(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 the fabulously funny Becca Wilhite. Becca writes humorous (and by "humorous" I mean "laugh so hard you can't breathe funny") romance. She can be found on the web at her site and her blog. Okay. Brace yourselves. This is gonna be good!
If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
Becca Wilhite: At the risk of appearing too eager, I'm here early. I'm all about being early for appointments and stuff.
SME: Now if only I would show up early. Wait. No. Not gonna happen.
Becca Wilhite: Oh, you never know. Someone may come by and change all your clocks...
SME: Except, if that does ever happen, I'm immediately blaming you.
Becca Wilhite: *looks around, eyes too wide* Who, Me?
SME: Drop the act, Doll Face. I'm on to you.
Becca Wilhite: Rats. Foiled again.
As opposed to foiled rats. Ewww.
SME: I prefer foiled mice, personally.
Becca Wilhite: Oiled, foiled and then broiled?
SME: So long as they're not spoiled.
Becca Wilhite: Okay, that's wrong on SO many levels. Sorry.
SME: You are encouraging me here, Becca. I wouldn't recommend it.
Becca Wilhite: *smiles*
SME: So, aside from your culinary preference for broiled rodents, tell us a little about yourself.
Becca Wilhite: I am a wife. A pretty nice one. And a mama. I have 4 kids, all in school. I love books and reading and pages and words and pencils with pointy ends. I also like food. A great deal.
SME: Food is a particularly good friend of mine. We go way back.
Becca Wilhite: That puts us one step closer, then, doesn't it?
SME: In fact, just the other day Food and I were hanging out and we discovered that we've known each other all my life. Crazy, eh?
Becca Wilhite: We just passed a degree of separation or something. Me and you and Kevin Bacon. Mmmm. Bacon
SME: Bacon. Dude. Don't get me started.
Becca Wilhite: Sorry. *folds hands reverently in lap*
SME: So, here's my story of how I first heard the name Becca Wilhite:
Becca Wilhite: Oh, I can't wait.
SME: My mom called me and said something along the lines of "I think I may have given birth to twins back when you were born and no one told me, because I just read this book and the author's voice reminds me so much of you it's scary!"
Becca Wilhite: That is the nicest use of "it's scary" I've ever heard. I think I love your (our) Mom.
SME: So I went and found that book by the scary author. It's title? "My Ridiculous Romantic Obsession"
Becca Wilhite: Yay! What a great book to spend some time with.
SME: So I read it and thought, "I have finally located that twin I misplaced in grade school."
Becca Wilhite: You got all the tech savvy, but I'm 5'6. That's 5'6". And a half.
I'm lying about the half.
SME: And, I'm 4'11". And a half. And I'm also lying about the half.
I'm pretty sure it was Parasitic Twin Syndrome or whatever that's called, where one twin comes out scrawny and sickly and the other is destined to be the tall, athletic twin.
Becca Wilhite: I have a group of friends wherein I am the Short One. You and I should definitely hang out in person.
SME: If I could charge for making average height people feel really tall, I would be set for life.
Becca Wilhite: Likewise for me, if I could charge for making average people feel like great housekeepers. Dust = nemesis.
SME: A little birdie told me (and, for the record, the little birdie was you) that you make kickin good bread.
Becca Wilhite: Indeed I do. And while we're discussing my talents, I'm also extremely humble. For the record. Yes. Bread. Of all colors and shapes, but mainly loafish or round, and brown or white.
Shall I bring you some? You'd have to tell me where you live. Which opens a whole can of... issues (for you).
Just kidding. I"m the least scary person I know. Truly. But I don't get out much.
SME: We're not very far apart actually. You have a mountain to your west. That same mountain is just barely to my north.
Becca Wilhite: Well within Fresh-Bread limits.
And I love that mountain. I moved here and put my kitchen right there, just so I could see it every day, all day long, while I wash dishes. All day long. As I may have mentioned.
SME: Wow. My kitchen window faces a mountain, too. Not the same mountain, but a mountain nonetheless. We really are twins!!
Okay. I have to ask (because it's tradition), what's your favorite continent?
Becca Wilhite: Australia. I've never been there, but I'm a big fan of the accent, celebrating Christmas on the beach, and people who despise Americans on principle. JUST KIDDING! I LOVE AMERICA AND AMERICANS! USA! USA!
SME: "despise Americans on principle"--if only France were a continent, then you could pick France.
Becca Wilhite: I know, right? Oui.
SME: *sigh* C'est la vie.
Becca Wilhite: Hey, remember when we were speaking of talents and humility? I also do musical theatre. And see, I spelled it "theatre," so you'll know I"m legit.
SME: I did musical theatre back in the day. Fact: I never once played an adult, even when I was an adult.
Becca Wilhite: And I was recently cast to play Nancy in "Oliver" - she's a teenage prostitute, remember? I am NOT. Remember?
It's called ACTING. :)
SME: I was once cast as Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" -- he was a five-year-old crippled boy, remember? I was NOT a boy, nor crippled. Also, I was fourteen.
Becca Wilhite: Awesome. Truly. We play to our strengths, and God Bless Us, Every One.
SME: I worked that crutch like nobody's business.
Becca Wilhite: Oh, I believe you. At this point, I wouldn't dare doubt you. You might beat me with a crutch.
SME: Little known fact: I beat people with my Tiny Tim crutch.
Becca Wilhite: Uncle Charlie (****ens) would be so proud.
SME: *giggles* The content filter cracks me up.
Becca Wilhite: Did your program just edit the spelling of Mr. ****ens' name? I am so, so amused.
SME: Rob Wells went nuts tripping the filter when I interviewed him. Asterisks everywhere!
Becca Wilhite: I remember that interview. I may have soiled my armour.
SME: Let's take a look at your portrait I drew of you, eh?
Becca Wilhite: Oh, yes please! I want to see me. (Humble, remember?)
*draws an amazing portrait*
Becca Wilhite: My picture is lovely. It's like looking in a mirror. Like the magic mirror at Nordstrom. The one where I look taller and thinner than any under-priced clothing could possibly make me look.
SME: Which is why I forgo the clothing entirely in the picture. Is that creepy? Should I rephrase that?
Becca Wilhite: Shouldn't I be holding a loaf of bread or something? Wait. That might make my stick figure gain some flesh. Leave it out.
SME: Exactly. I'm all about adding to the effect through minimal distractions
Becca Wilhite: Yes, I'm beginning to understand this about you.
And I have some literature about adult-onset ADHD, if you're interested.
SME: I'm sorry. What was that? I was just suddenly completely focused on something else. But now I'm back. For a minute or so anyway.
Becca Wilhite: Riiiight.
SME: So, Becca Wilhite, we're gonna wrap this thing up in style. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Becca Wilhite: Number Five: I tripped the censor. That is news for me.
Number Four: Had I been drinking milk, it would have surely squirted out of my nostrils once or twice. Never fear. I don't drink milk.
SME: Me either. We really are twins!!!
Becca Wilhite: Number Three: Despite nearly insurmountable technical odds, I think I managed to spell most things correctly while watching the little chat box.
Number Two: Bread! Bread! Bread!
Number One Reason that this is the best interview ever: I needed a friend this Friday, too. Lucky, lucky Sarah.
SME: I totally lucked out. Dream come true for me. *read that with whatever tone of voice you prefer*
Becca Wilhite: Oh, I prefer dripping with sincerity. Always. Drip, drip.
SME: Well, thanks being my newest Friday Friend!
Becca Wilhite: Seriously my pleasure.
SME: *cue exit music* 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!