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And have I ever got a treat for you this week to kick off this new interview feature! My special guest, Karen S. Elliott, is a fellow writer, proofreader, copy editor, and blogger. And if that's not already amazing enough in itself, Karen has been dealing with being evacuated and living the natural disaster life in Minot.
I ask you to please send your thoughts and prayers to those of Minot for a speedy and safe recovery.
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JANET: OK, here goes. If you could be any animal, bird, or fish in the world, which would you be and why?
KAREN: I’m currently evacuated because of record-breaking flood waters, so I would like to be a fish. A really big fish.
JANET: There you have it folks, the sense of humor I was bragging on! Karen, you made me laugh out loud with that one. Here's your next "off the wall" question. What is your favorite pass time when you're not writing?
KAREN: Oh gawd, I'm so boring – when I'm not working on my writing, proofreading, and copy editing, I read or do research! Seriously. I love to research subjects that interest me. For instance, I found out that a former high school friend was working in Antarctica, so I read four books on Antarctica including Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s The Worst Journey in the World. I’ve done extensive genealogical research on mom’s side of the family tree – going back to the Southern Welsh coal-mining valleys and Ireland. My dream vacation would be – travel to Wales, trek all over the place, stop in every pub I encounter, and chat up the locals (especially the old geezer types). I enjoy spending time with my family, my grandchildren. I love baseball, playing pool, cycling, walking and hiking.
KAREN: Actually, I’d rather have a jade, spider, or philodendron so I can continue to enjoy them for years. Save the bouquet – give me books.
KAREN: I do not have any pets though I prefer dogs. No cats – I’m allergic.
JANET: WOW! You certainly cross quite a gambit when it comes to reading and writing. What pieces have you actually completed as of now?
KAREN: Yes, there are some.
http://www.writingraw.com/fiction.html#The Devil’s Passing
www.bewilderingstories.com – The Garden
JANET: That is so cool. The Garden sounds like one I would enjoy, especially being the epic fantasy nut that I am. What are you working on currently?
KAREN: Absolutely! I take notes on every book I read – to keep track of characters, make note of especially strong passages, sentences, or phrases, and maintain a notebook of vocabulary. When recently evacuated because of flood, I said, “Leave the furniture, pack my books!” I shop yard sales for weird tomes. I have a collection of foreign language dictionaries and phrase books – I can say “Beer, please” in 27 languages. I know American Sign Language.