Cast of Little Red (Rowan, Ethan, Claudia)
Now the interviewees in question were quite busy, hard to reach, or just plain uncompromising. I wasn’t able to get a long interview with them because of this. These were the only questions they felt like cooperating on. When you put a womanizer, actress, and vampire into any kind of spotlight you never know what you’re going to get. This is verbatim, but thankfully they decided to keep their language in check. Thank goodness. You know how vampires can get.
What is your favorite color?
Rowan: Considering most of my best friends and family members call me Little Red, it’s not red. Red is flattering on me, but I have to admit that I like coral the best.
Ethan: It depends on who’s wearing it. I’ve been known to like a little black and red, mostly red though.
Claudia: What kind of question is this? Seriously, what is my favorite color? Like I give a flying leap about colors. I’m a vampire for crying out loud. Do you think I sit around in the dark debating which shade or tone looks best on me? It’s not like I can check myself in the mirror.
What is your favorite pet?
Rowan: Cats. I love that cats will snuggle up with you on a cold day, but know when to give you space too. Sometimes people just don’t know when to give you space. Cats, they seem to be intuitive. They’ve also got an independent streak that I admire.
Ethan: Dogs. Definitely dogs. They’re loyal without fault, not to mention protective of the ones they love. I don’t have much time for pets though. I’m too busy chasing my own tail.
Claudia: Well, if Igor counted, I would say him, but I think you’re referring to a human pet, I’m sorry a pet for humans, not what I consider pets. I’d have to say ferrets. Believe it or not, the little scamps are quite entertaining, especially when they’re giving Igor the slip. They get along quite well with the gargoyles too.
Who do you feel influenced you most in your life?
Rowan: My older sister. She was always getting into trouble growing up. I learned quickly what not to do, or how to not get caught. (Chuckles) You see, Callie she was a spit fire from the time she could walk. Anything that could go wrong in the house, Callie was usually behind it with me following a close second. Of course, Callie usually took the blame for it. I still owe her for half of my childhood. I can’t say for sure, but I think she’s the one who made me take chances in my career, like auditioning for a role as Claudia Woods.
Ethan: Influence? If you consider a role model of what not to do, I’d say my father with my brother a close second. We’re still trying to recover from their disasters. Now my sister, she’s the most stable influence I have in my life. I would do anything to keep her safe. My brother, I’d love to protect him from himself, but that would involve locking him up in the basement until he learns how to deal with his vices in a healthier way.
Claudia: If I tell you, I might have to kill you. Oh relax, I don’t bite. Well, that’s not true. I’ll bite if you want me to. Influence? Humans. They all influence me. I watch them at night sometimes, and as I do, ideas for stories pop into my head. I give them paranormal characteristics, and voila a new masterpiece is created, a paranormal story about the things they would normally flee from. You can learn a lot from watching others.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory?
Rowan: I started acting at a young age. My favorite memories are the time I spent on the stage. I loved the attention. As the middle child, sometimes that’s the only way you get it. I remember playing Little Red Riding Hood in a production of Into the Woods. I had a massive crush on the big bad wolf, but he didn’t seem to mind.
Ethan: The time spent with my mom as she read from our favorite books. She made the world seem so large, yet safe at the same time. I think this influenced my sister too, since she’s become a pretty popular writer.
Claudia: You probably expect me to tell you how old I am. Not going to happen. I loved the smell of fresh baked bread as a child. For some reason that smell alone could comfort a broken heart, soothe a bleeding cut, and reassure me that even with very little we were blessed.
Do you have a love interest?
Rowan: It’s an on again, off again thing. I don’t fall head over feet too easily. Too much is at stake for that.
Ethan: Love? What is that? I’m not sure it exists for me. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to have an attractive woman on my arms, but I’m happy being a bachelor. It’s less complicated that way.
Claudia: Who needs love? I’ve got passion to get me through. You have no idea how passionate vampires really are. If you don’t believe me, you need to read page 63 of my latest novel. That really happened, by the way. (winks)
25 Fun Facts
- My favorite color is purple. It has been for years, but recently it’s being changed to aquamarine. I’m trying hard not to convert, but I’m having trouble fighting it.
- I think almost anything could be improved with chocolate and just found out that Sonic has chocolate covered bacon as an option for their blasts. Trying to keep myself from trying that.
