Friday, January 27, 2012

(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 we have a first here at I Need Friends Friday. I'm interviewing a married couple. Both of them at the same time. Eric and Sarah Ferrin, in a moment of either immense bravery or momentary insanity, volunteered to be interviewed within moments of meeting me. We were at the Springville, Utah library grand opening. People were walking around in costume. Chaos reigned. It is entirely possible a contagious form of mania was taking hold of attendees. There we were, pretty much perfect strangers, "Hi, nice to meet you" quickly became "We love INFF." "Do you want to be interviewed?" "Sure." It was madness. Madness, I tell you!

*deep breaths* They didn't back out. So here they are.

Time to meet Eric and Sarah Ferrin.

SME: Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!

Eric F: Can you hear the back ground music going? "I just need a little help from my friends"

SME: Niiice.That begs the first question though. Which version of that song do you prefer, Beatles or Joe ****er?
hahahaha! The filter took out part of his name hahaha!

Sarah F: That's awesome!

Eric F: Beatles for sure....

SME: Before I give my answer, let's toss the question to Sarah. Which version?

Sarah F: Beatles, definitely.

SME: I can see ours is a friendship made in music heaven. While I enjoy Joe's rendition because it reminds me of The Wonder Years, I too prefer the Beatles' version.

Eric F: We listened growing up to all the Beatles songs on LP - yes an actual record

Sarah F: Hey, I remember those!

SME: One of my earliest memories is of sitting in our living room listening to my dad's Simon and Garfunkle record.

Sarah F: LOVE Simon and Garfunkle.

Eric F: I just took a Soy Sauce Bottle to the kitchen (my microphone of choice) and sang to "Yellow Submarine"

SME: That song used to creep me out as a kid. I'm a bit claustrophobic and the thought of a ton of people living in a submarine was terrifying.

Sarah F: Yeah, I felt that way on the "Finding Nemo" ride at Disneyland.

SME: Amen, sister. About halfway through that ride, I turned to my husband and said, "If this ride isn't over really quickly, I'm going to scream." I came THIS close!!

Eric F: Oh... You aren't the type to get into a large tin can - and go diving thousands of feet beneath the surface?

SME: Keep that up, Eric, and you won't be my friend anymore. *shudders*

Sarah F: Will that be the first time you've ever kicked someone off of INFF?

SME: Yes. It would be a first. You two would be the first couple I've interiewed together and the first time I threw someone out of the INFF club.

Eric F: Sorry - close spaces aren't my favorite either - though the song is fun.

SME: Apology accepted, Eric.
We have many traditions here at INFF, not the least of which is my tendency to make sure food comes up in each and every interview. In honor of that... What kind of cake did you have at your wedding?

Sarah F: Go ahead Eric, let's see if you remember...

Eric F: White with raspberry filling.

SME: Is he right?

Sarah F: Yep!

SME: Mucho husband points!

Eric F: Starving best man or bridesmaid dug their finger in the middle of the cake like a little worm.

Sarah F: I think it was your two year old nephew, but it might have been my cousins.

SME: I say we keep going with "What does Eric remember of his wedding day" round of questioning. Hmm...

Sarah F: This is great!

SME: What were your wedding colors?

Eric F: Dark Green. I remember that on the napkins.

Sarah F: He just stuck his tongue out at me.

Eric F: I think the other one was a dark blue

SME: What kind of flowers were in the bridal bouquet?

Eric F: Roses. I do remember the Tulips all around on that day as well... They were gorgeous.

SME: Was there punch?

Eric F: There was, but I don't think I ever got any.

SME; Dude. The couple NEVER gets to eat or drink anything at the reception!

Sarah F: Are we getting all of the food groups? Dessert, beverage?

Eric F: I know the 4 food groups, Sarah....
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate and Chocolate.

Sarah F: Bonus points for you.

Eric F: I do remember all of the bridesmaids and best men disappearing quite a bit.

SME: Disappearing? What do you think they were up to?

Eric F: I know where they went - they went to get more food.

SME: And didn't bring you any? I hope you told them at some point that they were dead to you.

Sarah F: I think the most amusing point was when your grandfather stopped playing the piano, and we turned on the stereo, and someone had forgotten to change the music, and Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" came belting over the speakers. Awesome.

SME: Okay. One of the best wedding stories. Ever.

Eric F: I agree... That was one of the highlights of the evening.

SME: Now that we know the details of your big day, tell us a little more about you.

Eric F I have the scariest profession in the world - I teach Junior High Algebra! Cue scary music....

SME: Wow. That is frightening.

