I asked the questions that matter of Hailey Sawyer! The book will be released November 10, 2021!
Now, the interview!
Hello, Hailey! What is the hardest part of being an author?
For me, the hardest part about being an author is trying to figure out how to deal with what I like to call the “ping-ponging feeling” I have when I’m working on my writing. It’s the kind of feeling where at some points I’m like “Wow! This is awesome!” and other points I’m like “Wow! This is the worst thing I ever made.”
We can relate! In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie?
In my opinion, the best animated Disney film is The Lion King 1994. What makes this film work so well is not just the moving score and wonderful animation, but the little things as well. For example, The Circle of Life sequence gives the audience everything they need to know about the characters and the like in less than five minutes without even a shred of dialogue. Not only that, but even though Mufasa loves his job as king, he’s more than happy to take a moment to focus on what Simba is interested in and teach him things like how to pull off a good pounce. There’s also a part where Rafiki hits adult Simba with his stick to teach him how the past can hurt and how he can either run or learn from the past and adult Simba dodging Rafiki’s stick when Rafiki tries to hit him again. Two sidenotes. One, this film was a major influence for Kenji and Yuki: A Japanese Tale. Two, contrary to popular belief, this film did not rip off Kimba the White Lion. Don’t believe me? Check out YMS’ Kimba the White Lion video. It’s kind of long, but it’s more than worth the watch for its thoroughness and high entertainment value.
I love that movie! What’s the color of your toothbrush?
I have a pink and white manual toothbrush. It’s nothing too fancy, but it gets the job done.
Keep that smile clean! You can only have one kind of sandwich: what is it?
That would be a buffalo chicken sandwich on a nice roll with chopped onions and lettuce. I’m a huge fan of spicy food so if I had to have only one kind of sandwich, this would be the perfect one for me.
Turn up the heat! What’s your favorite sound?
Easy. My favorite sound is the sound of a soda can opening. I can’t quite explain why, but there’s something about it that sounds so satisfying.
It means something good is coming! What superpower would you like to have for a day?
That would be shapeshifting. To me, it’s such a versatile power because it can allow you to become something really strong like an elephant or something that can fly like a hawk or something really stealthy like a snake without needing any other powers.
And you would always win at hide and seek! What is one of your favorite quotes?
I have a bunch of favorite quotes. But if I had to narrow it down to one, I would say that my absolute favorite is by Dr. Hiriluk from One Piece, who said, “When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom!? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.” For me, I think there’s a lot of truth to what he’s saying. See, when someone remembers a funny story about or looks at pictures of someone long gone, especially if it’s of a friend or family member, they’re keeping them alive in a sense.
So very true! Thank you, Hailey, for that insightful interview! Support Hailey by checking out the links below. Then, shift your shape and join us next time for another interview!
Happy reading! 🙂