Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?
Remmy: Neither. I can’t drink the stuff because of an allergy to caffeine. But when I used to indulge, Coke was my go-to.
Studioenp: Ah, we’re sorry to hear about your allergy (inserting a squishy hug here). Talking of allergies makes us think about summer and hay fever. So, which season do you like best and why?
Remmy: Summer. This means no jacket or winter gloves or scarfs unless it’s those cute ones we wear all year round. I get to spend more time outside, roaming the city with my niece finding new restaurants to try etc.
Studioenp: Sounds like superb fun. Summer is so lovely. Running around free as a bird when a kid sticks in our minds. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Remmy: Swimming in the river with my friends. Being born in Jamaica, we were very poor and didn’t have the luxury of air conditioning. So, on really hot days, we would venture down to the water and just go crazy. Good times.
Studioenp: Ah, they’re the best. Nice to recall such memories, and you painted quite a vivid picture there with just a few words. Moving along now… Do you have a best friend—who is it?
Remmy: Yes. Her name is Tania. Her and I have been friends for quite a few years now, and even after so long, I can always run to her when the world is being unfair—which is a lot lol. But seriously, I’ve never had to question if she loves me, even though it took her a few years to admit it lol.
Studioenp: LOL! A best friend accepts you as you are, quirks and all. Do you have any quirks?
Remmy: Ooh boy. Um—how much time you got?—I have tons. But for the sake of behaving we will keep it PG. Let’s see here—writing quirk, I have to have music to write most things… I now have taken to listening to War Ready from the new Pacific Rim to write fight scenes.
Studioenp: How cool! We’re wondering how you keep track of plots and such. Do you use Post-It notes or a notebook?
Remmy: Notebook all the way. Aside from the fact they are cheaper these days, notebooks for me are too big for me to lose. Post Its lose their stickie and fall off places all the time. I used to hate that.
Studioenp: Yes, that would bug Em to no end. Like, turn her into a raging monster for a few seconds each time one dropped off wherever she’d stuck it. Mind you, having said that, she’s more relaxed about stuff like that these days. What do you do to relax?
Remmy: Most often than not, I listen to music. To relax to maybe instrumentals from my favorite Korean Dramas or eighties and early nineties music. Summertime, I take walks down to the lake. I love watching the sun on the water. Or I grab my camera and roam the city.
Studioenp: The images that produces… Makes us want to finish off your jaunt by visiting a restaurant. What’s your perfect three-course meal?
Remmy: Ohhh okay, for starters, fried green plantains, nicely seasoned. Main, oxtail (seasoned with Jamaican spices and cinnamon) with rice and peas. Dessert, rum and raisin ice cream—yum.
Studioenp: That does sound yum. And with tunes softly playing the background while eating, even better. What type of music do you enjoy?
Remmy: Wow—my niece would tell you that’s a dangerous subject. But let me try and keep it short. I listen to basically anything. I swear the people at iTunes are looking at my purchase history and thinking WTF? I blow through a lot of iTunes cards on music from all over. Reggae, rock, soft rock, blues, RnB, country etc. I also have a love of Asian music so Korean pop and hip hop, Japanese rock, Chinese pop—basically if the music makes me feel something, I will listen. I will give any artist a try a few times before dismissing something. I also love my indie artists like Blake McGrath and Dan Talevski and RyanDan… So music is my JAM!
Studioenp: So we’re guessing, but do you dance like no one’s watching?
Remmy: Often. My niece and best friend always facepalm because I tend to dance in public places. If I hear music to dance to, I dance. Funny story: My BFF and I were on our way to a nightclub one night. We were early and stopped at a Second Cup to grab something to drink and wait. They started playing I’m Sexy and I know it by LMFAO, and I was behind her doing the pelvic thrust. She was so embarrassed, and all I could do was smile proudly. It was great times. I’m totally embarrassing like that.
Studioenp: You sound a blast, and it’s been brilliant having you with us today. Thanks for joining us, and we hope to have you here again soon!
So, dear readers, feast your eyes on Remmy’s excerpt. Yeehar!