1. What do you wish people would ask you about your writing?
I hope people would want to know about the people who inspired my characters. I have a shirt that says “Be careful or you’ll end up in my novel.” It is not a joke. All my fictional characters are conglomerations of the wonderful, eccentric, witty, and wise people I have met in my travels. Both my life and my writing would be pretty dull if I kept to my comfort zone and didn’t accept and appreciate the variety of personalities I’ve encountered.
I hope people ask if the places I describe are based on real locations… many are. Not everyone has been privileged to travel as much as I. The desert on my colony world in “Legion of Strangers” is the southwest Sonoran Desert (except for the blue sand). The Fairgrounds in “Carnival Charlatan” is the place I did 4H in as a child. “Off the Reservation,” my mystery, is set in Phoenix. I still owe a nice policeman dinner for helping me choose the locations for my murder and body dump. I come from a story telling family and have a great memory for details. I love to share my experiences.
Finally, (as would most authors, if they are honest) the big thing I’d like people to ask me is where they can buy my books.
2. Which of your characters would you most like to meet and why? I would love to meet my character Beau Aelstrom (Jest) from the space opera “Legion of Strangers.” Beau is a conglomeration of the best men I’ve known, and I’ve known some amazing men. He is a complicated man who gives up power and position to protect his family. He struggles with the moral implications of being a soldier, but does his duty regardless. He consciously tries to be the best person he can manage to be in whatever situation he finds himself. A guy I’ve been looking for all my life. Too bad I had to make him up.
3. Have you rescued any CEO's lately?
This summer a friend and I wandered throughout New England, camping and hiking. We did stop traffic and rescue a porcupine crossing the road in Vermont, (he was very cute) and probably saved a motorist a punctured tire (the porcupine’s revenge).
So, my adventures have been pretty tame since my seafaring days in the Pacific. Back then, I saved a CEO of a big corporation’s yacht when it lost electronics and ran out of fuel. Had I not come across them, they would have had to float 1200 miles to the Philippines. With my tiny sailboat, I towed the 60 foot luxury cruiser to where the coast guard could pick them up. The CEO wasn’t on board, but he was really grateful in a monetary sense. I hope he eventually found a crew who knew how to use a sextant. I sure do.
Right now I’m involved in adventures in publishing and promoting my book “Carnival Charlatan”. Check it out on my website: skeeterenright.weebly.com. I’m in Toledo, so if you see a dark haired woman walking a pig in the park. Stop to chat…you might end up in a novel.
Skeeter Enright, is the pen name of a high school science teacher, freelance writer, and former scientific researcher. When not traveling, she lives on a farm in Ohio with the world’s cutest donkey and a very confused pig. She currently has several short story fiction publications in online magazines, most recently Alegory, and Fictionvale. Her urban fantasy novel “Carnival Charlatan” is coming out Oct. 1st, 2014 from Damnation books. Her website: http://skeeterenright.weebly.com includes excerpts from her stories. She will be at Conclave Convention in Dearborn Oct. 10 - 12.