(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 Becky Durtschi. She works at Seagull Book (dream job, eh? books, books and more books!). I met Becky via email and have enjoyed getting to know her better. I think you will, too!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 INFF.
Becky: Thanks. It's great to be here.
SME: Summer seems to have finally arrived here in Utah (knock on wood). How are you enjoying the nice weather?
Becky: I'm loving it. The rain is nice and all. But the sun just can't be beat. Especially with all the fun summer activities to enjoy.
SME: Do you have a favorite summer activity? I mean besides reading fabulous romance novels, of course.
Becky: *laughs* Well hanging out with family is always nice. Business slows down in the summer, so I if I'm going places, it's usually then.
SME: How long have you worked in a bookstore?
Becky: I've worked with Seagull Book for 5 years this August and worked at Barnes and Nobel for a couple of summers and holidays for 2 years before that.
SME: Have you just always liked books?
Becky: I would have to say that books are in my blood. Growing up we had books lining our hallway walls. My parents have always loved to read and have passed that along to their children.
SME: That is fantastic. Instilling a love of reading in children should be a must for every parent.
Becky: Definitely. Of course it can make it hard on the pocket book. It's rare that we would get out of a book store without spending $100.
SME: I have always said there are 2 different kinds of stores I could never work in because I would go broke: a fabric store and a book store!!
Becky: I hear that a lot at work. People either say, "I should work here to pay for my book habit" or "I could never work here, I'd go broke." I just smile and agree that it can be hard.
Being employed by a bookstore has it's advantages though. Demos to read so you can put off buying them for a little while. Or it makes you want them more. It's a toss up.
SME: Wow. Demos. That would be so fantastic. But, like you said, I think I'd then just want to buy them that much more!
Becky: It's true. But it gives you a chance to read something that you might not normally read if you had to buy it.
SME: So, have you read any demos lately that the rest of us should rush out and buy when it hits shelves?
Becky: I actually just finished "The Forgotten Locket" by Lisa Magnum last night (staying up until midnight, thank you very much). I have loved this trilogy and couldn't wait until this last book came out. I loved it.
SME: I talked to Lisa at the LDStorymakers conference about that book and it sounds fantastic!
Becky: It was one of those that you didn't want to put down. You wanted to know what happened next and wanted to know now. Made it hard to get sleep this week.
SME: I love books like that. Do you have a favorite genre?
Becky: Um. That's a hard question. I like several. Don't know if I could choose a favorite.
SME: Romance is my absolute fave, but I do enjoy reading outside of that genre sometimes, too.
Becky: I like some romances (like yours) but some just don't connect with me. I mostly read mysteries and action adventure. So I guess those would be my favorite.
SME: Okay... another great question for you: What's your favorite continent?
Becky: It's kind of sad to think about how much I've thought about this question since I knew I was going to do this interview.
SME: I love it!
Becky: But I'm sticking with North America. It's the only one I know currently.
SME: Nice. I think North America is the undisputed leader right now of the INFF Favorite Continent Poll
Becky: It helps that most of us are from North America.
SME: True. I need to start reaching out the the non-North-America international population.
Becky: Would you have to interview them in their native language?
SME: That could get tricky. We probably wouldn't get past "hello"
Becky: I could answer "I don't know" in a few of them. Not a very engaging interview though.
SME: And, as everyone knows, I'm all about engaging interviews.
Becky: Exactly!! It would be one of the shortest INFF interviews ever.
SME: I also am pretty big on engaging games (not a bad transition there, eh?) And I do have a game today!
Becky: YAY! I love games
SME: We're going to revisit one of my all-time favorite games: Rapid Fire Q&A
Becky: Oh no. *takes a deep breath* Ok. I'm ready.
SME: I'll ask you a series of questions. You give me the first answer that comes to mind. Rules: No explanations. No long answers. Cool?
Becky: Like ice.
SME: Okay. Here we go.
Least favorite color?
SME: Strangest food you've ever eaten?
SME: Favorite summer destination?
Becky: the beach!!! With family
SME: Elementary School teacher you remember most?
Becky: Miss ... ah shoot. I forgot her name. Mcman!
SME: Book you are currently reading?
Becky: Haven't started a new one yet since I just finished one last night. But Foggy with a chance of Murder in on the docket.
SME: Dream job?
Becky: Sappy, but being a mom.
SME: Favorite dessert?
Becky: Ice cream and cake
SME: Favorite season?
SME: A favorite author (other than me, heehee)?
Becky: I have to choose one?
SME: Just throw out one and we will all realize it is one of many.
Becky: Traci Hunter Abrason
SME: Nice. Traci is fantastic! She and I bonded over cheesecake at the 2010 Whitney Award Gala last month.
Becky: I actually got to visit with her when I went to VA to visit my sister. She's awesome.
SME: I must say, I think you were victorious in the Rapid Fire Q&A game!
Becky: It's harder than it looks.
SME: On the high of your win, I say we should go directly to the portrait gallery!
Becky: Let's do it!
*draws a fantastic portrait*
Becky: Awesome!! How did you know I wear flip-flops when ever I can?
SME: I have been rocking flip-flops ever since the rain stopped two days ago and I figure if you're as cool as you seem, you probably do the same thing. I am so happy to be right!
Becky: I actually even wear flip-flops in the snow. Strange I know.
SME: I have not yet reached that level of coolness. Maybe some day.
Becky: It's hard to be so cool. Or cold as some would say.
SME: Niiiiice. I am a fan of a well placed pun.
Becky: My dad would be proud. He's very punny.
SME: That, my new friend, brings us to the final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Becky: 1. It's my first, so definitely the best.
2. I got to chat with the awesome Sarah M. Eden.
3. I got to have some fun with puns.
4. I got a cool portrait.
5. I have an excuse to buy another pair of flip-flops to match my portrait.
SME: I do what I can to encourage my friends' shoe buying needs.
Thanks so much for being my Friday Friend, Becky!
Becky: It was my pleasure! Can't wait until fall for "Seeking Persephone"!
SME: I know--hooray!!
Becky: *Does a happy dance.*
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!