Studioenp: What’s your favourite drink and why?
Ana Lee: Vanilla chai tea with Splenda and a dribble of creamer. The aroma of the spices and vanilla is very soothing. When I’m really stressed at night, I can enjoy a cup and it helps calm me.
Studioenp: Yummy! What’s on your bucket list?
Ana Lee: I’ve had these strange dreams for years that I go to France. I’ve never been there and really have no desire to go there, but the dreams are so vivid and detailed I wouldn’t be surprised if I do end up traveling to France. As for a bucket-list country, I prefer Ireland or Italy. I’d love to visit Venice.
Studioenp: France here, too. We’d love to live there. If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Ana Lee: Moist fluffy cake with chocolate icing. I can’t have sugar, so this is one of the treats I seldom indulge in.
Studioenp: Aww. Those things we can’t have always become what we want. Grr. What’s your phobia and why?
Ana Lee: Snakes. When I was a little girl, my parents decided to tear out a cellar house behind our home because they kept finding various snakes in the yard. When they began pulling the rocks out of the walls, there were nests upon nests of snakes from copper heads to grass snakes to hissing vipers and more. They were slithering everywhere and jumbled up in big, writhing balls. My dad was yelling for me to get in the house so I was literally leaping over bundles of snakes to reach the door. To this day I have nightmares about snakes.
Studioenp: That sounds horrific! In your spare time—if you have any!—what’s the thing you do that makes you feel the most you?
Ana Lee: I love to watch movies with the hubby. A good movie inspires me with all sorts of story ideas.
Studioenp: And takes us away from the stresses of life. Are you an extrovert or introvert?
Ana Lee: I’m an extrovert. I don’t have a problem talking to anyone, and it seems people find me easy to talk to. I could be waiting for a bus and learn the life history of the person sitting next to me.
Studioenp: LOL. Tell us one thing about yourself that not many people know.
Ana Lee: At the time I’m answering this, I will turn fifty in five months. I worry that I’ll never see my dreams come true and, if they do finally come true, I’ll be too old to truly enjoy them.
Studioenp: Aww. That feeling of life slipping by and being unable to stop it. We get that. If money were no object, what’s the first thing you’d buy just for yourself?
Ana Lee: I’d buy all the things I want for an amazing study/studio. I am a traditional artist, too, so I’d indulge in art supplies, a great drafting table, etc., and for the writing side of me, I’d trick out my office right down to inspiring Van Gogh prints and a beautiful, very large desk. Come to think of it, after all that stuff is purchased I’d need a bigger studio/office, right down to wall-to-wall shelves and a fireplace.
Studioenp: Sounds lush. What’s one outrageous thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage?
Ana Lee: A tattoo. I was raised as the preacher’s kid, so that was one of many no-nos. Now I think I’m just too old for something like that, but if I did get one, it would be on my neck because the hair on the back of my head is super short. My oldest daughter has a neck tattoo, and I think it looks so cool. Mine would probably be a dragon, maybe a tree of life, or possibly an elegant tat of something writing related.
Studioenp: Get one. As soon as possible. What if you regret not getting it later? And who cares about age anyway? I bet you feel young inside. So do it. This is an order. What’s the best thing you’ve ever done? (It’ll be that tattoo you’re GOING to get, right?)
Ana Lee: I don’t know if I’ve ever done anything remarkable, but I believe my more serious books are pretty good!
Studioenp: Aww. Thank you so much for being with us today. We wish you many sales on your fantastic book—everyone needs to read it!
Dear readers, please indulge in some Chinese takeaway on the table over there. We don’t want to offer sugary treats as it isn’t fair to Ana. Enjoy!