(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 SB Niccum. Her debut Christian Speculative Fiction novel, Veiled, was released earlier this month. She can be found on the web at her website, her blog & Facebook. Veiled can be purchased at Amazon in either paperback or for the Kindle.If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
SME: Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!
S.B.: Thank you so much for having me!
SME: I should tell our readers--mostly so they will be as insanely jealous as I am--that you are doing this interview from Hawaii!
S.B.: I know! My husband had his work retreat at the same time that my book was being released. My publisher had to cover for me a few times, but the time difference has been a great way to stay in touch.
SME: And what a way to celebrate a new release! I'm going to have to figure out a way to celebrate my next book in style like that.
S.B.: Ha Ha! It's been surreal. I keep thinking how blessed I am. This week has been great, and did I mention that my kids are being watched by my in-laws?
SME: Okay, I need a moment to deal with my all-consuming envy. *takes a moment*
So, what's something amazing you've seen or done while you've been there?
S.B.: I think our favorite thing has been snorkeling. We have made it our personal goal to snorkel everywhere! The water is 80 degrees and there is no thermal shock, so we have enjoyed several different beaches that way. I mention the temperature because that is my main problem with beaches.
SME: Tell us a little about you. I know you are originally from Argentina.
S.B.: Yes, born and raised. My family moved to the U.S. when I was fourteen. I spoke no English, I learned it in High School.
SME: What brought your family the US?
S.B.: My two older brothers where studying here, and the oldest one was getting married. My parents didn't want the family to be separated. I pretty much hated the U.S. for the first two years. I don't look Latina.
This created a problem with my social life, one that probably most immigrants won't experience.
I look American, so most kids in school thought I had a speech impediment or something. It took me a while to catch on, but finally I realized that. Frustration and lack of friends from either camp; Latinos or Americans, drove me to study English and I vowed to learn it like a native.
SME: Oh. Wow. I couldn't even imagine having to make such an enormous adjustment. So, what was it that got you interested in being a writer?
S.B.: Writing was in me from my childhood. I know most Authors say that, but it's true. I remember being in 4th grade and our teacher showing us how to make our own little books and bind them with staples. That was eye opening for me! We had to write one for class. I wrote like ten of them!
SME: And you write Christian Speculative Fiction. Has that always been what you wanted to write or did you discover it later?
S.B.: I didn't know what I wrote until after I was done with it. An agent, actually told me what I wrote. It was nice to know how to classify my book. I had never heard of C.S.F until then.
SME: It's nice to put a name to the genre, huh? Your debut novel, Veiled, just came out this past week. Tell us about it.
S.B.: Well I always tell people that if you liked The Chronicles of Narnia and you like The Ghost Whisperer, you'll like my book! It has elements of both in it, and a little bit of my Latin culture in the mix. So what would you call that... an Isabel Allende twist?
SME: Great tag line.
S.B.: It's about an un-embodied spirit who is preparing for her mortal life in a planet called Earth. She has super spiritual gifts, she is a discerner of thoughts and reader of auras. But she has this insane fear of losing her memories once she passes through the Veil that separates her world from the mortal world.
SME: Very cool.
Well, I have a fantastic stick figure portrait for you!
S.B.: Ooo, I want to see!
*draws an AMAZING portrait*
S.B.: I love it! I'm glad you didn't attempt the snorkel gear! I never look good with those things!
SME: I'm not sure I could draw snorkel gear. I was tempted to throw in some flippers for the feet, but went with some strappy red pumps instead.
S.B.: The red pumps do look better! Flippers are so unbecoming!
SME: This is so very true.
S.B.: ...don't tell the ducks!
SME: Oh, I almost forgot to ask you the most traditional INFF interview question of all: What is your favorite continent?
S.B.: mmm... America! North and South. Can't make me choose, sorry.
SME: I can understand that you would have split loyalties. So, North & South America it is!
S.B.: There you go!
SME: Well, 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.
S.B.: 1. To start with, you are the only person who drew a picture of me
2. I never knew my sick figure could be so cool looking!
3. You have been so extremely nice and accommodating. It took some tweeking with the time difference, but I'm glad it's worked out so well.
4. This live interview is very cool too.
5. And you graciously agreed to interview me after I accosted you!
SME: I can handle the occassional accosting. :) Seriously, though, it's been great interviewing you and getting to know you a little better. Big congratulations on your release. I wish you all the best!
S.B.: Thank you so much for this opportunity to be on your awesome blog, it's an honor.
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!