(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 friend is the amazing Krista Lynne Jensen--author, Wyomingite and fantastic person! I first met Krista online via the vast author network on Twitter. We met face-to-face (actually she's a lot taller than I am, so it was probably more like face-to-chin) at a local writer's conference in 2010. Krista is not only cool, but very talented.
Krista's debut novel, Of Grace and Chocolate, was released this month by Covenant Communications, and can be purchased here. Find Krista on the web at her blog, Facebook page and on Twitter.
Let's get to know Krista!
SME - Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!
KLJ - Thank you! I've waited a long time for this day. You have no idea. I'm thrilled. Trembling, even.
SME - As you should be. That, you see, is the sign of a good interview--the interviewee is terrified. Or maybe that was a sign of a good interrogation. I get those two confused all the time.
KLJ - Either way, my palms are sweaty.
SME - That, my Friday Friend, means we are ready for the hard-hitting questions.
KLJ - *squares shoulders* Hit me. Not too hard.
SME - H-H Q #1: Did you introduce me to chocolate-covered cinnamon bears as a token of friendship, or as a sinister means of torturing me?!
KLJ - Chocolate-covered cinnamon bears are both an offering of life-long friendship and a means of knowing how to make you talk. If I ever need to make you talk. You seem to do fine all on your own.
SME - Are you calling me a Susie-Chats-A-Lot? Huh, Jensen? Is that what you're saying? *slams fist on interrogation room table*
KLJ - Here, have a chocolate-covered cinnamon bear.
SME - *chews* Thanks. *smiles in a suddenly friendly manner* I feel so much better. It's like a little miracle wrapped in chocolate.
KLJ - It really is. I don't remember how I discovered them, but I'm so glad I did.
SME - And, speaking of Miracles Wrapped in Chocolate, you have a new book out. (Like that transition I pulled out there? Eh? Eh?)
SME - As it so often does in a well-plotted book.
KLJ - If it doesn't things can get a little boring.
SME - This is your debut novel. So... are you totally freaking out?
KLJ - NOT AT ALL WHY DO YOU ASK? i HAVE A BOOK WITH MY NAME ON IT ON A SHELF IN A BOOKSTORE WHEEEEEE! It's a very gratifying feeling.
*straightens chair just knocked over by outburst*
SME - And, as is the case with 99.99999999999999% of authors, that feeling is generally years and years and years in the making. (We either have the patience of saints or the IQ of grass)
KLJ - Very true. I always thought my kids were teaching me patience. WRONG. Trying to get published? THAT is a lesson in patience.
SME - I've heard a rumor, Krista Lynne Jensen, that you are having a launch party for your new release. The rumor further implied that this party might be TOMORROW, Sat Jan 14th, 11-1, DeseretBook in Midvale, UT. Just a rumor, but an intriguing one.
SME - Perhaps we should warn... someone. Who handles slipped orbits, anyway? This would be good information to know.
KLJ - Who does handle slipped orbits? Rocket scientists? NASA? The Wells brothers?
SME - Perhaps we should contact all three, just to be sure.So, KLJ (nice job on the writing name with 3 initials thing, by the way), I have an extremely pressing question for you. What is your favorite continent?
KLJ - North America. Though I've enjoyed a bit of South America as well.
SME - So, North America, with a serving of South America on the side? That's like a Western Hemisphere combo-platter right there.
KLJ - Delicioso.
SME - Donde es el bano? -- That's about all my Spanish. Sorry High School Spanish.That was me apologizing to my long-suffering teacher, not calling her sorry. Hmm. Commas are importante!
KLJ - Muy. Qual es la tempo de hoy? Hmm, not sure what that last one meant...
SME - Whaddaya say we stick with English? Por favor.
KLJ - Okie dokie.
SME - For this super-exciting return of INFF, I have invented a game just for you. Interested? Huh? Huh?
KLJ - I new game just for me?? I feel so honored! And my palm are sweaty again!
