As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I am a proud member of #TeamOrange, a group of writers who banded together to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior, with all proceeds going to help fellow writer Karen DeLabar and her family pay for medical expenses associated with her bout with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Our next guest for the #TeamOrange edition of The Questions is the marvelous R. B. Wood. I met R. B. online in a writers’ group, and we instantly connected. He hosted me on his blog last year, and we’re discussing an editing partnership. (As in, I edit his next book, and he does what I tell him to.)
By the way, this photo makes him look scary. ——————————————–>
He’s not. Though maybe I shouldn’t out him as a nice guy…
He also hosts The Word Count Podcast, a wonderful way to meet new authors. The most recent episode, #30, featured seven of the #OrangeKaren authors, including yours truly. Hop on over and take a listen. You’ll get to hear our Orange Warrior’s voice, as well as a deep creepy voice (Alex Kimmell), a Scottish Brogue (Gareth S. Young), and a Southern Belle (Valerie Haight). I am going to be working with R. B. to create a dedicated website for the podcast – it’s gonna be awesome!
I got to meet R. B. recently when he happened to be traveling in Atlanta on business. Lucky me! I took him to a local pub, and we made the waiter laugh so hard he completely forgot our order. I can’t wait ‘til we get to do it again! Until that auspicious time, we’ll all just have to enjoy his answers to The Questions.
The #TeamOrange Questions
a. How/why are you a member of #TeamOrange?
I’ve been friends with Karen online for years and met her at ReaderCON in 2011. I’m a member of a social media group that posted updates on her condition when she fell ill. Once the recovery happened, I suggested we do a fund raiser, and was invited to a secret group already beginning to plan what became Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior.
(dSavannah note: Richard also created *21* Internet memes, all in honor of the launch. You should be able to see them on his Facebook page. This one is my very very favorite.)
b. What is the title of your story? Describe it in 25 words or less.
I wrote “Orange You Glad the Doctor’s in.” It’s a dark, supernatural comedy about a supernatural abuse of power.
(dSavannah note: It’s quite a funny story, with hilarious descriptions of some of the characters.)
c. Karen has been called a warrior because of her fighting spirit and will to live. Who else inspires you because they fight for good?
Firemen. EMS Workers. Police. As I write this, the disaster at the Boston Marathon is unfolding. Many people ran from the explosions. They ran TOWARD the fires.
d. What causes/non-profits are near and dear to your heart? Why?
MSPCA, animal shelters and rescue centers. My wife and I love animals.
e. If you had enough money to name a building after Karen, what kind of building would it be?
The Fine Arts Center at a local university.
g. What was your first reaction when you held the book in your hands (either the ebook or paperback)?
There are so many things in life that hover in some shade of gray. This (the paperback) is good — pure white. It’s for a woman we all care about quite deeply.
The (Regular) Questions
(dSavannah note: I told the authors to answer five of the regular questions. R. B. answered nine. Artists. What are you gonna do?!?!)
2. If your phone lets you have custom ringtones, what song do you use for your:
a. Mother/father - Theme from “Sherlock” (dSavannah note: There are a number of versions, I found… so, dear reader, pick your favorite, and imagine that’s the one R. B. uses!)
b. Sister/brother - Theme from “Doctor Who” (dSavannah note: ditto)
c. Significant other - “Angel” by Aerosmith
d. Best friend - She’s my wife. See above. (dSavannah note: aaaaaw!)
e. Most annoying client - “The Imperial March” from Star Wars (dSavannah note: Ha ha! I’m just hoping this isn’t the ringtone he uses for me. Or maybe I do. It would make me seem more imposing. Which I’m not.)
4. What’s the worst meal you’ve ever eaten and where?
Kimchi – Outside of Seoul, South Korea. I still shudder.
5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?
I would have loved to learn how to play the piano. I took clarinet and saxophone instead.
(dSavannah note: I only was able to take one years’ worth of piano lessons. Wish I could have taken more. I do still have my books, though…)
7. What was the name of your first pet and what was it?
Gordon – He was a blue parakeet.
8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?
(dSavannah note: Me too! Well, I only recently read War of the Worlds. But I love those other two authors.)
11. What three items will always be found in your refrigerator?
Jack Daniel’s, Newcastle Brown, Veggies. Apparently, I’m a healthy alcoholic.
13. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning. There is nothing better than sipping a cup of coffee while the sun comes up.
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Wonder Woman. Classic beauty who knows how to use a whip.
34. Why did you agree to this interview?
Because Deb asked, and she’s pretty awesome.
(dSavannah note: *blushes*. Also, this is one of the questions I crossed out for the #TeamOrange edition. But, who am I to stop him from answering?!?!)
About R. B.:
R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012 and is an eLit award winner in Horror. Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series called The Young Practitioner, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years. Along with his writing passion, R. B. is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.
R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time. Read more about him on his site.
(dSavannah note: R. B. calling himself “Mr. Wood” makes me laugh out loud. He’s as much a “mister” as I am a “lady”. )
Find R. B.:
- His Website (currently decked out in orange in honor of #OrangeKaren)
- His Blog
- The Word Count Podcast
- Buy his book on Amazon (paperback and Kindle)
Learn more about the authors and Karen’s story:
Buy the Book:
The anthology is available in paperback for $14.95 and in ebook for $3.99.
- CreateSpace – paperback (purchasing this version gives Karen and her family the most money)
- Amazon – paperback
- Amazon – kindle
Other ways to help:
- Donate via Paypal to the Orange Karen fund (if for some reason this link doesn’t work, go to the anthology website and click the ‘Make a Donation’ button on the right side of the page)
- Write a review on Amazon or Goodreads
- Purchase Orange Karen Swag on Zazzle (items designed by Troy Aaron Ratliff)