Yesterday Theresa and I sat down with Kathy to chat for a bit. This is the resulting interview.
Thank you, Kathy ::grins while doing the Happy Dance::
Friday, January 17, 2014
Well, I must admit, this is one of the most unusual interviews I've done on Tabor Lane. My guest today is author Theresa Snyder and her dear friend, Farloft, the dragon.
Q: Theresa, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? How long you have been writing and how many books you have published.
Theresa: I am an indie author who runs the printshop at the local community college in order to pay the bills. My dream is to one day make a living from my writing. It seems like I have been writing all my life, but I just published my first book on Kindle May of last year. I had twelve books I wrote since 1990 – six science fiction, five fantasy and one memoir. I achieved my 2013 goal by getting them all published. I posted the last fantasy to Kindle December 28th.
Q: Farloft, why don’t you tell us about yourself? I discovered you on Twitter. Do you tweet often?
Farloft: I am rather old for a dragon – over 1,000 of your human years, but I am young at heart and I do love to tweet. ::grins and nudges Theresa with wing tip::
Theresa: He tweets on my account the last Friday of each month.
Q: You don’t have your own account, Farloft?
Theresa: I can answer that question. No! He has to come to my house to Tweet and unfortunately my home is not equipped for dragon occupation for more than a 48 hour period. I think my elderly dad and our cat Jewel are very tolerant having a dragon stay overnight for a weekend. He is quite a tripping hazard.
Farloft: Oh, come on. ::hangs head, ears drooping:: Dad and Jewel love me and love when I bring Flutterby visiting.
Q: Flutterby? Isn’t that the flying cat someone gave you on twitter?
Farloft: It certainly is. She has been my constant companion since she came to me. I wrote a story about her on my blog. She and Jewel huggle when I visit.
Farloft: A technical dragon term for a cross between a snuggle and a hug. ::encircles Kathy with both wings and huggles: A huggle! ::grins at surprised interviewer::
Q: ::straightens blouse and smooth hair back down:: You have a Blog?
Farloft: Yes. “Farloft’s Rhetoric” - my musings, comments and tales. I have a fun contest currently running. I may set up a facebook page soon.
Theresa: Absolutely not. Twitter and a blog are quite sufficient for a dragon. If you had a facebook page you would have to live at my house. He doesn’t have computer access at home.
Q: That brings up a thought… What do the neighbors think when Farloft comes to visit?
Theresa: We try to keep it as quiet as possible, but Farloft has to be up by midnight to tweet to his UK friends and usually goes until 8:00 pm that following evening to be able to talk to his friends in Singapore. He tends to hum when he is happy, so he usually has the whole neighborhood up by 5:00 am.
Farloft: My personal best is 22 hours with 568 tweets. ::thrashes tail in excitement knocking potted plant to floor:: Oops! Sorry…
Q: We know you two are old friends. Can you tell me what habits each of you has that drive the other nuts?
Theresa: He has a story for every occasion. He’s like the dragon form of Abraham Lincoln. You can’t get a word in edgewise.
Farloft: She snores. ::sticks out tongue::
Q: What’s the difference between you and most other people?
Theresa: Isn’t that obvious? I have a dragon for a houseguest on a regular basis. ::reaches over and pats Farloft on his shoulder::
Farloft: I am not ‘most people.’ I am a dragon as you can see. ::extends green iridescent wings as far as walls allow:: No comparison can be made.
Q: Most people who follow me know I am a runner. Can you tell us what hobbies or sports you each enjoy?
Theresa: I like gardening. Flowers and fruit are my specialty.
Farloft: She grows the best apples. Honey roasted apples are my favorite. ::blows smoke ring at ceiling::
Theresa: He does the roasting, obviously…
Q: Sounds like you are both homebodies.
Theresa: I am a Taurus and very home oriented, but I love to travel. I joke about being born in the year of the dragon and that is why Farloft and I are so close.
Farloft: Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt in being able to channel my thoughts. ::absently puffs another smoke ring and skewers it with claw on index finger::
Q: Speaking of that, are you working on the next title in the Farloft Chronicles? Can you give us a teaser?
Theresa: I am. The story was prompted by a person who tweeted with Farloft in December. They asked how we met. I believe Farloft is going to tell us that story.
Farloft: It is a very, very long story. ::smiles and nudges Theresa with wing:: I have known Theresa since she was 5 years old.
Q: What is the biggest challenge of being Farloft’s Chronicler?
Theresa: He has a habit of wondering far from the original subject at times. It is hard to keep him on point.
::frowns and puffs smoke in Theresa’s face::
Theresa: Hey, stop that…Behave…You’re going to set off the smoke alarm again.
::waves a wing to dissipate the smoke::
Q: And your greatest challenge of working with Theresa?
Farloft: Her inability to keep up with my train of thought. ::grins toothily and licks Theresa’s cheek in a dragonic show of affection::
On that note I would like to thank everyone for joining us today.