I asked some quirky questions of Errin Stevens! But first the book:
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Errin Stevens, you’re in the spotlight!
Hello, Errin! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?
I awoke one morning when I was 25 and draped my right arm over the edge of the bed at the precise moment a wire coil poked through the mattress. The thing sliced a 2-inch, diagonal gash on the underside of my bicep… and to this day, I have a thin, satiny-white scar there. I know I should say I have the impression of a shark bite or something more interesting, but other than my appendectomy scar, that’s it! ☺
Ouch! What a way to wake up! What’s the closest thing to real magic?
I believe we humans are more intuitive than we acknowledge, to the point we really can tell exactly what another person is thinking or feeling in many cases. I played with this idea a bit in my stories by having my sirens draw their human counterparts in. But I think this is a real thing.
How interesting! Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Tell us about them.
When I was a child, I saw guardian angels – well, one angel at a time, although it wasn’t necessarily the same one – standing watch inside my bedroom door while I slept. They were 7 or 8 feet tall, lean, grim and fearsome creatures, and I loved them.
Wow! I’d like to hear more about that! But moving on, what is one of your favorite quotes?
I think the Isak Dinesen quote I front “Updrift” with played a huge role in getting me to write that story in the first place: The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.
There is nothing quite as cleansing as a good cry! When was the last time you got the giggles at an inappropriate time?
Oh, how I miss losing myself in uncontrollable laughter! My mother and I still get caught up occasionally, but the sessions are rare. My most frequent sessions used to be in church with my grandmother, who I wrote about in this little essay, Long Lost Love: http://errinstevens.com/long-lost-love/
Great essay! What is your favorite smell?
I’m a scent hound, I swear, and smells tie very closely to moods and emotions and memory for me. If I crush a little dill between my fingertips and then stick my nose in it, I’m immediately in my grandmother’s backyard again, talking with her about gardening. Nothing else – not pictures, not mementos, not stories retold by relatives – brings my grandmother so vividly to mind.
I also LOOOOOVE the scent of the cologne, “Terre d’Hermes” for my husband. Seriously, I’ve hunted through hundreds of aftershaves and that one is the absolute best. Other smells that put me in a trance? Bring me to the lilacs, peonies, and jasmine, please.
Your nose knows what it likes! What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
I reflect on everything I ate during the day, from the first sip of rich, dark coffee with toast and jam, to a cookie I devoured warm from the oven, to the last bite of chicken with lemon and garlic I had at dinner. The process dissociates me from the more complicated or worrying contemplations I’m prone to, enough for my brain to quiet and let go. I stole this process for my heroine in my second book, Sylvia, to use… and I hope I described it right.
A good practice, though reading that answer made me hungry! Thank you for participating in Quirky Questions and letting us get to know you! While I go get a cookie, follow and support Errin, and join us next Friday for more questions and cookies!
Happy reading! 🙂