My Interview with Myself
By Susan Smith Thompson
Since I like to ask people questions, I thought I’d interview myself. Hopefully I’ll know all the answers, and if not, I’ll just make ‘em up!
Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let me know if there are any other questions I should add. (I might even answer them. *giggles*)
Who are you?
I am a writer, poet, editor, mom, wife, lover, sister, daughter, friend, neighbor, Quaker, and Reiki person, though not necessarily in that order. Yes, this is in the “About Me” section to the right, but I think it’s the most accurate description at this moment, though recently I would add drummer after attending my first Drum Circle and totally loving it.
What’s this coffeehouse you conduct your interviews in?
Oh, I wanted to set up a virtual space to help ground the interview. I like the idea of holding the interview in some sort of context. It gave me other, non-writing questions to ask about. Why a coffeehouse? I love coffee. I love taking my laptop there and working amidst the bustle. I love just hanging out and watching people. Since the interviews are conducted through e-mail exchanges, I imagined myself in my local coffee shop chatting away with the author.
What do you do for NovelSpot?
I came onboard as a reviewer (and still review when I’ve free time). Then I added editor to my job titles. As part of a team of three, I check the reviews for grammar and punctuation and make sure they follow the Novelspot style. I also conduct some of the interviews and work behind the scenes to help format and add the html code so they look pretty when you view them online.
What is your life’s biggest accomplishment so far.
Living this long! Birthing my kid. Marrying my husband. Becoming a Reiki Master. OK, that’s more than one, but I couldn’t choose.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
That’s such a tough question. In ten years I’ll be in my early fifties and the parent of a teenager. I’ll have been married twenty years. Ten years ago I couldn’t have told you that during that time I would have moved to Armenia for more than five of those years, moved back to the US to the South, started editing, or started reviewing. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.
I’m going through the “what will I do next” part of life right now. I’ve so many interests but I need to narrow them down so I can go back to work. I know, I work all the time. I need to start bringing in some income, figuring out how to do it is my quest right now. It’s a conundrum.
In ten years, I’d like to have a kazillion pages on my ArmeniaForVisitors website. I want to have finished and published and sold my walking tours book. I want to have finished a few of the novels clogging up my hard drive. They don’t have to be published, right now I’ll settle for finishing one or two to see if it’s something that I really want to do or if it was just fantasy.
Why do you write?
I have to! It’s a compulsion. It’s how I process things. Along with walking, writing affords me the space to just be me. I journal, blog, write reviews, write essays, and I’ve a few novels started, all in different states of completion. I know that when I start writing things in my head, it’s time to grab whatever medium is around to start getting them down and out of my brain.
What is your biggest regret?
This one’s easy: That I didn’t meet my husband sooner. I know, I know. Sappy, but true. Half of you out there are going, AWWW. The other half is going, EWWW. LOL. Admit it! I can hear you!
Find me here!
And one day soon this site will have more than you could ever imagine: ArmeniaForVisitors.com