Sabrina: Mary, you and I met therough a writers group in Seward, NE. You say you'd heard of me before that. I admire you for wanting to meet me anyways! <laughter> Since we're creative people, let's make up a better story.
Mary: Okay,Sabrina and I met whilst tracking down the same person infected with the vampiric virus. I about took her head off with my trusty collapsible sword. It's a good thing I have good eyesight, or she'd be dead now. I'm glad she's not.
Sabrina: I'm glad a well! It was a scary moment as you had the sword held above your head, ready to strike me down. I bet it was the large pin on my chest that said, I Love All Things Scottish!
Mary: That had to be it. You know I'm a sucker for family history!
Sabrina: Don't I though? That was the inspiration for jumping into your first book, wasn't it?
Mary: My first book is Captive Rose. I started writing when I wrote a collaboration fan fiction with seven other writers and found it calmed me. And I really enjoyed it. It was a win-win for me. I hate to admit this, but I'm still working on Captive Rose. Sometime soon it WILL be done.
Sabrina: Editing changes most books rather drastically. Have you changed anything in your latest story that affected the outcome or characters?
Mary: Not as of yet. I did have one character which refused to die, so he's still in my story. Alan was just so darned insistent he still was alive I finally had to listen to him.
Sabrina: Well, Alan deserves to live. I was glad you kept the fop, too. Too bad the readers have to wait to find out what we're talking about. Tee Hee Hee Do you outline your stories or write by the seat of your pants?
Mary: I outline what I'm writing but my characters have a way of yanking me off the course I thought I would take.
Sabrina: Those silly characters. Always interefering with the plot line. Too bad we can't control those people! <laughter> When you're writing, do you use a special software program to help you write your books?
Mary: I just use Word and my imagination.
Sabrina: That does seem to be the most popular program. What genres do you write in?
Mary: I write historical fiction. I'm a history buff and love learning about times long ago. I think I was born in the wrong century.
Sabrina: I don't! You'd have deprived the world of your stories if you'd been born a serving wench in the 16th century. We can't have that, now can we? Also, you'd have missed out on your amazing opportunity to teach English. Anything exicting happen?
Mary: I had a new life experience this summer while I was teaching in China. We took a bullet train from Shijiazhaung to Beijing. I learned how to pee going 300 kph (190 mph) on a squat potty. Let's just say panic bars were involved.
Sabrina: <gasps then tries to supress laughter> That would be an . . . experience. Speaking of experiences, tell us about a pivotal moment in your life.
Mary: I think the most pivotal moment of my life was when my only son and child was born. From then on it wasn't about me or even about my husband and I. It was about our son. Even thirty years later that's still the case. When one becomes a parent, you never cease to be one. No matter how old your children are.
Sabrina: My mother would certainly agree with you. I suppose I'll find out in the years to come. Children seem to make you poorer and richer at the same time. Hey, if you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Mary: Pay off my bills and quit my day job. Then I'd write.
Sabrina: I'd get behind that. Our check is here, so let's wrap it up with some fun. You and I are arrested. What did we do and how did we get caught?
Mary: <thoughtful expression, then sly smile> We were arrested by stalking one, well, several actually, state and local politicians. With how they act, Sabrina was absolutely sure they were infected with the vampire virus. And who was I to argue with her? She's the expert you know.
We were caught when we snuck into a Tea Party bus...get it? Party bus. LOL! Unfortunately, our black spandex Ninja outfits drew unwanted attention, and we were outed. Darn that Michelle Bachmann. I'm still sure she's a vampire in disguise.
Sabrina: Ha! You never know. She just might be. <Said really fast> How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Mary: The same amount of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked.
Sabrina: Nice response! Okay, one more, What is your favorite joke?
Mary: I thought I was supposed to keep it clean. Hmmm. That leaves out most of the jokes I know.
Sabrina: Well, we have youngins that read this blog, so we'll leave it at that. Mary, thank you so much for having lunch with me at Chez Writer Cafe. I hope you'll come back again when your book is released!
Okay readers, there are my questions for Mary. Feel free to ask your own in the comments!