Friday, February 24, 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.)

In ancient Greece, the Muses were the patron goddesses of the arts. They were believed to be responsible for inspiring sculptors to sculpt, dancers to dance, painters to paint, writers to write, musicians to... musicify. To this day, those who pursue the creative arts refer to their muse, that something in them that drives them to create, that inspires their pursuits. We all have one, and we all have a love-hate relationship with our muse.


Today, you get to meet mine.


SME: Welcome to I Need Friends Friday.

Muse: I am pleased to be here.

SME: I am rather pleased you are here, as well. Not to start this off on an overly critical footing, but you don’t always show up when you are scheduled to.

Muse: Are you calling me fickle?

SME: Your word choice, not mine.

Muse: *expression grows silently stoic, a single eyebrow arches ominously*

SME: Don’t get all like that. You have to admit there have been more than a few instances in which you and I had an agreed upon meeting time and you never showed up. That happened yesterday, in fact.

Muse: *expression remains silently stoic, that single eyebrow still arched ominously*

SME: I even played our song, and you didn’t come.

Muse: Chariots of Fire is not our song.

SME: It’s inspirational.

Muse: It’s cliché.

SME: Oh, and your suggestion was better?

Muse: I Write the Songs is not cliché.

SME: *rolls eyes* Please. Barry Manilow is a universally accepted synonym for cliché.

Muse: Say what you will, I actually do write the songs. I’m a muse. It’s what I do.

SME: Wait. I thought you were a literary muse.

Muse: There’s been downsizing. Muses are having to expand their clientele beyond a single art form.

SME: *growing a bit alarmed* You mean you aren’t just my muse? I thought we had an exclusive thing going on here.

Muse: Perhaps you won’t be so critical when I can’t show up at 3 in the morning for a writing session just because you’re awake and have nothing better to do.

SME: Showing up when a client is trying to be creative is your job.

Muse: Writing is your job, but you haven’t done a whole lot of that lately, have you?

SME: Hmm. Wonder why that is? Maybe it has something to do with my no-show muse.

Muse: *mutters* Why are artistic types so high maintenance?

SME: Are you calling me a drama queen?

Muse: Your wording, not mine.

SME: Look, this whole “I write the songs” thing goes both ways, ya know. You bring the inspiration, we “artistic types” do the work. But you have to actually show up for that to happen.

Muse: It also helps if the “artistic type” isn’t on Facebook during our creative sessions.

SME: *ahem* So, any advice for other authors who are struggling to really connect with their muse?

Muse: Yes. For one thing, this disconnect is seldom the muse’s fault.

SME: *under breath* Says the muse.

Muse: For another thing, authors can only blame so much on their muse. Just the other day I was at Muse-Con and I attended a session entitled “They Always Blame the Muse.” Turns out the phrase “I would have done some work on my project today, but my muse wasn’t cooperating” is a universal excuse, translatable into every language, both modern and ancient.

SME: Okay. Wait. I’m still stuck on “I was at Muse-Con.” There’s a convention for muses?

Muse: Why shouldn’t there be? Authors have conventions. Comic book collectors have conventions. Devotees of science-fiction themed television programs have conventions. Muses need each other, too. We, after all, have to deal with—

SME: I know, I know. —with “artistic types”

Muse: Artistic types who see us as easy scapegoats for their own procrastination and lack of discipline.

SME: Was there also a session at Muse-Con entitled “How to Start Taking Responsibility for Your Own Poor Job Performance Instead of Resorting to Stereotypical Complaints About Your Clientele,” or “Throwing Vaguely Insulting Insinuations at Your Client’s Head is Not the Best Approach to Maintaining a Healthy Muse-Client Relationship,” because those could be really useful classes.

Muse: Word to the wise, my high-maintenance friend: don’t ever tempt a muse to give you the cold shoulder.

SME: Point taken.

Muse:

SME: Still there?

Muse:
SME: *plays Chariots of Fire and runs in place, slow motion*
Muse:

SME: *plays I Write the Songs and tries to smile through the pain*

Muse:
SME: Ah, crumb. *cue exit music* Well, this has been “I Need Friends Friday.” Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a muse to placate.

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, February 17, 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 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!!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I was going to post something all lovey-dovey in honor of Valentine's Day, but I'm far too lazy. Besides, I already posted two somethings over on other people's blogs. So, I'm taking the easy way out here and posting the links to those guest posts. Enjoy!

