Random Interview Saturday! Cheri Roman


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.

Our next author just might have wine and chocolate. Let's read on and find out. It's Cheri Roman! 

Author Biography

Cheri Roman writes fantasy and paranormal young adult. She currently has two series in the works: Rephaim and The Witch of Forsythe High. Most days you can find her on her blog, The Brass Rag, or working on her next novel or short story. Cheri lives in the not-so-wilds of Northeast Florida with her husband and Jack E. Boy, the super Chihuahua.
C.L. (aka Cheri) Roman, writes fantasy and sci-fi with a paranormal edge and some occasional romance. Her recent works include Descent, Sacrifice and Illusion, as well as a collection of paranormal short stories called Earth and Fire. You can find her at www.clroman.com and on Facebook. Cheri lives in the not-so-wilds of Northeast Florida with her husband and Jack E. Boy, the super Chihuahua.

Describe your ideal imaginary friend.
Funny you should ask. When I was little, maybe three or four, I had an imaginary friend. He was a giant that fit in the palm of my hand. We were great friends and went everywhere together. He used to ride on my shoulder, or behind my left ear. Then one day he left. Didn’t leave an explanation, let alone a forwarding address. Now, my mother will tell you that I tired of him and smashed him between my palms, then dusted them off and said, “He gone now.” But I have no recollection of this and I’m sure my mother was mistaken. Toddlers aren’t that vicious, are they?

If I were to invite you over, what snacks would you bring, keeping in mind that fruit and dried fruit are not snacks?
Wine (probably Moscato as it goes well with chocolate) and chocolate (specifically Hazelnut Truffles). Though, if I know that you are a teetotaler, I might be persuaded to forgo the wine in favor of ice tea. I would not bring rocks and dirt, which is what my giant friend from the previous answer suggested. (Hmmm, maybe I did smash him?) 

They say to dance as if nobody is watching: what style of dance do you chose?
Irish step dancing. But only if it’s really true that no one is watching. My Mom-contract stipulates that I am only allowed to dance in public at weddings and the funerals of people I truly, deeply dislike, when I might not be able to control myself in any case. 

What's in the box? What box? How should I know!? You're the one standing there with an imaginary box!
From the way it’s wobbling and the scratching noises from inside, I’d say my familiar ...ermm... cat, Pyewacket. And no, I did not put her in there. She dislikes being placed places and demonstrates her resentment in highly unpredictable ways. However, she does like small, secure spaces where she can hide to plot her next attack ...uh... theft ...um... exploratory mission in the human world. 

If you were to plan a “literary crossover” where the casts/worlds of two books (or series of books) were to combine, which would you choose and how would it go down?
I like bringing present and past together. So, Bridget Jones meets EAP’s The Raven? I mean, that is some fairly fantastic material. Our regular girl dies (murder, mayhem, cosmic accident?) and then haunts her boyfriend into figuring out why she died, and/or how to bring her back. Like, as penance, or something. That level of ghostly mischief and survivor’s guilt almost makes you think he was responsible for her death. In any case, the bird has some explaining to do. How passive aggressive do you have to be to limit your vocabulary to one word? Then again, Bridget is chatty enough for all three characters so maybe it isn’t all his fault.

 If you had to write only in one crayon color for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I would choose to track down the thief who stole the rest of the crayons and punish them accordingly. Probably by striking them color-blind with a spell that can only be undone by acts of bravery and kindness too numerous to count. Nobody takes my crayons and gets away with it. I want justice, dam***t!

You're the next Disney princess. What fairy tale is your full length movie and how would you use your new ability to control woodland creatures?
My first choice would be Brigid from Irish folklore. Not only did she start out as a goddess, but she is a multifaceted bad-ass whose talents range from healing to metal forging to fighting, as needed. She is also the patron and inspiration of bards, which isn’t a bad gig when you can get it. Brigid also developed the system of Brehon law upon which Irish jurisprudence is founded and then, when Christianity came along, she traded her goddess status for saint status and just kept going. Talk about adaptable. There are too many stories here for one movie. It would have to be a franchise.

Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks.
A multiverse where worlds collide and heroines win. (Ok, eight words. I really have to protest - I’m fifty-four and one word per decade feels a bit inadequate. Also, to be fair, I only used one punctuation mark.)

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
Q: Where is the chocolate? 
A: Somewhere you will never find it, and even if you did, you’d never crack the code you need to open the secret containment unit.
Alternative question, or follow up: Will you share your chocolate? 
A: Only if by share you mean you bring some and I bring some, and I get to eat mine and most of yours as well. 
(I would have said, “What is the meaning of life and everything?” But that’s been answered.)
Thanks for having me on your blog. The questions were great and I had a lot of fun. Now I’m off to work on the third story in my current WIP, Changelings, where the elves are busy vacationing in the human world. Hijinks, unintended consequences and a certain amount of mayhem will ensue at some point in early 2018.