Chuck Holton dropped by to answer some Dreg questions.
His book, Island Inferno, toured over the 4th of July. If you missed it, click on the title or Chuck's name for more info.
Keep reading. You don't want to miss his interview. Chuck is a touch sarcastic. I SO love that in my visitors.
Fiction character you would most like to be or most identify with and why?
Indiana Jones - because I wanted to BE him since I first saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark" at about age twelve.
Some out there in writing land have strange rituals. Share yours.
I'm genetically incapable of sitting down for long periods of time, so I write about ten lines, then get up and pace around the house, then come back and write ten more.
Pick one…..Pink iguana, purple cow, periwinkle giraffe. Which one and why? Can be negative or positive.
The pink iguana would probably be worth something. The cow probably got spray painted by vandals. And periwinkle isn't a color. It's a plant or something. Whatever it is, it isn't manly, and I don't want anything to do with it.
Favorite turn of phrase or word picture, in literature or movie.
Horticulture: You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think. - dorothy parker.
If you were assured of writing a best-seller, what genre would it be? Give us a sliver of information, a characteristic or glimpse of a scene.
Adventure travel tome. Me on some great adventure in a place you've never heard of. It would be a series. Maybe a TV show.
What period of history intrigues you the most?
World War II. It was such a strange period of time when the whole world was turned upside down.
What makes you feel alive?
Crisis. And beginning a difficult expedition, project or trip.
Book, music, person, food you would take with you on a very long trip.
My wife. She's my best friend, and I hate to do any trip without her. And my best friend Graham Davis. He makes the most miserable situation fun, and sees God everywhere. And my wife gets along with him.
Where would you most like to travel ----- moon, north pole, deep seas, deserted island, the holy land or back to a place from your childhood, somewhere else? – and why.
I like to travel to places nobody's ever heard of. If there's a crisis going on there, so much the better. I hate touristy places.
Favorite season and why?
Spring. I like everything new. Reminds me of heaven.
Which compliment related to your writing has meant the most and why?
"I got saved because of your book." The way I see it, things don't get any better than that. And if my writing isn't changing people's lives, it's not worth doing.
What word annoys you more than any other?
Behooves. What do little tiny bee feet have to do with anything?
Super power you'd love to borrow for awhile?
Splitting firewood. I love to split firewood.
Anything you'd do but don't because of fear of pain? What is it? Ex. Bungee jumping, sky diving, running with scissors.
Um...attend political functions.
Grammatical pet peeve…sound off.
Intentionally misspelled words - like Kountrys Krispy Kreations. Aaaagghhh!!
Societal pet peeve…sound off.
People who claim there is no objective morality telling me I'm wrong. :)
Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.