There is no Friday Five today, as talented authors DL Hammons and Talli Roland are hosting The Significant Other Blogfest, where your significant other takes over your blog for the day or has been put under the spotlight and asked what it's like supporting The Writer.
My partner was a little reluctant to do a blog post all by himself, so I asked The Muse to interview him. Over to them:
1. What shall I call you?
I’m Stephen R. Grant but you can call me Steve.
2. Hi Steve. How long have you and The Writer been together?
Nearly 17 years. Crikey. Longer than a life sentence.
2. What is it that you do, other than supporting The Writer?
I’m a convenience store manager.
3. Do you write?
No. I don’t even read fiction. Film music and spaghetti westerns are my hobbies.
4. That sounds interesting, where did your hobbies come from?
I worked in several local cinemas in my late teens and early twenties and the spaghetti western films of Sergio Leone fascinated me. I’ve always had a passion for film music. Actually I like most types of music, except opera and jazz. Not to keen on most forms of modern pop, though I do like Lady GaGa. Don’t get me started on the new Take That album. Very disappointed.
5. Would you like to take part in next Monday’s Top Ten Countdown Music Blogfest?
Laughs out loud at this. I think he knows what a hard time The Writer is having choosing her own ten songs.
6. Tell me something random about yourself?
We once convinced The Writer’s family that Richard E. Grant was my cousin. It was quite funny because every time he was on television we’d make some casual remark about cousin Richard being on that night and that he’d phone us the other day. This went on for several years until they finally asked whether it was true.
7. And what was your answer?
That he was my cousin!
8. Would you say you’re quite a mischievous person?
Yes. Well, we both are. Our favourite thing is when people listen in on our conversations in coffee shops. When we’re aware of it we generally start an alarming conversation about one of us having a nasty contagious rash and that we hope the café cleans our cups thoroughly. It normally sends them running. Laughs again.
9. I’m beginning to see where The Writer gets her ideas. Do you read The Writer’s work?
Yes. When she lets me.
10. What do you think of it?
I’ve been telling her for years she is a talented writer and I try to free up as much spare time for her to write. I believe in what she is trying to do and I know she will have a novel published one day. Of course how much I like it depends on the genre; she’s written some quite dark stuff recently.
11. Does that worry you?
No. I think it’s a product of watching too much CSI and reading Stephen King. I don’t think she’s about to turn serial killer on me! He pretends to check the kitchen draws for any sharp knives at this point. Apparently they’ve been banned – The Writer is rather accident-prone.
12. What food or drink is guaranteed to return The Writer to a good mood, even after a bad days writing?
Kentucky Fried Chicken.
13. What one thing would you change about her writing habits?
Nothing. Though sometimes I worry she spends too much time writing and not enough time relaxing. She needs to learn to switch off.
14. Finally, how hard is it to sit by and watch someone you care for struggle to attain a dream...knowing there's very little you can do to help?
I don’t struggle with it because I know for her it is more about the enjoyment of writing than being published. Even if her dream never came true, she would still write.
Well, that's all the questions. Thank you to The Muse and Steve; it was very illuminating.
Don't forget to check out the other blogfest entrants here and if you're looking for another challenge then sign up for the Top Ten Horror/Science Fiction Movie Quotes Blogfest here.