Today we have a two-fer! Alix Bekins and Connie Bailey spin the wheel.
- Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity, would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself?
I have met an all-time fave celeb: Art Garfunkel. I tried hard to play it cool, but he saw right through me. I had done a sketch of him in hopes of getting an autograph. I gave the sketch to the guard at the stage door and he took it to Art. Art invited me backstage and talked to me for what seemed like hours, but was probably five minutes. He complimented the drawing and I gushed about my favorite songs. He asked what I particularly liked about the songs. He was terribly gracious and I got a memory that will last till I die.
I would like to think I’d play it cool, but if I was trapped in an elevator with Robert Downey, Jr., I’d probably hyperventilate from trying not to giggle for a few moments until I managed to get myself together.
- What advice would you give your 17-year-old self?
Everyone is just as unsure as you are. Keep moving forward and don’t stress over all the small details.
Please ask your parents if you can see a therapist. It will help you so much. But if not, I can promise you that everything in your life will get better once you move away to college. Relax a little. Oh, and ice cream is not an acceptable source of protein; anemia is no fun. Eat properly, damnit.
- Describe an annoying habit one of your characters has.
Annoying but (I hope) kind of cute, Seva Song deliberately mangles English sayings to irk his partner.
Keller never puts the top on the toothpaste. It drives Seva (and me) nuts.
- One of your books is being made into a movie. Who would you cast for the major roles?
If I was allowed to cast Song and Key, Keller Key would be played by Chris Evans with the personality of Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk. The role of Seva Song would go to Lee Byung-hun.
I was sort of thinking of Liam Hemsworth for Keller. I’m fully on board with Connie’s casting for Seva, though – yum!
- A 17-year-old girl has asked one of your characters for advice. What is she asking about and what advice does the character give?
Sweetie17 wants to know what Keller has to say about coming out in high school. Should she, or should she just wait until college, like her friends say? Or until she has a serious relationship with a girl? Being bisexual is confusing.
Keller says that being bisexual is FABULOUS. But haters are gonna hate, so you gotta take care of yourself. If you have a supportive family and friends, and think you won’t get hassled at school, be out and proud. If you want to wait until you’re a little more grown up and living life on your own terms, that’s cool too. If someone tells you bis don’t exist, tell them you’re fine with being an incredibly sexy hallucination.
- What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite?
I hate cleaning up after cooking. I adore doing laundry.
I hate mopping. So much so that I’d rather clean toilets. I secretly love doing the dishes though, especially after a big holiday meal where everyone is grateful to have me do the washing up and—far more importantly—I get to hide in the kitchen and get some peace and quiet for a little while.
- When you read, is there a trope you just can’t resist?
I love reading about a boy in disguise as a girl, or a girl in disguise as a boy. My favorite romance novel is The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer.
I have a weakness for the fake relationship/engagement trope. Especially if the two start off somewhat hostile to each other, but are secretly super attracted to each other. I do love me some verbal sparring.
The Men from GLEN
Dreamspun Beyond | #11
For two secret agents on a mission to a secluded Romanian village, the toughest fight they face may not be against the folktale monsters lurking in the foggy mountains and old ruins, but against their unlikely attraction to each other.
Keller Key is the top operative at the covert Global Law Enforcement Network—and boy, does he know it. Sexy half-Ukrainian, half-Korean Sevastyan Song is a close second. When the agents go undercover to investigate an old friend’s suspicious death, it soon becomes clear something sinister is afoot in the ancient forest and decrepit abbey. If an evil organization doesn’t spell the end of them, the angry locals might. But if they’re going to conquer their enemies, they need to keep their hands off each other and their minds on the case, in a rivals-to-lovers paranormal mash-up that gives new meaning to spy-on-spy action.
Available January 2, 2018 from Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/song-and-key-by-alix-bekins-and-connie-bailey-9155-b
Alix Bekins lives and writes atop a treacherous hillside in the Santa Cruz mountains. Her days start with a cup of proper British tea and end with knitting while watching TV. In real life, Alix is a no-nonsense, judgmental-eyebrow, whip-cracking admin whose turn-ons include glitter nail polish, hiking, dogs, chocolate, and sensual walks in the rain. Without the rain, because that sounds cold.
Alix is pretty sure she’s the only person in the world who wears a plastic Viking helmet as a thinking cap when she battles writer’s block. She always wins.
Connie Bailey is a Luddite who can’t live without her computer. She’s an acrophobic who loves to fly, a faultfinding pessimist who, nonetheless, is always surprised when something bad happens, and an antisocialite who loves her friends like family. She’s held a number of jobs in many disparate arenas to put food on the table, but writing is the occupation that feeds her soul.