Wednesday, November 07, 2007

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Every once and awhile I receive an email forwarded by a friend called Getting to Know You or something similar. Flattered anyone wants to get to know me better, I always answer them. But I am often puzzled by some of the questions. For instance, what does my favorite color have to do with anything? I mean, does it say something about me that I like pink more than red? Or that I prefer jammies over nightgowns?

I don't get it.

So here's my survey. Hopefully, it will reveal something more interesting about each of us than what we wear to bed…

1. What was the VERY FIRST thing you ever wrote (besides your name and the ABCs) and does a copy of it still exist?

2. Who was the VERY FIRST person who gave you the feeling your writing talent was special?

3. If everyone and everything left you alone, how many hours (be honest) a day do you think you would devote to writing?

4. If you subtracted your pre-writing weight from your WIP weight, divided the difference by three, added the number of children in your extended family and still came up with a number exceeding the speed of light, would you continue saying writers need chocolate?

5. When you write your breakout best seller and become so famous Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life, who would you cast to play the part of You?

6. Who would you like to play your significant other(s)?

7. I've heard Sue Grafton's motivation for writing her first novel was the lust to kill off her newly divorced husband. Who would you like to write into a book and then torture, maim, or lock in a closet for fifty years (no names need be given) if no one would ever be the wiser?

8. Have you personally engaged in all the sexual acts you write about and this includes location, etc…?

9. If you could spend one day in one of your books (either finished or partially done) which would it be and why?

10. What would you be if you couldn't be a writer but could be anything else in the world?

13 comments:

Paty Jager said...

Oh my gosh, Alice! This is a great writer list!

Here are my answers.
1. What was the VERY FIRST thing you ever wrote (besides your name and the ABCs) and does a copy of it still exist? I would say the first thing I wrote that was actually shared with others was when two friends and I passed around an R rated story we each added to in the 8th grade. We wrote a story about three girls hiking in the mountains and the boys they came across... need I say more.

2. Who was the VERY FIRST person who gave you the feeling your writing talent was special? My high school English teacher

3. If everyone and everything left you alone, how many hours (be honest) a day do you think you would devote to writing? I would say eight. It's what I plan to do when my dh goes hunting in a week and a half.

4. If you subtracted your pre-writing weight from your WIP weight, divided the difference by three, added the number of children in your extended family and still came up with a number exceeding the speed of light, would you continue saying writers need chocolate? A writer can't write without chocolate as far as I'm concerned. You need it when the writing is bad for inspiration and you need it when the writing is good for a reward.

5. When you write your breakout best seller and become so famous Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life, who would you cast to play the part of You? Pamela Anderson. ROFL just kidding- She can't act. Kate Winslet

6. Who would you like to play your significant other(s)? Tom Selleck- Matthew McConaghey

7. I've heard Sue Grafton's motivation for writing her first novel was the lust to kill off her newly divorced husband. Who would you like to write into a book and then torture, maim, or lock in a closet for fifty years (no names need be given) if no one would ever be the wiser? actually the first book I wrote was a mystery and I killed a woman who said she'd been fooling around with my husband to keep the real man a secret when her husband found out she was fooling around.

8. Have you personally engaged in all the sexual acts you write about and this includes location, etc…? I wish!

9. If you could spend one day in one of your books (either finished or partially done) which would it be and why? It would be my Petticoat books. I love the time and place of the stories and the characters.

10. What would you be if you couldn't be a writer but could be anything else in the world? A millionaire living in an isolated place and traveling when the mood moves me.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I answer these emails too sometimes, Alice, though I never have understood the color question either. ROFL. This one's fun though. Okay, my answers:

1. What was the VERY FIRST thing you ever wrote (besides your name and the ABCs) and does a copy of it still exist?
It was a book called Hidden Lies. I love the title - will resurrect the title one day - but the story sucked. It was about a woman who was widowed only to discover later her husband wasn't anything like she'd thought. The story itself wasn't bad, but I knew very little about craft at the time. My girlfriend asked me the other day if I was ever going to go back to it (she loved the story) and when I said no, she was horrified (that made me feel good). But I've learned to move forward instead of back, and that book was a definite learning process for me.

