolate egg. Two layers of chocolate, the inner one is white, the outer one is milk chocolate. Then inside the egg is a surprise. A little toy or puzzle. The kids love them and the chocolate is awesome.

SME: That is AWESOME. Wow. I have always wanted to visit Canada and I find myself with yet another
reason to do so.

Stephanie Humphreys: Everyone should visit Canada sometime.

SME: Do you have a favorite vacation spot in Canada? And, yes, I'm taking notes.

Stephanie Humphreys: I have to be honest. I don't vacation much in Canada. I have too many family members living in the United States, so that is usually where we vacation. But one of my favorite Canadian spots is Writing on Stone Park

SME: Which province is that in?

Stephanie Humphreys: It is in Alberta, about 1 1/2 hours from where I live. Banff and Waterton National parks are also beautiful

SME: Like I said, taking notes.
I think I will expand this theme and ask our traditional question: What's your favorite continent?

Stephanie Humphreys: Hmmm. . .I'd like to say Europe, but I've never been there so I don't know if I actually like it. So I guess I better stick with North America. And I'm a little partial to the Northern part.

SME: Understandably so. North America is a very popular favorite continent, and I don't doubt the Northern part has something to do with that. So, Stephanie, you have a new book out (or very soon to be out). Would you mind telling us a little about it?

Stephanie Humphreys: Sure. My book is called Finding Rose and was released August 9th. It is about a headstrong young woman who has her life planned out. But when her father dies and she is sent to Montana to live, she has to learn to stand for her own beliefs. She also has three men showering her with attention and must decide who she really loves.

SME: It is a historical, I understand, something of which I fully approve.

Stephanie Humphreys: It is historical and was inspired a little by my great-great grandparents. It is set in 1899 Montana. So not quite as far back as yours.

SME: Still, as a history-obsessed nerd, I enjoy a throw-back, however far!

Stephanie Humphreys: Throw-backs are fun.

SME: Are you working on anything new?

Stephanie Humphreys: I'm writing a sequel for Finding Rose and I'm also revising another novel and getting ready to submit it.

SME: Very good. I've found most authors are always in the midst of several project at once.

Stephanie Humphreys: I think it is because our brains never stop spinning.

SME: That is the sad, sad truth.

Stephanie Humphreys: Sometimes it makes it hard to go to sleep.

SME: I've decided to resurrect a favorite INFF game today... Rapid Fire Q&A! I'll ask you a question and you have to give the first answer that comes to mind: no explanations allowed! You game?

Stephanie Humphreys: Shoot!

SME: Alright... here we go. Last movie you watched?

Stephanie Humphreys: Thoroughly Modern Millie

SME: Favorite childhood pet?

Stephanie Humphreys: Dog. . .named Sam.

SME: Least favorite subject in school?

Stephanie Humphreys: Math

SME: Favorite fall leaf color?

Stephanie Humphreys: yellow

SME: Favorite way to prepare potatoes?

Stephanie Humphreys: Funeral Potatoes

SME: Do you prefer hot weather or cold?

Stephanie Humphreys: Cold

SME: High school mascot?

Stephanie Humphreys: We didn't have one

SME: Okay. Wait, wait, wait. Rapid Fire Q & A has just come to a screeching halt. You didn't have a mascot?

Stephanie Humphreys: Weird, eh? Our team was the Zeniths. It's hard to find a mascot that goes with a mountain I guess.

SME: Did the other high schools have one?

Stephanie Humphreys: Yes. . .cougars, rams, comets.

SME: The Zeniths. Wow. My mind is kind of blown right now.

Stephanie Humphreys: Sorry. I didn't realize how deprived I was.

SME: I think you need a portrait drawn of you in order to make up for this sad chapter in your life.

Stephanie Humphreys: But at least I always had access to Canadian Chocolate

SME: The chocolate would be some consolation, yes.

Stephanie Humphreys: Chocolate is always consolation.

*draws a fantabulous portrait of Stephanie*

Stephanie Humphreys: Love the portrait. My hair isn't even frizzy!

SME: Heavens, no. There will be no frizziness in my portraits.

Stephanie Humphreys: Thank you. Frizziness is the bane of my existence.

SME: And I have the world's most stubbornly straight hair. So limpness would be my bane. *sigh*

Stephanie Humphreys: Limpness, I can only imagine.

SME: It is a cross I bear in silence. *ahem*

Stephanie Humphreys: You bear it well.

SME: I guess this brings us to the traditional last question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Stephanie Humphreys: Well, let me see. . .
1) I got a portrait done where there is no frizziness. None! Awsome!
2) I got to blow Sarah's mind when I revealed the absence of a high school mascot at my school.
3) We got to talk about Canada
4) and Kindersurprises
5) This is my first online interview and the most fun I've had all week.

SME: The Kindersurprises were also a highlight for me. Food with prizes... like CrackerJack, but not gross.

Stephanie Humphreys: Definitely not gross. In fact I have some on my shelf right now intended for my nieces in the states, but they are calling my name rather loudly.

SME: Well, Stephanie, thanks so much for stopping by and being my Friday friend!

Stephanie Humphreys: Thanks for having me. It's been fun.

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!

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Valerie Ipson said...

Entertaining, as always! My kids loved the Kinder Eggs as they were called when we lived in Israel.

Angie said...

Fun interview. I want one of those chocolate surprise eggs! Congrats on your book, Stephanie!

Taffy said...

Fun getting to know Stephanie!

Amy Savage said...

Loved the interview. So candid! Good luck with your new release Stephanie!

Karlene said...

Kindersurprises sound yummy. Do they come in dark chocolate?


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