Random Interview Saturday: D. G. Driver
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.
Today's author floats in on a giant shell, pushed by gentle breezes and mermaids! SHE IS D. G. DRIVER!
|D. G. Driver|
D. G. Driver is primarily the author of YA contemporary fantasy. Her books Cry of the Sea and Whisper of the Woods are about a teen environmentalist who discovers mythical creatures, and her novella Passing Notes is about a ghost teaching a boy to write love letters. She has one of these stories in the new anthology Fantastic Creatures as well. Some of her favorite books and movies are ones where normal people find out that the world has a little magic in it. 2016 has been her year of the anthology, having work come out in three different short story collections. In addition to being a writer, she is a teacher and occasionally can be found singing in a community theater musical somewhere in Nashville, TN. Learn more about her work at www.dgdriver.com
If you favorite historical era had an ice cream flavor made in its honor, what would it taste like?
Vanilla Apple Pie. I love the 1940s. I wish I were alive then and in the movie studio system. I wish I could’ve sung with a big swing band. I wish I could have traveled with that big band to play for the boys overseas during the war. I wish I knew how to wear my hair in those gorgeous hairstyles. Everything here in the U.S. was very all-American then, so that’s why I think Vanilla Apple Pie would been a hit.
Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order?
Well, I’d like to tell everyone to go right now and download a copy of one of my books and go to page ten and report back with a line they discovered there. Too much? How about everyone just share their favorite mermaid story/movie.
Describe your life as a film genre.
My life is a musical. My dad used to say this to me all the time when I was growing up, because I was always singing. That hasn’t changed. I sing all the time, and when I’m around people and can’t sing out loud, I hum under my breath. Usually the songs I’m singing are from musicals or are jazz standards. Sometimes I just make them up. My poor daughter has begun doing the same thing, and I now realize how annoying it can be to other people, even if my daughter and I actually sing pretty well.
Tree House or Cave? And why?
Tree house. Definitely. I love trees and there are some really awesome tree houses. Not to mention the fact that my book Whisper of the Woods takes place over half the story up in a tree. Caves are cold and dark. I like sunlight. My book coming out next year, Echo of the Cliffs, has some pretty scary scenes in caves.
During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice?
Oh, I’d probably be like that extra in the movie that just gets zapped by the alien lasers while other heroes are trying to fight them off. I’d like to say I would fight, but I probably wouldn’t. I’m a pacifist. Now, my husband, he’s the one who can shoot, so maybe I’d have a chance if I stuck behind him.
If you could combine any two animals to make a hybrid, what would they be?
A lion and a sheep, so I could hug on that big ol’ mane and not worry about being eaten.
What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon?
You can get places really fast when you go through a rabbit hole, and anvils dropping on your head will not kill you.
You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them?
At this point in my life, I’d like to have that “glamour” power the vampires usually have. I want to be able to convince people to do stuff without them knowing it, like agents to sign me, publishers to pay me big advances, people to purchase my books (and like them too). In addition, I could get my kids to make their beds and clean their rooms. My husband will do all the cooking. My boss will give me a raise and a three-day week schedule… Oh, the possibilities are endless.
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
“What inspired you to write your book?” No. I’m kidding! Don’t run away! I think this is a veiled version of “What would you like people to know about you?” so I’ll answer that. I have more stories in my head than I have time to write. I seriously have a backlog right now of five novels I’d like to write, and then I get new ideas all the time. I came up with a new idea this morning that I really like. But then I have to weigh out which idea is burning at me the most with what is most likely to sell or which one I can write quickest. It’s frustrating a lot of the time, but it’s also cool to know that I’m unlikely to run out of ideas.