2. Who was the VERY FIRST person who gave you the feeling your writing talent was special?
My lawyer girlfriend in Washington DC. And it was book number one (above, that really sucked). She liked it so much, she made copies and took it to her book club. Who all gently told her I needed to join a writer's group. LOL

3. If everyone and everything left you alone, how many hours (be honest) a day do you think you would devote to writing?
Probably five

4. If you subtracted your pre-writing weight from your WIP weight, divided the difference by three, added the number of children in your extended family and still came up with a number exceeding the speed of light, would you continue saying writers need chocolate?
Uh,...yes?

5. When you write your breakout best seller and become so famous Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life, who would you cast to play the part of You?
Hmmm....(I'm stealing that from Karen) That's a good question. I have no idea. Probably Kelly Preston because 1) she's sweet (like me!) and 2) if you saw her in Jerry Maguire, you know she can be a real bitch (also like me!) Though people tell me I look like Renee Zellweger, so maybe I should pick her...

6. Who would you like to play your significant other(s)?
Do I have to pick only one???? Ugh. That's torture. But I suppose if I have to pick one...Paul Walker. Even though my significant other isn't blond and doesn't have blue eyes. But hey, this is a fantasy, right? So I can pick whoever the heck I want.

7. I've heard Sue Grafton's motivation for writing her first novel was the lust to kill off her newly divorced husband. Who would you like to write into a book and then torture, maim, or lock in a closet for fifty years (no names need be given) if no one would ever be the wiser?
ROFLMAO. Considering my first book was about a woman who's husband DIES and then turns out to be a real JERK and that he ends up ALIVE and she KILLS him again, I'm going to clarify and say that book wasn't AT ALL about my own hubby (even though people say first books are very autobiographical. LOL)

As for the question...no idea.

8. Have you personally engaged in all the sexual acts you write about and this includes location, etc…?
Of Course! Research, baby.

9. If you could spend one day in one of your books (either finished or partially done) which would it be and why?
None. I torture my characters too much. Even when I put them in nice places, I tend to make the situation bad, so I wouldn't want to go there myself.

10. What would you be if you couldn't be a writer but could be anything else in the world?
Before I was writing I was a decorating junkie. I thought that's what I wanted to do, but as soon as I got my house decorated the way I wanted, I realized decorating for someone else wasn't my thing. LOL. If I weren't a writer (which is what I'm destined to be) I'd probably be a book reviewer and make even LESS money than I do now.

Fun blog, Alice! Can't wait to read everyone else's answers.

Lisa Pulliam said...

Fun, Alice! Great idea!

Here are my answers.
1. What was the VERY FIRST thing you ever wrote (besides your name and the ABCs) and does a copy of it still exist? When I was in grade school I'd write really short horror stories. I found one years ago, it was in sloppy print on gigantic wide-ruled loose leaf paper. It was about a ghost that followed a man and could only be seen when it passed under street lights. I don't know where any of it is now. Probably somewhere in my parent's house, unless it's been eaten by mice.

2. Who was the VERY FIRST person who gave you the feeling your writing talent was special? I'm not sure. I remember my mom telling that teachers always said in parent-teacher conferences that I was a good writer. I don't think I ever have felt that it's special though. Maybe someday lol.

3. If everyone and everything left you alone, how many hours (be honest) a day do you think you would devote to writing? I'd say I could devote about 4 to actual writing. But then I'd also be devoting time to editing other things, keeping up with the industry, chatting on loops, researching, etc. So basically full-time I guess.

4. If you subtracted your pre-writing weight from your WIP weight, divided the difference by three, added the number of children in your extended family and still came up with a number exceeding the speed of light, would you continue saying writers need chocolate? Abso-freakin-lutely! Dove milk chocolate is glorious.

5. When you write your breakout best seller and become so famous Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life, who would you cast to play the part of You? Paty! Hahahaha! Pam Anderson? You sly girl! I was thinking Kate Winslet too, I like her. Or Sandra Bullock.

