Today's guest is Susan Law Corpany. I knew Susan online through the LDStorymakers writers' guild and had the opportunity to meet her in person at last year's LDStorymakers' Writers Conference. Susan joins us today for a little fun and frivolity. Susan writes humorous novels, lives in lovely Hawaii and is an all-around nice person.
Let's get to know Susan!
Susan Law Corpany - Susan Law Corpany, reporting for duty.
SME - Awesome. Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!
Susan Law Corpany - Thanks! This is fun. I live on an island, you know, so I am isolated from the community of writers.
SME - In that case, I should tell you I have a plan. And it's a good plan. One of these days, I'm going to come to your island. Then you won't feel so isolated. And I will do this just for you, Susan. Just for you!
Susan Law Corpany - Thank you! That is so giving. You've seen the pictures for our vacation house, haven't you?
SME - I have, actually. Many times. You thought my plan was a joke, huh? You have no idea! This will happen. I am already anticipating the sounds and smells of Hawaii.
Susan Law Corpany - Sounds? Large cockroach chewing a hole in my favorite dress? The smell of the load of laundry I forgot to put in the drier mildewing?
SME - Wait. I have that smell here! Who needs a vacation--I apparently already live in Hawaii!
Susan Law Corpany - Okay, I should be trying to sell you. The smell of the plumerias, the ocean breezes wafting through the window screens.
SME - You probably get asked this a lot, but I never claimed to be original... what brought you to Hawaii?
Susan Law Corpany - I was living in Florida, and through a roundabout way involving my first novel, I made the acquaintance of a widowed college professor with five kids who lived on the Big Island of Hawaii. We shared some emails and even though his loss was recent, there was a rapport between us. We had a long distance courtship that last almost two years and got married in December of 2000.
Dates in eight different states.
SME - "Dates in Eight Different States" would be a fabulous book title, by the way.
Okay. More questions for you. (This is an interview, right?) What is your favorite thing about living in Hawaii?
Susan Law Corpany - The overall "Hawaiiness" - the weather, the Aloha spirit, hula dancing with the church ladies, picking a flower from the yard for me hair, having a green thumb for the first time ever.
SME - A least favorite?
Susan Law Corpany - My attempt at growing vegetables. The bugs won. I can buy veggies cheaper. And I long for days I could open my cupboards and not find any bugs. Between Hawaii and Florida, I have about had my fill of roaches, or as they call them in Palm Beach, "Palmetto bugs." A roach by any other name . . .
SME - So, we have established the fact that you live in paradise (minus the bugs). You are also a writer, which we hinted at. What do you write?
Susan Law Corpany - I write a column twice a month for Meridian online magazine called "A Beacon Light." I am kind of their adult "comic relief" because the only other humor they have is the lady that fields the stories about cute kids. I write a column called "Senior Moments" for a print magazine called "Senior Review."
SME - Very cool.
Susan Law Corpany - I have written five novels that have been published, and I have another twelve or so WIP.
SME - What is it with writers? I have probably a dozen books in various stages of planning/writing/rewriting, etc.
Susan Law Corpany - We should start an ADD group, I think. I get the new idea before I have finished the old project. Somehow it is easier to lend fresh energy to a new project than plod away on the old one.
SME - I know, right? I have tried to explain to people that THIS is why authors tend to not sleep. We have too much going on upstairs!
Susan Law Corpany - And when I hit a snag, I let it sit, sometimes for years.
SME - I have had a lot of authors ask me what I do when I get stuck on a manuscript. My answer is, most of the time, to put it away for a while and work on something else.
Susan Law Corpany - How many books have you written now?
SME - I am deeply entrenched in #16, though only ten of those have been published and only four of them are currently available.
Are you working on anything new right now?
Susan Law Corpany - I am. I have a couple of active works-in-progress. I am polishing a novel I wrote during November and December and gave to my family as a Christmas gift. It is called "Shaking Down Santa."
SME - So is Santa "Shaking Down" (I'm picturing a very jiggy dance move) or being shaken down? Hmmm...
Here's a very traditional INFF question for you: What is your favorite continent?
Susan Law Corpany - That sounds tricky, like it will tell you secret things about me. Well, besides the good old U.S. of A., I would have to say that I have always been intrigued by Great Britain. I've only spent a week there, and I have a soft spot for it because of my first husband's mission. Scotland is next in line.
My son is Scott McNabb Corpany, following the family line. I was on a layover in Scotland, and got to only spend one day there on the way back from London, but I loved what I saw and wanted to see more.
SME - As a lover of Great Britain, myself, and a Scotswoman besides, I can fully support that decision. So, point for Europe! (Take that North America--it was getting all snotty because it had the most votes over the last two+ years!)
Susan Law Corpany - Perhaps after you come here for a visit, we could hie off to Scotland for a wee visit.
SME - My husband & I are planning to go to England and Scotland for our 15-year anniversary in a couple years. I'm looking forward to it. The TSA allows claymores as carry-ons, right?
Susan Law Corpany - Of course. You can always sit it on your lap if it doesn't.
SME - Or on every lap on your row. Those things are as tall as I am! (Thought I was exaggerating, didn't you? Claymore's averaged 55 inches tall. I am 59 inches tall. This side-by-side comparison is, sadly, very accurate!)
I do believe that takes us to the "Here's Your Portrait" part of the interview!
Susan Law Corpany - I've lost weight. Thanks!
SME - I draw it like I see it, Susan.
Susan Law Corpany - The flower in the hair is a nice touch.
SME - I thought I better include a flower. I saw the Brady Bunch Hawaii episodes, and everyone had flowers in their hair.
Susan Law Corpany - Then you know all you need to know to come for a visit.
SME - That's right. I do my research.
It's time for the final question of the interview. (Try not to be too sad!) Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Susan Law Corpany - 1. Because of the possibility that you might come visit me in Hawaii.
2. You drew me skinny.
3. Because I love your writing and I think you are funny and I am funny and funny people should stick together.
4. Because it took me away from my filing and bill paying. I'm doing an organizational challenge right now with Julie Colter Bellon. We each picked tasks and if we complete them on time, we send each other our books.
5. And the last reason, because I need friends, too, and not just on Friday, and now I feel like I know you better.
SME - Niiice. Well, thanks for joining us for INFF!
Susan Law Corpany - Thanks!
SME - *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!