Thursday, November 16, 2006

Serials and Scenarios - Scoop - Rene Gutteridge - Part 2

Rene Gutteridge picked and answered some of my random questions. I tell ya, she's cute. The questions are red, the answers blue.

Pink iguana, purple cow, periwinkle giraffe. Which one and why?

Purple cow. Love the color and a good steak.

Two middle-aged females talking animatedly. One wears a very short skirt, and she ought not to be……………. Give me a scene, dialogue, characterization, drama……

Gosh, I kind of like your sentence: One wears a very short skirt and she ought not to be. Kind of says everything there is to say!

Favorite turn of phrase or word picture, in literature or movie.

"It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour." -- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

What would you write if there were no rules or barriers? (epic novels about characters in the Bible, poetry, greeting cards, plays, movies, instruction manuals, etc.)

I suppose I would write as many movies as I could. I love writing novels but I also love screenwriting.

What makes you feel alive?

A good night's sleep; knowing God has used me in some way; watching my children succeed at what they're trying; star gazing; a cold winter day with a fire, hot cocoa, and my loved ones with me.

How does something worm its way into your heart? Through tears, truth, humor, etc.....?

Humor. If it can make me laugh then it can make me cry, but the reverse is not true. It is much harder to make me laugh, so if you do it, especially if it's wrapped in truth, then you've won my heart.

Favorite book setting and why?

I love the setting of A Christmas Carol, so much so that I actually have a huge collection of the Department 56 village called Dickens Village. It has everything from that world he so vividly described. Though it was a wretched time, he somehow makes me want to be there.

Which compliment related to your writing has meant the most and why?

The highest compliment for me is when someone sees the truth and believes it because of something they've read of mine. That is the greatest triumph. A close second is when someone writes me to tell me how much one of my books made them laugh. I love to know people are laughing, especially when life isn't easy for them at the moment.

What criticism has cut the deepest and why?

I have a really rough time with someone questioning my spirituality because of something that they've read in one of my books...or, as has been the case, questioning it before they even read one of my books.

Thanks for playing along, Rene.