Any SJP fans out there?
We Gen-XYers don’t even pause—hell yeah! The bad dating of my twenties seemed benign compared to the antics of Sarah Jessica Parker and her posse on Sex and The City. When I saw Sarah she had done a “zippy-fun” 5 minute video interview with Vogue answering 73 questions, I was intrigued. 73 questions, in 5 minutes! (No, don’t go google it now! I’ll give you the link at the bottom)
The first time though the video, I was charmed and entertained. The second time, I felt the challenge of rapid-fire repartee calling my name… I wonder how I would answer all those questions?
Drum roll please….
For your snappy reading pleasure, I transcribed the questions and broke them into serial blog posts for the release tour of STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND.
Let’s do this thing!
Q1: Favorite Movie?
A: The Italian Job, Thomas Crowne Affair. I love heist movies, bonus points for a happily ever after! The Bourne Identity movies and some of the Bond movies would be right up there too.
Q2: Favorite recent movie?
A: Pitch Perfect. This is my go-to diversion movie, and my kids loved it too! I’m not a repeat movie watcher, but I bet I’ve seen it 5 times!
Q3: Favorite Hitchcock movie?
A: None. I hate scary movies. I can’t even do the movie trailers, like that “Mama” trailer they have out now is the worst! The last scary movie I watched was the Blair Witch Project. OMG. My husband and I took a camping trip afterward, and I was up ALL night, hearing things go bump in the woods.
Q4: Favorite TV show currently on?
A: Orphan Black, close second Blacklist. If you haven’t seen the BBC’s Orphan Black – it is amazing. Tatiana Maslany’s portrays 11 crazy, diverse clones. She won a golden globe and critics choice award and she so deserved it. A great Femme Fatal like show with a hottie love interest. *smiles*
Q5: Book I plan on reading?
A: Night Child, Lisa Kessler Lisa is my imprint sistah and we share a release birthday today. One of my Street Team members told me NC was the perfect story, and the ending made her cry. Ahhh, can’t wait!
Q6: Book read in school that shaped you?
A: Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
I read C&P when I was 16 year old. I had just left my rural home on a full scholarship to Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, I didn’t fit in. My clothes were wrong. My southern accent branded me a not-very-smart peasant. A boy broke my heart and gave me Mononucleosis. I wasn’t at all prepared for the rigorous academic requirements. I was miserable. I remember looking at a huge snow bank and thinking I could just fall in and go to sleep forever. It was a very bleak and difficult time in my young life.
I was assigned C&P around that time. At first, I had to force myself to stop every few pages a say aloud what had just occurred, otherwise my eyes just drifted over the pages, and I remembered nothing. I was sick, and exhausted, and furious. Soon I started identifying with the morally ambiguous Rodion. I’d always been I bit of a goody-to-shoes at home. Rodion’s schemes and worldview point were delightfully tainted and ultimately mind broadening.
I still keep a Dostoyevsky quote in my Bible: “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” (BroKar)
Q7: Book you read you never think about?
A: The Odyssey, Homer
Q8: Scale of 1-10 how excited about life are you now?
A: 9. I recently turned 40 years old. I love 40!
Q9: iPhone or Android?
Q10: Twitter or Instagram?
A: Twitter, @Susannah_Scott
Q11: Vine or Snapchat?
A: Neither? It just takes a few months to be behind on all the social media changes. I really like FB, Goodreads, Pinterest and Google+. I tried Tumblr and the new MySpace – but I could never find my peeps.
Q12: Who should everyone be following right now?
A: Why, me of course! My titillating FaceBook Page!
My husband and I just finished building our dream home in July. It isn’t the size that makes it “dream” to us, it’s the intricate details and I knew exactly what I wanted for the tile. So we did it ourselves. Thank goodness my Hub is good at grout clean up. I was more the visionary, he the grunt and clean up work!
Q14: Favorite Restaurant?
A: Djangos: Crested Butte, Colorado. An awesome tapas restaurant where every single dish is exquisite and unique.
Q15: Favorite Food?
A: Ethnic I’m a really good cook, but an awful baker. Moroccan Kefta Tagine is easy to make and yummy spicy comfort food.
Q16: Least Favorite Food?
