Well it's Friday again and that means an author is in the hot seat today. Meredith Spencer was eager to take up the challenge, answer the difficult questions and share some an excerpt from her latest release Artful Dodging. Please welcome Meredith to the Hot Seat.
The kindergarten teacher handed me a crayon. If it weren’t for fires, floods and about thirty moves I’d be one of those people found buried under reams of paper by the K-9 unit.
Why do you write?
Because I have to!
Have you ever had a day you wanted to quit and never write again?
No. There are times when my heart isn’t in it, and the writing is poor, but I relax and wait for inspiration to reappear.
Do you feel lucky to be doing what you are doing?
Totally, absolutely, fabulously lucky. I have the luxury (retired, on pension) of being able to write anytime I want to and the good fortune to have others like my work.
Real (as in blind) justice, freedom, the liberty to pursue your own dreams without Big Brother telling you how to live and believe, respect for others and their opinions, my children. Not necessarily in that order.
If you had to give a thank-you speech at the Oscars, who would you thank and what would you say?
I’d first thank my late parents—Mother for her intrepid spirit and love of reading, Father for his love of writing, open-mindedness, and constant desire to learn. Then my late husband for his steady support, my children for existing, and my best friend Sandy who has lived through the sturm und drang of my life with a cheerful smile and optimistic attitude.
What are the three most important life lessons you’ve learned that might make life easier for others?
Where do I begin? I once stepped on an anthill and spent the night terrified the relatives of the dead ants were coming to get me. I once stole a candy bar, but returned it. I once skipped school only to have the school close for snow, and then I got caught anyway.
Share a funny incident in your life.
Rosalind Russell—no question. She was fearless, adventuresome, a true lady, and had the most marvelous jaw line.
Food: it’s easier to say what I don’t like (blanched almonds, coconut). Otherwise, if it’s not moving, I’ll eat it.
Song(s): Nessun Dorma (from the opera Turandot), and Cole Porter’s I Love Paris.
Movie(s): Ninotchka—it still makes me laugh. Or Auntie Mame.
-An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
-An old friend who once saved your life.
-The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
You can only fit one person in your car, who would you choose to offer a ride to?
M. S. Spencer’s latest release is Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders.
Contemporary romantic suspense/Murder mystery, M/F, 2 flames
I’d like to introduce you to Milo Everhart and her merry band of artists. Milo makes beautiful needlepoint and her friend Tekla Spirikova makes large metal cones. Together they fight City Hall (literally) when it wants to give their beloved Torpedo Factory Art Center away. Things get complicated when their greatest adversary turns out to be the man Milo loves, and even more complicated when too many murder victims turn up.
Amazon print: http://www.amazon.com/Artful-Dodging-Torpedo-Factory-Murders/dp/1618853260
Tristram Brody waits for his date, too conscious of the beautiful woman sitting by the door. Little does he know that she will hate him for trying to destroy her beloved art center, and even suspect him of murder. Nor that she will be drawn inevitably into his arms.
Lost in His Arms: www.redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=282&products_id=17
Lost and Found: www.redrosepublishing/books/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=282&products_id=654
Losers Keepers: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=22&products_id=93
To find out more about Meredith or to contact her check out these links.
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/M.S.SpencerAuthor