It seems only fitting that my first author interview of 2011 should be with a writer I initially met while setting up my blog. India and I exchanged e-mails about writing, editing, and of course, blogging. Sometime later, she invited me to join a writers’ group, and I was delighted to reconnect with her. I am thrilled to have her join me to share about herself and her upcoming release.
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India knew from age nine that writing would be her passion. Since then she’s discovered many more, but none quite so fulfilling as creating a world, a character, or a moment and watching them evolve into something complex and compelling. She has lived in three countries and four American states, is a dual British and American citizen, and currently lives at the base of the Scottish Highlands in a village so small its main attraction is a red phone box. In other words: paradise.
Release Date: April 4, 2011 from Lyrical Press
An urban fantasy / paranormal romance novel in which Zoë Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons.
The Blurb: Most of Zoë’s friends are dead, but she doesn’t mind because they died long before she met them. Then one Tuesday night an angel takes her salsa dancing and turns her world upside down. Grim reality closes in when she discovers a body in her company’s boiler room and Higher Angels accuse her best ghost friend of murder. Knowing she’s the only one who can stand against them, Zoë resorts to lying, stealing and summoning. In the end, getting blood on her hands forces Zoë to question herself.
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Inside India Drummond’s Mind
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? In my first drafts: just, had, so, that, a bit, quite. In speaking: awesome (I blame my 16 year-old for that!)
What turns you on creatively? It’s a great feeling when inspiration hits, so I wish I knew! If I did, I would just be sure I was surrounded by it all the time. But I also find that if I write consistently, my mind stays in a more creative mode. Imagination is a habit.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? For me the real key has been to learn to enjoy whatever is going on at the moment, rather than chasing a moment I think will be better sometime in the future.
What quality do you most admire in a man? I like people who are genuine, honest, funny, and content. I also enjoy the slightly eccentric, someone who isn’t afraid to wear purple hats or mismatched socks, and does it in a completely un-self-conscious way.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? I don’t see men and women that differently. I value the same things in either gender. Our culture gives us a lot of BS about how women like shoes and men like cars, women like chocolate and men like beer, but it’s nonsense. Many of my friends are authors, songwriters, and artists, and I find their gender to be the least important or interesting thing about them.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Nothing appeals to me more than being a writer. As a kid, I always dreamed about being an archeologist. I still sometimes wonder what life would have brought me if I’d gone down that road. I’d probably still be writing though!
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? My husband’s cat. You’ve never seen such a spoiled creature.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Of all the things I’ve ever done, the thing I’m most proud of is raising my son. He’s really a wonderful young man. So smart, creative, generous… and funny as hell. I can’t really take credit for his personality, that’s all him, but having been a part of his life is pure joy.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Meanness.
What is your present state of mind? A bit nervous! Preparing for a book launch is a bit like preparing to be on stage, and although I do love people and chatting, I also have a part of me that’s terrified whenever I have to do something public.
What is your favorite curse word? Fuck. It’s all-purpose, flexible, and means the same thing worldwide.
What is your motto? Probably it’s best stated in a quote from one of my favourite films, Harvey. “Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.”—Eldwood P. Dowd.