The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
There's a poof of smoke and a whiff of sulfur and Ariella Moon materializes to answer our pressing questions!
Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.
Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think your chances are of surviving the zombie invasion?
Seven! I have three things in my favor: a) My Wiccan Priestess/shaman training. b) My research into voodoo for my third novel, Spell Fire. And, c) If all else fails, I am very small and can hide well.
You receive a contract that allows you to have any pet you want (mythical or real) but in return you have to spend a week AS a pet to a mythical creature of your choice (dragon, giant, sphinx?). Do you take it or do you decline?
I am pretty sure my two dogs already think I am their pet.
Nevertheless, I would renegotiate the contract to a three-day exchange. For three days, Pegasus would be my pet, and then I would be Pegasus’s pet for the same length of time. I would consider it research, since a winged horse plays an important role in my current work-in-progress, The Viking Mist, which will be the second book in my Two Realms Trilogy. I love that in the Greek myths, Pegasus became a favorite of the Muses of Mount Helicon, and created a sacred well. I’d like to find out how he feels about his fate as a pack animal for Zeus.
If you had to be physically one age for the rest of your life, where would you stop the clock?
This is a tough question, because if I stopped the clock in my twenties—when I was at my physical peak—then presumably my body could never change, including becoming pregnant. And since I didn’t become a mother until my early thirties, I don’t think I would stop the clock.
What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
My writing is stormy, like my Young Adult characters. Although there is light and humor in my books, especially The Teen Wytche Saga, I deal with heavy subjects, such as the loss of a parent, mental health issues, and kidnapping. But I want readers to walk away with a happy, aww feeling, so my endings are always sunny.
When cats take over the world, how do you plan to win their good graces?
If cats rule, then I am pretty much dead. Can we go back to the zombies?
Tree House or Cave? And why?
I really like a house with a view, but I am rather fond of fire. Still, remember how cool the tree house was in the Swiss Family Robinson? Or Tarzan? So I will go with the tree house and leave the caves to dragons and bears.
If you could live inside a theme park ride, which would it be?
Funny you should ask! Having just returned from Universal Studios, Orlando, theme parks have been on my mind. The writer in me can’t help but wonder what these places are like after hours, when silence and stillness reign. When I was a child, I wanted to live on Tom Sawyer’s island in Disneyland’s Frontierland. A few magical decades later, I might pick “Escape From Gringotts,” or wait and see what Disney does with Star Wars.
You are tasked with eliminating one letter of the alphabet. Which would it be and why?
What anarchy is this? You cannot ask a writer to strike down the natural order of things! Remove any letter, and I would have to start my work-in-progress all over again. It has been difficult enough finding words that were already in use by 1505-1506 (the time period for the Two Realms Trilogy). The alphabet stands!
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
Question: What was the best advice you ever received?
Answer: Never summon anything you can’t banish.
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