Last week, I answered questions that my fellow friend/writer, Kathy Palm, asked when she nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger award. This week, another friend/writer answered questions for me, and Mary Lou never fails to surprise me. How many people, if they could travel back in time to watch an event in history, would choose the parting of the Red Sea? Okay, that had to be a major event and dramatic to boot, but I honestly thought she’d pick the sinking of Atlantis, since she has sort of a thing for crystal skulls and Cayce. Just look at the books she’s written as M. L. Rigdon: http://www.amazon.com/M.L.-Rigdon/e/B0086UZFGA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1469288066&sr=1-2-ent Her answers show what a history buff she is. A movie buff, as well. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my friend M. L. Rigdon’s 7 questions and answers:. And if YOU had a chance to witness a scene in history, what would you choose?
Many thanks to Judith Post/Judi Lynn, who invited and suggested this blog thingie. She is my guru. She’s also the Fearless Leader of Summit City Scribes, the best writing group in the world. Many local writers are blessed by her open-hearted support. For me, I cannot imagine a better critique partner. Strike that. There is none. She knows how to slash through my work with unerring directions and corrections, her teacher’s pen bent on perfection. I shudder, and go briefly catatonic, to think what would go into print without her input. But most of all, her encouragement keeps me lifted up and on track. She can tell me with precision what doesn’t work, and as importantly, what does.
The deliciously quirky Kathy Palm promoted Judy for the sunshine award. Perfect choice. Here are my responses to Judy’s questions.
Wine or beer?
Depends on what I’m eating. German food or pizza, must have beer. Everything else, wine, if I’m not driving. (More than one glass, I’m on the table or under it.)
Your favorite food?
Is this a trick question? The list goes on and on.
If you could be transported back in time and WATCH a moment of history, what would it be?
The parting of the Red Sea.
If you won a trip to anywhere in the world, were would you go?
If you could be any author in the world, past or present, besides yourself, who would you be? And why?
Carson McCullers. All that’s needed to make me teary eyed is to think the title The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Read it in my teens and never recovered. Can’t even aspire to that kind of literary empathy.
Cats, dogs or guinea pigs.
Dogs. (First up is horses, but you never asked that. Maybe because you already knew.)
Your favorite movie.
The Best Years of Our Lives. More than its capture of the aftermath of war on our valiant warriors when they had to return to “normal” life, this work exemplifies the “Greatest Generation.” So few remember what our country had to endure to win two world wars simultaneously, especially stateside. The courage and determination of mothers, who sometimes had to wait for years to hear if their loved ones survived, had to put their children in temporary orphanages to build planes and tanks. What kid today would understand the rationing of sugar, bacon and gasoline? Due to the present, widespread entitlement attitudes, I doubt that our nation could again rise to that level.
Thank you for visiting my blog, Mary Lou! And thanks for being my critique partner. I value your critiques every bit as much as you appreciate mine. Every writer needs a critique partner, and we make a pretty good fit:)
And just so you know, Mary Lou also writes Regency romances under the name Julia Donner. http://www.amazon.com/Julia-Donner/e/B00J65E8TY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1469289093&sr=1-2-ent Once every full moon or when the mood strikes her, she also writes a blog: https://historyfanforever.wordpress.com/
You can find her on twitter at: @RigdonML
Her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marylou.rigdon?fref=ts
Happy writing, everyone!