Studioenp: What’s your favourite drink and why?
Elmer: Coke Zero. Water is for summer, and with constantly watching sugar intake, it’s the one diet drink that tastes good.
Ann: Iced tea, because it reminds me of the happy times in my childhood and it’s a drink that can be enjoyed year-round.
Studioenp: Coke Zero was a go-to drink for us at one time, but now it’s water all the way. Getting older and trying to be healthy sucks. LOL. What’s on your bucket list?
Elmer: I wish to visit any and every castle in Europe. Being a huge fantasy fan, I would love to see the reality-based setting where so many stories take place.
Ann: A visit to Ireland. It’s where we came from, it’s a beautiful place. It’s just always fascinated me.
Studioenp: What a great idea, Elmer! Wonder if the reality is as good as it looks on TV? And Ireland—yes, that’s meant to be a really nice place. If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Elmer: I kind of already do. (Does coffee count as one of the food groups?) Coffee and toast in the morning—every morning.
Ann: Peanut butter toast and hash browns. Perfectly done—that means tasty and crispy, not the soggy kind.
Studioenp: LOL @ coffee being one of the food groups. And hash browns, they make Em shudder. Glad you like them, though, Ann! What’s your phobia and why?
Elmer: Awakening to a day when I have no furry critters about. There are four cats in our household. As kids, we always had one or two inside, the rest outside. They just help make life complete and I despise incompleteness.
Ann: Not being able to take care of my family. Whether it just be there to listen or just share a hug. I’m getting older and I don’t want to miss what’s important.
Studioenp: Aww. In your spare time—if you have any!—what’s the thing you do that makes you feel the most you?
Elmer: When not at my day job, or writing, or editing, or brainstorming, I am a huge movie buff (not TV but movies). I love—besides young-adult/family flicks—big budget fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and certain love stories have gotten my attention!
Ann: Yarncraft—knitting and crocheting. I like to create pretty things and to share them with others. I’m also an avid book reader/listener (audio-books)
Studioenp: Fabulous pastimes! Are you an extrovert or introvert?
Elmer: Both. It depends on the situation. Once I get to know people, they can’t shut me up. But when with strangers, I am most quiet… But I listen… To everything.
Ann: A little bit of both. I love to be surrounded by family, but I am quite comfortable being on my own for some quiet time.
Studioenp: Listening to everything—good trait for an author. And, yes, being comfortable on your own is a good sign that you’ve learned to like yourself. Brilliant! Tell us one thing about yourself that not many people know.
Elmer: I started writing in 2001 and wrote the first draft of our novel Upon Broken Wings. The original version was my own attempt to deal with the loss of someone very close to our family. It worked great as an outlet, but the story wasn’t ready to yet to show anyone. When I partnered with Ann Wade, my sister, we tore it down to the foundations and rebuilt it, so to speak.
Ann: I took four years of Latin in HS. It has been a great help not only in our writing, but also in helping to pick up context in stories or phrases I’ve heard or read in the Latin-based (romance) languages.
Studioenp: Writing can be so cathartic. And Latin! Wow! If money were no object, what’s the first thing you’d buy just for yourself?
Elmer: A signed copy of each of the books by David and Leigh Eddings in the Belgariad and the Mallorean. Also, each of the Dragonlance books by Weis and Hickman. Whichever one I found first, that would be first.
Ann: The most decked-out, super-charged Dodge Charger, in metallic blue. The coolest car in town!
Studioenp: Both wonderful purchases! What’s one outrageous thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage?
Elmer: Skydiving! I don’t have a fear of heights per se, but I do have a rather intense fear of impacting after a fall.
Ann: Public speaking. Up until this point I’ve not done it in front of strangers, unless you count HS. Guess now, I’ll have to face my fear.
Studioenp: Facing fears is so liberating. Do it! What’s the best thing you’ve ever done?
Elmer: Many years ago, after graduating from Navy Basic at Great Lakes in Illinois, some fellow graduates and I, in uniform, went to the nearest Six Flags and while there, a really timid mother of a teenage girl with Down Syndrome told us her daughter really loved sailors and wondered if one of us would take a pic with her. We all did, and the intense joy it brought the young lady… To say it was phenomenal was an understatement.
Ann: Several years ago, a friend and I had the opportunity to get autographed pictures of an actress from Deep Space Nine. I stood in line for over an hour and was ready to tell her my name when my friend starts almost sobbing because she already had hers, but they would only give pics to those who were present. I gave her name instead of mine for the autograph. When I gave her mom the picture, she almost cried. I didn’t think it was that much of a hardship—make her happy, lighten up her day a little. A few years later, when she passed away, her daughter made sure I got the pic back. I keep it, not for the autograph, but for the memory of a nice lady who got a smile and was remembered long after.
Studioenp: Wow, you both sound like wonderful people. Big hugs to you. And thank you so much for being here. It’s been great getting to know you. Brilliant that you are working together. We wish you well!
Dear readers, on the table today is a huge strawberry gateau. Cut yourself a slice, pour your drink of choice, and enjoy the following excerpt!