A: Barbeque sauce. Too many curvy Ozark roads and picnics.
Q17: What do you love on your pizza?
A: Not a lot of crust!
Q18: Favorite drink?
A: Single Malt Scotch – not too peaty
Q19: Favorite dessert?
A: Tiramisu I’m a Type 2 diabetic so I have to be really careful about sweets, but I have a hard time resisting tiramisu or crème brulee.
Q20: Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
A: Milk Chocolate Symphony Bars are/were my favorite
Q21: Weirdest/ickiest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: Haggis My family is Scottish and my hub and I went to Scotland on our honeymoon. Of course, I had to try the local dish! Ick. Ick. Ick. Even fried in bacon grease—ICK.
Q22: Hardest part about being a mom to 3 boys?
A: Knowing that if I do my job right, they will grow up and replace me with a very special life partner, and likely not call on my birthday. *le sigh* Boys.
Q23: Favorite Band?
Q24: Favorite Solo Artist?
A: Bruce Springsteen
Q25: Favorite Lyrics?
A: Hard to Get, Rich Mullins.
“You who live in radiance
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
We have a love that’s not as patient as Yours was
Still we do love now and then…
Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You’re up there just playing hard to get?”
When my friend Lindsey died, I wrote out the lyrics to this song for weeks, over and over. I wrote them on napkins, boxes, in the dirt. It was both a prayer and meditation. A way for me to cope and work through my grief. Lindsey was the first person my own age whom I loved and lost.
Q26: If your life were a song what would it be?
Q27: If you could duet with anyone, who would it be?
A: Pink! I’m actually a really gifted soprano, but I hate performing. I get stage fright. But, if Pink was beside me, we would rock the house! Love her lyrics and she is such an amazing vocal talent.
Q28: If you could master an instrument, what would it be?
Q29: If you have a tattoo where and what would it be?
A: Foot. If I ever hit the USA or NYT bestseller list, I’m going to get tiny little dragons, a la Dixie Chick style.
Q30: To be or not to be?
A: To Be!
Q31: Glass half-full or half-empty?
Q32: What’s Oprah like in person?
A: I have no idea! I love SJP answer for this one, “human.”
Q33: Dogs or cats?
I love cats, but my hub is allergic to them, it is one of the things I had to give up for him.
Q34: Kittens or puppies?
We’re hoping to get an Anatolian Sheppard this summer to keep our chocolate lab company.
Q35: Dolphins or Koalas?
Q36: Bird watching or whale watching?
A: Whale watching in Cabo San Lucas Mexico!
Q37: Spirit animal?
Q38: Best gift you’ve received? A: Sculpture flowers, last week!
I kill plants, but I love them, but I kill them, but I love them… For my birthday my hub and three boys found me these awesome iron sculpture flowers that I can’t kill. I love them AND I can’t kill them!
Q39: Last gift you gave a friend?
A: I passed on a book to a girlfriend turning 40. It’s a community book that has changed hands 20+ times, extolling to wonder of the 4th decade. *insert snarky laugh*
Q40: Person you want to have coffee with?
A: Amy S. (call me!)
Amy and her husband run this awesome river resort here in the Ozarks. They work their tails off from May to October and I hardly get to see her. She has the funniest stories about what folks do on the river when they think they’re in the boonies—fall off your seat laughing stories. Plus, she is just a wicked cool chick who totally gets and supports my writing. I have withdrawal when her summer season rolls into high gear.
Q41: Historical figure you want to have coffee with?
A: Stumped, help me out!
Q42: How do you like your coffee?
A: Really STRONG with real whipping cream. Watery coffee in the morning pisses me off.
Q43: Favorite curse word?
A: Piss. See above.
Q44: Favorite board game?
Around Christmas, we were visiting churches and the pastor challenged the congregation to have an electronics free evening with their family. No TV, computers, phones, kindles ect. We decided to have a board game night. We happened to pull out LIFE. What an amazing game for stimulating conversation about having babies, and going to college, and differences in earnings, and buying houses, and debt. Awesome. Such a meaningful evening. We’ve done it several more times since.
Q45: Favorite country to visit?
A: Greece SJP and I agree on this one! Specifically, Crete and the other islands. Magical.
