Thursday, May 7, 2009

7SS: Sandra Cormier

I first ran across Sandra Cormier during one of Jason Evans's Clarity of Night flash fiction contests.  I had no idea she was a published author.  It was early in my experiences with the writing blogosphere, and I just assumed no published author would be as nice as she is.  Please welcome her not only as a 7-Step Scoop interviewee, but also an "In Search of Giants" featured author!



Step #1
LIGHTNING ROUND
  • celebrity crush: Hugh Jackman (or Huge Ackman as I like to call him)
  • current music: Coldplay
  • last movie seen: Inkheart
  • car you drive: Toyota Corolla (until recently, a 96 Escort, ugh)
  • favorite part of the day: Prime Time

Step #2
TELL US about any of your weird writing habits or idiosyncracies. (ie, What’s one “thing” you need to write, the thing without which the creative juices would cease to flow?)
I am a certified pantster. I write when my muse sneaks up behind me for an unexpected strike, usually in late evening. Sometimes I don a pair of headphones to listen to inspiring music while writing.

For some reason I can write best while a hockey game is on.

Step #3
TEACH US one or two of your favorite vocabulary words.
Not sure what you mean, one of my favourites is in my first book, The Space Between. Maggie and David were on a military vessel, eating meat for the first time in weeks. Maggie bit into a burger and exclaimed she was having a 'hambergasm'.

Step #4
BOOK BLANKS
  • The last book I finished reading was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
  • I gave it 5 stars.
  • One word to describe it is like the title says: Bittersweet.
Step #5
QUESTION: Will you describe one favorite memory from your childhood? Who was Child Sandra?
My family moved a lot when I was small. We lived in Chandler, a small paper mill town in Quebec when I was eight years old. One day I climbed to the top of a snowbank and looked out on Chaleur Bay. Far out in the water, two whales cavorted. I saw their tails rise from the water and splash down. I called out to my friends to see, but they didn't hear me. So, I had those whales all to myself.

Step #6
QUESTION: Which of your three full novels is your favorite? Oh, come on, you must have one! OR What's been the best part about the publishing journey (honestly, the truly really best part that makes you tingle in your toes and giggle in the shower)?
That's not fair! I love ALL my children. Okay, if I have to pick a favourite, Bad Ice would be it. I've been a hockey nut since childhood and had healthy crushes on players since I was a teen. What better way to offer tribute to my heroes than to write a hockey romantic suspense?

However, I'm beginning to develop a deep affection for The Toast Bitches. I had to write it in a rush, so the experience was a blur. I recently had a chance to re-read it in preparation for its print release, and I really identify with the four women and their trials in life.

Step #7
GIVE US THE SCOOP. Tell us something about yourself that’s exclusive to In Search of Giants (ie, has never been publicized in print or podcast interviews.)
I'm usually an 'open book' on my blog. I share many details about my life. I suppose nobody knows that I am an avid storm watcher. When clouds gather and the world turns green, everyone else heads for the basement while I keep my eyes peeled for funnel clouds. Tornadoes are rare in this area, but I have repeated dreams about them. I wonder what that means?

Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts. This was a great experience!

 Are you kidding, Chumplet?  My pleasure!  Thanks for letting me interview you!

11 comments:

  1. They don't come nicer than Sandra.

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  2. 'hambergasm' Me Likey!!! :D

    And ever since I saw the movie Twister I have an undying wish to see a tornado up close and well it would make it personal! :P

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  3. What a neat interview! Your writing sounds fun and eclectic, Sandra. I can't wait to read more!

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  4. Got to know you a little better here.

    Love hambergasm!

    Lori Perkins,
    RR

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  5. Thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Great questions, wonderful answers. Our fav is the one about being a child and having all the whales to yourself. Angelica Hart and Zi

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  6. I normally avoid McDonalds, but I may drop by this morning to samle this great new -asm.

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  7. nice to know more of you, sandra :)

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