Friday, April 6, 2012

I Need Friends Friday: Luisa Perkins

(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.)
My guest to day is the uber-talented, extra-uber-awesome Luisa Perkins. She and I first "met" this last year while we have worked on the Whitney Awards committee. Luisa lives in New York state, which is pretty cool in and of itself. Her debut novel, Dispirited, hit shelves this month and is receiving absolutely fantastic reviews. Luisa can be found online at her blog and on Twitter: @LuisaPerkins

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Luisa M. Perkins: Thank you! I feel so honored to be here.

SME: There is nothing quite so "honorable" as being asked to waste an hour of your precious time answering inconsequential questions.

Luisa M. Perkins: I am sure your questions will be of DEEP consequence.

SME: Like this one: are Boston cannolis or New York cannolis better?
Because this is a debate I have had with a neighborhood deli where I grew up.

Luisa M. Perkins: Everything New York is better. Except New England clam chowder is better than Manhttan-style chowder.

SME: Agreed on the clam chowder. My husband grew up in Maryland and that man makes the best clam chowder.

Luisa M. Perkins: Mmm, now I want some chowder.

SME: Chowder. Yum. (See how deep and ground breaking this interview is already!)

Luisa M. Perkins: Haha! You know, I've admired you from afar lo, these many years.

SME: I am best admired from afar. I look taller from a distance.

Luisa M. Perkins: This is true.

SME: Another thing that is true... you have been to London and I have not. Tell me how much I would love to visit!

Luisa M. Perkins: Sarah! You, of all people--you, one of the very few people who knows the difference between a brougham and a curricle--YOU MUST GO.

For those of you who are curious
SME: *sigh* And between a curricle a barouche and a landau. And the difference between Hyde Park, Covent Gardens and Regent Street. And the difference between Neoclassic Architecture and Georgian. *sigh again*

Luisa M. Perkins: See? You are a fount of knowledge that begs for real-life application.

SME: Let us speak of happier things than my recently crushed dreams of going to the British Isles. You, my newest Friday Friend, have recently had your authorial debut!

Luisa M. Perkins: Yes! It has been thrilling! Thank you for mentioning it.

SME: I have heard such amazing buzz for Dispirited. AND, I got to hear the first chapter at the "Life, The Universe, and Everything" symposium in February. Fabulous!

Luisa M. Perkins: It was so kind of you to attend the reading. And others have been kind as well in praising the book.

SME: For those readers who aren't familiar with your awesomeness, give us a quick blurb!

Luisa M. Perkins: Dispirited is about a little boy who teaches himself astral projection--how to get out of his body--in order to go looking for the spirit of his dead mother. One night while he is out, another being takes over his body. For years, he is forced to watch an impostor live his life. Then his father remarries, and he hopes to find help from his new stepsister, who has some unusual gifts.

SME: Unusual gifts? You mean like the Little Professor calculator I got for Christmas when I was 10?

Luisa M. Perkins: SPOILER ALERT! How did you KNOW? (The actual unusual gift: she can see things that others cannot.)

SME: I have a great deal of experience with "unusual gifts."

Luisa M. Perkins: Really? DO tell.

SME: One year for Christmas I gave my husband things he already owned--his favorite shirt, his brown shoes, his toothbrush. 1-because it was funny, 2-because we were poor

Luisa M. Perkins: That is both thrifty and imaginative.

SME: I think it should become a tradition.

Luisa M. Perkins: Oh, absolutely. You could vary the theme with inventive wrappings.

SME: Speaking of traditions, it's time for our most traditional question: What is your favorite continent?

Luisa M. Perkins: Atlantis.

SME: I do believe Mr. Robison Wells gave the same answer. From him it was obnoxiously cheeky. From you, Luisa, a most informed and intelligent response.

Luisa M. Perkins: He did?!? I am shocked and appalled. I am currently knitting him a Dr. Who scarf--but I may have to withhold it as punishment.

SME: I agree. He stole your answer.

Luisa M. Perkins: I just cannot countenance it.

SME: Let us shun him publicly!

Luisa M. Perkins: Indeed!

SME: And, whilst we deliver him the cut direct, I have a game for us to play!

Luisa M. Perkins: Ooh, I love games!

SME: This is one of my fave INFF games: Rapid Fire Q&A. The rules are simple. I will ask you a series of questions & you have to give the first answer that comes to mind:no explanations allowed.

Luisa M. Perkins: I accept.

SME: Favorite color?

Luisa M. Perkins: Purple.

SME: Favorite way to spell color/colour?

Luisa M. Perkins: British, with the "u."

SME: Favorite elementary school teacher?