Q46: Country you wish to visit?
A: Russia, Siberia I’m writing a book now that takes place in Lake Bikal Region. I would go tomorrow if I could!
Q47: What do you see in this Rorschach image?
A: A wolf
Q48: Write a word that starts and ends with the same vowel?
Q49: How long lived in the Ozarks?
A: 10 years The Ozarks are my home, but I met and married I Texan while I was in school at Rice University in Houston. We decided to move home after our first son was born to be closer to family.
Q50: Favorite season in the Ozarks?
Q51: Favorite Activity in the Ozarks?
A: Kayaking on one of the many gorgeous spring fed rivers
Q52: Would you ever leave the Ozarks?
A: We just built our dream home, so no, we love it here.
Q53: 3 words to describe the Ozarks?
A: Seasonal, cagey, and secretive
Q54: Favorite Actor?
A: Mark Wahlberg I almost went with Alexander Skarsgard, but really, I just love him in TruBlood. I am seriously hoping that this next season he and Sookie find their way back to each other. Get out of the way Mr. Hunky Wolf and Mr. Conniving Bill vamp!
Q55: Favorite Actress?
A: Amy Adams Loved her in American Hustle, and just about everything she does. Emma Stone would be a close second.
Yikes. Blake Lively is usually so effortlessly fabulous, but her jewelry and hose and jacket are all wrong. Honestly, that looks like an outfit I would put together—black matches—right? I’m going to have to go with Nicki. Although, her hair and pose aren’t helping her any, she does look great below the sternum.
Q57: Favorite Constellation?
Q58: Pilates or Yoga?
A: Yoga –I’m actually a lapsed yogini. I’m Baptiste certified and used to teach a power vinyasa class but quit when I started having kids.
Q59: Jogging or swimming?
A: Jogging. Very, very slowly.
Q60: What do you do to decompress?
A: Curl up with my husband, he de stresses me, every time
Q61: What super power would you want?
A: Fly I think this is one of the things that draws me to my dragon-shifters, I just love that they can fly. Somewhat ironically, I’m a fearful airplane flyer—but put me on a dragon and I’d be fearless! I’m sure a therapist could have a heyday with that one!
Q62: Experience that made you most nervous?
A: Performing I was the worst piano recital kid EVER. I only like performing with groups.
Q63: Strangest word in the English language?
Q64: Last country you visited?
A: Thailand To close out a sorta family member’s estate. Now that was a book worthy trip! Loved Singapore, what an amazingly modern city. Felt very Paris-ish to me, stylish.
Q65: Favorite color?
Q66: Least favorite color?
Q67: Color of dress you wore to Prom?
A: Metallic blue, with sequins.
Q68: Diamonds or Pearls?
A: Sapphires, I really like deeply colored gems and Tanzanite.
Q69: Cheap or expensive shampoo
A: Expensive. I only wash my hair a few times a week because it is really curly, so I go all out on nice shampoo for cry, curly hair.
Q70: Heals of flats
A: Flats Usually Tevas in the summer and boots in the winter.
Q71: Blow dry or air dry?
A: Air dry I have crazy curly hair and a ton of it. If I tried to blow-dry it straight, it would take an hour every time! I just wash and use Aveda, Just-Curly-Gel and go.
Q73: Favorite Exercise
A: Crossfit, the Filthy 50 WOD
My husband and I have been doing crossfit for several years now. Here is the notorious filthy fifty workout: For time: 50 Box jump, 24 inch box 50 Jumping pull-ups 50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood Walking Lunge, 50 steps 50 Knees to elbows 50 Push press, 45 pounds 50 Back extensions 50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball 50 Burpees 50 Double unders
Q74: Brothers or Sisters?
A: Both! 2 brothers and 2 sisters. We are all very close.
Q76: Ethic background
A: Scottish, Irish, French
Q77: Favorite writing spot?
A: Walking treadmill. Love it, I walk 2 miles every morning at a very slow 1.8 mph pace while I’m writing.
How about you? I challenge you to pick 1 question from above and answer it in the comments.
You know you want to try, and I love to hear!
All my best,
PS> Here is the SJP Vogue Interview I promised!