Hi Kelly! I have to say, I love the title the excerpt for Blood Soup really lives up to it. Thanks for coming today.
Hi Amber! Thanks for having me!
AS: Like many of us authors, you have a serious book collection. In your recent purge, what was the hardest book to give away? Of the eight you recently bought, which one are you most looking forward to reading?
As for new purchases: I’m looking forward to Lynn Flewelling’s The White Road.
AS: On your project fill in the blanks, how do you go about selecting the next title from such an extensive list?
KH: It’s a matter of what’s available at the time. I carry the list with me everywhere I go, and I check the bookshelves whenever I stop in at book store or the library. It’s very interesting to me (and sad) the number of relatively new books on my list which are gone from bookstore shelves. It’s also very interesting the number of classics showing up in the bookstores. I can only think it must be a cash cow for publishers.
At some point, I’ll be special ordering items on the list.
AS: What’s your all time favorite Sci-Fi or Fantasy movie? Why?
KH: I can hear the groans already from the fantasy/Sci-Fi masses out there as I answer: Ladyhawke with Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick . It’s the only movie that I actually own a copy of.
What’s not to love about it? A handsome knight, his beautiful lady, a wicked curse and a phophesy which sets them free. It’s the quintessential fantasy, with a great love story to boot. What’s memorable about the movie is the character development: the relationship which evolves between Philippe, Captain Etienne of Navarre and Isabeau d’Anjou is well done; it’s believable. Navarre and Isabeau’s love for each other is a near tangible thing.
It doesn’t hurt that the movie was filmed in Italy, making it visually appealing. I love that they used real castles while filming instead of using sets.
AS: Fill in some blanks for us:
KH: Be the __PERSON______ you want to see in ___TO SEE IN THE MIRROR__________.
I’ve always believed that any goal is attainable if one puts one’s mind to it. Part of attaining that “something” is living the role, striving for it, presenting yourself as what you want to be. If you’re not presenting yourself as a successful candidate for the role, you may not be successful. So…do it, live it, be it– in order to obtain it.
Happiness is ____MADE, NOT EARNED, BY YOU________________.
Some people wait their entire lives for happiness to fall into their laps. You can’t wait.
You’ve got to make your own joy.
To ____BELCH_______ is ____TO FIND RELIEF_________.
(I had to include one silly something here, right?)
AS: My iPod and tiara have gotten me through some pretty bleak pages. What is one writing tool/trick you cannot live without?
KH: Search and replace. It sounds so simple, but it saves me from repeating my favorite words too many times. And, by searching for “ly,” I can eradicate most adverbs from the prose (although I’m getting pretty good at not writing them in these days.)
I used to use an awesome program called, “Write Righter” which analyzed your prose and scored it against several “fog” indexes – methods of judging the prose as to how difficult it is to read. That was a lot of fun…but the best part of the program was that it generated a list of all words used in the document and how many times you used them. You could see at a glance that you’ve used the word, “thrust” for example, way too often in the sword fight you’re writing.
Sadly, the program is years out of date and I can’t find a version to run on my PC.
AS: I appreciate your taking the time to stop by my weblog today, Kelly. By the way, I too love Ladyhawke! It’s so medieval.
Authors, what word do you often repeat in your writing?