Wednesday, May 06, 2009

What, When, Where, Why, How with Pauline B. Jones

Good morning! I'm thrilled to have Pauline B. Jones on my blog today -- another brave participant in my very odd questions.

What is your favorite movie?

Wow, it's hard to pick just one. My favorite type of movie is romantic comedy, with a rousing good action-adventure movie coming in a close second and critter flicks in there somewhere, too. Oh, and I have this odd fascination for disaster flicks, too. But since I have to chose just one, I'm going to go with Tremors. This monster movie is almost always on a station somewhere. The characters are whacky and the victims all die well.The critters are perfectly disgusting and smart enough to give the characters a good run for the money. It's just good, gory, campy fun. The odd part, I don't own the dvd. I haven't had to buy it yet, because it seems like its almost always on somewhere.

When do you get up in the morning?

When I get up depends a lot on when I go to bed. Hubby and I are empty nesters, so we can go to bed when we want. Well, he has a day job, so he should go to bed earlier, but doesn't always. As a hard core night owl, I like the night, but it seems like an immutable Murphy's Law just for me, that if I stay up really, really late and really, really need to sleep in--the phone will ring painfully early. It's like the universe is tuned in to my sleep patterns. So I try to game the system by staying up late, but not so late that I'm not sentient if I have to get up before eight. Of course, when I use the word sentient, I mean it in the loosest way. I can walk and sort of talk, but I don't become fully functioning before ten in the morning. So technically, that's when I REALLY get up.

Where would you recommend I stay if I visited your state?

If "my state" is Texas, it's so huge, I wouldn't know where to recommend someone stay, but if you mean the state I call home, that would be Wyoming. And if that is what you mean, then I'd suggest you stay at Yellowstone Lodge in Yellowstone Park. It's historic and stuff. Like so historic, I think you have to go down the hall to the bathroom. At least you used to have to do that (I haven't been there for a while, because I don't like to go down the hall to the bathroom. Or the bears. The ones in the Park. I have issues with them that goes well back into my childhood. So don't ever ask me to "Save the bears" because I won't.But it's a neat experience to do once. If it's still an experience.)

Why do fools fall in love?

Fools basically fall in love because they are fools. Not that falling in love is foolish, but when a fool falls in love it IS foolish because they are a fool. Otherwise, it wouldn't be foolish. Unless someone who isn't a fool falls in love with a fool, thus turning into a fool. When that happens, it probably won't end well.

How do you conserve water?

I don't conserve water. I don't splash it about, mind you, because it splashes itself about without any assistance from me, but I don't conserve it. I prefer to interact usefully with it. Did you know that cosmetic types don't consider water organic? Something about it not really being "pure" for the purposes of the organic definition. Sounds a bit whacked to me, but I write science fiction not science fact.

Pauline Baird Jones is the award-winning author of eight novels of action-adventure, suspense, romantic suspense and comedy-mystery. She's also written two non-fiction books, Adapting Your Novel for Film and Made-up Mayhem and cowrote Managing Your Book Writing Business with Jamie Engle. Her seventh novel, Out of Time, an action-adventure romance set in World War II, is an EPPIE 2007 winner. Her eighth novel, The Key, released in 2007 from LL Dreamspell and won a Independent Book Award Bronze Medal (IPPY) for 2008 and 2007 Dream Realm Awards Winner. She also has a short stories in several anthologies.


Keri Mikulski said...

Great interview! :) Love the what should I do if I visit your state question. :)

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Love the answers to your questions!
Excellent interview.

Jacqueline Seewald
new release: THE DROWNING POOL, Five Star/Gale

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Pauline,
Great interview. Your comment about water pricked my interest. We are still on water restrictions here in ny opart of Australia, even though we are heading into winter.