A Conspiracy Tale
Author Sam Diego self-published a crime fiction book in October 2020. Here’s a synopsis:
Our heroine, Annette, has long struggled to fit in as a black female, raised by a single white mom. When Annette marries Phil, a white cop and model husband, she’s ready to relish her beautiful partnership and live her happily-ever-after. But a deadly conspiracy stirs ghosts from her past and forces her to rethink her identity, even as she’s fighting for her life — and for that of Phil.
What is your (1) favorite book quote OR (2) favorite movie quote?
From the movie Frida (2002) Frida’s friend and wedding hostess, Tina Modotti (performed by Ashley Judd), makes a toast at Diego and Frida’s wedding:
Tina Modotti: I don’t believe in marriage. [crowd laughs] No, I really don’t. Let me be clear about that. I think at worst it’s a hostile political act, a way for small-minded men to keep women in the house and out of the way, wrapped up in the guise of tradition and conservative religious nonsense. At best, it’s a happy delusion – these two people who truly love each other and have no idea how truly miserable they’re about to make each other. But; BUT… when two people know that, and they decide with eyes wide open to face each other and get married anyway, then I don’t think it’s conservative or delusional. I think it’s radical and courageous and very romantic. To Diego and Frida!
Why do I like this little monologue? I identify. I agree wholeheartedly. I look at strangers getting married and feel sorry for the trouble that they are setting themselves up for. Yet, I attend weddings or even see them in movies and I cry, seeing two romantic lovers who believe with no doubt in the happily ever after.
That reminds me of another favorite quote. From Charles Mee’s play Big Love: “This is why at weddings everybody cries; out of happiness and sorrow, regret and hope combined.”
What a quote!
You prefer to watch (1) a sunrise OR (2) a sunset?
I prefer to watch sunrises because I see them so much more rarely than sunsets. Also because I simply love mornings. I love the increasing light and warmth from the sun. I love the increasing activity as birds and humans start their day. I love waking to dawn’s early light, when I have had a restful night’s sleep.
Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?
I write when the mood takes me. I can write at a set time and can allow myself to be creative on a schedule, but I rarely make myself write at a set time. I generate much better, more emotional, writing when the mood takes me. It’s the choice between emotion and discipline. I let emotion be in charge with writing and discipline when I need to work.
In the mood for you!
Are you a person who (1) makes and follows New Year resolutions OR (2) never bothers with resolutions?
I don’t bother with resolutions. Either I will do something or I won’t. Either I am interested or I’m not. Either I love myself and will do what’s good for me or I don’t and I won’t.
Do you (1) love shopping OR (2) hate shopping?
I mostly hate shopping, except when I don’t. Almost exclusively I shop when I need something and otherwise not. Nevertheless, I love walking old style markets and shopping districts (more common outside the US) for the people watching and for the sense of abundance.
Thanks for being interviewed, Sam!