The Questions with Dr. Shay West: writer & science geek

The Chosen by Dr. Shay WestI’m excited to post The Questions on the day of an actual book launch! Buy The Chosen: Book One Portals of Destiny, by Dr. Shay West, from Amazon in paperback and kindle, or for a paperback.

I met Shay online in an awesome writers’ group. For some reason, she had the silly notion that her name isn’t cool. Shay is totally cool. Both as a person and as a name. Besides being an author, she’s totally into science. Her status updates often read something like this: “Finished the worm lab and moving into arthropods :D”. Since the only C’s I got in college {ahem} were in my required science classes (for the record, all my other grades? A’s and B’s), she impresses me to no end.

Shay is the author of the Portals of Destiny series.

And HOW COOL is the artwork for her book?      ———————————>
(The cover artist is Eric Malbone.)

The Questions

5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?

Well, on the practical side I wish I would have maybe tried a little harder to do better at math. But after a career day when I was young (can’t even remember the exact grade), and being told that I couldn’t be an astronaut because my math skills weren’t good enough, I gave up rather than pushing forward. Who knows what may have happened had I had someone help me with math? Dr. Fab: Astronaut has a nice ring to it ;) (dSavannah note: yes, yes it does!)

8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I can’t even tell you how many times I read that book. I have a copy I bought from the local Borders before it closed to give to my niece when she’s older. My favorite book now would have to be the Lord of the Rings. I know it’s a trilogy but I have read that series since I was in middle school. Tolkein weaves such a complex yet seemingly realistic tale that draws you in.

(dSavannah note: how pathetic am I? I just, in April 2011, read The Phantom Tollbooth for the first time. I found a copy in a used bookstore, and of course fell in love with it. I loaned the book to my mother, and I have yet to get it back. Hrmph.)

13. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I’m one of those annoying morning people. My old butt is in bed by nine at night!

21. What one place in the whole entire world would you never go, not for love or money?

Australia. *shudder* Not that I don’t like the people cuz I’ve met some and they are super nice but Australia is crawling with poisonous stuff: funnel web spider, brown snake, box jellies. *shakes head stubbornly* Nope, none of that for this girl. Not unless all of the aforementioned critters suddenly and mysteriously vanish, never to return.

25. What causes/non-profits are near and dear to your heart? Why?

Camp Hope. It’s a camp for kids that introduces them to Jesus and the love he has for them. These kids come from pretty despairing circumstances, often coming from broken homes, abuse, foster homes, etc. This camp gives them the opportunity to be loved on, listened to, ministered to. It’s pretty amazing to see what camp does in the lives of these kids and to see them grow and change over the years. I am able to share my love of God’s creation with them, showering them with knowledge about the plants, animals, etc. I even bought a microscope and kit to stain their cheek cells and onion skin! Talk about the perfect place for a biology nerd :D

26. I wish I was rich enough to ____?

Build my very own castle! I’d have secret rooms, a library built to look like the Gryffindor common room, a wine cellar that also doubles as a torture chamber (ju