Welcome back to another edition of Novel Newcomers, where I need to start being more creative or I’m bound to scare off all the people.
I am currently trying to not be a slacker, but it is really hard not to be one when I work six days and have one day to do all the blogging things.
Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Rita: Something I’ve been very interested for three years now is sewing. I really like fashion and playing with materials and textures, whenever I go shopping I always think “this would be lovely if it had X”. I’ve owned a sewing machine for two years now but have really slacked and don’t use it nearly as much as I should. That’s what I’ll be doing this Easter mini-break! Besides that, I really like writing, although I’ve been experiencing some blocks lately…
Kathryn: I really enjoy cooking and baking! I had the chance to cater for my cousin’s rehearsal dinner and wedding shower, and I really enjoyed that! I actually considered going to culinary school, when I was younger. I also love doing crafts- knitting, mostly, although I also crochet and sew. I haven’t had much of a chance to do all that, lately, but I always love giving characters those hobbies!
What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Rita: When I was around nine or ten, I walked for a kid’s clothing company. It was rather spontaneous, I never really dreamed of becoming a model, and a great deal of fun. I say that it is unusual because if you looked at me as a kid (or now, really) you wouldn’t think of model material as I’m rather uncoordinated and not particularly elegant.
Kathryn: When I was in middle school, I started a program called Future City there. Future City is this nation(world?)wide contest for middle school students, and teaches about sustainable engineering for the future- the kids get to design, build (a model of), and present a city of the future. Do I have any interest in engineering? Hahaha no, I hate math with a burning passion. But I guess something stood out to me about the program, and the kids liked it there, because it’s still going on!
What is your favorite food?
Rita: Everybody knows of my love for avocados. It doesn’t really matter if it is avocado on toast with grounded black pepper, pureed to make a salad dressing, or diced on top of some pasta.
Kathryn: I don’t think I love, like, one single food as my favorite, but flavor combinations? Chocolate and cinnamon, lamb and rosemary, basil and lemon- granted, I can’t really afford most of my favorite combinations, but seriously. Food. I’m a huuuuge foodie, so if it works really, really well together I’ll love it forever. If I had to choose one, though, dark chocolate. The darker the better. (84% = my heart, and the confusion of my friends.)
What is one thing you are looking forward to this season (spring/fall)?
Rita: Going on more walks, taking in the sunshine, and touristing more in my own city. Sometimes I forget how gorgeous Lisbon is, but when the sun shines I realize why tourism has been growing here.
Kathryn: There’s something about spring that makes everything feel so… new. And after a semester of several bad classes (yay studenting, amiright?), I am very, very excited to be done with it. The sun will be out more, the grass will be greener, the trees will have flowers, and maybe we’ll get one of those wonderful, massive thunderstorms that last all of five minutes but are still freaking INCREDIBLE and big raindrops and thunder and lightning and ok I think I’m fangirling now. Over a thunderstorm. I apologize immensely.
Oh, and there’s also my birthday. Maybe I’ll get more books?
If you could write a retelling of any classic, which would it be and what kind of genre would it be in?
Rita: Emma by Jane Austen is one of my favorite classics, I love the plot and the characters as well. Although it has been adapted to the big screen in the form of Clueless, I’d like to see or read a new retelling. I’d keep it a contemporary romance because I’m a sucker for that genre, and I think it works best that way.
Kathryn: I really would love to do a contemporary inspired by The Little Mermaid- the idea of giving up something important for the one you love just sticks in my head, for some reason. Also, would totally do a retelling of Moulin Rouge, in which Christian was female- or possibly Phantom of The Opera, with Raoul being female? I don’t know, I just love love triangles in which there’s both a male and a female love interest.
What songs are currently stuck in your head lately?
Rita: Lorde is one of my favorite artists, so “Green Light” and “Liability” have been on replay since she’s released them. I can’t wait to listen to the whole album.
Kathryn: “Stone Cold” (Demi Lovato) is a literal summary of one of my characters, soooo…. Yep. Also, Halsey’s “Ghost” and Lorde’s “Glory and Gore” (also a character who I LOVE OMG).
How do you like eggs (if you like eggs… and candy eggs count too in case you don’t like eggs or are allergic to them)?
Rita: I only like eggs if they’re boiled. I like them really hard-boiled, but at the same time I really like runny yolks. As long as they aren’t fried or scrambled, I’ll eat them.
Kathryn: Either runny-yolk fried or in a cake. 😉