Random Interview Saturday! Liberty Speidel

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.

We knock lightly on the door to our next author's study. She bids us come in and then begins to brew a pot of tea. Let us see what she has to say.

Liberty Speidel


Liberty Speidel has been a voracious reader since reading her first Nancy Drew book. But she was telling stories long before then with her figurines from Disney's Rescue Rangers. When she's not writing, you may find her gardening, baking, crocheting, or hiking. A lifelong Kansan, she now resides in the Kansas City metro area with her husband, children, and chocolate Labrador where she could rival Captain Jean Luc Picard in consumption of Earl Grey tea.

Liberty Speidel

The Interview

What is the best dream you ever had? Alternately, what is the worst nightmare you’ve ever experienced?
I don't really remember my totally pleasant dreams. I remember my bizarre ones. My most bizarre ones usually deal with former crushes and people I haven't seen in a long time.
Worst nightmare, definitely the handful of times where I wake up in a cold sweat thinking my husband or my son are dead. My husband works in a semi-dangerous environment, and our son suffers from a rare disease and underwent a bone marrow transplant as a result nearly four years ago, and I worry more about them than anyone. Those nightmares get me going every time because they feel so real.

What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
A warm, Kansas day with heavy humidity where you can practically feel the severe storms brewing later in the day. They can be pleasant on one hand, but you know it can be chaos later.

Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. 
Unpredictable. Learning. Happy. Determined. Curiosity.
Interobang and ellipses.

When cats take over the world, how do you plan to win their good graces?
I know where the tuna cans are and I have opposable thumbs to open them. 

Which natural element (earth, wind, fire, water) do you feel the greatest kinship with?
This one stumped me a bit. Unless I'm in the shower, I have a slight aversion to water. I hate the wind blowing my hair in my  face or popping against my ears. While I enjoy gardening, I hate having the earth under my fingernails. But I am a fire bug. I hate being cold. And I like to watch things burn: candles, wood piles, fireplaces...

During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice?
Stealth. Or an RPG.

Are computers friends or foes?
Depends on their programming. They have the potential to be friends, but never trust anything without a soul.

You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them?
Ha! Funny since I write superhero books. ;) 
On a practical level, based off my life now, I'd want the ability to duplicate myself so I could always have my house clean, always keep my kids' studies as top priority, and be able to write and market more.
On a purely selfish level, the ability to teleport across long distances. I have a love/hate relationship with travel. I love traveling, but hate not sleeping in my own bed. I think this would make it the best of both worlds, especially if I could touch my family and bring them with me.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?

Q: If my life were a movie, which actress would play me and why? 
A: Anne Hathaway, for the simple fact she's probably the most down-to-earth appearance-wise than some actresses. I'm not flashy, and wouldn't want a flashy woman to play me. Other alternatives: Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley.

readers can find me at:
(not there AS much, but I love to have conversations when people message me or tag me!)
(My podcast along with Josh Hardt and Aaron DeMott. I'm the producer and *try* to keep the guys in line...it's a tough job.)


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