Today's guest is Cade Elizabeth Wolfe, though her friends call her Claire Enos. Sound odd? It's not... for a writer. Cade is the pen name; Claire is the "actual" name. Claire volunteered to be interviewed on Valentine's Day, which means I will love her forever.
She can be found on Facebook, at her blog, and her website.
Let's get to know Cade/Claire!
SME - Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!
Claire Enos - Glad to be here!
SME - l'll confess, I know pretty much nothing about you. So, I have lots of questions. #1-Where did you grow up?
Claire Enos - All over the Western States of the US. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada :) Mostly in Oregon and Nevada though!
SME - I do happen to know you are a college student. What are you studying?
Claire Enos - English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Eventually I want to use my degree to become an editor and/or an Author
SME - If you were to take a plane ride and could sit next to any person who ever lived, who would you choose?
Claire Enos - hmmm that's a hard one... I guess I'd have to say my own Grandmother. Her name was Sharon, and I've heard I look a lot like her. It would be awesome to meet her in person. :)
SME - Excellent answer. I look a lot like my great-grandmother, according to the one picture I have of her. I would love to have known her, or at least have met her.
Okay, now here's a question that I find very crucial to a person's character profile: Who is cooler--Scooby Doo or Mighty Mouse?
Claire Enos - Scooby Doo all the way!!! There's no competition there haha
SME - Phew. We can now officially be friends. Mighty Mouse was a punk, and I don't mean that in a good way.
Claire Enos - I completely agree there!
SME - Although this interview will post on the 17th, it is being conducted on Valentines Day. So I have to ask... favorite V's Day treat?
Claire Enos - Hmmm Hershey's Kisses would have to be my favorite I've got to say. I bought a couple bags and put them on my roommate's beds this morning while they were out, along with a rose. It was fun surprising them!
SME - Love it! So, you are looking to be an author. Do you have a favorite genre?
Claire Enos - Definitely would have to say High Fantasy is my favorite. It's fun to world-build, and fun to visit worlds that I can't visit here on Earth. My second favorite genre though, is Science Fiction :)
SME - I'll admit... I don't read a lot of Fantasy or Science Fiction. For me, Fantasy=Lord of the Rings and Science Fiction=Star Trek, the original with William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy. That's about as deep as my knowledge goes.
Claire Enos - I love watching Star Trek (mostly Voyager), as well as Stargate (all of them), and a few other shows. But Fantasy is amazing, maybe I like it because my aunt and mom do not write them haha. They both write Romance.
SME - Now Romance is more my forte. Still, I can appreciate other genres. So if a person were to branch out into Fantasy, what books could you recommend, besides Lord of the Rings?
Claire Enos - hmmm I'd have to say the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini is good. As well as anything by Terry Brooks. Beyond that it would really depend on their interests :) I like a lot of books by Anne McCaffrey with dragons in them!
Dragons and Elves are my favorite in any fantasy.
SME - And Elves are different from Elvis, right?
Claire Enos - Yes, they are. haha. Definitely. Elves have magic for one. :)
SME - I don't know, Elvis was pretty magical. Anyone who can pull off a caped jumpsuit, has to be, right?
Claire Enos - I don't think so. But I guess. haha. His magic I think is his music :)
SME - So, the difference between High Fantasy and... Regular Fantasy?
Claire Enos - High fantasy is primarily focused in a parallel world, or a world completely made up in the author's head, whereas fantasy can take place in our world, in a place where the author imagines as magical.
At least that's the way I see it :)
SME - So my dreams of being five-feet tall would be more "regular fantasy" since they are far-fetched, but do take place here in our world?
Claire Enos - I would say so, from what I understand of the two classifications. Up until a few weeks ago I thought it was all just classified as fantasy, so that's what I told everyone I wrote haha :)
SME - Okay, traditional question here at INFF: What is your favorite continent?
Claire Enos - That's a hard question. Only continent I've ever lived on is this one, but I would like to visit Ireland, the UK, Portugal, and a few other countries (I guess I should add Korea and Australia to the list). So I'll go with Europe for now :)
SME - I do believe Europe is quickly closing in on North America for the #1 choice in the INFF Continent Poll. Europe should be very proud.
Claire Enos - Yes Europe should :)
SME - I have a fantastic portrait I drew of you. Would you like to see it?
Claire Enos - Most definitely!
Claire Enos - My face looks so clear! It's great! My portrait is amazing!
SME - Oh yes. These portraits of mine are masterpieces!
Claire Enos - They really are!
SME - That brings us to the final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interiew you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Claire Enos - 1. Your portrait of me looks amazing!
2. You like Scooby Doo!
3. Star Trek was brought up (Star Trek is amazing!)
4. You ask the most amazing questions! (I actually had to think a few times, but they were fun to answer!)
And last but certainly not least: 5. It's fun talking to you about myself! haha
SME - I think your #5 may be one of my favorite "Top 5" answers to date!
Claire Enos - (Yes, I can get a little conceited from time to time, though my sisters seem to think it's all the time) haha and thanks :)
SME - Well, thanks for joining us for INFF.
Claire Enos - Thanks for having me! It was a ton of fun!
SME - *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!