Nikki Van De Car (and yes, that is her real name) is another author who I don’t know personally. I do know her book marketing manager, Christina Esdon, who apparently had so much fun answering The Questions that she decided Nikki should as well.
Nikki didn’t include this in her bio, but turns out she’s written another book too: What to Knit When You’re Expecting. It has 30 projects, from more difficult (first trimester) to easy (last trimester). It sounds adorable, even though I can’t knit. (I crochet. I tried to learn to knit, but I can only handle one needle at a time.)
Interestingly enough, Nikki is the second author to provide the question number from my list with her answers. (Usually I have to add them when I prepare the post.)
7. What was the name of your first pet and what was it?
I had a cat that I named Euschalina. At least I think that was how it was spelled. I was going through a very, um, creative phase. And to her credit, Euschalina was a sweet little kitty who let me dress her up and dunk her in buckets of water and everything, despite being saddled with such a horrible name.
(dSavannah note: My first cats had the monikers Snowpuff and Twinkle. Not quite as creative. Also, they didn’t allow me to do any of the above. My current cats don’t either, for that matter.)
18. Your work space: neat or messy?
Okay, it’s neat for me though the casual observer may not think so. Other people don’t know that the pile of papers there is in a very specific order, and that the torn scrap of paper with something illegible scribbled on it is really very important to me.
22. Would you rather be lost in the forest, the desert, the ocean, or deep space?
The forest. I have this fantasy of being able to put together a whole wonderful world, à la The Swiss Family Robinson. You know how on Lost, there were all these other people that were on the plane but we never saw them because they were totally useless? I’m convinced I’d have been one of the cool kids.
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Normally I’d have to say Lara Croft, because I think it’s important to side with people of your own species, but I feel for Wonder Woman. She’s totally lost, she doesn’t have Superman’s confidence at all, and she’s helping out the world despite her complete lack of understanding of what’s happening in it. She’s just that nice.
29. You have 24 hours left to live. How will you spend it?
I would spend exactly 2 hours saying goodbye over the phone to the people who matter the most, and then I’d take my daughter and my husband, and I would play outside and eat the best food ever and laugh and run and hug.
29a. Turns out you heard the doctor wrong: you actually have 24 years left. How will you spend it?
All of the above, only I’d probably sleep some.
3. If you could trade places with anyone for a week, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I think I would like to be somebody nameless—nobody famous, but doing something really important. Like a medic in WWII, or the guys that got Apollo 13 down safely, or freed the Chilean miners. Somebody competent who works hard in an intense situation and feels that completely deserved sense of pride. I’d like to feel that—and then have it be over in a week because I know I’m not really capable of that kind of greatness.
(dSavannah note: I love this answer. The people we know nothing about did things that helped make famous people who they are/were.)
11. What three items will always be found in your refrigerator?
There will always be apples. There will always be soy milk, because I can’t have cereal with regular milk (I don’t know why. Just one day that happened. It’s not like I’m lactose intolerant or anything). There will always be sriracha. I would include beer, but I tend to finish the last bottle and forget to replenish.
(dSavannah note: Not being a fan of hot sauces, I had to look up ‘sriracha’. Just reading about it made my mouth feel like it’s on fire.)
Nikki Van De Car was born in Hawaii and currently lives in New Jersey. She is addicted to Skittles. She writes Young Adult novels. That is, she’s written one Young Adult novel. She’d like to write more.
- Her Blog
- Facebook (go like the page for her book already!)
- Buy her book on Amazon (paperback or kindle), Powell’s Books (paperback), or BN.com (paperback or nook)