Friday, October 29, 2010

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 INFF guest is Taffy Lovell, whom I knew a little from the world of online social networking but actually got to meet in person at the Utah Valley University Book Academy Writers' Conference. Taffy can be found online at Taffy's Writings and The Book Addict.

Let's meet Taffy!

SME: Hello! Welcome to INFF!

Taffy: Thanks for inviting me!

SME: Thanks for volunteering. I always appreciate not having to beg people to be my friend

Taffy: Me too. It's embarrassing

SME: Yeah. Nothing screams "I'm a nerdy author" like pleading with people to pretend to like you

Taffy: I like you. We can be BFF's too.

SME: Score!

Taffy: I want to be a nerdy author someday.

SME: So we are at T-minus a couple days until Halloween. How go the preparations? Does everyone have their costumes?

Taffy: We had a party Monday night and my daughter noticed all our costumes were homemade.

SME: Was she pleased by this realization?

Taffy: Not sure. She was dressed as a gangster.

SME: My oldest wanted to be a Colonial Minuteman. Yeah, that kid's mom is a History nerd.

Taffy: That's awesome!

SME: The costume turned out pretty uh-may-zing, if I do say so myself.

Taffy: What does a Colonial Minuteman wear?

SME: Tricorn hat, cross-chest scabbard with buckle, knee breeches. Putting it together got me all giddy... I'm such a dork.

Taffy: And was your oldest giddy as well?

SME: He took the undertaking very seriously. We did research together. It was fabulous.

Taffy: And do you just have these clothes laying around the house?

SME: I have five boxes of costumes at my house... mostly historical. 'Cause I'm weird like that.

Taffy: And I've got gangsta stuff...hmmm.

SME: *rubs chin in deep ponderation*

Taffy: hahaha. And 80's stuff! Mostly leftovers from high school.

SME: So, this has become THE question of Autumn here at INFF... Pumpkin Pie or Apple?

Taffy: Can I have both? With whipped cream, please.

SME: That is by far the smartest answer I've gotten yet!

Taffy: Yeah! I don't believe in skimping on the good stuff.

SME: My daughter always has about twice as much whipped cream as pie. This is something I wholeheartedly approve of.

Taffy: I agree.

SME: You mentioned earlier your Nerdy Author Ambitions... have you a favorite genre?

Taffy: Young Adult. Love to read it too. Love to read a good regency romance too

SME: Any particular YA sub-genre, or are you more Equal Opportunity?

Taffy: I'm surprised that I've enjoyed everything.

SME: Have you zeroed in on what you'd like to write? Or are you just so dang multi-faceted that you'll simply take the entire YA market by storm?!

Taffy: Ok. Right now I have an alien body snatching story going through my critique group. My niece is editing a WWI historical romance for me. And I plan on churning out an romance with NaNoWriMo next month. How's that?
Plus I have an African story and a dystopian waiting to be edited.

SME: You sound as insane as I am. I always have so many projects going on at once... though I can honestly say that my manuscripts aren't quite that varied.

Taffy: Maybe if I stick to one I'll actually get published

SME: So, Taffy, what's your favorite continent?

Taffy: I met my husband while we were teaching English in Taiwan so Asia is a good answer. He's American too. Just in case you were wondering.

SME: Hoorah for Asia! (It hasn't received many votes, poor continent.)

Taffy: I love the food! And the people are so nice.

SME: In honor of the swift approach of Halloween, I have concocted a Halloween-themed game for us!

Taffy: Hang on. Getting my costume on. Ready.

SME: Perfect. I am going to ask you three Halloween related trivia questions. Choose the right answer from the three options and you'll be crowned INFF Champion!

Taffy: Ok...

SME: Question #1: According to a survey, the accuracy of which I cannot guarantee... What was the most popular Halloween Candy in 2004?
A. Snickers
B. Candy Corn
C. M&Ms

Taffy: If it was a survey of just my opinion than it would be A AND C. But I'm wondering if it's B.

SME: Final answer?

Taffy: I just guessed all the answers, didn't I?

SME: Pretty much.

Taffy: Candy corn

SME: This was kind of a trick question. Snickers has been the most popular Halloween Candy for like 9 of the last 10 years. 2004 was the only year is got beat out... by Candy Corn. (Which is why I question this survey's accuracy. Honestly. Who likes that stuff?)
So... ding, ding, ding! You are correct!

Taffy: Yes!

SME: Question #2: The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made out of what?
A. Watermelons
B. Pumpkins
C. Turnips

Taffy: Turnips? That is odd, so I'm going to guess C, turnips.

SME: The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made in Ireland out of, yup, you guessed it, hollowed-out turnips.

Taffy: Go me! Go me!

SME: You are rocking this game, Taffy!

Taffy: Ireland? I had no idea.

SME: Okay. Final Question: In Wales, October 31st is Nos Calan Gaeaf. On this ancient folk holiday, the absolute last specter you want to encounter is...
A: Hwch ddu gwta, the tail-less black sow
B. The ghost of your mother-in-law... look out!
C. Ladi Wen, or the White Lady

Taffy: Or D. Me dressed up as my mother-in-law.

SME: Wow. That just gave me chills.

Taffy: Just kidding. I'm going with C, the White Lady.

SME: Ooooh. So close. While the White Lady does, according to legend, show up on Nos Calan Gaeaf, the most frightening ghost is the Tail-less Black Sow. It was believed to eat--yes, actually EAT--any person it encountered on October 31st.

Taffy: Because the people ate the black sow?? It's seeking revenge. Bwahahaha

SME: Or the black sow was just mean.

Taffy: How big is this black sow anyway?

SME: Big enough to eat you, apparently. That seems pretty big to me.

Taffy: That is scary!

SME: But 2 correct answers out of 3 is enough to win. That makes you the INFF Champion!!

Taffy: I'm a champ! Yippee! I almost wrote, "I'm a chimp!" lol

SME: Agreed. But you know what isn't scary... your portrait!

Taffy: My portrait? I get one? No way.

*draws a fabulous, and not scary, portrait*

Taffy: Ah! I'm so cute.

SME: Yes you are!

That brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Taffy: #5 I got to spend a few moments in the presence of awesomeness called Sarah.
#4 It's the only blog interview I've done thus far.
#3 I get a signed portrait by aforementioned celebrity.
#2 Found a person I can call if I need a historical costume.
#1 I have a new friend!

SME: Well, thanks for stopping by Taffy, and for being my new Friday Friend!

Taffy: Thank you, Sarah! Hey! Just a minute. What are you going to be for Halloween?

SME: I will be dressed as a lady of the Regency Era. Shocker, I know.

Taffy: Wow. Does your whole family dress up regency?

SME: One year my husband dressed up as Mr. Darcy and I was Elizabeth Bennett. But, the costumes vary amongst the rest of the fam from year to year.

Taffy: Awesome!

SME: We're nerds, but it's fun.

Taffy: Not nerds.

SME: Thanks for stopping by!

Taffy: Thanks again!

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!

PS!!! Leave a comment and you'll be entered in October's Fabulous Giveaway!

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