Random Interview Saturday! Sarah Delena White

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 hear a howling in a distance. Over the snow rush a pack of snow white wolves and among them runs our next author: Sarah Delena White!

Sarah Delena White
Author bio:

Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is also the Benevolent Firebird (acquisitions editor) for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, drinking tea, and working a variety of odd jobs. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.

The Interview!

What mythical creature do you most wish to be real?
Firebirds (not to be confused with phoenixes) - the sassy glowy ones from the Slavic folktales that fly around tricking bad dudes and knocking people unconscious with magical songs. Either that, or griffons with the size and personality of housecats (totally going to be a thing in one of my future books!).

During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice?
My magical powers of diplomacy. I’ll arrange a kumbaya session where we all come together and eat cookies and realize it was just a big misunderstanding and convince the aliens that invading earth would be a terrible decision.

If that fails, I’ll find some everyday Earth substance they’re deathly allergic to, like hairspray or ranch dressing, and weaponize it.

Who is your favorite superhero and why?
*whines* Just one? But I want ALL of them! Okay, if I have to pick just one--does Magneto count? He’s a fascinating character, and I love a good antihero/conflicted villain!

Heads or Tails?

Hmmm, depends on the context. If someone’s flipping a coin, I’ll probably call “heads” because it’s the first option on the list and I’m lazy like that. On the other hand, if I have to choose between fighting a dragon with multiple heads or one with multiple tails, I’ll definitely go with “tails.”

You find a talking animal. What sort of animal is it and what’s the first thing you do?
It’s a chicken. I take her home, and we have lengthy conversations about philosophy and the state of the world. My attic becomes her secret fortress as she learns ancient martial arts and becomes a vigilante in her quest to free her oppressed kindred. Her journey is a tragic story of idealism and heroism turning to vengeance, and our friendship is gradually destroyed as Superhen wreaks havoc on humanity. At last, we meet again on the field of battle for the ultimate showdown. After defeating Superhen with my magic kumbaya-and-ranch-dressing powers, I immortalize her cautionary tale in a 47-verse-long ballad.

What is your ideal writing space?
A cozy coffee shop that will let me hang around for hours at a time and and give me free refills on caramel lattes. Bonus points if the coffee shop is located on a space station with a scenic view of Saturn.

If I were to invite you over, what snacks would you bring, keeping in mind that fruit and dried fruit are not snacks?
If this were a perfect world in which I had time to make food for fun, I’d bring gluten-free brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and bacon-wrapped dates! In this universe, I’d probably just show up with a bag of potato chips in some wonky flavor.

You can time travel in an oddly specific way that only allows you to visit other authors. Where do you go and what do you do?
Hunt down Shakespeare and find out what happened to his missing plays! Then I’d drop in on Tolkien and get the definitive word on whether elves actually have pointy ears.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
The question would be “Would you like a latte?” And I would answer “Yes, duh!” And then you would give me a latte.


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