A post about one of my favorite romantic moments in literature: http://raneesclark.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-favorite-romance-sarah-m-eden.html


A post about my deep and abiding love for Cheetos and the very real trouble that devotion got me into: http://www.beccawilhite.com/blog/2012/02/14/guest-post-from-sarah-m-eden/


Have a good one, everybody!
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Friday, February 10, 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 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!!
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Friday, February 3, 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 Julie Wright, fantastic author, endlessly fun gal, blog guest extraordinaire, enjoyer of fine books, writer of even finer books, Whitney Award winning author, a very snappy dresser and someone I am quite pleased to be actual friends with in real life. She is the author of many absolutely lovely books, including Cross My Heart (2010 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance"), last year's Hazzardous Universe and coming this year, Olivia and Hazzardous Universe 2: The Magician's Last Word.

Time to get to know Julie!  

Julie Wright - She says she'll be here, but I wonder . . . is she lurking in the shadows of blogland waiting to pounce upon my entry?

SME - *someone's watching you*

Julie Wright - I knew it!

SME - I'm attempting to steal the "World's Creepiest Author" title from Dan Wells. It's an ongoing effort.

Julie Wright - You're going to actually have to kill someone to get that, you know. I can help. I live in the west desert, loads of body hiding opportunities . . .

SME - I appreciate the offer but... not necessary. *ahem* That's all I'm legally permitted to say about that.

Julie Wright - I thought this was "I Need Friends Friday* what better way to show my friendship than to hide bodies with you. THAT is devotion.

SME - I'll put you on my list for next time. 'Cause there will be a next time. whahahaha! (Did that sound creepy? It sounded creepy in my head, but when I actually typed it, it kinda seemed lame. I worry about that.)

Julie Wright - Yeah, I wasn't going to say anything, but it sounded like it could use some practice. Dr Horrible taught me that villains really don't work hard enough on their evil laughs, but I think you're getting there.

SME - I may just have to use my fall-back: expressionless stare and dead eyes

Julie Wright - Now *that* is creepy. You win. Dan loses.

SME - Take that, Dan!

Julie Wright - Meet Sarah, the five foot . . . wait . . . the creepiest almost-five-feet-tall author!


SME - Almost! Almost!
So, Julie, for those readers not fortunate enough to know you, tell us a bit about yourself.

Julie Wright - I am old. I've written 13 1/2 books. Come February, eight of those will be published. I have three kids and one husband--in spite of the fact that I live in Utah.

SME - And come March, that number will jump to nine. Books, not husbands.

Julie Wright - What's going on in March? What do you know that I don't know?

SME - I thought that was when the next Hazzardous Universe comes out? Am I even more confused than usual?

Julie Wright - Hazzardous Universe 2 comes out in March . . . you're right . . . I'm not.
It used to be a February release date. I'm still not used to the idea.

SME - *phew!* I'm sitting here thinking, "I was so sure. I PROMISED my 11yo it was coming out in March. He's going to kill me!"

Julie Wright - It's awesome you keep better track of my releases than I do.



SME - When I told my son I was interviewing "The author of Hazzardous Universe" he had some questions for you. May I ask you on his behalf?

Julie Wright - of course!

SME - #1- "How many HU books are you planning to write?"

Julie Wright - Originally there were going to be four, but my publisher wanted a trilogy. So there will only be three. BUT I am writing short stories of adventures we won't be seeing in the actual books. I'll be posting those on the Hazzardous Universe web site for free.

SME - As my 11yo would say: "Got it."
Question #2 - "Who is your favorite character in HU?"

Julie Wright - Oh, that's tough! I really love both Hap and Tara! I think they are funny and sarcastic, and yet adventurous and brave. But I think my absolute favorite is Confucian in book two. He's an ancestor of the great Confucius, and has lots of great sayings but most of the time they don't make any sense. He's a really good person, trying hard to do good things. he's also incredibly talented and smart.

SME - "Great sayings but most of the time they don't make sense" - I can, sadly, relate.

Julie Wright - Yeah . . . Me, too.

SME - Okay, my son's last question: "In the beginning of the first book it says the spaceships look like a slice of pizza. What made you think of describing the spaceships that way?"

Julie Wright - I think I was just hungry . . . actually no. I was thinking of how a teen boy would view the charred underbelly of a wedge-shaped object. He would be able to relate it to a burned piece of pizza because that's something from his frame of reference and is also the kid's favorite food.