Luisa M. Perkins: Mrs. Henry. First grade.

SME: Something you wanted to be when you grew up?

Luisa M. Perkins: Brain surgeon

SME: Highest grade you ever got in PE?

Luisa M. Perkins: A

SME: Average number of characters you use per tweet?

Luisa M. Perkins: 123

SME: Favorite author of Regency-era romance who is under five feet tall?

Luisa M. Perkins: That's easy: Sarah M. Eden.

SME: Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner. You are the INFF Champion of the week!

Luisa M. Perkins: YAY!

SME: And, as INFF Champion, you get to see your very own, hand-drawn portrait! (I am pretty sure I have ended 90% of my sentences during this interview with an exclamation point!)

Luisa M. Perkins: Oh, I have been waiting for this! *rubs hands together with glee and anticipation*
(Me, too!)

Luisa M. Perkins: It's perfection! I haven't looked that slim since sophomore year!

SME: Actually, I hope you have never looked that slim. Hello, Malnutrition.

Luisa M. Perkins: Well, I did grow up quite poor.

SME: I also drew you in sunny flip-flops because I am quite ready for warmer weather.

Luisa M. Perkins: The flip-flops are perfection. I actually wear flip-flops as often as possible.

SME: And, question of the day, do East Coasters call them flip-flops, or sandals? My mom always called them thongs, which just made us laugh uncontrollably.

Luisa M. Perkins: I grew up in California, and we called them "thongs." I fear this went out of fashion at the same time all around the country. We do call them "flip-flops" here so as not to offend by using the T-word.

SME: Oh the joys of an ever-changing language. I think we finally convinced my mom not to call them thongs.

Luisa M. Perkins: That's a relief.

SME: For everyone.
Well, that brings us to the final question of INFF: Top 5 reasons this was the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Luisa M. Perkins: 5. I have never been interviewed by such a knowledgeable Anglophile.
4. My portrait rocks.
3. I now know what I'm making for dinner: clam chowder.
2. I have been informed that a certain YA dystopian writer is stealing my interview answers, and knowledge = power.
1. Sarah M. Eden is the kindest, funniest writer under 5 feet tall that I have the privilege to know.

SME: Well, bless you. And, set an extra place for dinner. Somehow, someway I will be there for clam chowder.

Luisa M. Perkins: Yes! And then we'll take the night flight to Heathrow.

SME: Brilliant! (See how natural I would be as a Brit?!)

Luisa M. Perkins: I do, indeed! Blimey!

SME: Thanks for joining us on INFF!

Luisa M. Perkins: Thank you for having me. It has been a true pleasure.

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been “I Need Friends Friday.” Join us 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!


Donna K. Weaver said...

Yum. Clam chowder!

And I totally get the whole flip flop dilemma. As I was growing up and living in the Philippines we wore them all the time and scorned people who called them flip flops because that was the sound they made. But then, as Luisa mentioned, another prominent piece of clothing stole the name. So now I've had to swallow my pride and resort to calling the stupid shoes by their sound. *sigh*

My daughter and her family live in Hawaii. The folks there get around it by calling them "slippers". Although for folks on the mainland, that's confusing, too.

Julie Daines said...

Another great interview. And thanks for finally clarifying so definitively the different types of British horse-drawn transportation.

Alas, I have sad news: I'M GOING TO ENGLAND IN JUNE! Find me at Storymakers and tell me what you want. I'll bring you back anything. That can fit in my suitcase. And weighs less than 50 lbs. And won't leak on my stuff. Or explode at high altitudes. And... well, you get it.

Angie said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read your book, Luisa. I don't usually go in for ghost stories, but yours sounds way too interesting to pass up. Guess what? I was wearing flip-flops in my INFF portrait too! Cool, eh?

Terry W. Ervin II said...

I've never been much of a clam chowder fan myself, but maybe it's because I'm from the Midwest.

Fun interview, and snazzy flip flops.

Karen Adair said...

Oh my heavens, no offense to any other "friends" but that had to be THE funniest interview I've ever read. And that includes the interview I had with Sarah. Hahahahaha. You two are a riot. And now I want to go to England. *thanks a lot because I can't go anytime soon* *pout*

Well done and Congrulations Luisa on your book! Can't wait to read it!!!!

Stephanie Black said...

Just bought Dispirited on Kindle last night. Sounds great! Congratulations, Luisa, and great interview.

Heather B. Moore said...

Great interview :) Dispirited was creepy-good book!

Cheri Chesley said...

Awesome interview! Sarah knows how to make it fun, and I'm totally intrigued by Dispirited.

Krista said...

Thank you for the laugh, ladies! Can't wait to see you at Storymakers!!!!


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