Welcome to the third edition of The Dirty Dozen!
I love reading blogger/author interviews on others’ blogs, and want to put my own spin on that. Not all of these questions are easy, but hopefully they will give you an insight into the person on the other side of the screen. Ultimately, blogging is all about making connections. Show your humanity, show your love, and support each other. Because really, what else is there?
This week, I’m incredibly privileged to be hosting Dr Meg Sorick in the Dirty Dozen “hotseat”.
Meg is the author of the Bucks County series of novels, and is a committed, engaged, and engaging blogger who can turn her hand to a range of writing styles (I particularly love her limericks, but check out her short stories too).
1 – How in all the gin joints in all the world did you come across my blog?
I think I found your blog through Elizabeth? But I’m not entirely sure! I stuck around because I like your writing and everyone needs a zombie apocalypse haiku! Besides that, you are friendly, you respond to comments and you visit and comment on my nonsense, too.
(Your type of nonsense is right up my street… what that says about both of us is for others to decide!)
2 – You, in three words?
Funny. Distracted. Inquisitive.
3 – The last book/ film/ or album that you wish you’d made.
I would have loved to write The Hunger Games series, because I’d be laughing all the way to the bank. Plus the books are good.
4 – Where are you now on your writer’s / blogger’s journey ?
I’ve written and published three books in a series set in the area where I live. The Bucks County Novels are romantic suspense novels/chick lit stories that center around a group of friends and their adventures. The fourth book in the series diverges from the original central characters but stays close. It is at the editing stage, but hopefully will be ready for publication by summertime. My blog has been a great way to explore other types of writing – poetry, short stories, non-fiction and I’m happy to have met a bunch of really great people through that medium.
5 – A lot of writers and bloggers enjoy taking part in quote challenges, and sharing inspiring nuggets to help their fellow bloggers along. Can you tell us though one piece of life / writing advice, or quote about life / writing, that you are absolutely sick of hearing, that really doesn’t do it for you?
I hate ALL the positive thinking platitudes that people throw around. And believe me, I’m usually very upbeat and positive. But sometimes, sometimes, you just need to wallow in misery even if it’s only for a day. And I’ll be damned if those negative emotions don’t turn into some of the best writing we do.
So let me be angry or sad or frustrated or in pain. I need that stuff sometimes. The storm will pass and the happy Meg will return, probably with some great new ideas to pen!
6 – Two true facts about you, and one lie…. Don’t tell us which is which.
– I believe in Bigfoot.
– I have been in 17 car accidents, 4 of them total losses.
– I have a near genius level IQ.
7 – The zombies rise and take over the world. You have five minutes to pack a bag and hit the road… You’ve got the essentials – water, tent, sleeping bag, vitamins, toothpaste, signed One Direction photos… What else do you grab?
Passport (just in case civilization doesn’t completely crumble), notebook, pens, iPhone (for my music collection), solar charger to keep the iPhone working, copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, towel.
(So Meg will spend her apocalypse planning her next holiday in the sun… or thumbing a lift on a passing Vogon spaceship. Whatever happens, don’t let them read their poetry to you. It’s even worse than my zombie stuff, but in a language you don’t understand, blasted straight through your eyeballs and into the pain centre of your brain. For some, this may actually be pretty similar to their enjoyment of my zombie haiku… only a week to go 😉 )
8 – I’m often mistaken for John Cusack… But who would play you in the movie of your life?
Tina Fey because she’s my hero and my life has been pretty humorous (at least that’s the way I choose to see it). Directed by Ron Howard, because why not? I would write my own screen play because I’m a writer, damn it! The soundtrack of my life sounds like a compilation of Social Distortion songs.
9 – Doc Brown pulls up outside your house in the DeLorean… He’s got a few hours to spare, and fuel for one return trip… Where/when are you heading?
The future! There is no time in the past where women have fared well in the equality department. Hopefully the future for women and women’s rights continues to improve in time. Besides I want to see the development of warp drive! Beam me up!
(Let’s hope the future is more Star Trek than Hunger Games…)
10 – Your beloved partner (real or imagined) is out for the evening, and your celebrity “pass” is popping round. (You know, the one celebrity who your partner would allow you to spend a night with, without it being considered cheating… that’s a thing, right?) Who knocks on your door?
AIDAN TURNER!!!! Really? I have to feed him? We can’t just… you know? Sigh. Well, I make I pretty amazing lasagne. And so I guess we’d have red wine. Bryan Ferry on the stereo. Dude, I’m totally not going to make it through dinner. But supposing I did, I would end with something like, “I hope you saved room for dessert.” While I dove across the table at him. Oh god, that’s cheesy.
(Aidan Turner’s people have been notified…)
11 – You manage, fortuitously but entirely accidentally in a bizarre toaster incident to rid the world of its most dangerous inhabitant… Who do you call to help destroy the evidence, and burn that hairpiece?
Easy, peasy. My friend Fictional Kevin. He’s probably got the plan in place to hide a body already. Granted it’s probably my body that he plans on hiding/destroying. But yeah, him.
(Part of me hopes that Fictional Kevin will one day turn evil, and persuade you to participate in his deeds… when police question you about why you cut the heads off all the parking meters in town, you can say “Fictional Kevin told me to do it”…)
12 – Another apocalyptic scenario, only now the pet food is running out… You have a dog, a cat, and a rabbit, but only food supplies for two of them… Which one misses out?
Rabbit and now I have extended my food supply for the other two. Boom.
(I don’t think the rabbits will fare well in the apocalypse. Poor bunnykins.)
13 – In a line, any regrets??
So, a huge thank you to Dr Meg Sorick for sharing herself with us, and wearing her nerdiness as a badge of pride (I say this with love as a fellow nerd!). Don’t offer her any platitudes if she’s having a bad day, don’t accept a ride home from her on a good day, and NEVER get between her and Aidan Turner…
Now, go and check out her blog, buy her books, share the love 🙂
Join us same time next week for another Dirty Dozen, featuring the wonderful Judy from Edwina’s Episodes!
Do you fancy a turn in the hotseat, with a new batch of questions? Leave your email in the comments and I’ll be in touch 🙂