My friend and La Literati cohost, Tosha, has posted interviews with guests we have had on our podcast to her blog. You can find her blog here. It seemed like fun, so I invited our recent guest, the writer Raelee May Carpenter, to answer 20 random questions from me. I hope you enjoy reading, and check out Raelee’s books if you haven’t already.
1. What three items do you always have with you?
A pencil or pen with sticky notes. My iPod. And lip balm, because I am an addict.
2. If you were going to write an article about yourself, what would the headline be?
“Grace In the Gutter”
3. If you were a drink, what would you be? Why?
Irish Breakfast Tea, bold yet surprisingly comforting. But with fresh cream and local honey, because I ain’t low cal.
4. What childhood fear do you still have as an adult?
Spiders. Seriously. Not even Charlotte could save me from that.
5. If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
Everyone would quit devaluing people based on stupid things like poverty, lack of education, nationality, developmental disabilities, etc. It would solve so many other problems if we truly believed all were created equal.
6. What’s your favorite poem?
It’s a hard choice, but “The Death of the Hired Man” by Robert Frost immediately comes to mind. It’s such a good picture of grace, and I love the line, “Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
So either that or Psalm 46. It’s so descriptive and inspiring, my favorite Psalm, definitely. It got under my skin in a big way when a certain politician misquoted it in a huge televised speech a while back. I’m still trying to let that go. If I’m ever famous enough to meet said politician, I’ll probably make a little mural of my favorite Psalm—with the right words, frame it, and present it to him as a gift.
7. Does darkness soothe you or frighten you?
It depends. I love sunshine during the day, but when I’m trying to sleep, I need dark. What I don’t like is gray, like the sky can’t make up its mind. That’s just frustrating.
8. If you ruled your own country, who would you get to write your national anthem?
Adam Levine, because if my country’s gonna have an anthem, I want it to be a Hit. Mad royalties and all that.
Seriously, though, am I allowed to go back in time? I’d really want Fanny Crosby to write it. She was awesome. “Blessed Assurance” is my anthem. If I have to pick someone who’s alive today, I don’t know…maybe Stevie Wonder?
9. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would play you? What would the title be?
Geez, I don’t know. I love Taraji Henson, but I’m so pathetically white. How’s Keira Knightley’s American accent? Maybe Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, or Ellie Kemper, who plays Kimmy Schmidt. Haha, how’s that for variety?
The title would be “ImPossible.”
10. Clowns- creepy or cool?
Creepy. So, so creepy. I think It ruined clowns for my entire generation. Thank you, Stephen King.
11. If you made a documentary, what would it be about?
Modern Day Abolition work
12. What’s your favorite song?
Today, I’ll say Britt Nicole’s “Still That Girl,” because hazel eyes notwithstanding, I am that girl.
13. Your favorite country to visit?
Hard choice. I have a list of places that I haven’t been yet, but Ireland is a wonderful place that I have been, and I’d like to go back someday. There are still a lot of places here in the US that I want to see or go back to.
14. Does pressure motivate you?
I have ADHD, so I have this constant drive in my brain and my limbs that makes it hard for me to relax. I tend to get a lot done on my normal setting, and added pressure is more of a distraction than anything else.
15. Does love dry up your creative juices, or make them flow faster?
16. Do you hear voices?
I can hear my character’s voices. That’s why I’m so good at writing dialogue. So good, in fact, I can make you hear them, too.
17. Are you the paranoid type or calm, cool, and collected?
I’m not paranoid, but I do have ADHD, so I don’t think anyone would describe me as “calm.” Haha.
18. Narnia or Middle Earth?
Oh, I don’t know. Narnia is the fantasy of my childhood, but Middle Earth has so much adventure! I’d also really, really love to have a TARDIS. So many ‘verses, so little time!
Unless you do have a TARDIS…😉
19. Are you more like fire or earth?
Fire. Yeah. LOL
20. What makes you, you?
Oh, I think you’d have to ask God that. I am His, as He made me, and I’m still trying to figure it all out.
Raelee May Carpenter is the author of “The Lincoln High Project”, “Kings & Shepherds”, and the upcoming novel, “Liberation Song”. You can find information on her and her books at raeleemaycarpenter.com