Carla did a quirky Q&A with RT Book Reviews shortly before it ended publication after a long, stellar run. Here it is, slightly updated:
What was the first book you read that meant something to you?
The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart. I happened on it in the library as a kid, and when I read it, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
What book do you wish you could live in?
I just finished A Country Diary: The Year in Kerry by Patrick O’Sullivan and enjoyed “living in” his descriptions of Irish scenery.
What trope most mirrors your life?
“It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Ah, yes…
If we pulled up next to you at a stoplight, what song would you be shamelessly singing?
“Flannigan’s Ball” by Dropkick Murphys. I’m a runner, and it’s my favorite song when I need a boost on a long run.
If your ghost haunted a place, where would it be?
A ruin on the southwest Irish coast.
Who do you want to hug right now?
My grandchildren. Goes without saying! I have three little ones…
What do you do when you’re feeling discouraged?
Book a trip, go for a run, get out the Redbreast 21 – sometimes all of the above!
If you could only vacation at one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Ireland. We love it, and it’s easy to get to other places from there if we want to do side trips.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your spare time?
Hang out with my family. My daughter and I ran our third half-marathon together in June!
What’s the last book that you bought?
I just ordered Stella Cameron’s latest Alex Duggins mystery novel set in the English Cotswolds.
What’s your favorite fandom?
Just binged-watched Vera. Love her! Strong, smart, doesn’t mince words and a fascinating English setting. I understand she’ll be back for another season.