You’re in for a real treat this week, guys ‘n gals.
Vanessa-Jane Chapman has gone above and beyond in the interest of friendship and better living through better blogging. Click on her awe-inspiring, soul-delighting, mind-blowing blog and you’ll be amazed to be in her presence. As they say, she does it all, kids, from writing to acting to baking to educating young whippersnappers. I get exhausted just reading about her accomplishments, never mind how she feels! In short, she is larger than life and twice as real, hence the many myths surrounding her existence – which I swear I didn’t just manufacture.
VJC MYTH #1: She once beat a critic with a dead cat.
TRUTH: The cat wasn’t dead. VJC MYTH #2: Her blood is so potent it contains the cure to every disease known to man.
TRUTH: She doesn’t actually have blood in her veins, but rather, a substance akin to ambrosia that is considered to powerful human consumption.
But enough of my banter. After all, you’re here for some Q & A, right? So let’s start the show, kiddies….
1) Popcorn: Delicious treat or cruel trap set by money-grabbing dentists?
Oh delicious treat definitely. I like mine with tooth-friendly melted butter and sea salt. I have a funny popcorn story – years ago, for a joke, my ex told me that there are only four possible different shapes that popcorn can pop into. I totally believed him and every time I had popcorn after that I would compare the shapes. Literally about five years later I finally said, “You know, I think you’re wrong about the popcorn shapes, I’m sure there are more than four.” He had no clue what I was talking about, it had been so long he had completely forgotten he’d ever said it! Gullible? Me?!
2) Writers seem to be overly critical of their own work but they have little difficulty heaping praise on others; who is currently your favorite author?
I’m studying for a Masters degree, so my reading at the moment is all of the academic variety. But I will take this opportunity to give a shout-out to Lorinda J. Taylor. This self-published author (self-published through choice, not rejection) writes sci-fi/fantasy books that deserve a cult following, they really do (giant intelligent termites anyone?). I’m not usually a sci-fi fan, but I read her disturbing and thought-provoking novella, “Monster is in the Eye of the Beholder” in one sitting, and was hooked; it’s not a book you forget in a hurry. Here I am with a couple of her other books:
And to give you a taste, here is a quote from one of them, The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head:
“The smallest nymph or the oldest Warrior, or the most weak-minded Dung Carrier is treated with equal dignity and in death with equal grief. When an individual breaks this instinctive order, as the Unnatural Alate did, putting his own gain above all others’ good, the whole fortress must come together to rectify the crime.”
3) Favorite guilty pleasure: Music?
All the cheesiest 80s tunes; they represent my teenage years. Plus songs from musicals, especially South Pacific and Bugsy Malone. Hang on, I’m going to put some on and have a little sing and dance right now, I’ll be back in a sec…
4) The world is currently fascinated with celebrity meltdowns, but who is a celebrity you feel deserves more credit for being a positive force in the world?
I’m going to go for someone that most people probably haven’t heard of – Richard Saunders. He’s an Australian skeptic who writes and presents on television and radio, researching various claims by testing them with science. A lot of problems in the world are caused by ignorance, or by people simply believing what is presented to them without question. I therefore feel that someone whose mission is to make people stop and think and question, rather than just accept, is a positive force in the world. He’s also a professional origamist, how awesome is that!
5) As a bellman I’m fascinated by the whole concept of travel. Name the best aspect of travel, in your opinion.
Taking time out from my everyday life and immersing myself in a completely different world, just for a short time. I can’t understand people who travel and then spend their time away seeking out familiar things from home, such as food. Experiencing things I don’t experience at home is what it’s all about for me. That, and the local beer…
Told you she was a goddess amongst mortals. Shame on you disbelievers out there.
I think we all need to take some time to process VJC’s greatness, so let’s break for lunch, shall we?
Talk to you soon, folks.
Thanks for having me over Hookmeister! And I’m humbled by your introduction of me. I shall be back later after I’ve done a victory dance around the streets….
Glad to have you, VJC – metaphorically speaking, of course.
As for that victory dance, just be sure and put that local beer down first!
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She is super cute and delightful, as are you, Mr. Hook. I too don’t understand peoe who travel and then dine at places we have right here at home. Oh, you tries a Denny’s in Savannah? Please tell me all about it!! That was sarcasm for the sarcasmly challenged btw. Thanks for these great interviews.
Thanks dono! Good use of sarcasm there. I do like this interview series TH is doing too and not just because I’m in this one!
“Oh, you tries a Denny’s in Savannah? Please tell me all about it!!” – Yes, exactly, well said, what is all that about?, nuts!
Great interview Mr Hookage – bravo!
Is it time for Breaking Bad and a beer yet?
Not yet, and this isn’t the place to ask! 😉
I just discovered the shout-out you gave me! Hey, thanks so much! That was a fine quotation to pick, too! And I have to say, Vanessa, that you are so photogenic – it’s no wonder you’re an actress along with all your other talents! As for myself, I generally look like an idiot in my pictures.
You’re welcome! I was going to give you a day or so to see if you discovered this before leading you here myself!
Great interview! Love the popcorn story. And I also love popcorn itself. One of my two food-related vices. The other is chocolate, of course. And I’m with you, Vanessa–when one travels, the best thing is seeking out the new and different. 🙂
I always feel like popcorn isn’t too bad of a vice, even with the butter and salt! But maybe I’m just kidding myself!
