Day Job: Author (I wish; until the writing pays big dividends I'm a Jane of All Trades, currently between day jobs)
Hails from: Alaska (with strong nomadic tendencies... I'm currently on the road)
In your next life: It's a total cop-out if I say I want to do exactly what I'm doing now, isn't it? Okay, then. If you insist. I'll go with... a gun moll. Or a "pro" on Dancing with the Stars. Both of which require great legs and sequins.
Preferred writing snack: Diet Coke and dry Life cereal.
Best romantic moments from movies:
1. Love Actually - There are so many moments I love from this movie, but one of my favorites has to be the Prime Minister of England trying to confess his feelings around a small child in a papier mache octopus costume. Brilliant.
2. The Last of the Mohicans - This is going to sound beyond macabre, but I think one of the most romantic moments ever captured on film is when Alice jumps off the cliff after Uncas is killed. They have this intense, wordless relationship throughout the entire film. They never say a single fricking word to one another, and yet he will fight to the death to save her. He fails, of course, and she jumps off the cliff, which normally I would not be a fan of (I think Romeo and Juliet were prize idiots for killing themselves), but for some reason I love it. Go figure.
Who are your favorite heroines from romantic fiction?
- Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice. Wit and wisdom, beauty and brains. What's not to love?
- Sophie Dempsey from Welcome to Temptation. Though Tilda Goodnight gets an honorable mention. I adore all Crusie heroines, but there is something about the con artist and the art forger that make these two my absolute favs. This probably says something unfortunate about my moral compass.
- C.K. Dexter Haven from The Philadelphia Story. I'm going filmic on this one because I love this movie with a passion that cannot be described. Cary Grant as Dexter is brilliantly Machiavellian, smooth, witty, wise and surprisingly compassionate as he attempts to win back his ex-bride.
- Phineus T. Tucker from Welcome to Temptation, again a hard call on the Crusie awesomeness. Davey Dempsey from Faking It ran a close second. I love me some Crusie men, mostly because they are so obviously in love with the Crusie women. Nothing is more attractive than sincerity of emotion.
Who's your favorite real-life romantic hero? As the first single Damned Scribbling Woman, I'm afraid I don't have a Mr. Perfect to brag about. My nomadic tendencies make me hard to pin down. Suffice it to say, that role has yet to be cast.
**Thank you, DSW ladies for letting me splash about in your pool.**