Once upon a chat a wee long bit ago, we became long winded while answering questions at Dawn's Love's Romance Cafe, and we thought to take this opportunity to share some of our responses with a bit of curtailing and a bit of enhancing.
Did you always want to become a writer?
A: Was born with a story in my mouth.
Z: Yup, her first words were gagagoba dada... which means... Once upon a diaper change.
What is the most, and the least interesting fact about writing?
Z: Most interesting... although we work in seclusion we're actually on a stage, displaying for the world the strange workings of our minds in the form of stories... all for the sake of entertainment
A: Less interesting... Zi makes great coffee
Z: Ang that has nothing to do with writing.
A: Sure it does... fuels my thoughts... energizes my body... puts me in a good mood
Z: You usually drink tea.
A: Well, there is that.
How did you celebrate your first release? Do you have a special ritual for celebrating a book release?
A: I sent smile-face e-mails to all my closest friends and family, engaging them to atta-girl me, and they do.
Z: The question asked about ritual. Ok, here's my ritual. My neighbor has this immense weeping willow tree, and after a book release, I wait for the blackness night in the heaviest rain, strip naked and run helter-skelter through the drooping branches screaming, "Look what I did... Look what I did... Look what I did..." Then I dress and act as if it never happened.
So tell us about your very first release as a writing team. What is it about, what inspired it and is it a stand-alone title or a series book?
Z: KILLER DOLLS.
A: (Making a note to avoid the office when it is a heavy rain and the middle of the night) ... is a stand alone at the moment but there is the possibility of a sequel, working title LOVE LETTERS.
Z: Our inspiration came from Angelica's handmade spoon doll collection and the simple words what if... All coupled with the state of our world and the post-9/11 fear of terrorism. We are both strong proponents that you confront fear not hide from it, and our small slice of storytelling is both cathartic and, hopefully, a place where some might find strength or closure. Obviously, that is a very serious point and we hope our tone and texture has reflected it but we are both humble enough to understand we may not have.
If you could meet any paranormal creature, who would it be and why?
A: A wyvern... there is so much intrigue in a flying dragon. Could I see myself as the damsel in distress with the valiant hero racing to rescue me. Damn straight I can. Then again, I can also envision flying in on a dragon to rescue a hero in distress...a nice hunky hero. (Big grin)
Z: I'm kinda liking cupid... kinda short and pudgy, wearing a diaper, running around with a bow and arrow, popping people in the name of love. Is that a gig or what? Now, if he gets a good annual out of it, I can see that as a future job possibility. Though a diaper in my size would require me jumping a fence and measuring the arse end of a cow. But, hell, money and arrows, cool.
If you could change places with one character from any book, who would it be and why?
Z: Killjoy, the clown from Stephen King's IT. To be both humorous and diabolical and to wear a funny nose and wig, wouldn't that be a hoot. Don't make me laugh I just might have to kill you.
A: Ssisapho from our book SNAKE DANCE... She's not the heroine but she is one sassy, sharp, determined shero.
Z: Yeah, a big you-know-what and is half dressed all the time. I change my character to anyone who is near her.
If you could travel through time to visit a special time period or famous person, what or who would it be and why?
Z: I'd visit Ben Franklin during his kite and storm incident and get the poop about the key and the lightning. I don't believe it happened and he has gotten so much pub for something that couldn't have happened but people believe it must have happened. I need his publicist.
A: I want is to go into the future when we can to travel to other planets. Imagine playing chess with Zisot from the planet Kilatot.
Z: Future... I saw Demolition Man. I think I might like that mental fornication. What do you think? Put on that little metal helmet, bingo, bango and whoa, whoa, whoa... Then again, chess is nice.
Where can readers go to find out more about you, your books and other good stuff?
angelicahartandzi.com As well as--www.champagnebooks.com
If you could meet your favorite celebrity and spend the day with them, who would you choose and what would you do?
Z: Tiger Woods and help him count his money. Do you remember Scrooge McDuck with his huge vault of coins? The richest duck in the world. Quote, “Me I’m different, everybody hates me and I hate everybody.” That would be me. He he he...One...two...three...million...he he he... Then we’d golf. And since it’s my fantasy, obviously I’d win every hole by two strokes each. And we were playing a million dollars a hole….
A: Are you done yet?
Z: Maybe… Ok… ok… you’re turn.
A: Took too long… I forgot what I was going to say.
Just to give a little something different, we have provided a short story this week. We hope you enjoy it.
Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
www.champagnebooks.com - www.carnalpassions.com - angelicahartandzi.com