Here are the 5 questions I asked and her blog:
1. What is your favorite book?
That’s a hard one, I have so many. However, the first book I read that had a major impact on me is “The Return of the Native” by Thomas Hardy. I was enthralled with how Hardy described Egdon Heath as though it were one of the book’s human protagonists. It was a protagonist just the same, deeply affecting the lives of the people who called the Heath their home. Hardy’s stories of mystical Wessex transformed me.
2. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
It’s a toss up between here (Rochester, NY) or Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. My western New York roots are deep, in fact, my roots extend to the opposite shore of Lake Ontario, in eastern Ontario province, to which I attribute my love for Canada. NOTL has a good, homey feel to it and is still near enough to western New York that I could live in Canada while remaining close to family. However, my husband does not share my enthusiasm! I expect we’ll remain in Rochester. (He’s also a native western New Yorker.)
3.Do you think the Lost Atlantis tales are real?
Absolutely. I firmly believe that the Earth has remade herself several times over since her creation. If any of you are big Battlestar Galactica fans, as I am, you will understand my credo “This has all happened before, it will all happen again.” Or words to that effect. I may be misquoting slightly.
4.What is your favorite insect?
Never thought about that one, since I am afraid of spiders! I would have to say that it’s the caterpillar/butterfly, for its ability to remake itself into something beautiful.
5.How do you feel about e-books and do you have an e-reader?
That’s an easy one. No, absolutely I do not have an e-reader, nor do I want one. There is nothing for me like the feel of a real book in my hands. My dream home would have (filled) bookshelves from ceiling to floor, like some of the upscale apartments featured on Law & Order, and I consider my favorite books to be old friends that I can pick up and reacquaint myself with whenever I want. You can’t have a personal experience with an e-book or an e-reader. Obviously, I’m ignoring the realities of publishing vis-à-vis my own work and those of other budding writers, and I acknowledge that. Still, my first paying job was in a library, and I can’t imagine a world without actual books.
Religion and Spirituality
Maybe I’m just too independent, but I just can’t confine myself to the hard and fast rules of organized religion, any organized religion. There’ll always be some regulation that I’ll find objectionable, it’s in my nature. I was raised Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools for 12 years, but to my mother’s dismay, it still didn’t stick.
If I want to speak to God, I just look to Mother Nature. See how smoothly all her components function when they work in harmony? I’d like to think that God planned it that way. If creatures that supposedly do not possess the level of intelligence of a human can work things out by following a divine design, then why do people have to mess things up? The wonder of the Universe can been seen in the simplest pattern of the smallest sea shell. Who are we to disrupt or destroy Nature’s Plan because we can’t stop consuming oil?
Religion supposedly dictates that we were given dominion over the Earth. However, that doesn’t grant us a license for destruction. Regarding Nature with a spiritual eye and treating her with reverence and respect as God’s creation rather than imposing human control in God’s name will bring us back to our ancient roots as Earth’s stewards.