Studioenp: What’s your favourite drink and why?
Holly: My mom’s sweet tea. Why? Because it’s yummy and my mom makes it!
Sara: Scotch, because it is smooth and has a great taste. I love smoky Scotch that has depth to the flavour. My neighbour had me over for a Scotch tasting recently. It was marvellous, but I did stumble home after the tasting.
Studioenp: Tea, yum yum! And LOL @ stumbling home. What’s on your bucket list?
Holly: I want to see Bruce Springsteen overseas in concert. Hopefully, it will happen, and soon.
Sara: My bucket list is usually an after-the-fact list. Like I do things and then realize it was on my list. Last summer I hiked Mt. Vesuvius. Once I was down I was like, wow, that was on my list and I didn’t know it.
Studioenp: Gotta love a bit of Bruce. And yay for the climb! If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Holly: Chicken Korma with naan bread.
Sara: Chicken, broccoli, and rice. Boring, right, but at least I would be full.
Studioenp: Korma—Paul likes that. Hey, boring can sometimes turn out to be the best. What’s your phobia and why?
Holly: Clowns. Thank you, Stephen King for writing It and giving the world Pennywise the Clown. That scared me for life.
Sara: Kayaking next to a bridge. You may think that isn’t a big deal, but I live on a small island and if I go kayaking, most of the drop-in spots are next to the bridges.
Studioenp: Paul’s with you on the clowns. Em, however, used to collect them as a kid (weirdo). Kayaking sounds fun for Paul, un-fun for Em. So, in your spare time—if you have any!—what’s the thing you do that makes you feel the most you?
Holly: I like scrapbooking. I haven’t done it in a while, but I find it relaxing and something else that’s creative when I’m not writing.
Sara: Walking on the beach. I try to go out at least once a week. It revives and replenishes me.
Studioenp: Scrapbooking sounds interesting. And the beach walk—we can imagine how that and scrapbooking would make you feel better. Just being somewhere/doing something with no technology, only your thoughts and dreams. Lovely. Are you an extrovert or introvert?
Holly: I’m definitely an introvert, until I get a few shots of tequila in me, then I’m very friendly.
Sara: Introvert. I think filling this out is enough interaction for a week.
Studioenp: Hahahah @ both answers. Tell us one thing about yourself that not many people know.
Holly: I’m adopted.
Sara: I get vertigo when I’m on stairs.
Studioenp: Interesting! If money were no object, what’s the first thing you’d buy just for yourself?
Holly: I take a trip to Paris and Italy and bring my mom, baby brother, and if I could get my sister to come, her too!
Sara: A house in the Bahamas.
Studioenp: Both sound fabulous and have that get-away-from-it-all vibe. Sigh. If only, eh? What’s one outrageous thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage?
Holly: I’ve always wanted to go sky diving. I tried to talk my best friend into it for our thirtieth birthday, but she said no way, so I got a tattoo instead.
Sara: I’d love to fly a plane. Maybe I’ll go take lessons one day…or not.
Studioenp: So there are two things to pop on your bucket lists! What’s the best thing you’ve ever done?
Holly: When I turned thirty, I hired a detective agency and found my birth mother and siblings. Besides joining the military, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Sara: My family tried to discourage me from writing. I spent years telling them I wanted to write, but they told me writing was an unrealistic career choice. When my mother passed away, I decided I needed to just do it. So I started my first book. I’m glad I abandoned their plans for me and did my own thing.
Studioenp: That’s amazing, Holly, and such a brave thing to do—but worth it! And yes, Sara, always follow your heart/gut. It’ll never steer you wrong. We’re glad you both did what you felt was right. No regrets! Thank you so much for being here today. It’s been great getting to know you a little better. We wish you well in your careers and lives.
Dear readers, today’s munchie offering is chocolate-covered pretzels and a layer cake topped with Cadbury’s mini eggs. Go and grab some then enjoy the excerpt from the latest release from H.L. and Sara. Enjoy!