I have another interview with another independent author. Her name is Judi Coltman, and she is the author of the humorous essay book called Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts!.
I love the title of her book, and her reviews are off-the-charts. If you get a chance and are in the dire need of a good laugh, take a look at this book. And now, on with the interview:
Good evening, Judi. Some people write for a paycheck, while others do it for the love of the craft or to fulfill a promise to a loved one. Can you tell me what drives you to get up and write?
There is a smart mouth woman who lives in my head, she is the one that nudges me out of bed in the morning and gets me writing. If I didn’t she’d talk my ear off.
What is the first book that you can remember having a true impact on you?
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, in 5th grade. That was the first book I read where I remember not wanting to put it away because the teacher was starting a new topic. That being said, I am inspired with every single book I read – even the bad ones.
What is one quirky thing about yourself… something that no one outside of your friends and family might know?
I’m a great swimmer but I will not swim in a public pool – I hate running into abandoned band aids.
What is your current project about?
Oddly, for a humorist, I am writing a murder mystery. Go figure.
Makes sense, in an odd sort of way. (laugh) How did the plot and overall story for that project come into being?
A man walks into my house and starts talking like we are old friends. I’ve never seen him before in my life but he is talking about what I did the night before. I called the cops and never saw the guy again. . .but in my head, he is a psycho murderer.
Do you have any other projects on the burner somewhere (that you can talk about)?
I have more projects than burners.
Quick!… without thinking, what are the first five words that come to mind?
Crap! I hate those questions!
Haha… yes. Those are five words. So, what do you think those five words say about your personality?
I must edit constantly because nothing was good enough to think of.
Do you have any pets? Can you tell us about them?
I have the perfect pet. He is a Bichon Frise named Moose. Moose is my constant companion and has his own chapters (2) in my book. He deserves them.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these interview questions. Before I let you go, I have one more question. If the world were to one day have your name as a household name (aside from your writing career) what would you want to be known for?
Winner of the Mega Millions lotto who made a generous donation to the cancer researchers who came up with the cure for cancer.
Thank you for answering the questions. It’s been a delight to talk to you today.
You’re welcome. Thank you so much for this opportunity.