Eric F: I teach computers, help with the school musical, science fair, and anything else I can think of. I have to find a way to keep up with my wife - who is far more efficient than I am.

Sarah F: *snort*

SME: Tells us a bit about you, Sarah. (Besides the fact that you spell your name CORRECTLY)

Sarah F: EEK. Talk about myself? Well, I am a domestic goddess, superwoman, and champion of the local PTA. *sigh*

SME: Eric's right. He has to get up pretty early to keep up with you.

Eric F: I agree... she is a domestic goddess...

Sarah F: Actually, he has to stay up late. He's the early bird - I'm the night owl.

SME: My husband and I are exactly the same way. I'm no morning person, and he turns into a pumpkin at about 9pm.

Eric F: Things that she is not saying about herself

*is she is an avid reader
*and there is _no_ way I can keep up with her.

Sarah F: I did stay up really late recently reading a great new book, called "Friends and Foes" *shameless plug*

SME: I've heard that book is AMAZING! *shameless plug #2*

Eric F: Then she was gracious enough to let me read it.

SME: Wow. Wife of the year right there!

Eric F: Yeah... I am the luckiest man alive - she lets me read her books....

Sarah F: *snort*

SME: See and I *force* my husband to read my books.

Eric F: Well, what I hide behind my "Snoopy Loving Exterior" is a shameless romantic side. Just don't tell anyone.

SME: It's our secret. No one reads these things anyway.

Sarah F: Maybe I will have to start a training camp for husbands, where they can be instructed in fine arts of remembering special occasions, reading romance novels, and enjoying chick flicks.

SME: I think you have quite the idea there. I say run with it!

Sarah F: I've been told that I need to specify that I am NOT recruiting husbands for myself.

SME: hahaha! Good catch.
So, you guys. What's your favorite continent?

Sarah F: Do we have to agree?

SME: Nope.

Eric F: I am partial to Europe myself.... Someday I want to go get a Eurorail pass and go from place to place exploring.

Sarah F: I would say Europe also, because I love all things British, like Jane Austen and Colin Firth.

SME: Agreed on all counts!

Sarah F: Is this the part where we get to see our portraits?


SME: I was just about to say that! Dude... you are so totally reading my mind!


Sarah F: *claps hands with excitement*

Eric F: Wow... very well done. I am standing next to the good looking one...

SME: Yes. Yes you are.

Sarah F: Thanks for the long curly hair! That's just what it looks like!

Eric F: She has beautiful hair... and I have been generously given more than I truly deserve.

SME: I don't know what you're talking about. My portraits are always entirely accurate.

Eric F Yes... I totally agree. And, Sarah, you really are that skinny.

Sarah F: *snort* Which Sarah are you talking to?

Eric F: Both.

SME: Nicely done, Eric. Nicely done.

Sarah F: We are just cracking ourselves up.

SME: Always an important part of an INFF interview.
As is the traditional final question... Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview y'all have ever done. Ready. Go.

Eric F: 5. I get a beautiful picture of myself next to a beautiful girl
4. I can admit to being a hopeless romantic
3. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
2. "shameless plugs" for one of the best books I have ever read.
And the number 1 reason why this is the best blog interview that I have ever done.....
1. I get to be on INFF with my wife!!!!!


SME: Approve!

Sarah F: OK, Here I go.
Number 5 - I've never had such an amazingly flattering portrait of myself.

Number 4 - I got to share stories of my wedding reception with complete strangers.
Number 3 - I was inspired with a new line of employment (husband training camp)
Number 2 - Our interview actually triggered the censor. Love that ****
Number 1 - I can be sickly sweet, and say the same thing as my husband. I got to be on INFF with him!

SME: Yes on the censor--though no one has tripped it as many times as Rob Wells.

Eric F: That's true... I still laugh when I reread that post.

SME: Guys--this was so fun. Our first INFF couple. I even feel like we had a little INFF Wedding Reception. Love it!

Eric F: Thanks for inviting us to be a part of it.

Sarah F: Thanks. It was so nice to meet you, in real life.

SME: A pleasure!
*cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!
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Friday, January 20, 2012

(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 Kindal Debenham. Kindal is the author of Wolfhound and the soon-to-be-released The True Adventures of Hector Kingsley. He currently lives in Texas, though he admits he hasn't yet claimed full-Texan status. Kindal can be found online at his blog, with his books available at Amazon, Lulu and Smashwords.
SME: Welcome to I Need Friends Friday.

Kindal Debenham: Hi! Glad to be here.

SME: And so am I. INFF was on a very long hiatus.

