Hello fellow Love a Thon participants! Today we are kicking off with a fun interview swap! I had the pleasure of interviewing Regina from The Sunflower Pages! Regina is an English Creative Writing major and she loves teas and cats, sounds like I found a new friend!! Let’s get into the interview, share some love for Regina in the comments and go check out my answers to Regina’s questions here!
I read your “About Me” on your blog and I have some questions:
I have my Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Elizabethan Literature (YAY, Shakespeare!) how are you enjoying your Creative Writing major and what do you want to do with it after college? Sounds like you are on the path to be an author!
I’m really enjoying my major! I’m so glad I get to learn more about subjects I already love. You are correct, I am hoping to one day be a published author. It’s been my dream since I was a little girl and I’m working hard to make that dream a reality!
Tea and cats are two of my favorite things IN THE WORLD, please tell me more about your love of tea and your crazy cat!
Yay for having favorite things in common! My love of tea runs deep. I drink tea in the morning to wake up, I drink it during the day, and sometimes before I go to sleep. Honestly, I drink tea whenever I feel the need to. Luckily my boyfriend shares my love of tea! We own two teapot sets, a teacart, and a huge selection of tea. I even tried to make green tea ice cream before, but sadly that didn’t work out very well.
Ok, so my cat is pretty hilarious and crazy. When I got her she was super hyper. I ended up naming her after my favorite wake boarder, Danny Harf (a guy). She’s a girl, so it’s spelled Dani. It turns out it was the perfect name for her because she started running up trees and doing back flips off of them. Then she would climb up the fence and just jump off. Since she’s gotten a little older she’s not as acrobatic, but she still runs around and does silly little things. No matter how old she gets she’s always going to be my baby!
Let’s move on to the book related questions!!
Do you have a literary boyfriend? (Mine changes weekly)
I do have a literary boyfriend! He’s kind of my main one that only gets pushed to the background when a new one comes along. He doesn’t go away, he just waits for my new boyfriend to go away. lol Ok, so who is this mystery literary boyfriend? It’s Marcus Flutie from the Sloppy Firsts series by Megan McCafferty. Every time I re-read those books, I fall in love all over again. Especially when he says the things he does. Example: “You. Yes. You.” I could gush forever, but there it is. My literary boyfriend who may never go away.
If you could have dinner with any three people (real or fictitious, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?
1.) Ron Weasley, because he’s Ron Weasley! Seriously though, he was the first character I ever truly had a crush on. Then, when Rupert Grint made him come to life I just fell in love with him even more. I also love that he hates spiders (I hate spiders), has an accent, is sweet, and I just loved watching his character grow throughout the series.
2.) Eminem because I’ve been a huge fan of his since middle school. I used to have the biggest crush on him, which led to me fantasizing that we’d meet and instantly connect. I love how raw his music is; it’s honest and it got me through a lot of hard times (as cliché as that might sound). To have dinner with him would be pretty amazing.
3.) Amelia Earhart because she was the first female to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, which is pretty amazing. She was such a courageous woman and a great role model. She wanted to prove that men and women were equal in “jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness and willpower.” I think she did a very good job at proving that point. I would love to have a conversation with her so I could hear all of her stories and words of wisdom.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I could tell you the craziest thing I’ve ever done, but then I’d have to…just kidding. I honestly can’t think of the craziest thing I’ve ever done. My brain is having a moment. How about I share one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me? I have a lot of those stories.
I was driving my ex-best friend home when I saw flashing lights far away in my review mirror. I thought they were going in the opposite direction, so I didn’t pay much attention to them. A few minuets later I saw a cop on the side of the road throwing something down onto the opposite lane from me. Once it was rolled out I realized it was a spike strip. At the same time I came to that conclusion my ex-best friend grabbed my arm and said, “Regina pull over!” I quickly looked up and saw a van flying down the road right at me with about a dozen cops tailing him. He saw the cop throw down the strips so he veered into my lane and we were basically playing chicken.
I had enough time to look up, see him, and then yank myself into the ditch to avoid a head on collision. As I steadied my car in the ditch, I saw my life pass before my eyes. The van and the cops flew by us, while the lights that were behind me had caught up and joined the chase. I still can’t believe I was caught in the middle of a car chase, especially in the small town I live in. I feel extremely lucky I did not get in a crash that day because my car was a Chrysler Sebring Convertible that did not have a roll bar. If we had gotten hit, I don’t think we would have been ok. There was definitely someone watching over me that day.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would really like to be present at the Olympics while they are happening. Whenever they are on, like now, I am always glued to the TV. Watching the Olympics shows you first hand where hard work and dedication can get you. It’s the same for writing. If you discipline yourself in the art, steadily working at it, you can go far. Seeing all of these people living out their dreams pumps me up! I have a lot of respect and admiration for every one of them.
I have yet to read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, but it is on my definite TBR for this year! What is your “spirit animal,” OR if you could be best friends with a mythological creature, what would it be?
I haven’t read that one either. I would without a doubt, be best friends with a Unicorn! They are just so majestic and beautiful.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
I’d love to spend some time as Veronica Mars. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite shows and I just love her character. How fun would it be to investigate and bust some people? Not to mention, Logan Eccles being my love interest. I’d be ok with that. Plus I love how witty she is. I’d love to be able to come up with witty remarks on the spot like she does.
Up until last year I have had a hard time naming a favorite author and I’m still not sure that I can say with conviction that I have one favorite book. Can you name a favorite author and title? Why are they your favorites?
I think for any book lover that is an extremely difficult question to answer. Although I don’t have one particular favorite book or author, there are a few books I can re-read over and over again. One of these books is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is beautifully written and one that has touched my heart. It deals with a difficult topic while also adding some humor in as well.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Is it literary? Why is it your favorite?
One of my favorite quotes is “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” by Edwind Land. It’s not necessarily literary, but I definitely use it towards my writing. This is such an important thing to remember because it’s easy to get frustrated at what you’re creating. Especially when you read an amazing book then look at what you wrote. Suddenly your work feels insignificant. It’s a good reminder that author’s started out in the same place as you did and it takes a ton of editing/re-writing to get to that final published victory.