Hello again, and welcome to the Writer's Revolution. I am your host, the author of The Phoenix Blade, Andrew Hess. We continue today with our interview with the author of Stone's Ghost, Melissa Bowersock. Today we take a lighter approach to the interview as we learn more about Melissa.
I'd like to change things up and get to know you a little better.
If you could only bring three items with you to a deserted island (non-writing items or people) what would they be and why?
Gah, non-writing??? That sounds like pure hell. Ok, if I couldn’t write, I would have to have my camera (and lots of memory cards!) and a big book of watercolor paper and a set of paints and brushes. I’d have to be able to do something creative! I guess if all else failed, I could learn to do sand sculpture.
Haha, I don’t think I could live without my computer or notebook either. But I find your ideas to be very relaxing. I’m not good with drawing or painting, but at least when you’re rescued from the island you’ll have a lot of amazing pictures and paintings.
The world is going to end tomorrow. How do you live out your remaining time?
Yikes, there’s a question! With that short time, it would be simple, actually. I would sit with my husband on our patio with our dog, having a cup of coffee, watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, watching the sunset and talking about all the things we’ve done, the places we’ve been, the joys and challenges of our lives. I would want to spend my last hours feeling the immense gratitude for my life and looking forward to the next great adventure.
That’s a very beautiful way to spend your remaining time.
Someone wants to make a movie based on your life. Who would you pick to play you?
Sheesh, you ask tough questions! The first person that comes to mind is Sandra Bullock (regardless of the fact that she is 20 years younger than me (at least I used to have the same color hair!), just because she can be very animated and plucky. Another one that comes to mind is Meryl Streep, not because she looks like me, but because in the movie Julie and Julia, I loved her joie de vivre.
Both are incredible actresses. I think they both do a wonderful job playing a variety of characters.
Alive or dead, who is the one person you would want to interview and why?
I can’t pick just one! I would dearly love to sit down and chat with Einstein, Galileo, Stephen Hawking, Neil Armstrong, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Jimmy Stewart, Tom Hanks, Martin Luther, Carl Jung, Joan of Arc, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mozart, H. G. Wells, Beethoven, Jules Vern and (I’m sure) many more I can’t think of right at this moment. I am fascinated by how people compose, create, make that astonishing connection, that leap of faith, that leads them to a new reality. I would be in pure heaven if I could talk with people like that. I have often thought that I would love to have Barbara Walters’ job!
Barbara Walters really has talked to virtually everyone during her life. And that is quite an array of artists to interview. I think creative intellects like Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein and Galileo would be interesting to talk to today to get their opinion on the world comparatively to their time.
Okay, crystal ball time. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Five years out, retired (from the day job, not writing), settled into a small quiet community away from crowds and traffic, writing, gardening, enjoying periodic visits to the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell and, of course, launching book after book. Ten years out, pretty much the same thing!
That sounds like a piece of paradise without an island to me. I hope you get there.
Any questions you would like to ask me?
I notice you studied psychology in school as well as creative writing (and we share a love of Poe). I’ve found writing to be amazingly therapeutic; do you find that, as well?
I find it very therapeutic. My first two books (Chamberof Souls and Hall of the Forgotten) were a way for me to deal with issues and people from my past and helped me learn more about who I am and what I really want out of life. They helped me learn how to forgive and evolve beyond what hurt me back then.
Any final words for our readers?
I’d like to encourage anyone who writes to keep at it and not give up. The industry is changing weekly, daily, even hourly, and the opportunities for writers are endless and constantly evolving. The world of independent writers has shifted from competition to cooperation as we’ve found that the high tide lifts all boats. It’s a great time to be an indie.
Where can we find you?
Pretty much everywhere! I’m pretty accessible and welcome connections with readers.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Bowersock/e/B002BLJON0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
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