[Warning: This is a rather silly post]
I have been doing a lot of interviews lately. At least two or three a week, it seems. And while it is tons of fun, one thing has been getting to me: Everyone asks basically the same questions.
I mean, obviously, there are certain questions that I understand people want answers to. How long have I been writing? How did I get an agent? Where did I come up with the idea for Interrupted? But the one thing that really makes me grin is when I get a totally unexpected, off-the-wall one. Like who would I get to play my characters in a movie version of Interrupted? Or what kind of music do I listen to when I write? That’s what’s really fun to answer.
So, I have decided, after much contemplation, that the only way to get to answer all the fun questions I’d like to be asked is… to interview myself. So, this afternoon, I sat down with myself and got the 4-1-1. The no-questions-barred full story. Who is Rachel Coker? And what are her deepest, darkest secrets? 😉
R: Hi, Rachel! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to have a chat with me today.
R: Oh, it’s a pleasure! I always have time for you.
R: So, let’s get down to business, shall we? We are looking for juicy stuff in this interview. I always want to know embarrassing things about people. It says a lot about who they really are. Take music, for example. What is the most embarrassing song on your ipod?
R: It really pains me to admit this, but I do have a Hannah Montana song on there. You know that one “Nobody’s Perfect”? I think it’s been over a year since I last listened to it, but there was a time when that was my go-to song when running. It actually has a great beat for sprinting. But I’m always afraid it’s going to come on when someone’s listening to my ipod. I should probably delete it. Nah.
R: Do you have any other embarrassing moments in your past that you’d like to talk about?
R: Not very many that I’d like to share with you! I don’t know… Once I was talking to this girl at my church and she mentioned this place she worked at. I had no idea where it was or anything, but I tried to be cool and breezily replied that I’d gone in there the other day but hadn’t bought anything. Just looked around. Later on, when out driving, I found out it was a restaurant, not a store. I still feel like an idiot every time I drive past it.
R: What is your absolute least favorite food?
R: Sushi! I find it appalling.
R: Really? I would have thought you’d like sushi. Is there something else you prefer instead?
R: I am way too fond of hushpuppies. Once I went to a diner and ordered two plates of hushpuppies as my meal. Everyone thought I was crazy and my mom was really mortified when she found out later, but I still think it was worth it.
R: Do you have any hidden talents?
R: I am wicked good at impersonating people. My sister is, too, so it might be in our blood. I can reenact entire conversations, copying people’s voices and gestures perfectly. Those of you who I know should probably be freaked out now, because I may have copied you before. Maybe.
R: What’s the worst movie you’ve ever watched? I mean one so bad it almost made you lose faith in humanity.
R: “The Englishmen Who Went up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain”. My mom picked it out because she used to have a thing for Hugh Grant, I think. Anyway, it was about a guy who measures hills. How boring is that? The worst part, though, is that the back cover promised that we would be “uplifted from our seats in uproarious laughter”. Ha!
R: Finish this sentence: You want to get married in…
R: The middle of the night! So that the ceremony starts before twelve and finishes after. That way, I can celebrate my anniversary on two different days! Well, then again, maybe not.
R: That would be really cool! So, what are you obsessed with right now?
R: Covergirl tinted lipbalm, running, old Michelle Branch cds, and re-watching classic movies. But mostly the lipbalm. I joke that I should sell it, I love it so much.
R: And one last question: Picture yourself ten years from now. You are holding…
R: I don’t know—a diaper? A turkey? A ten pound brick? Unfortunately, I’m not psychic.
R: Well, it was splendid interviewing you. The questions were quite fun, weren’t they?
R: Yep! I think it’s been my third favorite interview so far!
Okay, I’m done being weird now. For a while. Tomorrow, I will try to talk of more interesting things…