Author Interview

Circle of Magic Anthology

Deborah Dubas Groom

 WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY

WRITING?

A series of short stories that involve dragons with poor housekeeping skills, wayward hedgehogs and women of a particular age.

WHAT IS YOUR MUST-HAVE WRITING TOOL & WHY?

My computer because my writing has deteriorated to some strange otherworldly script that scares children and bruises fruit.

IF YOU COULD INVENT ANYTHING YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A Star Trek tricorder. Your child says they are too ill to go to school? Quick scan. Nope. Out the door you go, and all the other life saving applications.

 WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR? IF YOU HAD 5 MINUTES WITH THEM, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

It would be a gathering of Erma Bombeck, Allie Brosch, C.S.Lewis and Neil Gaiman and I wouldn't have to say a word. I would nestle into an overstuffed chair and listen.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I'd explore the underground cities of Cappadocia, swim in the antique pools at Pamukkale, sail around Bodrum, stroll along the sea of Marmara and walk across the Galata bridge. This is all being paid for by someone else right? This isn't going on my credit card?

IF YOU WERE TO WALK INTO A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE WHAT CAN YOU CONFIDENTLY SAY YOU DO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM?

Well I have been told I have a stunning clavicle but that really isn't a talent.

WHAT IS ONE MOVIE YOU CAN PRACTICALLY QUOTE FROM START TO FINISH?

I can't. I'm more of the "Do you remember that guy in that movie that had the thing he created or found, at that place?" type.

 DO YOU HAVE A WRITING PARTNER?

I have a small dog who acts as a warden and allows me escorted visits to my own kitchen.

WHAT IS THE MOST RANDOM THING YOU HAVE RESEARCHED FOR WRITING?

Liechtenstein IT'S THE WORLD'S LEADING MANUFACTURER OF FALSE TEETH. Based in the mini-metropolis of Schaan, a company called Ivoclar Vivadent leads the world in false teeth manufacturing, accounting for 20 percent of the total sales worldwide. Now you know as well and you will never be able to forget it. Next time you are at a party and want to end a conversation, try using this little tidbit. You are welcome.

IF YOU HAD TO BE SHIPWRECKED ON A DESERTED ISLAND, BUT ALL YOUR HUMAN NEEDS -- SUCH AS FOOD AND WATER -- WERE TAKEN CARE OF, WHAT TWO ITEMS WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE WITH YOU?

Assuming that a full stocked, constantly renewing library is considered a human need, phone access to friends and a "do not disturb" sign.

WHAT IS ONE MOVIE YOU CAN PRACTICALLY QUOTE FROM START TO FINISH?

I can't. I'm more of the "Do you remember that guy in that movie that had the thing he created or found, at that place?" type.

 WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY

WRITING?

A series of short stories that involve dragons with poor housekeeping skills, wayward hedgehogs and women of a particular age.

WHAT IS YOUR MUST-HAVE WRITING TOOL & WHY?

My computer because my writing has deteriorated to some strange otherworldly script that scares children and bruises fruit.

IF YOU COULD INVENT ANYTHING YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A Star Trek tricorder. Your child says they are too ill to go to school? Quick scan. Nope. Out the door you go, and all the other life saving applications.

 WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR? IF YOU HAD 5 MINUTES WITH THEM, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

It would be a gathering of Erma Bombeck, Allie Brosch, C.S.Lewis and Neil Gaiman and I wouldn't have to say a word. I would nestle into an overstuffed chair and listen.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I'd explore the underground cities of Cappadocia, swim in the antique pools at Pamukkale, sail around Bodrum, stroll along the sea of Marmara and walk across the Galata bridge. This is all being paid for by someone else right? This isn't going on my credit card?

IF YOU WERE TO WALK INTO A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE WHAT CAN YOU CONFIDENTLY SAY YOU DO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM?

Well I have been told I have a stunning clavicle but that really isn't a talent.

 DO YOU HAVE A WRITING PARTNER?

I have a small dog who acts as a warden and allows me escorted visits to my own kitchen.

WHAT IS THE MOST RANDOM THING YOU HAVE RESEARCHED FOR WRITING?

Liechtenstein IT'S THE WORLD'S LEADING MANUFACTURER OF FALSE TEETH. Based in the mini-metropolis of Schaan, a company called Ivoclar Vivadent leads the world in false teeth manufacturing, accounting for 20 percent of the total sales worldwide. Now you know as well and you will never be able to forget it. Next time you are at a party and want to end a conversation, try using this little tidbit. You are welcome.

IF YOU HAD TO BE SHIPWRECKED ON A DESERTED ISLAND, BUT ALL YOUR HUMAN NEEDS -- SUCH AS FOOD AND WATER -- WERE TAKEN CARE OF, WHAT TWO ITEMS WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE WITH YOU?

Assuming that a full stocked, constantly renewing library is considered a human need, phone access to friends and a "do not disturb" sign.