Crazy/Awkward Interview – Sandy James
Today Sandy James stopped by for a crazy/awkward interview. She’s got a sweet book coming out called The Volatile Amazon check out the blurb:
Sarita Neeraj has never felt like a real Amazon. Compared to the obvious strengths of her sisters, her Water powers seem small as her stature. She’s determined to prove herself–unfortunately, all that gets her is captured by an enemy.
Ian serves a twisted goddess, preferring this to an empty afterlife. He’s taken Sarita hostage to coax the other Amazons from their safe haven. But in his ancient Scottish castle, the passion and love Ian finds for Sarita resurrect his honor, until he chafes at the dark will of his mistress.
Sarita has finally found happiness–but before she can enjoy it, she’s “rescued” by her furious sisters. To save Ian from destruction at the hands of the Amazons, Sarita must risk wielding magick that could change her very nature. Only then can she prove the Water Amazon is the strongest of the four–and save them all from destruction.
Check out Sandy’s:
Crazy/Awkward Interview with Sandy James
*gestures at the empty seat beside her* Hiya, Sandy! I’m thrilled you were brave enough to submit to tortu…er…this interview. HEH. Have a seat. Want a piece of fancy chocolate or cheese? *eyes carefully to see which is picked*
Chocolate, of course! Cheese is only good with the right crackers and some fantastic wine… Which, by the way, I brought along! (Pours two glasses of white zinfandel and hands one to Anya.)
YOU, are a keeper! I hear you’ve got a sweet book coming out September 30th—The Volatile Amazon— with Amazons and Scottish dudes. I gotta ask, are there any kilts? *gets a glassy-eyed stare*
Yep. An honest-to-goodness Scottish hunk. Plaid and all! In fact, this story has TWO Scottish dudes in plaids! The first is a character introduced in the first book—The Reluctant Amazon. I have such a “thing” for Scots, but the only historicals I like to write are American stories. So I decided to put a true Scottish warrior of old in my contemporary story, and Artair MacKay—the trainer of the Amazons—was born. Ian is the new Scot, but I’m keeping mum about the details of his character. There’s a big twist about who he truly is.
*drools a little* So, Ian is stuck serving a twisted goddess, that leads me nicely into my first question:
Q: You’re declared goddess of a recently discovered planet (Sandlandia), what are the aliens who live there called and what is their major export? Bonus: how do you torment your new minions?
A: Minions! I’ve always wanted minions! Since I’m the goddess of Sandlandia, I’ll call my people squees—’cause I like the sound. All the squees are involved in the manufacture of chocolate-covered goodies—anything from toffee to caramel to pretzels. It’s a really fun place to live. As goddess, I am in charge of quality control and must personally check each batch.
And I would never torment my squees! They are such lovely creatures. I’m a benevolent goddess, after all!
Q: How do you feel about camels?
A: They’re great from a distance, but I wouldn’t want to kiss one.
Q: An organ fails, you can replace it with a) a steam punk device b) a 3D printed organ c) a cybernetic organ d) an symbiotic alien e) a pig organ, which did you pick? Bonus: which organ failed?
A: Gotta go with a symbiotic alien! Life would truly be an adventure, and I’d never be alone! Which organ, that’s easy. I have lupus. I’m always worried about my stupid kidneys. So…take one out and give me that alien!
Q: If you were a hotdog, would you eat yourself? (Bonus: If the answer is no, what food would you have to be before the answer changed?)
A: Um…no? I don’t like hotdogs (the ballpark kind at least). The bonus is a harder question. I want to be something yummy, but then that means I eat myself and can’t be me. I don’t think I can answer this properly without a little more wine. Hang on… (Runs to refill glass…and comes back with more zinfandel.)
Do I get a pass on any questions? If so…pass!
Q: Name one thing on the back of your car.
A: On or in? BIG difference! On the back…nothing! I’m picky about my car’s exterior, and I’d never put a bumper sticker on my precious CRV. In the back…everything! I tend to toss stuff in back and then forget what’s there. Books. Folders. Sacks. It’s a bit of a jungle back there.
Q: What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever done in the woods?
A: Ha ha ha…snort. The house I grew up in was really close to a large woods, so I spent a lot of my childhood exploring it with my sister and my friends. We’d hunt mushrooms. We’d build forts. And when we didn’t want to run all the way home…we’d find a nice place to pee. So my answer is…pee!
Q: Fill in the blank: I was caught with my _______ around my ________ so I said that I’d been ___________________.
A: I was caught with my students around my room so I said that I’d been teaching!
Now I want to move to Sandlandia!
What grade do we give Sandy for her crazy/awkward answers? Comment with your letter grade below! Remember: she brought wine, and I’m sure she’ll share it with all of you! 😉
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