Please welcome our latest victim guest, Leah Erickson. Dangling from the ceiling in front of you is a delicious chocolate fish. (A New Zealand treat comprised of fluffy raspberry marshmallow covered in milk chocolate.) Make it to the end unscathed and the fish is yours.
Some housekeeping before we begin:
Some housekeeping before we begin:
In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation - you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine. Please take note of your nearest exit.
(Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a headshot every time.)
1. What’s your favorite type of takeaway? (Yes, that means take-out in NZ speak)
2. Describe your current mental status.
3. I know how I do what I do … but how do you do what you do?
It’s boring, but I show up at the same time and place each time and hope that the Muse is generous.
4. Could you tell us a little bit about your latest work?
The Brambles is a very dark and grownup take on the trope of teenage sleuths solving mysteries.
5. Do you have a favorite coffee or tea?
Coffee with MCT oil. For real.
6. Walk us through a typical day. (Do you make sure you’re wearing your lucky underpants before you sit down to write, perhaps you prefer commando?)
I wear frilly knee-length bloomers because they make me feel transcendent.
7. Tell us about your main character. (How did you first meet? Would you like to hang out with him/her? What delights you the most about writing him/her? You get the idea …)
I first got the idea for my main character, Elizabeth Gray, when I had several nights of lucid dreaming where my teenaged self had come to visit me like a ghost, looming over my bed. It was somewhat disturbing, experiencing the emotional complexity of that entity. It made me want to write deeply into my teenage characters.
8. Who are your favorite writers?
Joyce carol Oates, John Updike, Nabokov, Donna Tartt.
9. Who inspires you to do better? (Be as corny as you’d like… just go for it! Mmmm chocolate fish.)
My daughter. Having a kid will do that to you!
10. Do you ever put pants on your dog, cat, or budgie?
I put a dino print baby onesie on my cat after he had abdominal surgery. (He ate half a spool of thread.) I thought it would be a nice alternative to his surgery cone. He looked really cute but then he hulked out in panic and I had to cut it off.
11. Describe your perfect day.
Fabulous writing, mind bending mediation, cocktails, great gossip?
12. Who is your favorite fictitious villain? Or are you all about the hero? Who do you love to hate?
Daniel Plainview from the movie “There Will Be Blood.” I don’t know why! He is so terrifying but I always cheer him on the more twisted he gets. When he gets to the “I drink your milkshake!” part I always get all giddy.
13. Do you have any quirks?
Supposedly I bounce when I walk?
14. All-time favorite movie and why?
See number twelve!
15. Do you enjoy the editing process?
16. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
The torch of the Statue of Liberty. I don’t know why.
17. Favorite Pizza topping?
18. What were you before you became a writer?
I liked to do art. But writing excites me more.
19. What is the most random thing you have ever done?
When I was young I pretended to be the world’s worst mime, and did a really bad version of “the invisible wall,” “running in place” and “playing tug of war” and all those other mime routines, acting dramatic and serious but really really bad at it. I even had a partner. We would put out a hat so people could throw money in it. No one did.
20. If you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?
Being a lady of leisure I guess.
21. Who is your ultimate character?
Someone flawed and complex and self-delusioned. I really like writing about narcissists. They fascinate me.
22. Whiskey or Bourbon? Red or white wine? Tequila? Beer?
Ha ha! Vodka.
23. What’s in your pockets? (Or handbag, whatever you carry your stuff in. Are you apocalypse prepared? What do you carry every day?)
I usually have snacks. Low blood sugar. I also usually have like three issues of The New Yorker, because I am perpetually catching up on it.
24. Laptop, PC, Mac, tablet?
25. Ebook or tree book?
26. Favorite apocalyptic scenario?
I can’t say. Too many are close to the truth now.
27. Where do you do most of your writing?
28. What’s the hardest thing for you when it comes to being an author?
Marketing. For sure. Social media promotion has yet to feel natural to me.
You made it!! Damn, you rock. Now would you like to try for the chocolate fish? Mind the puddles … but hurry. Power surges are common in the dungeon; you don’t want to have one hand on the metal plate containing that delicious chocolate fish and a foot in a puddle...
That laughter you hear is coming from The Knight, he probably won’t flip that switch he has his hand on. Probably …
You can find out more about Leah in the following places ...