SME - Obviously it was some good imagery. My son reads a lot - A LOT - and he remembered that out of all the books he read last year.

Julie Wright - Awesome! Your son has excellent taste in reading.

SME - Agreed. He has sort of become the go-to kid in his grade when other kids are looking for book suggestions.
Okay, let's get back to *my* questions. I mean, these interviews are about me, not my kids. *rolls eyes*

Julie Wright - But your kids are pretty amazing.


SME - You have another book coming out very soon--Olivia--which is part of, I think, a rather ingenious take on a book series.

Julie Wright - YES!!!!!! Olivia is something totally different.
Olivia is the first in a series written by four different authors, Josi Kilpack, Heather Moore, Annette Lyon, and me. Each author wrote from the point of view of a different character. Their lives intersect on several occasions as the four women join a book group together. And though those few scenes will be the same in each book, they will also be totally different because of the viewpoint they're in

SME - This, I understand, has required a lot of collaboration and group effort.

Julie Wright - It was a lot of group effort. Which is not to say it wasn't fun. it was an absolute blast. We'd get together and type like crazy and then one of us would look up and say, what color is your character's hair again. Or one of us would look up and say, "Oh by the way, your character has grandkids. Just thought you should know."

SME - Love it!

Julie Wright - It was hilarious and fun, and humbling to work with such neat women who are all awesome authors.

SME - So, give us a quick blurb on Olivia.

Julie Wright - The Robbins household is perfect on the outside—no dust, no stains, no w rinkles.Inside the house, things are different because there’s no communication either. Olivia Robbins believes that if she keeps everything clean, and serves the meals on time,
things are bound to get better. But when they don't, she realizes she's lost herself. When she joins a bookgroup and for the first time in her adult life makes real friends she realizes finding herself might be the key to saving her marriage.

SME - From what I've gathered talking to the other ladies, Olivia is to a large extent a romance, in that a big portion of it is this married couple falling in love again. Sound about right?

Julie Wright - Yep. That is exactly right

SME - Wahoo! I love, love, love romances that involve married couples. Too many people are convinced that the "romance" part ends at I Do. Way to go, Julie!

Julie Wright - I love romance that involves married couples too!

SME - That is because we both have impeccable taste, you and I.

Julie Wright - We do have impeccable taste. We are brilliant.
I've been wanting to write a story like this for a long time. It was fun. I can honestly say it is my most beautiful book

SME - I am so excited! And I'm looking forward to the entire series. (That totally sounded like a gushing fan-girl, huh? I'm okay with that.)

Julie Wright - The entire series and how it all plays together is really truly awesome. The series as a whole is called the Newport Ladies Book Club. And you can gush. I've gushed over your books often enough.

SME - We have quite the Mutual Admiration Society going here, don't we?

Julie Wright - Totally. But it's Okay, because we make this whole writing gig look good.

SME - Okay, traditional question here at INFF: What is your favorite continent?

Julie Wright - hmmm . . . Some loyalist part of me would like to say the one I live on, but . . . I've never really tried the others. When my kids are unruly I always threaten to move to Australia, but I don't know that I can qualify it as my face if I've never been. Okay. North America it must be.

SME - North America is definitely the front runner for INFF, but I bet Australia appreciates the shout out.

So, ya wanna see your portrait I drew specifically for you!?!?

Julie Wright - YES!!!

Julie Wright - Awesome! look how skinny I am!
Nice boots.

SME - Oh yes. Saw those boots online yesterday (not that I spend time looking at shoes online) and I thought, "Those are some kicking boots"

Julie Wright - I am a butt kickin beauty queen in that picture. You must really know me.

SME - I do. I most certainly do.
Well, that brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Julie Wright - 1. Sarah Eden is letting me dress up like Jane Austen and therefore is on my list of favorite people.
2. Sarah drew a portrait of me that makes me look skinny. I dare you to find that sort of generosity anywhere else.
3. I got to talk about both of the new books coming out in the next couple of months, not just one in the genre the interviewer likes best.
4. I was able to contemplate the continent Australia which always makes me happy.
5. Sarah Eden is my hero.

SME - It has been an absolute pleasure, Julie Wright. Thanks for joining us for INFF!

Julie Wright - Thanks for having me. I am officially part of the cool kids club now.
I'll tweet this so people can see how cool we are

SME - Oh yes. The world must realize our awesomeness!
*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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