Friday, January 7, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: Don Carey

(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 author Donald J. Carey, but we'll just call him Don. He grew up in Hawaii, which makes him both cool and worthy of envying. He currently lives in Texas, also cool and also enviable.
Don's debut novel, "Bumpy Landings," is available now! Visit him online at his website.
SME: Welcome to INFF!

Don Carey: Thanks.

SME: Do you have any unusual New Year's Resolutions this year?

Don Carey: Well, not really resolutions per se. Just the usual: Lose some pounds, do some exercise, write some words, sell some books.

SME: Eat some pie. Oh, wait. That's MY new year's resolution.

Don Carey: Maybe I'll say "make some applebutter." It's been a while since I've done that.

SME: Mmmmm. Applebutter.

Don Carey: Special flavored applebutter, like Guavalicious and Caramel Bliss

SME: Guavalicious was my nickname in high school. (just kidding).

Don Carey: I'm thinking you would have been fun to know in high school.

SME: Let me sum up my high school self: I was the short one with her nose in a book, who always played children under the age of 10 in the school plays.

Don Carey: Sounds like some of my best friends.

SME: I think your best friends and I could be best friends.

Don Carey: Dang. I'm always the fifth wheel.

SME: That line never gets old.

Don Carey: Did anyone ever call you Sarah?

SME: Sarah was my nickname in... Okay. I think I've milked that joke for all it's worth. Let's move on.

Don Carey: Moving on then.

SME: You, my new INFF friend, have a brand new, hot off the presses book! Tell us about it!!

Don Carey: Woo! A new book.
It's called Bumpy Landings, and it's about a guy who becomes a pilot despite his mother's strong objections. He has to sneak around to do it. And there's girls and kissing and stuff. And airplanes.

SME: "Girls and kissing and stuff" Pretty much sums up my books. But no airplanes.

Don Carey: You write romances, so that's expected. Bumpy Landings has been called a romance, too. I'm not totally convinced.

SME: Hmmm. That can be a hard call to make.

Don Carey: You should totally add some airplanes to your books.

SME: Airplanes in 19th Century England, eh? That might be difficult to pull off.

Don Carey: Regency-type Da Vinci style.

SME: See, now that would be veering from Romance into Steampunk... something I'm not entirely against.

Don Carey: You could totally do it. But keep the kissing. That's important.

SME: Kissing is essential.
That's my quote of the day.

Don Carey: I can totally support you in making that the quote of the day.

SME: Yes. Give us the details on your launch party!

Don Carey: The launch for Bumpy Landings is January 13th, from 6-8 pm, at the Hawaiian Cultural Center in Midvale. 741 W Smelter Street.
Did I mention Bumpy Landings takes place in Hawaii?

SME: You did now.

Don Carey: I'm talented that way.

SME: So Don, author and launch party thrower, are you up for a game?

Don Carey: I am good for a game, yes.

SME: You live in the great state of Texas. And when I think of Texas, I think of Chuck Norris. I mean, c'mon. Who doesn't?

Don Carey: Nobody, that's who.

SME: So I have invented a game for us to play entitled "Don't Mess With... Chuck Norris."

Don Carey: Good game. Should I be standing for this?

SME: I am going to ask you three questions about Chuck Norris. Answer them correctly and you will be crowned INFF champion (and Chuck Norris will be that much less likely to beat you up)!

Don Carey: Gah! This could be dangerous. But I'm good. Let's go!

SME: First Question: Which of the following did Chuck Norris not actually say in a Chuck Norris movie or television show?

SME: A. Criminal: "You've got no right!"
Chuck Norris: "I've got no right? (Hits criminal with a right hook.) I think that's a pretty good right."

B. "Sleep tight, sucker."
C. "Sometimes a guy just needs his teddybear."

Don Carey: Um, I'm going to say C *ducking under the desk*

SME: That is correct! I doubt Chuck Norris has ever uttered the word "teddybear" in his entire life.

Don Carey: *climbing back into chair* whew!

SME: Question #2: (also multiple choice) Which of the following is not true about Chuck Norris?
A. Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
B. Chuck Norris doesn't wear a watch. HE decides what time it is.
C. Chuck Norris cried. Once.

Don Carey: I'll say C again.

SME: Of course. Chuck Norris has never cried. Ever.

Don Carey: Yay! And if I had information otherwise, I would never share it.

SME: Last, but not least. The pen is mightier than the sword. What is also mightier than the sword? Chuck Norris' beard. So which is mightier? The Pen or Chuck Norris' Beard?

Don Carey: Chuck's beard. There's not a pen around that can touch that thing.

SME: I heard that there isn't even a chin behind Chuck Norris' beard--there's another fist.

Don Carey: I heard that, too. Fortunately I haven't experienced it first-hand. Only third-hand. (Get it?)

SME: Congratulations!! You are INFF Champion! And Chuck Norris will likely let you live to see another day!

Don Carey: Thank you! That's great news. Being in Texas, I wouldn't have much of a head start had I done this wrong.

SME: This is true.
While you're on a roll, what do you say we head on over to the portrait gallery and have a look at your stick figure portrait?

Don Carey: I'd love to. I'm trying to get thinner this year, so that will help!

*draws an unbelievably thin, but also unbelievably amazing, stick figure*

Don Carey: Love the lei and slippers. Perfect touch.

SME: I thought so.
If you ever need an author photo... tuh-duh!

Don Carey: My wife keeps nagging me to change my Facebook photo, so there you go!

SME: Done!
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.

Don Carey: #1 I learned about your nicknames in high school
#2 I got to use the word Guavalicious in a sentence.
#3 I have an awesome new Facebook portrait
#4 You didn't ask the favorite continent question, because I would have said Oceania and probably gotten disqualified.
#5 Chuck Norris didn't break anything or anyone.

SME: I did forget the continent question. And, yes, for saying Oceania, you are disqualified.

Don Carey: Sorry. I'm an islander at heart. And I already got my portrait, so disqualification will only hurt a little.

SME: I can respect that.
Well, thanks for being my INFF friend!

Don Carey: Thanks for having me! This is a lot more fun than Grey's Anatomy.

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!


Krista said...

Love the portrait! Once again, a very fun interview! Ive got one:
Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas.

Kim Coates said...

Don - Congrats on your new book. I'll see if I can make it to your book launch in Midvale. It sure is easier than flying to Texas!

Kim Coates said...

Oh, and Congrats to you Sarah, for figuring out this whole INFF posting to google reader thing. I actually got to read about Don's book launch before it happened. Well done! :)

Sarah M Eden said...

The irony is, Kim, the only thing we were able to figure out about the google reader issue was that there was nothing we could do to fix it--the problem was on google's end and we just had to wait for them to get on it. Hallelujah that it is finally working again!

Annette Lyon said...

I think this may be the first portrait with a mustache. Very nice! Great interview.

(Now I want apple butter.)

Angie said...

I'm very excited to read Don's book. Hope I can make it to the launch party too.

Kimberly said...

Bwahahahah! That was awesome you guys!

Melanie Jacobson said...

You guys are super, super brave.

Shanda said...

That was totally entertaining. And I learned the Guavalicious history of two "suavalicious" people. (Eek- sorry about that.)

I love the mustache & flip flops on the stick figure portrait. Very fun!

Shanda :)

Don said...

That was a lot of fun. Thanks again for having me over!


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