Friday, December 27, 2013

Author Interview with Cherime MacFarland


Cherime MacFarlane
(I am camera-shy.  This is the best of a bad lot.)

Good morning, Cherime!  Welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors.  I am delighted to have a chance to talk to you this morning about your books and the writing process.  Tell us a little about yourself and what you've written.
Although born in New Orleans, I am proud to call myself an Alaskan. I have lived here for 37 years, I have lived through -40 degrees, hauled water, made bear bacon and live in a cabin. I have used a fish wheel to catch salmon coming up the Copper River. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and only roadie. I have cut firewood on shares, worked as a cocktail waitress, then as a paralegal for over 26 years. I hold the #80 press card as a reporter for the Copper Valley Views newspaper which ceased publication in the 1980s. I have been writing stories since junior high. Retired now, I can devote my time to what I love.
I came to Alaska by way of Arizona and California. I experienced the building of the pipeline up close. Then my second husband and I moved to Wasilla to get warm. It hardly ever drops past -25 in South Central Alaska. I never thought I would love it so much I never want to leave. The beauty of Alaska is a draw I cannot resist.  I love the people and the history. I have been captured by a place I came to under duress. Life does play some interesting tricks on one. I lost my first husband to alcohol. My second husband, the love of my life died as a result of disease. We were not apart more than 24 hours for 20 plus years . I never wanted to be anywhere but with him. He was a man to run the river with.
I've written:

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Romance but I do tend to look at things from both the male and female viewpoint. I was my father's oldest son. I understand men as well as women. The Copper River Romance series is set in a rural area of Alaska. The population there is an odd mix of cultures. I really like exploring that dynamic and how it affects the people living there.

Tea or coffee?
Both, but two cups of New Orleans coffee and chicory is my main morning drink. The rest of the day is for tea. 

Where would you like to visit?
I want to go back to Scotland. 

Pizza or ice cream?
Ice cream, butter pecan.

Favorite food.
Chocolate anything.
Favorite musical artist. Do you listen to music when you write? What? 
Robert Plant. I listen to hot country, rock and heavy metal. It depends on my mood.

What makes you laugh?
Just about anything. I laughed my self silly over Jeff Foxworthy's "You're An Alaskan If".

How old were you when you started writing?
I was telling stories and acting out scenarios for as long as I can recall. I was always the action figure; my little sister was the side kick. I began writing stories down in junior high school.
Describe your perfect evening.  It would be relaxing with a nice dark beer or a shot of good Scotch in ginger ale. I enjoy listening to music while either reading a good book or working on a book.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
Inspiration comes from odd sources sometimes. It has come from things which have happened in my life or the lives of others. A couple of times inspiration came from song lyrics. Often it comes from dreams that are not quite dreams as I am not quite asleep when they happen.

What do you do when you get  writer's block?
I don't often have writer's block. If the words are not flowing easily I will read or go break some speed limits out on the road. I like driving fast. I commuted 130 miles to work over snow and ice covered roads for over 30 years. In Alaska if you are driving under 70 mph get into the slow lane and let everyone else go by, snow or no snow. 
Who is your favorite author?
Anne McCaffrey, I have read everything she wrote twice.

Best book you ever read. 
Crystal Singer

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My father, Forrest Lundin. He was an encourager. He told me I could do anything I wanted to do. Then he taught me about levers and how to use them.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why? 
Robert the Bruce of Scotland. I want to know all the gory details of what really happened.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? Do not turn down an opportunity to try something you have never done. Experience what life has to offer. Even if it turns out badly, it might find its way into a book someday. As they say in flying "any landing you walk away from is a good one".

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  1. Thank you, Cherime, for being with us this morning and sharing a little about your life and your work. You are an inspiration to all of us. Please come back and see us again!