Please give a big Top2Bottom Welcome to Shira Glassman!!
Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
I’m going to stretch the definition of soda and ask for fizzy water—lime if you’ve got it. Thank you so much for having me, by the way.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, my official author bio is Shira Glassman is a violinist living in North Florida with a labor activist and a misbehaving calico. Her writing reflects her experiences as a bisexual, Jewish woman who was raised in the lush scenery of tropical South Florida and her adult interaction with multiple loved ones who cope with food allergies and intolerances. Her chief influences include murder mysteries (everything from Agatha Christie, whose entire canon crowds into her bookshelf, to the Cat Who novels) and German opera. Shira’s favorite holidays are Passover and Halloween, because she likes freedom and make-believe.
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
I was in the snack line during the break in orchestra rehearsal, and I was struck speechless when I turned on my phone and saw the email. I grabbed the sleeve of the teeshirt of the man in front of me in line, a bassist who had always watched over me in a brotherly way, and dragged him down to my phone’s screen so he could see. Given that I never shut up, it’s a sign of how excited I was that I couldn’t speak at all!
What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?
I do write m/m and the second book in this series has significant m/m content, but this particular book is f/f. Given that I’m a gay-leaning bisexual woman, me writing f/f is really no big surprise.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
Sweets do nothing for me, but I have brought for you “shopska”: a Central European salad made from raw vegetables and copious feta cheese. It’s addictive. Two bites in and you’ll be asking me for the recipe.
*Takes a bite* Yummy! Thank you!
How many hours a day do you spending writing?
Some days, two or three to knock out a chapter. Often, none at all. I tend to do a lot of it in my head before sitting down and blurting it all out.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
Mostly write right through. Revising can take way longer than writing.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
I plan. I have to plan; it’s part of my nature.
Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?
Rivka, the five-foot-eleven tough-lady bodyguard whose first language is Yiddish and rides a dragon into battle. With a description like that I think explanations are unnecessary! (I’m also thoroughly in love with her love-interest, but as he’s mysterious, I don’t want to tell you why.)
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
Yes, and I try to just stop worrying about it and go read something else.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Unfortunately not. But we do have a rather kickass futon.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
I never usually need to.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
Monty Python’s Flying Circus – mostly the television show, although the movies are good, too.
What is the most frequently asked (author name) question?
Since my pitch line for The Second Mango is that it’s about a gay woman, a straight woman, and a dragon, people usually ask, “and do they walk into a bar?” To which my answer is no, but they definitely deserve it after everything I put them through!
What are you working on now?
Book three in this world (which I flippantly call the Mangoverse), a whodunit in which Queen Shulamit has to solve a group of seemingly unrelated thefts – or are they?
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?
My writing flourishes I can’t find what I want out of the fiction that already exists. My writing flourishes when I enjoy the hell out of something but yet it still managed to let me down in some way. My writing flourishes when I love something so much that I want to roll around in it – writing, for me, is taking “thinking about something you like” to the next level. Daydreaming about something is like sniffing dinner; writing about it is getting to eat dinner.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
Scientist or retail
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Traveling, watching opera, nature photography
Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?
My book The Second Mango is due out on 8/21/2013!
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
…and at Prizm Books, once my book is out.
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!