My author interview today involves all of the above…so stay with me. Blogging has been a fun way to meet other writers–kind of like high tech Pen Pals. Today’s spotlight author is CARRIE RUBIN.
Carrie was one of the first bloggers I met. She’s a funny gal from Ohio that makes me laugh. I’ve been excited for her new book, and bought it as soon as it was released. I really liked it! Now on to the good stuff…chocolate, plagues and gift cards.
Tell us a little about yourself, Carrie.
I’m a mother, wife, and daughter. I’m also a pediatrician (which helps with the first one). And most recently, I’m a…um…a…writer. Still can’t get used to using that self-description.
You’ve earned the right to call yourself an author. Your book was great! Tell my readers a little about it.
The Seneca Scourge is a medical thriller with a side of science fiction. It centers on an influenza pandemic. Yes, I know. That’s never been done before…
PLAGUES! Your flu epidemic was scary! Made me go out and buy masks. I hope Halloween masks protect from germs. Speaking of Halloween, what candy bar would be your motto for life?
A frozen Snickers bar. Sometimes you have to gnaw at the thing, but the extra effort is worth it.
Awesome! Everyone now knows what the Rubin’s are handing out for Trick or Treating. But sorry…forget Halloween. We are doing an interview. What’s your favorite children’s book?
Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini. I used to love to read it to my kids—mostly because her books are great but also because I do a pretty mean witch’s voice.
You know how to pull me back to the Halloween theme, don’t you? Too bad we don’t have a YouTube video of this interview. You could use your witch voice, and I could ask questions with my mouth full of frozen snickers. I know it would be a hit!
All right…next life-changing question. If you could be an animal, what would you be?
A cat. Seems a natural fit for an introvert. Then again, so does a hibernating bear. And he gets to sleep. Hmm, maybe I’ll go with that one.
Go with the bear. I’d be allergic to you if you were a cat. What are some of your favorite things?
Chocolate. Chocolate. Oh, and chocolate.
CHOCOLATE! This is one of the reasons I like you so much! You’re a woman after my own heart. Chocolate is the foundation of all great friendships! But, I must not get sidetracked by the ‘C’ word. On to the writing questions. What are some of your favorite books?
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Those are the respectable answers. Thrillers, however, are my favorite genre.
Seneca Scourge was definitely a thriller. How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
As this is my first novel, probably a fair amount. It’s that whole “write what you know” phenomenon. But I’ve never saved the world from a pandemic. Just thought I should disclose that…
Well, you can’t do everything. But your main character sure did! If you could sum her up in 5 words, what would they be?
Loner who saves the world.
Thank goodness for loner Sydney McKnight! Give her a round of applause! She might just have saved YOUR life. Now to conclude this interview, can you tell everyone in 2 sentences why they should read your book?
Because it’s a fast-paced, easy read without heavy prose. And because it’s the safest way to encounter a killer influenza virus.
I felt very safe reading it (of course, I was wearing my Frankenstein mask. I didn’t want to take any chances). Thanks for stopping by, Carrie.
I’d like to offer my thanks and gratitude to you, Char, for allowing me this chance to discuss my book. As I told you in a recent comment, YOU are the Joy in the Moment.
Aw Shucks! You’ve made me blush. To celebrate the release of her new book, Carrie is giving away 2 $10 gift cards to a couple of lucky commenters. Yes! You read that right.
2 $10 GIFT CARDS!
I told you we’d get chocolate, plagues, and gift cards into this interview. Leave a comment and I will draw 2 winners on Sunday, Oct 7th, and notify Carrie to send out gift cards. If you’d like to read The Seneca Scourge, I’ve put the Amazon link below for your convenience. It’s an exciting read!
Have a great week! And remember to wear your masks so you don’t die from Carrie’s Scourge (or immunize yourself with chocolate. Does that work, Carrie? Um, Carrie…are you still here? Darn! She left. I’m stockpiling chocolate…just in case.)
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