Kindal Debenham: Always good to take time off for the holidays right?

SME: Exactly. And other things like my sanity. That needed a little attention as well.

Kindal Debenham: We're writers though. Sanity is usually brief for us.

SME: One thing I pride myself on here at INFF is that I'm not afraid to completely humiliate myself by asking questions that thoroughly display my ignorance. Here's one: How do you pronounce your first name?

Kindal Debenham: Pretty much exactly as you would pronounce kindle.

SME: In other words, if Amazon had launched its e-reader while you were in grade school, the bullies would have had a hay day -- assuming the bullies were, ya know… readers.

Kindal Debenham: I suppose so. I'm kind of glad that didn't happen. I had enough nicknames when I was growing up. One more might have been the last straw!

SME: And heaven knows we writers don't need even more reasons we're a little messed up.

Kindal Debenham: Hahaha. Too true.

SME: Lest you think I don't do my homework before these interviews... I discovered through hours and hours of research (ahem... a couple minutes) that you graduated from college with a degree in Molecular Biology. That sounds like one of those smart majors. Science and stuff, ya know?

Kindal Debenham: It does, doesn't it?

SME: Is it?

Kindal Debenham: I like to think so! :) I was originally going to go into medicine for my career.

SME: It's right up there with Rocket Scientist as one of those majors/careers used in TV to indicate the character is really, really brainy.

Kindal Debenham: I was originally going to go into medicine for my career.

SME: What did you end up doing for a career (other than Writer, of course)

Kindal Debenham: Kind of. You could say it is the hallmark of a truly dedicated nerd.

SME: "Hallmark of a Truly Dedicated Nerd" -  That should totally be on a T-shirt!

Kindal Debenham: And yes, it should be!
Well, right now I am an insurance clerk in an emergency room. Not the most glamorous job, but its paying the bills while I get the writing thing going.

SME: Wait. You mean being a writer doesn't automatically lead to wealth beyond your wildest dreams?! Because that's what I've heard! Authors are ALL rolling in cash! Right?!

Kindal Debenham: No, no, there's a two month delay before we indies get paid remember? Ask me again in two months. :)

SME: Okay, potentially embarrassing question #2: Did you and your wife happen to attend Life, the Universe and Everything at BYU while y'all were up here? (It'll be embarrassing for me depending on your answer)

Kindal Debenham: Absolutely! I was kind of a lurker though. Didn't really introduce myself very much.

SME: Okay!!! I am positive I sat next to you guys in one of the classes. I distinctly remember talking to an attendee who was there with her husband and I thought it was so cool that they were both writers. I am SURE it was you two! Sure!

Kindal Debenham: Hmmm. That might have been us. Was the girl a blond with blue eyes and a beautiful smile? (I just earned ten husband points!)

SME: Yes! I think it was you! That makes me a stalker, huh? Don't freak out!

Kindal Debenham: What's a little stalking between friends?

SME: We are going to assume it was you two because, let's face it, the best friendships begin with stalking.

Kindal Debenham: Hahaha, there's a quotable phrase right there. More T-shirt material!

SME: And for the sake of those reading this interview who are probably lost and confused (a pretty normal thing here at INFF), Kindal and his lovely wife are not only both writers... they met at a writing group. Dude. Awesome.

Kindal Debenham: Yep! The Quark Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Group, to be exact.

SME: And was it love at first sight, or first paragraph perhaps?

Kindal Debenham: We were playing a four way chess game (Nope, not even making that up. It was that nerdy.) and I teased her for cackling like an evil genius. Things just developed from there. :)

SME: That. Is. Awesome. I say embrace the inner nerd.
Oooh. Another T-Shirt quote

Kindal Debenham: Indeed. You should start up a quote T shirt thing. You'd make millions! But then again you are already a rich writer, soo...

SME: A person can never have too many lucrative career options, though, right?

Kindal Debenham: True, true.

SME: In case it hasn't been obvious up to this point... you are a writer. Tell us a little about what you write.

Kindal Debenham: I am a writer! I am currently writing a lot of science fiction.

SME: Since you are all sciency and stuff. Got it.

Kindal Debenham: My first book is called Wolfhound, and it's basically a action adventure story. My next one is going to be a steampunk detective story called The True Adventures of Hector Kingsley, which should come out in February. The steampunk was really fun to write. Hector is a unique character to write He's a bit...wry you could say. He also lives in a world that has been turned upside down by the discovery of a crystal that can both power machinery and change people into monsters, so it's fun watching him try to maintain a proper social standing while dealing with that. 

