Gina Penn, unabridged.

An Interview

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:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you (which I already did).
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to five new-found blogging buddies.
4. Contact the winners to congratulate them.
My five buddies and your  mission, if you so choose to accept it:

6 responses

  1. Nice job Gina! I didn’t know you were an only child. So am I. 🙂

    May 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    • Thanks! I wanted to do it a little differently.

      It’s a long Jerry Springer story, but I’m actually really not an only child, I just grew up an only child. I have two half brothers that I did not meet until I was in my twenties.

      May 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

  2. Penny

    I love this idea! I will get on it later :0)
    And I am all about some mexican lol

    May 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

  3. Mexican food every day? Count me in! I love me some bean burritos. Interesting about the clown phobia, and I don’t fault you for preferring your dog over humans. I’m like that too – animals are far sweeter than a lot of people I know. 🙂

    Thanks for posting all this interesting stuff. I feel like I know you better now.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

  4. I see this image of two Ginas in slightly different apparel, sitting upon a stage with the looming intellectual atmosphere that Inside The Actors Studio has fine tuned to a science. Most shots from the camera only produce an image of the speaker but from time to time back out just far enough to see the both of you as if to show off the remarkable abilities of today’s special effects. After an applause that nearly forces a tear from your eye, you both merge back into one like puddles of mercury reforming into a single pool. You walk off the stage and head to Fuzzy’s Taco Stand for a much needed burrito. As you sit eating your burrito you speak to yourself about how well the interview went, and you reply to yourself about how much you agree with you then take another bit of the tasty burrito.

    Two tables over.

    Niños, agarra sus tacos. Nos vamos ahora. Esa mujer es muy loco.

    P.S. I accept.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  5. Hey! I’m the same way about the shyness thing. Many people have said “I thought you were a bitch when I first met you cuz you didn’t talk.”

    But for the record. I enjoyed sitting next to you at sushi dinner. 🙂

    Great interview! I will try to interview myself after I finish revisions, but it’ll prob be pretty boring.

    May 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

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