6. Who would you like to play your significant other(s)? I don't have one. And why the plural? Oh! For exes and current, maybe? Hmm. For my ex. Depends on my mood. Nicolas Cage if I'm feeling nice (he's got a man crush on him) or Jean Claude Van Damme/Steven Seagal/Mcculley Culkin - all actors I'm not fond of.

7. I've heard Sue Grafton's motivation for writing her first novel was the lust to kill off her newly divorced husband. Who would you like to write into a book and then torture, maim, or lock in a closet for fifty years (no names need be given) if no one would ever be the wiser? Oh my gosh Paty! Good for you! Jeez. Hmm I'd say a woman who tried to break up me and my ex. In some ways she succeeded. Maybe I should make her a heroine? ;) That's mean. I'm feeling sassy today. Sorry.

8. Have you personally engaged in all the sexual acts you write about and this includes location, etc…? I like to think of it more as a "to do" list. Pun not intended.

9. If you could spend one day in one of your books (either finished or partially done) which would it be and why? The vampire series I never finished. I'd love to have the affections of a hot immortal.

10. What would you be if you couldn't be a writer but could be anything else in the world? An archaeologist. Either in Greece or I'm starting to get more and more interested in Southwest history and Native Americans there. Or Scotland!

Alice Sharpe said...

I'm on my way out the door but thought I would answer these, too, I love your answers, Eli and Paty. Such fun! I hope everyone stops by.

Okay 1. First thing I wrote was a family newspaper and none of the copies exist. A shame really as I was ten and very precocious (not.)

2. My high school teacher, in fact two of them, were very supportive but so was my mother.

3. How many hours if I could? Well, I can most of the time and it varies from 0 minutes to two weeks!

4. I don't eat much chocolate. However, I do love bacon!

5. I like Kate Winslet, Paty, but since she's off making your movie I'll go with Dakota Fanning (if this every happened, she'd be a fifty year old woman by then. And she's blonde.)

6. Now that I've chosen Dakota Fanning, pairing her with a full grown man is icky. Ack, a trap! I'm not going there.

7. I don't believe I have ever hated anyone enough to put them in a book and kill them. I'll choose a general group like child molesters or puppy snappers.

8. Yes and no to the sex question.

9. Day in a book? Royal Heir. I'd like to spend a day on Montivitz, sightseeing and I would love to wander through the castle and find the hidden staircase.

10. I would be an artist.

Piper Lee said...

1. What was the VERY FIRST thing you ever wrote (besides your name and the ABCs) and does a copy of it still exist?

I was a Sophomore living in Arizona, against my will I might add, and I wrote about a tortured teen girl who's family treated her worse than Cinderella. Very dramatic, but oh so true. LOL

2. Who was the VERY FIRST person who gave you the feeling your writing talent was special?

My mom. She would beg me to let her read my stuff. Very sweet of her considering I was such a tortured girl. She still loves to read stuff I write. Even the boring news articles I used to do for the newspapers.

3. If everyone and everything left you alone, how many hours (be honest) a day do you think you would devote to writing?

Wow, everyone and everything!?? Cool!! I would spend at least 4 hours writing, researching and letting the characters in my head live their lives through my fingers. Really. I would. Then at least they'd shut up and I wouldn't have them and my real life all screaming at me at once.

4. If you subtracted your pre-writing weight from your WIP weight, divided the difference by three, added the number of children in your extended family and still came up with a number exceeding the speed of light, would you continue saying writers need chocolate?

Okay, I don't do math; however, writers like me don't need chocolate. Now chips and caffeine free coke, yes, those are without doubt, completely necessary. Hence the extra 50 pounds I carry on my carcass. ;)

5. When you write your breakout best seller and become so famous Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life, who would you cast to play the part of You?

Catherine Zeta Jones, cause we look soooo much alike, of course. *Wink, Wink* (I wish!!)

6. Who would you like to play your significant other(s)?

Well duh... Gerard Butler for my dh, and as far as the past boyfriends... Tom Cruise could play the boyfriend I hated the most, Keanu Reeves my first "true" love, Val Kilmer for the boy I loved in the ninth grade. Oh my gosh, as far as significant others, I'd have a long list. Not that I slept with all them mind you, I'm not a slut! LOL... But they were a part of my life that would have to be included in the movie. :)

7. I've heard Sue Grafton's motivation for writing her first novel was the lust to kill off her newly divorced husband. Who would you like to write into a book and then torture, maim, or lock in a closet for fifty years (no names need be given) if no one would ever be the wiser?