- I’ve been up in the Gateway Arch only twice in my lifetime. You’ll have to drag me kicking and screaming next time. The first time I was a small child and I remember gripping onto the chaperone like a cat trying to escape a bath tub. I made her hold onto my legs when I looked over the windows. This may or may not have happened the second time I went up too.
- I started reading romance novels when I was about eleven years old because I couldn’t find anything else to read. I was the child that went to the library and begged the librarian to tell me what was new so I could keep reading.
- I wrote my first and only fan fiction when I was eight years old. I loved Judy Blume’s Fudge series. I wrote Super Fudge Junior and tried to send it to Highlights magazine. They didn’t publish it. Go figure. Apparently eight year olds have no idea what copy right infringement is. But hey, that was my first attempt to get published.
- I taught in the Middle School and Elementary School setting. My favorite teaching job is when I taught Writing to each class in the building K-5. Do you see a pattern here? It was as if the universe was trying to tell me what are you doing? You should be writing.
- My secret dream, although now that I’m telling you it’s not going to be a secret. Anyway, that dream I have is to be successful enough to create a program for kids to learn how to write. I think writing is so beneficial for kids as a healthy release and a way to develop better communication skills.
- Stitch, 626, he is my all time favorite Disney Character. I met him this year at Disney World for the 2nd I had to push my family out of the frame just so I could get a picture with him all by myself.
- One of my favorite places that I have visited is the Badlands. I remember sitting on a bench at the top of a ridge and looking down. Maybe it’s my writer brain and overactive imagination, but I felt as if I could see people from long ago traveling through the tiny valleys. It was so quiet and peaceful that the history of the past seemed to be floating up to me. The Badlands showed up in The Land of the Shadows.
- I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera twice. I still remember the name of the first phantom Franc D’Ambrosio. We had read the entire book in French, so we took a field trip to go see it. That was so amazing for me. The second time I went, my husband took me. Still loved it, but I think the nostalgia was different that time.
- When people ask me what I did for my bachelorette party I tell them that my ladies and I took a limo up to Chicago and went to see Wicked. That didn’t really happen. It did in my head, because my wonderful husband suggested we do that and by the time we got around to planning it, Wicked was no longer playing. Boo! Instead I spent the night doing Karaoke with my wedding party which was still a blast. You’ll be relieved to know that I did get to see Wicked two years later.
- I’ve been to Penned Con in St. Louis twice. I love meeting people and adore taking pictures with people, even though in real life I duck and cover when people bring the camera out.
- My favorite movie is Newsies. Yea, you’ve heard of the musical I’m sure, but did you know that Christian Bale was in the Disney movie? Oh yea and that guy who played Doogie Howser’s best friend. Totally dating myself here, but for those younger people Bill Pulman was in it too.
- I have a willow tree in my back yard. I find it peaceful, while others might find it haunting.
- I’ve been on a ghost tour before and caught a few spooky images. I believe in spirits.
- I used to rescue ferrets before I had children. The first four that we got, we actually trained to do tricks. They could stand up, jump on their hind legs, come and roll over.
- I’m allergic to cinnamon. All the best things have cinnamon in them. Cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pies, apple pies, and sometimes barbecue sauce. It’s not that common of an allergy. When I was little I had been mistakenly given a cereal with cinnamon in it. I got sent home that day because they thought I had pink eye. Nope. Just allergic to a tasty spice.
- I wrote my first romance when I was fourteen. It was a teen romance and completely unrealistic, but that’s ok. Writing is fun that way.
- I was almost a clown in the circus. Seriously! We had a college circus that I was trying out for, and would have made it into it. I even had my name picked out and my costume, but I decided at the last minute that circus life wasn’t for me. Ah well.
- My top three actors that I have slight crushes on are Vin Diesel, Chris Hemsworth, and Jason Mamoa.
- I refuse to watch Sponge Bob. I just…can’t.
- I had one of the first rounds of Tickle Me Elmo. I was in college for crying out loud. Pathetic!
- My first car was a KIA. I will never forget it. At first I was in love. Then I had a love-hate, mostly hate relationship with it. It happens. You fall out of love.
- I still know my high school fight song. Never learned the one for my college.
- My favorite singers: Jewel, Tori Amos, and Colbie Caillat. I often find myself writing to the soundtrack of In The Heights “Check, 1, 2, 3. This Bennie on the dispatch, Attencio!”