HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Nalo makes a good point, about not playing favorites, but I guess I'm a bad mom. My favorite character is Harry, from my new novel All the Colors of Love. I think it's because even though he's pretty fucked up, and does some pretty fucked up stuff sometimes, he really wants to be a good person. And despite everything that life has taught him about not trusting others, he still takes a chance when love presents itself. He has the strength to make that leap of faith that there can be a better way of life.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee and milk, in equal measure and at the same time.
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
Gorgeous Carat, a boys love manga by You Higuri. This one is a good example of the kind of bl story I love. The two main characters take turns rescuing each other from peril -- I love role reversal. And it's got a decent adventure plot concerning the treasure of the Knights Templar, to boot.
6. Pop culture or academia?
Pop Culture! I never did like school.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Oh yes. I have to work out like a mad thing or I can't sit still long enough to write. I swim, walk, do the elliptical cross-trainer and treadmill at the Y, and in the summer I go kayaking every chance I get.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I'm mad for seventies funk with those fabulous horn sections.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Anne Harris' first novel, The Nature of Smoke, is currently in translation in Japan, where it is on the final ballot for the Sense of Gender Award. Her second, Accidental Creatures, won the Spectrum Award for glbt science fiction and fantasy in the first year the award was given. Her most recent novel, Inventing Memory, was a BookSense 76 pick. Last year, her short story, "Still Life with Boobs," which is in Year's Best Fantasy 6 made the final Nebula ballot. She recently became a mentor at Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program.