Friday, July 22, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: Christy Dorrity


(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 Christy Dorrity, an author, dancer, mom, reader (and gal with fabulous taste in sweaters--you'll get that reference by the end of the interview). I first met Christy at the 2011 LDStorymakers Writers Conference in Salt Lake City.

Now, for the disclaimer: I was feeling pretty rotten the day of this interview. Rather than my usual perky self, I was just a touch grumpy/tired/yicky. Christy was a joy to interview & I enjoyed it a bunch, but I apologize if I didn't make sense/seem grumpy/whatever.

Alright. Here we go!

SME: Welcome to INFF, fellow mom writer!

Christy: Are you a nap time writer too?

SME: I was back when my kids took naps. Now I'm more of a "the kids are in bed and it's late and I should be sleeping but I'm writing instead" writer

Christy: aha. My brain shuts off at night so I have to write in the daytime.

SME: Mine does too. That's why most of what I write during the summer gets scrapped when I get back to daytime writing during the school year.

Christy: Ha. What are you working on now?

SME: A couple things. One is the next book in my *unofficial* Lancaster family series: a follow-up to "Courting Miss Lancaster" & "Seeking Persephone." And I'm writing a novel set in 1870s Wyoming.

Christy: Neat. I'm from Wyoming. There's a really cool old rock church in my hometown that was built in 1889.

SME: Are you? Very cool. You realize of course, this means I'll probably be emailing you with questions about it.

Christy: No problem. I love helping out with research.

SME: Hooray! How about you? What are you up to these days?

Christy: I just published my first book on Amazon in June and I've been busy with the launch tour. I've just finished about 2 years of planning on my YA novel and I'm ready to lay it all out on paper--starting with a retreat in two weeks.

SME: No rest for the weary, eh? But great things to be busy with.

Christy: True. From what other writers say we are all compelled to write, even if we don't want to.

SME: It's kind of like being followed around by a very loyal puppy, except the puppy has an unfortunate tendency to bite your ankles if you don't move fast enough.

Christy: And that puppy is so cute and so frustrating at the same time.

SME: Exactly. I do believe we have just created the world's next great writing metaphor

Christy: whala!

SME: Genius at work, right here! So I saw on your website that you are a dancer.

Christy: My entire family dances, it makes it so much easier. One day for lessons instead of 5 or 6 and everyone can compete at the same time.

SME: That is really cool. Do you travel a lot for competitions or are there a lot nearby?

Christy: A few more competitions have sprouted up locally so we stick around here with an occasional trip to Idaho or Colorado.

SME: I took my daughter to watch a Scottish dancing competition a few weeks ago, but we've never watched Irish dancing.

Christy: Have you ever seen Riverdance?

SME: Yes!! I guess that counts, doesn't it?! I was totally being a dance snob there and only counting what we've watched in person. Shame on me!

Christy: Irish dance is exactly what Riverdance is. And let me tell you, it's just as much fun to dance as it looks!

SME: Okay... I know probably everyone asks this, but I can't help myself. Why do Irish dancers keep their arms at their sides so much?

Christy: The arms at their sides thing is said to have been a tradition from way back when the Gaelic culture was under oppression and they had to keep a low profile. It's just one of those things that everyone says, "that's the way it's always been done."

SME: AND... why do the girls all wear their hair in those teeny, tiny ringlets?

Christy: Most people don't know that the girls are wearing wigs! Tradition says that the Irish girls used to dance after Sunday meetings when their hair was curled, but I think it's because it makes them appear to leap higher. Irish dance definitely has its own culture.
Some of the milieu of my WIP is Irish dancing.

SME: I noticed that too. I think it is fabulous (and so, so smart) when authors incorporate things they are already passionate about into their work.

Christy: I agree. When you can put your soul into your writing and love it, readers will love it too.
I heard that you are going to emcee Storymakers again next year, is that right?

SME: Ah, yes. The Storymakers Emcee rumor... totally true. I'm taking on the gig again next year.

Christy: Is it stressful and tons of work? You are such a natural for it and so much fun! Plus, your kids are hilarious! My hubby (also a writer) and I watched your "romance" video at home and laughed!

SME: Stressful? Yes. Tons of Work? Probably way more than anyone realizes. But it is a great deal of fun.

Christy: I'm sure. So much fun. It amazes me the many writerly folks in our area who are willing to share their expertise and mentor each other.

SME: I have to ask, 'cause, like Irish dancing, INFF has some "the way it's always been done" traditions... What's your favorite continent?

Christy: Well, the only continent I've ever been to is North America, but because of my heritage and also our love of Irish dancing, I will have to say The United Kingdom (is that a continent?)

SME: We'll say "Europe, with a particular partiality to The United Kingdom & Ireland." Does that work?

Christy: Perfect

SME: So, I drew a portrait of you (again, a tradition around here). Wanna see it?

Christy: Yes, I've been awaiting this moment all day!

*draws an amazing portrait*

Christy: Wow! Those are the best looking ghilllies I've seen in awhile!

SME: I was crossing my fingers you'd know what they were supposed to be. Yeah!!

Christy: Yipee!

Christy: My dress is so form fitting, it disappears!

SME: Yes, well... I can draw shoes, but not clothes. It's an odd quirk, I realize, but I'm a writer not an artist.

Christy: I can totally relate. I think your stick figures are lovely.

SME: Well, I do what I can.

Christy: You could always give her a really neato sweater that probably no one else will have a duplicate of.

SME: Heehee. For the sake of our readers: Christy and I sported identical sweaters at the STorymakers conference in May. This is how I knew we were destined to be friends.

Christy: Perhaps next year we should coordinate our wardrobe.

SME: Wouldn't that throw people off. We're walking around wearing the exact same clothes and people are like, "Wait a minute...."

Christy: I've always wanted to have red hair like Anne of Green Gables. I'd totally die my hair to match you.

SME: Nice. Or I could go blonde. Hmmm.... Such decisions!

Christy: But you are funny and I'm so not. So people would catch on right away.
But, if you need a stunt double while you are emceeing we could totally pull it off.

SME: I was just going to say... but you can reach the microphone and I can't always. A stunt double could solve that problem.

Christy: Sweet!

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.

Christy: 1. I got to talk about Irish dancing and writing-my two passions.
2. Rubbing shoulders with Sarah and getting a signed portrait is priceless.
3. I got to listen to music and eat my chocolate while being interviewed and nobody is the wiser. oops, until now.

SME: (Me, too. Double oops.)

Christy: 4. I always laugh at the INFF and now others will get to laugh at mine (laugh nicely please)
5. I managed to procrastinate my writing once again (why do I do that?) but it was worth it.

SME: Totally worth it.
Thanks for for being my Friday Friend, Christy! This has been fun!

Christy: Thanks for having me Sarah! Such fun. Amazing how we can talk for an hour about absolutely nothing! Imagine if we had something to talk about!

SME: Whew. We might never stop. *cue exit music* 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!

2 comments:

Robin Weeks said...

Christy--we might not have cool matching sweaters, but you and I sure do have a lot in common, anyway! Book titles, cheating on "favorite continent questions" (and picking the same two)--I loved your interview.

Sara--you didn't seem grumpy at all!

Christy said...

Sarah-thanks for having me!

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