Well, the popcorn itself is good for you. The butter and salt? Not so much. 😉
I enjoyed reading the interview.
Did you take her pictures?
Yep, The Hook flew over to England to take those photos of me for this, he goes all out for his interviewees that’s for sure!
Wow that is so very cool of him and he took some great photos of you. You look fantastic. 🙂
Gotta love popcorn … well, and Vanessa, too! Hook … good questions!
We love you too Frank!
Blushing ….. 😉
This is awesome! I’m pretty gullible like that too!
I love all the pictures! My 5×5 isn’t going to be as entertaining as this one!
Oh I’m sure it will be! I’ll look forward to reading yours 🙂
You’re not the only one! I’ve seen Lily’s work. She has nothing to be embarrassed about – on any level.
Ah, Robert, that was a great interview of an amazing person! I understand how one could “get exhausted just reading about her accomplishments” in a good way!!! Thank you both! BTW, that beer… very familiar! 😉
I actually thought of you Marina when I sent that picture over, I knew if anyone would recognise that beer it would be you!
😉 summer vacation?
🙂 !!! Brilliant interview! !
I do love VJC. She is a breath of fresh air, and always a good, often funny, forever delightful read.
Aww, thanks B!
I should’ve had more pictures my 5×5, dang it! She seems pretty cool!
Thanks Katie. I need to go back and read your 5×5 now to see what you said! I seem to think I did read it but I can’t remember which one it was now…
A DE-light-ful interview. I especially loved the intro. Drum roll please. To my way of thinking, you have been well pegged; a true-blue capture of your essence., Vanessa. More power to you. 😀 Go forward and grow recognition for your varied and imaginative works. 🙂
I loved the intro too! 🙂 I’ve enjoyed appearing on some other blogs lately!
And you are a fascinating guest. 😛
Great interview, Robert and Vanessa! I just had some popcorn moments ago. Now, I will have to examine them. I’ll check out your recommended author. I like sci/fi, too.
Thanks Amy. Let me know how you get on if you check her out. Like I say, “Monster is in the Eye of the Beholder” is a novella so it’s good for a quick read if you wanted to sample her work.
And Monster is FREE at Smashwords right now with coupon code QU36C, but that will last only through the 14th of December! 🙂
Oh Hookman I did enjoy this interview with the intrepid VJC… she is a Master at interviewing others, nice to see her on the other end… I would love to just sit and chat to this woman, I think ones day would be a barrel of laughs… I love her…
Intrepid! Thank you. You never know, one day we might get a chance to sit and chat, I hope I wouldn’t be a disappointment to you. I would love to meet you and Linda.
Invulnerable to fear or intimidation… that’s VJC, you don’t know how Linda and I would love that… it would definitely be an all day talk…
I heart Vanessa! 🙂 I’m so thrilled to learn you’re a beer drinker, V. There aren’t many of us sophisticated, elegant chicks around, you know. I’m not much of a popcorn eater, so I might have believed the 4 shape fib, too. 😉 Great interview, Hook, you chose well.
Ahh, so you’re a beer drinker too! When I have a drink, it is generally beer I go for, I do really like red wine too but it wipes me out, so it’s a rarer choice for me! I still compare the popcorn shapes out of habit, even though I know it wasn’t true now.
Hello from a (former) neighbor from Buffalo!
I’m curious, Mr. Hook, how you came to know Vanessa. Maybe you crossed paths in your global travels? I wonder, now, if Ms. Vanessa has ever been to Niagara Falls. Where would you recommend her and other visiting folks to go? (I like Yukiguni, myself.)
I already knew Vanessa as a positive Internet and blogging influence. But it was great to learn more facts and stories about her, here!
The Bird Aviary is a wonderful, tropical retreat this time of year.
Thanks for stopping by.
I’m Vanessa will be thinking you herself soon. (She’s pretty cool that way.)
Hi Mayumi! I can’t remember exactly but I think The Hook and I probably initially crossed paths via Le Clown – do you know A Clown on Fire’s blog? It’s hard to remember sometimes how we started out interacting with a particular blogger isn’t it! I haven’t been to Niagara Falls unfortunately, no.
This is awesome. And I am definitely looking into those sci-fi books.
Thanks! Vanessa’s link takes you to my Goodreads page, which will show you my blog link, which in turn will take you to the places my books are available!
Thank you, I would be so pleased if my little shout out procured some new readers for Lorinda’s books!
Aaah hahaha the popcorn thing is amazing– I will now be inflicting this upon my poor little nieces and nephews.
Also, love VJC! Her poem she wrote for the blogger who correctly guessed her “5 Truths and a Lie” rocked my face off.
Ha thank you! I want to know if your little nieces and nephews fall for it, or if it’s only me! Love you too!
I love everything about this interview. But the real brass tacks of your impressive skill set comes with the end game, and your local beer revelation . . praise be for knowing what it’s all about Hook. Praise be.
I just clicked on your blog link, and now I see why the beer answer was the most impressive for you!
*High five*! And great interview…
Being the popcorn addict that I am, I thank you for that whole “only four shapes” myth finally being outed as false.
Hey, no problem!
Hook, you are TOO much!!! What’s that in your pocket?
I’ll never tell…
What? What’s in his pocket?!
A door stop! LOL
What did you think I was going to produce?
Gee a small town Iowa girl like me could not really think of anything but!