Random Interview Saturday! A. L. Kaplan

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.
It is a dark night when the moon creeps over the horizon and our next author emerges to howl!
She is A. L. Kaplan!

Author Biography
A. L. Kaplan’s love of books started as a child and sparked a creative imagination. Born on a cold winter morning in scenic northern New Jersey, her stories and poems have been included in several anthologies and magazines. Her novel, Star-touched, is due out this fall. She served on the Maryland Writers’ Association’s Howard County Chapter board for several years and holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. When not writing or indulging in her fascination with wolves, A. L. is the props manager for a local theatre. This proud mother of two lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.

What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
Starting a story with “It was a dark and stormy night.” brings up images of my friend Snoopy. I wish I could say my writing was filled with sunshine and rainbows, but my parents always told me to tell the truth. Besides, too much sugar is bad for your health and very boring. Struggle, danger, and turbulence run through most of what I create. When people ask what I write, my stock answer is usually science fiction, fantasy, and depressing poetry, although I have been known to make small spots of sunshine on occasion.

When cats take over the world, how do you plan to win their good graces?
Oh dear. I’m afraid I’ll be joining the dogs in the underground resistance. My heart runs with people’s best friend and their wild cousins, not the overlords. When no one is looking I howl at the moon.

If you were the captain of a space ship, what would its mission be? Exploration? Colonization? Partying?
My ongoing mission is to boldly go where no woman has gone before. Somewhere out there is a planet of wolves and dragons. Once I find it I’ll consider retiring there.

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon?
Even the smallest of creatures can win the battle against overwhelming odds. They can also have a magic bag. I still remember watching Felix the Cat and Kimba the White Lion before starting preschool. Then there was Gumby. I was popping in and out of books and creating fantasy adventures long before I learned to write. Whoever said young children don’t remember things was very wrong.

Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Dog. Wolf. Dog. Wolf….See previous question about the cat takeover. My family got a dog when I was little. He was never trained, stole food from the table, and barked endlessly. He also stood guard over me once during a scolding. At least that’s how my young mind perceived it. I was dog bonded on the spot. When I grew up and got my first dog, I was determined she would be a cross between Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. Things didn’t work out how I expected, but she was wonderful. The year she earned her companion dog obedience degree she was also the highest scoring Alaskan malamute. My second dog never competed, but remained my shadow for sixteen years. Now I have a wonderful little lunatic named Laila who loves agility. She’s also my smallest baby at 46 pounds.

Who is your fictional best friend and what activities do you choose to do together?
I have way too many fictional friends to pick a best. Each of them visits me just when I need them most, lending an ear when I need to talk, telling me when I need to make a change, or simply inspiring me to write their stories.

If you woke up tomorrow and realized you were now a dragon, what would you do first?
That sounds like a lot of fun. First I’d fly around the world and do some aerial acrobatics. Then I’d teleport to another world. One of my works in progress has a dragon or two. Okay, a bunch of dragons.

If you had to build a house without conventional materials, what unconventional materials would you use? (Gingerbread is inadvisable because it attracts snacking children)
I would love to have a house build from dragon scales and insulated with wolf hair. It would be heat resistant in the summer and cozy warm in the winter. Wet dog smell doesn’t bother me.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
What is the strangest thing you served to your children?
I love experimenting with new edibles and funky food night happens often. Of all of the oddities served, my kids still think the dandelion fritters were the strangest.

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  1. I really enjoy your random interviews!

    Also, I tagged you: http://jenelleschmidt.com/strangest-browser-searches/ don't feel like you have to do it, but hey, I mean, if you are like me and ever have trouble coming up with a blog post idea... :)


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