Hi everyone! Anne here. I have a special treat for you today. Instead of reading about me rambling on about whatever it is I happen to be working on – or whatever I’m procrastinating about working on – I have an interview for you that I did with lesfic novelist (and playwright) E.A. Kafkalas. She interviewed me last week. Now it’s her turn to be in the hot seat.
That’s E.A. over there, to the left. I ‘borrowed’ that picture from her Goodreads profile. Such a nice smile, don’t you think?
A couple of things to know about her before we get started:
1. She’s multi-talented. She not only writes plays, as I mentioned above, but she’s acted in them, directed them and produced them.
2. E.A. is also a mixed media artist. She likes to work with clay and acrylics.
3. Perhaps, most importantly, we’re both originally from Pennsylvania! I thought that was pretty sweet. She lives in New York state now and I live in Ohio…can’t have everything…
Anyway, without further ado, the interview:
The Work of EA Kafkalas:
Anne: So E.A., can you tell us, what writing projects are you working on at the present?
E.A.: I’m working on a sequel to Frankie & Petra, and a new book with the working title, The Cure. I love to read a good series of books. But, when I write, I like to write stand alone books. My fans have requested a sequel to Frankie & Petra, and it was so fun writing them that I am giving it a whirl.
Anne: So then what do your plans for future writing projects include?
E.A.: I’m thinking that The Cure, may turn into a series. Other than that, I take one thing at a time.
Anne: You’ll have to give us the blurb for The Cure when you have one figured out. Inquiring minds want to know!
Anne: Okay, so you’ve mentioned to me previously that you’ve worked with some other writers. Can you tell us who?
E.A.: I belong to a writing group run by Marie White Small, the author of Stony Kill. A writer’s group is a great place to (have people) read your work and get solid, constructive feedback.
Anne: You’ve used some interesting names for your characters. Can you talk to us about how you come up with names and is choosing a character name an important part of your whole writing process?
E.A.: Names are important to me. I research the meaning of the name, and try to fit it to the character. I also have to like the way it sounds, and if it’s going to be part of a pairing, I need to like the sound of the two names together. I used to use a baby book to research names, but now I just use the internet.
Anne: I just have to tell you, out of curiosity, I looked up the name ‘Petra’ from your book Frankie and Petra. I found out it’s the feminine form of the name Peter but, perhaps more importantly to you, it’s derived from the Greek word ‘Petros’ which means stone or rock; very fitting for a police detective, I think.
Anne: If you could have written any book, what book would you pick?
E.A.: The Harry Potter series.
Anne: Oh my, don’t we all?! And, funny to me that you chose a series.
When EA Reads:
Anne: Let’s switch gears now and talk about the things you’ve read. What is the first book that you read that made you cry?
E.A.: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden and I don’t normally cry when reading. The next book was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I was sitting on a beach blubbering like an idiot. That was a sight.
Anne: I looked those books up after my chat with EA because aI hadn’t heard of either one. The Art of Racing in the Rain has definite appeal to me, sad or not, since it’s written entirely through the eyes of a dog.
Anne: If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
E.A.: Harold in Harold and the Purple Crayon because, even though it’s not my favorite color, I like purple, and I like the idea of drawing your own universe as you need things.
Anne: That does sound pretty cool. I admit to not having heard of that one either so I might just have to check it out.
The Personal Side of EA Kafkalas:
This is where I ask EA all the stuff you really want to know!
Anne: EA, If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?
E.A.: The Greek Isles; I love the water.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
E.A.: You Can’t Make This Shit Up.
Anne: LOL! Now, if Hollywood made a movie about your life story, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
E.A.: Ellen Paige
Anne: LOL! I should have guessed. I loved her in Juno. I think she’d make a great EA.
Anne: If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptations of your books who would you want to play them?
E.A.: Great question. Every author likes to dream about this, but I’d prefer that other people tried to cast them based on their perception of the characters.
Anne: Interesting; but what if you had to do it?
E.A.: If I had to, I could come up with a bunch of pairings. But off the top of my head I’d say Piper Perabo (Kate) and Sara Shahi (Allie) in The Second Heat. Brooke Elliot (Frankie) and Stana Katic (Petra) in Frankie & Petra. Anne Hathaway (Alex), Ilsa Fisher (Mindy), and James Marsden (Simon) in Soul Mistakes. Jennifer Lawrence (Nikki) and Rachel McAdams (Quinn) in Out of Grief.
Anne: Lots of good choices there and, for the record, let me just say that I’m totally down with Piper Perabo as Kate.
What is your favorite quote?
E.A.: “And this too shall pass.”
Anne: I’m not sure of the origin of that one but it’s something my mom likes to say too.
Anne: You have to wear a t-shirt with one word or one symbol on it for the rest of your life. What do you choose?
E.A.: I pretty much already do this. I wear a Superman t-shirt or hoodie almost every day.
Anne: If I came over to your house and I looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
E.A.: Fruits and Vegetables and lots of different hot sauces.
Anne: Alrighty then, so then, to carry that a little further, let’s say you’re making dinner for a very special guest. What would you cook?
E.A.: Before I went plant based, I would have made Chicken Cherubi, which my mother said I make better than the chef who created it. But now, I would totally make something with Jackfruit.
Anne: What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
E.A.: The bathroom.
Anne: I’m going to have to go with that as the best answer to that question, ever! So many people name kitchen appliances or they say television…You’ve brought things to the most basic level and hit upon something we’d all sorely miss if we didn’t have it; indoor bathrooms with plumbing.
Anne: So, switching things up a bit now. One of my favorite things to ask everyone is about costumes. My wife and I own and operate a haunted house Halloween attraction so I’m always curious; what is the best thing you have every dressed up as for Halloween?
E.A.: King Arthur. Both times I did, people didn’t recognize me.
Anne: Another interesting answer that was not what I was expecting, at all. Nothing scary or funny for you, eh?
That’s all we have time for today. Thank you E.A. for being such a good sport!
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