Challenging Questions - Answered by Tillsontitan aka Mary Craig
Warm sweaty palms, cold sweat on your forehead. You feel like a garden hose full of holes, sweat coming from places you never dreamed of. That's usually how you feel before an interview, especially a job interview.
No, this isn't a job interview, but a personal interview in response to a challenge by availiasvision. It would certainly be fun to see lots of responses to this challenge.
While I'm not actually sweating for this interview I am wondering just how well I can handle it. After all, it is an interview and how prepared can we actually be for an interview?
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I decided one day to start writing, something I've always wanted to do but never actually did. I searched the Internet for places I could write that didn't require a college education or years of experience with bylines or books under my belt. Lo and behold I came across Hub Pages. I was leary at first and decided to use a pen name in case I made a fool of myself.
Since joining HP a little over three years ago I have learned so much. I've learned about my beloved craft, I learned about so many writers like myself and I've learned to love writing even more. I've also learned there are so many people out there just like me who are willing to help each other and share the journey.
I was a child just like any other. I was in the in-between crowd. Not the popular bunch but never really uncertain about myself. I'm married to the love of my life and have four wonderful children and seven beautiful grandchildren.
I've worked as a medical secretary, legal secretary, administrative assistant and finally a director of technology in a school district. Underneath it all was the desire to write. I did a lot of writing in those jobs including creating manuals and newsletters but it wasn't the same. I once took English 101 - Creative Writing at a local Community College.
There I was and here I am. Writing on my beloved Hub Pages. Will I ever write a book? Could be. In the meantime I'm loving life on HP.
Questions for this Challenge
In the Film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?
I have to admit, my first choice was Boris Karloff. I loved that man and I loved his movies! Seriously though while I would love to say Marilyn Monroe I think Meryl Streep would be more fitting. First off she was born in New Jersey and I was born in New York, that's pretty close. I think the determining factor is her versatility. From serious roles like "Sophie's Choice" to comedy like "She-Devil" she shows her abilities to adjust to any role. Something I would like to think I do in life, adjust to whatever comes my way.
She sang beautifully in Mama Mia, I love to sing. Not saying I'm a Meryl Streep, but there are some similarities there too. I think I like that fact that as an actress she has been called "a chameleon". She takes on any part and becomes that part. She may look stunningly beautiful in one part and crazy and bewildering in the next. Deep down she is an actress we love to watch.
I think she might be able to capture my crazy personality.
What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?
This is the part where I'm supposed to say something truly deep and meaningful I suppose but music is the first thing that comes to mind.
I'd have to say my singing. I've always loved to sing, started when I was very young and my Dad played the piano. As a child I sung solos in plays and in church. I still sing, just enough to drive my family crazy. I love all types of music and just get that warm feeling when I hear a song.
Who is your favorite fictional character ever?
That's a tough one. Like many writers I've always been an avid reader and I love the movies. Trying to nail down one character is tough. I guess if I was pinned against a wall, King Arthur would be my answer. A great warrior and a magical figure, Arthur was chivalrous and attempted to found a perfect kingdom.
His outlook on life was filled with the perfect future. Love and honor were his creeds (according to later works about him). Who wouldn't want to live in Camelot? Imagine the glory of Excalibur and the fear of his half-sister Morgan Le Fay?
I'm not sure if its Arthur himself or the whole Arthurian legend that I love.
If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?
That's an easy one for me, Stephen King! He is a master of all he writes. We are the same age you know so I would have a lot of catching up to do but this is just a question after all.
I devoured each King book as it came out. I have to admit Salem's Lot had me a little apprehensive about things going bump in the night and The Shining certainly didn't make you want to visit any red rooms. He has a magnificent mind and his writing is always so real. I mean, think about The Stand. With Ebola and everything else going on it almost seems as if we could wind up in a situation like that. Speaking of which, I understand its actually being made into four movies for the big screen!
King is a gentle man and shares his knowledge by teaching about writing. He thought Carrie was no good and actually threw it in the garbage. His wife fished it out and had him finish it. What writer can't relate to that?
He's even in a band with fellow writers. To me, he is the epitome of a famous author. I love his works, I admire the man, yes I would love to be him.
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What inspires you?
That's another one of those questions that makes me sweat. The answer is different depending on the day or the time.
Sometimes I am inspired by writers like Stephen King, wanting to be like them, share their abilities and great writing. Other times I am inspired by a dream or a thought. I may be lying in bed and something pops into my head. I start thinking about it and before you know it I have to write a story.
This new trend (at least new to me) of Flash Fiction has inspired me. The thought of being able to write about what I'm thinking and not have to make it a book makes it easier to go with what you've got.
I guess inspiration is where you find it.
When did you first realize you were a writer?
I'm not sure about this one. I'm still realizing. I think the encouragement of folks like Bill Holland (billybuc), Paula (fpherj48), Maria Jordan (marcoujor) and so many wonderful friends here on Hub Pages are beginning to make me realize I am a writer! With the Grace of God and if my brain doesn't dry up I will continue to be a writer.
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