An Interview with Gina Penn by Gina Penn
I decided to have a little fun and interview myself.
Gina: All right, tell me a little about yourself.
Gina: Well, I’ve lived in Ohio all my life, am the proud parent of some very clingy but adorable pets, and I’m a writer.
Gina: How long have you been writing?
Gina: Since I was old enough to pick up a pencil.
Gina: So, you started writing before you could read? That doesn’t sound possible.
Gina: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing or telling stories in some form, be it pictures with crayons or on a computer. It basically boils down to the same thing, just a different form.
Gina: Okay, I get it. What did you used to write about?
Gina: The very first book I ever wrote was in the fourth grade and it was about a rock group on tour. I handed it in for an assignment and the teacher didn’t give it back. To this day, I have no idea if that’s a good or bad thing. I hope I’ve improved a little since then but I sometimes have my doubts.
Gina: What’s your favorite story you’ve ever written?
Gina: That’s tough because they’re all my children. “The Storm” pulled me out of my writer’s block so that one holds a special place in my heart. I’m currently working on what may turn out to be a trilogy called “The Other Sky-Book One-Earth”. It’s a mix of sci-fi and horror and I’m really excited about it because I get cool ideas for it every day. I’m finding ways to explore character development in this book that I’ve never done before and it’s so much fun to play.
Gina: Any people you know in real life making an appearance in this new trilogy?
Gina: Yes. Lots of people. But remember I write horror. (smiles wickedly)
Gina: I’m not even going to ask. What else do you like besides writing?
Gina: I like horseback riding. Reading, of course. I love trivia and am an avid watcher of Jeopardy and the Discovery channel. I love shows about disasters. I’m also interested in religion although I don’t consider myself to be a terribly religious person.
Gina: Since you write horror, I gotta ask; are you afraid of anything?
Gina: Oh yeah, you bet. A good horror writer has to have fears and know what it feels like to be scared of something, otherwise, what are they drawing from? I’m deathly afraid of clowns; the technical term is coulrophobia and I’ve had a nasty case of it since childhood. I can probably thank Poltergeist and It for that. Also, I’m scared of going to the dentist.
Gina: Anything else you want to say before we close?
Gina: Here are a few things about me that people might not know:
I prefer my dog’s company over that of humans.
Occasionally, I go on info binges. One week I’m obsessed with serial killers and the next week I might obsess over learning how to cultivate the perfect rose.
I could literally eat Mexican food every day and be happy for the rest of my life.
I suffer from crippling shyness even though I don’t come off that way. It’s so crippling that sometimes I can’t maintain eye contact with someone while having a conversation with them. This may lead to the person I’m conversing with to think that I’m a bitch and not interested in what they’re saying but nothing could be further from the truth. My body literally clenches up to where my neck won’t support my head anymore. It’s a real, physical reaction.
I’m not a morning person but that’s my best writing time. I hate my body for choosing this dumb schedule.
I grew up an only child and require alone time to myself every single day to keep from going nuts.
Stephen King is my idol and for a long time I didn’t read any other author. It was only within the last decade or so that I discovered other authors could write almost as good as he can.
Gina: That’s a great list! Now, what say we get a burrito?
Gina: Let’s go.
I need to thank my friend Kara for asking me to do a blog about seven things people may not know about me. This was a lot of fun! Here’s the small print: