Shana Mahaffey debuted on October 6, 2009 with Sounds Like Crazy, an original, heartfelt, and healing novel about a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Yes this is a main character limited by her many characters.
A full presentation/review of Sounds Like Crazy is scheduled here for Monday, February 1, 2010, but today let’s meet this first-time author from her “official” bio:
Shana Mahaffey lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats. She’s a survivor of catechism and cat scratch fever, and is a member of the Sanchez Grotto Annex, a writers’
And now here’s Shana revealed:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: I know I can I know I can.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you get neither.” By CS Lewis
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: I quote: “Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: With friends.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: The ancient Spartans.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: My Godmother.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases
A: Per my readers, “Proverbial.”
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: My inability to say “No I am not at your beck and call,” to cats.
Q: What’s your best quality?
Q: What do you regret most?
A: Not recognizing the value of people in my life until it was too late—i.e., they were gone.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I would love to be a philanthropist with an unlimited bank account.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My irreverent sense of humor.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Corwin from The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazney
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Darth Vader.
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Can I buy you a beer?
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Outdoor activities such as snow skiing, biking, hiking, city walking preferably with family and/or friends.
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Author (the kind where I am earning enough to live comfortably)
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty, kindness, compassion.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Chocolate cake with lots of chocolate frosting.
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Badlands by Bruce Springsteen, Bad by U2, The Unforgettable Fire by U2, Danny Boy by various artists,Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Chronicles of Amber, Chronicles of Narnia, The Belgariad, The Mallorean, What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies. Okay, the first four are series…
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away a copy of The Murderer’s Daughters to anyone who leaves a comment on this post and is selected in a random drawing. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST. with the winner to be announced here in tomorrow’s post.