Hi Belinda. What’s your name? Now, I realise I just said your name but, well… erm… introduce yourself…
My name is Belinda G. Buchanan — and before you ask, I won’t tell you what the middle initial stands for.
I reckon it’s Glinda, as in the good witch from Wizard of Oz. Or perhaps Gregory. Garry? Gina? Nah, I’ll go with Glinda. Anywho. Where are you from?
Kentucky, also known as the bluegrass state.
You have blue grass? Is that where James Cameron got the idea for Avatar? Do you like living there? If not, where would your favourite place to live be? If yes, where would you least like to live?
Well, I….you know, Sin, your questions are a tad confusing. I’ve lived in a few different states since I’ve been married, but I have to say that the city I’m living in now is the best. It’s a small town where everyone waves at you…it’s a nice place to raise my sons. The place I’d least like to live would have to be the Waverly Hills Sanitarium (which has been called the most haunted place on earth) and is less than an hour from my house.
You think I’m confusing? You have a middle initial without a name… although I’m the man who lost my own last name along the way. Oh, and you live somewhere where they have blue grass. Doesn’t it get confusing if you go to the seaside? Do you think you can walk on the ocean or is it swim in the sea? See, now I’m confused. As you’re a writer, is this your ‘day job’?
Writing is my day job, night job, and all jobs in between - that, along with being a mom to two boys.
Sounds good. I’m sure Shaun wishes he could write all the time. It would mean it’d be less cramped in his head for me. Tell me about your latest project.
‘Tragedy at Silver Creek’ has just been released and is a novel about a small town in Montana that is trying to cope with the aftermath of a serial killer’s reign of terror.
Let’s hope they don’t have blue grass to contend with too. Seriously, though, it sounds great. I have to ask, though, how do you feel about bacon? A crazy person once said it was the food of the gods. OK, I admit that person was myself...
I adore bacon and….wait…I think you’ve got some bacon juice on your chin.
Don’t you hate it when that happens? It’s all that time in a strait jacket. You sometimes forget you can actually wipe your chin! So. What is your favourite film?
It changes from year to year as new ones come out. My current favorite is The Age of Adaline with Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. Have you seen it? If not, you should. I mean, they have movie night here, don’t they?
I haven’t seen it yet, though I’ve heard good things about it. Yes, we occasionally have a movie night and, occasionally, it’s a decent film rather than the one we saw three weeks earlier and everyone fell asleep at! Have you always wanted to be a writer, or is it something you found yourself doing one day?
I began writing when I was ten or eleven I think. Stories would just pop into my head and I’d put them down on paper, hiding them under my mattress where only I could read them. That intensity carried over, and when I was in my twenties, I wrote, After All Is Said and Done. I love to write stories, and can’t imagine not doing it.
It must be fulfilling to be able to bring your creations into life and not need to hide them. Do you have so many ideas they dribble out of your nose if you don’t get them down, or do you have to hunt around the floor and the back of your sofa to find where your Muse is hiding?
The words flow through my fingertips like a running faucet, but the day after is comparable to a bad hangover. I look at the screen on my computer and wonder what the heck was I thinking? Type, delete, rewrite…repeat. My muse is usually right beside me, but sometimes she disappears (maybe out of boredom, I don’t know). I wait patiently for her to return, but if she doesn’t come back by nightfall, I leave an unwrapped KitKat on the stairs. It usually takes her about five minutes to smell the chocolate and come around.
Ah, bribery! I like your style. And a Kitkat, good choice – I’m partial to a finger or two myself. If you were in an asylum, what would your particular delusion or psychosis be?
I suffer from an acute syndrome of talking about the characters in my novels as if they are real. I have a tendency to babble on and on about them like they are an extended part of my dysfunctional family - a habit that drives my husband nutters.
I can always find room for him here. I’m sure Connors wouldn’t mind. And, as for treating your characters as real, that’s a bit strange isn’t it (says a fictional character talking to you)? I think you’d both fit in very well! What genre(s) do you write?
I write edgy, women’s fiction and mystery romance/suspense. They’re filled with emotion, intimacy, humor, and angst. If you don’t mind a few racy scenes and a sprinkling of profanity here and there, then my novels are for you.
Sounds interesting. Joy, my sister, liked those sorts of books. She read almost continually. And, what genres(s) do you read?
I mostly read women’s fiction, & mystery, but if I see a cover that’s striking and like the blurb, I’ll read it-even if it’s not in that genre. I am a huge Star Trek Fan and have boxes and boxes of their paperbacks that I scored at a yard sale a few years ago.
Star Trek! Cool! I love Star Trek myself. I think Shaun quite likes it too, though he’s never said. If these are the same, what attracts you to them? If they’re different, why do you think that is?
I like women’s fiction because I like a story with drama. I give certain afflictions to my characters (alcoholism, mental illness) and sprinkle in a few flaws (like adultery). My women are not weak, and my men are not always strong. Giving them these problems makes them human and brings about a certain vulnerability, because even a hero has a chink or two in his armor.
Very true and a good premise. A flaw can be the floor to help you stand up straight and true. Or something. Bacon – just cooked or crispy?
I like my bacon so crispy that it snaps in half when you bite into it.
Wow, that’s crispy! I like mine crispy too, but not so much that I’d break a tooth! Now you’re in the asylum with me, how do you aim to get out? Do you have an escape plan?
I do have an escape plan, but I’m going to need your help. Do you have a coin? Flip and catch…
The problem with tossing a coin is you never know which way it will land, or who will die in the process…
So, there’s Belinda. A lovely woman, I can assure you, though with her blue grass and not knowing her middle name, she may need a night or ten in the asylum…
You can find out more about Belinda at the following locations. I can recommend dropping by and checking out her books!