Friday, April 13, 2007

Serials and Scenarios - Brandilyn Collins - Pointed (gulp)

So what does it feel like to be threatened by one of the leading Christian suspense writers? Scary. If anything happens to me...well I think you might know the first place to look.

My questions in red her threats (I mean answers) in blue.

Fiction character you would most like to be or most identify with and why?

Snoopy. He’s cool. Although he never got a manuscript accepted, so maybe I’d better rethink this one…

If you could ask any person, living or dead, a random question -- what question would you ask of whom?

How about a question my son asked me when he was five: “How do dogs get any privacy?”

Some out there in writing land have strange rituals. Share yours.

I talk to myself and my characters. Although for a novelist, this is actually quite normal.

Scary, isn’t it.

Pick one…..Pink iguana, purple cow, periwinkle giraffe. Which one and why? Can be negative or positive.

Iguanas are ugly in any color. A purple cow’s too common. (Well, there IS a poem about one.) A periwinkle giraffe would be way cool.

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

“I do not know how the suns and worlds are turned. I only see how men will plague themselves.” Mephistopheles, in Goethe’s Faust.

What a perfect description of Satan. I used this phrase in Coral Moon.

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.

Seatbelt Suspense, of course.

As for a glimpse—uh-uh. Then I’d have to kill you.

What period of history intrigues you the most?

Now. Although I suppose now’s not history. It’s, well…now. Although now will be history tomorrow. So how about if I write about now tomorrow? Only tomorrow, now will still be now…

Oh, dear. I have just got my knickers in a twist.

What makes you feel alive?

A heartbeat’s a good start.

How does something worm its way into your heart? Through tears, truth, humor or other?

I’m still stuck on the “worm into the heart” visual.

Hm. Could be an interesting way to kill somebody off …

Favorite season and why?

Summer. In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Why? It’s paradise.

Superhero you most admire and why?

My husband, for reasons too numerous to list.

Super power you'd love to borrow for awhile?

Flying. I’ve done this in my dreams a few times. It’s awesome.

Favorite chore

Is this a trick question?

Anything you'd do but don't because of fear of pain? What is it? Ex. Bungee jumping, sky diving, running with scissors.

I will never snowmobile again. I will never snowmobile again. I will never snowmobile again. I will never…

Grammatical pet peeve…sound off.

All the folks who say “For you and I.” Everybody does this now. Agh! Even writers. Even preachers and teachers and speakers—people who oughtta know better.

Societal pet peeve…sound off.

Poor customer service.

Thanks Brandilyn. Happy Friday the 13th, everyone.