Gosh, I don't think I have any one that I hate this much. This must mean that I'm super nice, forgiving, kind, sweet, and let's mention wonderful, too... **gag, barf, choke**

8. Have you personally engaged in all the sexual acts you write about and this includes location, etc…?

Oh My Heck! If I wrote about the things and locations I've experienced I'd not be able to look at you girls again! *BLUSH* Let's just say... I've been very adventurous in my life, have had lots of fun, and we'll leave it at that. Okay? Great. *big wink*

9. If you could spend one day in one of your books (either finished or partially done) which would it be and why?

I'd love to spend the day on the river Thames with Penelope Anne and her brother Will. These are characters from my historical (that's not finished).

10. What would you be if you couldn't be a writer but could be anything else in the world?

I've already said this before, but it's what I'd be if I had a different life... I'd be a lead singer in a band or an actress on broadway, and if I couldn't make it there, I'd not make it anywhere, oh wait, I mean... I'd like to be an archeologist. I think it would be such an experience to dig up the past and try to put people's past back together.

This was great fun Alice! Thanks!

It's fun to read everyone's responses, too! :)

Danita Cahill said...

Okay, I'll play.

1) First thing: A children's book when I was 12. I sent it to Golden Books. I got a personalized rejection and a list of the sort of stories they were currently accepting. Didn't realize at the time how close I'd come. Just wilted at the rejection and never sent them anything else.

2)First person who made me feel talented: My mom. Then a male English teacher in middle school who (secretly)turned in some of my free-verse poetry to the local paper. Much to my surprise, they printed the poems.

3)If left alone, I'd write four hours per day. After that, I'm exhausted and my brain turns to mush.

4)To chocolate or not to chocolate? A woman's body needs chocolate, writer or not.

5)Who to cast as me? Sandra Bullock. I've had several people say I look/remind them of her. I'm flattered everytime someone says it.

6) Who to play my mate? I like Paty's choices too, but I really love Tom Hanks. So funny, talented and down-to-earth.

7) Who would I maim or torture? I can see the beauty in torturing an ex, but it's just such a waste of brain space. I like to create devious characters and torture them. Shoot, I enjoy torturing the characters I like...

8) Have I personally indulged in the sex acts I write about? So far, yep, pretty much, but not all the locations.

9) Which book would I want to hang out in? None of them, crapola, I write creepy suspense.

10) A photographer. No wait, I'm already that too. How about a private investigator or a psychologist? Both are just other ways to snoop around inside other people's lives and heads, just like writing...

Fun, Alice!

Danita Cahill said...

What are pupper snappers, Alice? And you are an artist, my dear. You paint with words -- but let's not forget the potato adventures on the kids' lunch sacks. Man, I'd love to see some of those sometime. What a cool thing for kids.

Alice Sharpe said...

Danita -- When the dog barks at the night, my dh looks at me and says, "The puppy snatchers must be coming up the driveway." It just turned into puppy snappers.

I loved your comments. I would totally go with Tom Hanks for playing my dh. Same loving soul, same warmth and sense of humor as my man. I'm stealing old Tom away from you, Danita.

Alice Sharpe said...

Lisa. Yikes, a day in a Vampire book! What if old tall, dark and dead couldn't protect you? Ack!

btw, wouldn't that be a good name for a paranormal -- TALL, DARK and DEAD. I like it!

Alice Sharpe said...

Piper, I'm with you, bring on the chips and diet coke. That is totally my kind of food. Sign, nibbling on Dove chocolate seems so much more writer like. We'll live with the shame, right?

Genene said...

Had to laugh, Alice. When I get these things in my e-mail, I delete them quickly before they multiply. Though answering these questions from the point of view of story characters could be a good way to dig deeper into their psyche. Hmmm...

Danita Cahill said...

Sorry Alice. I love ya, but I'm not giving up Tom without a fight...ha!

Alice Sharpe said...

Danita -- LOL