HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
I am definitely a tea person. I love tea. Nothing soothes quite like it. But I like milk in my tea, so I guess that makes two of them. Heh heh.
4. What else can you do besides write?
I can pencil-draw a decent picture, I can kind of sing, I like to dance, I can do a fair amount of martial arts, and I can speak a barely passable amount of French.
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
In my other novel, the one not yet published, there is a scene detailing the person-by person loss of one man's entire family. That was difficult, but the loss of his granddaughter took me about two months to write, because it just filled me with such an oppressive gloom. I got it done a bit at a time, and cried when I was finished.
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I took Tae Kwon Do for years; I was two belts away from a black belt before I hurt my knee. I also like volleyball and softball, although I'm not so good at either and probably wouldn't be inclined to play in public. I am kind of learning to like watching baseball and football, but I suspect a lot of that has to do with the company I keep when watching them.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
Good Lord, I've got lots. I greatly appreciate the talents of today's male celebrity set. Kiefer Sutherland, Ryan Reynolds, Dane Cook, Taye Diggs, Simon Pegg, Josh Hartnett, Eddie Cibrian, and recently, Timothy Olyphant. I don't know if it's the actors or the characters they play, though. Each have played characters I could fall madly and hopelessly in love with. And they do them well. But even if the actors are nothing like their characters in real life I suppose I could still enjoy simply looking at them, watching them move, watching them talk….
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Just about every day. I'm partial to Spongebob Squarepants, Family Guy, Fairly Odd Parents, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Mary SanGiovanni has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies and received an Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection for her short story "Skincatchers" which appears in her book Under Cover Of Night. She was the recipient of the Lavinia Kohl Award (Certificate of Excellence in Literature) from the National Society of Arts and Letters.
She graduated from Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Master's Program in January 2007. Her graduate thesis novel The Hollower was recently published by Leisure Books.
Mary was Trustee of the Horror Writers of America and is still full-time mom to Adam.