SME: Fantastic! Steampunk is growing in popularity I've noticed. It is really... wait for it... picking up steam.

Kindal Debenham: Ouch. That was CSI miami glasses worthy.

SME: Yeah. I was channeling my dad on that one. He's the king of painful puns. ... And there's another T-shirt right there.

Kindal Debenham: Hahaha. Man, we really should just quit writing and do T shirts.

SME: Okay… traditional INFF question: What is your favorite continent?

Kindal Debenham: My favorite continent? Good question... I would have to say Asia. Because you can never win a land war there.

SME: I have heard this before. You should also never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line. FYI

Kindal Debenham: Unless of course, you've built up a resistance to poison!

SME: A valuable thing to do.

Kindal Debenham: I don't understand why everyone doesn't do it, really.

SME: I do believe, Kindal, this brings us to pretty much everyone's favorite part of INFF -- the portrait gallery. Are you excited to see the portrait I drew of you? huh? huh?

Kindal Debenham: Absolutely!


Kindal Debenham: Cowboy boots! And a beaker!  I'm a study in contradictions. Like a Starburst.

SME: Oh, yes. I wanted to show how complex and multi-faceted you are. Cowboy boots because you're in Texas, of course.

Kindal Debenham: Of course! though I do not own a firearm yet, I'm ashamed to say. I think that only qualifies me for fake Texan status. :( 

SME: I'm not sure you should admit that kind of thing. I'd bet there are pretty enormous repercussions.

Kindal Debenham: Oh, the people down here can tell already. It's like a sixth sense Texans have.

SME: There's another t-shirt in there somewhere.

Kindal Debenham: Probably. :)

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

Kindal Debenham: 1. I didn't get asked the how do you come up with stories question. I never know what to say to that except I'm crazy.
 2. T-shirt quotes. For the win!
3. I got husband brownie points for mentioning my wife.
4. Reconnected with a stalker. Always....goood....
5. The other interviews didn't allow my patented abuse of smileys. :)

SME: :) :) :) :)

Kindal Debenham: They're...so...happy....

SME: And, in regard to the "where do you get your story ideas" question, I always answer "There are these voices in my head…" Then I let my eyes get all vague.

Kindal Debenham: The scary part is how true that is...

SME: Thanks so much for joining us here for INFF. Best of luck with all your writing and other endeavors!

Kindal Debenham: Thank you so much for the opportunity! It was a lot of fun. And good luck to you in your career as well.

SME - *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!
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Friday, January 13, 2012

"I Need Friends Friday" has returned!
(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?)

KLJ - THAT WAS AWESOME. And YES I DO. It's called Of Grace and Chocolate and it's about a young woman whose orderly life is kept in balance by a daily allotment of the sweet cocoa concoction. And then everything goes wrong.

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.

KLJ - Very intriguing. I've even heard your name tossed around in there. Imagine, throwing us together for a book launch! That would be like, so much awesome in one place the earth's orbit might slip. Or something.

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, 1657
B-Italy, 1800
C-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!
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

I have had many, many people ask me when Friends and Foes would be available on Amazon for Kindle. I've been asking around and looking for that very answer myself and am happy to report I finally have not only an answer but a link.

The Friends and Foes Kindle edition is available now! Find it at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Friends-and-Foes-ebook/dp/B006UKH7KU/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325965051&sr=1-11
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tonight is "Twelfth Night," one of my favorite holidays of the entire year!

Never heard of it? Wondering what in the world I'm talking about? Never fear. I have a blog for that...


http://celebratingtwelfthnight.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I'm going to forgo my usual long-winded intro to the post and just jump right to the things:

  • I Need Friends Friday is coming back! That's right, folks. INFF will be back in action FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH!!! Mark your calendars... or something. (And, if you are interested in being interviewed [please, please, please!] shoot me off an email -- friends [at] sarahmeden [dot] com)
  • Friends and Foes has been officially released: find it at DeseretBook.com, on Amazon for Kindle; [as soon as it shows up I'll post the link at Seagullbook.com]
And..... (drum roll!)


  • The Friends and Foes launch party!! Saturday, January 14th from 11-1 at the Deseret Bookstore at 1110 Ft. Union Blvd in Midvale, UT. I'm teaming up with the very talented Krista Jensen, who'll be launching her debut novel, Of Grace and Chocolate. We are gathering door prizes, bringing goodies and generally preparing for a great deal of epicness. You can check out the details over on the Facebook event page.
    • I'll post more details on the prizes, etc., probably on Friday. I say probably because stuff happens, ya know?!
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