So the hair… it’s big. I mean really big.
– Thank you.
I mean really, really big.
– Thanks so much for noticing.
Do people ask to touch it.
– All the time.
Do you let them?
– On occasion.
Can I touch it?
– This is not that occasion.
But you’re a Georgia girl. Where’s your southern hospitality?
– I’m Creole and Nigerian. You never touch a southern woman’s hair or invoke the spirit of hospitality.
I’m sorry. I… do you know how to make sweet tea? And fried chicken? And biscuits? And –
– Are you hungry?
If I say yes will that make it weird? This is just… okay. You’re a finance/ accounting junkie. How’d you find yourself writing a book?
– I’ve always been a writer. I wrote my first “self-published” book in middle school; a NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) fan-fiction.
Oh. So, the new NKOTB or —
Exactly how old are you?
– Old enough to know better, young enough to enjoy it.
Do you have a writing process?
– I do a great deal of free writing and note taking before I ever hit page 1. Once a character gives me glimpses of their world, their daily struggles, and the one thing they’re fighting tooth and nail to accomplish I know I’m hooked. I dream-storm/ brainstorm/ wash-dishes-and-clean-the-house-storm and get all my pre-notes in order. Then comes the initial draft where everything comes to life. After that I’m editing, rewriting, editing, and rewriting some more.
What’s your goal with writing?
– I’d love to become a career writer. You know, let writing make an honest woman out of me.
You’ll get the joke later. Next question.
Now what about your degree in Finance? I thought you were a numbers, spreadsheet, pivot table person.
– You’ve been checking on me?
It’s called research.
– No. It’s called creepy. And I’m kind of digging it. My love for words and numbers and balance sheets is as deep as my love for God, old skool hip-hop, alt-rock, ambient music, and cathead biscuits.
What’s your favorite color?
– All black errything.
– My favorite dead guys are Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Favorite living – toss up between Laura Ruby and Jeffrey Overstreet.
Seriously? Shakespeare and Dickens? The stuff I had to read Cliffs Notes versions of just to understand? You’re some twisted sort, aren’t you?
– Do you throw tantrums during all your interviews?
Sigh. I’m sorry. I haven’t had lunch and I missed breakfast, and… okay. Sorry. Favorite food?
– All of it. I’m an equal opportunity consumer.
I think I love you.
– My husband will be glad to know I have a fan.