SME - Niiice.Okay, confession time. It's the same game. It's always the same game. Just a different name. *hangs head in shame*
KLJ - That's okay. You've been busy. *pats Sarah's shoulder* *offers another chocolate-covered cinnamon bear*
SME - *self-respect slowly returns* I'm calling today's game "Of Games and Chocolate." I will ask you 3 questions about, what else, chocolate. Pick the correct answer from among the three choices and you will be crowned INFF Champion!
KLJ - Let's play!
SME - Alright, Question #1: The first chocolate shop opened...A-London, 1657B-Italy, 1800C-Obviously post-Garden of Eden. Why else would Eve have gone with an Apple instead of chocolate?
KLJ - C! Poor Eve.
SME - Yes! And, A is also "technically" true, but let's face it. If there'd been chocolate in the garden, that apple wouldn't have been tempting. At. All.
KLJ - Not even a little bit. *pops chocolate-covered cinnamon bear in mouth*
SME - That's brain food right there!
KLJ - I feel it working.
SME - Question #2 - In 2006, a worker at a chocolate plant...”A-Created a miniature of his boss in chocolate as a token of goodwill, but was shortly thereafter fired, and showed his displeasure by setting the chocolate bossy-pants under a heating lamp and allowing it to melt, slowly & grotesquely.B-Fell into a huge vat of chocolate and had to wait for two hours for fellow workers to get enough cocoa butter in to thin the mixture enough for him to escape.C-Had to roll a blue-berry shaped girl to the squeezing room to get the juice out of her before she popped. Also, this may have been a scene in a movie. Not sure on that.
KLJ - Hmm. I think A might have happened somewhere but not sure it's the answer. And C is true but happened long before 2006, as proven by the girl's stylin' pantsuit. I'm gonna go with B: Vat-o-chocolate guy.
SME - Ding! Ding! Ding! Vat-o-chocolate Guy for the win! Okay, not the win exactly. You still have one more question.Question #3 - which of the following did Janette Rallison, famed and fabulous author of many young-adult novels, NOT say about chocolate...A-"In one of its weight-loss articles, Reader's Digest wrote that the average craving lasts only ten minutes. I find that mine last much shorter than that. I mean, really, how long does it take to get the wrapper off an Almond Joy?"B-"According to Reader's Digest diet tips, nuts have healthy fat. Always eep a few in your pocket to stave off hunger. So true. I like to keep my nuts wrapped in chocolate. It works every time."C- "Chocolate? Gross!"
KLJ - I'm going with C, because WHO WOULD SAY THAT??? And yeah, that Almond Joy wrapper...2 seconds, max.
SME - How do you do it?! Three correct answers makes you the undisputed INFF Champion!!
KLJ - WOOHOO! Where's my theme music? *jumps up and down Rocky-style*
SME - A big thanks to Annette Lyon from whose cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth, I shamelessly stole each and every piece of chocolate trivia I used in today's game.
KLJ - Yay, Annette!
SME - That brings us to the portrait gallery portion of every interview... when I show you the astoundingly fantastic stick-figure portrait I have drawn of you!
KLJ - I'm so excited!
KLJ - Is that my book? Hooray, my book! And my boots! Much more stylin' than a pantsuit.
SME - Yup. Your boots! And your book! And you are rockin both!
KLJ - Thanks, Sarah. Who needs pants, anyway. *snort*
SME - Pants are highly overrated.
KLJ - *giggles*
SME - So, all that's left is the traditional final question at INFF. Top 5 reasons this was the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
KLJ - 1. We talked about our book launch AND rocket science at the same time. Get it? LAUNCH?
2. Chocolate-covered cinnamon bears AND Almond Joy? My favorites.
3. Sarah is awesome.
4. We spoke Spanish kinda.
5. I've waited three years to be on INFF and it was everything I'd hoped and more!
SME - Hoorah! Well, huge congrats on the new book. I know you have great success ahead of you!
KLJ - Thank you so much for having me! I had a great time. If it weren't for people like you and the Wells brothers, our orbit would surely slip.
SME - That's so going on my business cards. *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!