When I met her, I asked her which are her seven guilty pleasures.
And here’s how our chat went.
Guilty? I’m not someone who gets guilt-tripped easily! But I do find it a bit embarrassing how completely obsessed I am with the following:
You got me right there. I love the guy!
He’s one of the great actors of our time, but there’s more to it – I swear, the man is catnip! I have blogged about my obsession with The Batch and have been interviewed about it in several magazines/newspapers AND for a documentary! I am constantly scheming in the back of my mind to write a part that would somehow be worthy of him.
Idris Elba. I created my Special Agent Epps around him (and a gang kid I knew when I was working in the Los Angeles County prison system) pretty much so I could have that man in my head every day and call it work .
And isn’t that one of the best sides of this job???
I could watch Elba forever as Luther and Stringer Bell… and why hasn’t he played James Bond yet???
Ian McShane. I’ve had a crush in McShane since I was just a kid watching him as Disraeli on Masterpiece Theater. I’m loving him now in American Gods. But I was forever lost to his performance as Al Swearengen in It’s that the devil archetype: a powerful, brilliant, sexual, violent man who has his own occasional staggering moments of morality and transcendence —the kind of man that draws women like moths to the flame. There’s a Beauty and the Beast undercurrent here: the monster that we just might be able to tame. I will never forgive creator David Milch for ending that series before Swearengen could have his way with Mrs. Garret —and she with him.
(Okay, now I AM starting to feel guilty. I just got married this month, I can’t be carrying on like this! So, okay, what are some guilty pleasures that AREN’T men…?)
(Not really. Food, maybe. But talking about men is so much more interesting….)
Well… there’s Kate McKinnon. This woman slays me. A comic genius, so beautiful and out of control. I crumple into a giggling inarticulate heap at virtually everything she does. I’m seriously afraid I will melt if I ever have the privilege of meeting her.
The Silence of the Lambs. I can never get enough of this brilliant book and movie. I see new themes, levels and symbols in both, every time I revisit them, which is often. In fact, I just did a thirty-five page structural analysis of the film (available to subscribers to my Screenwriting Tricks for Authors mailing list) – because I’m just that obsessed.
Fawlty Towers. Some people have comfort food. I have John Cleese. But Fawlty Towers is the series I want to curl up in bed with when I’m sick (which is rarely). Helpless laughter is incredibly healing. I am a dark person with dark tastes in general, but this to me is perfect comedy.
And speaking of comfort stuff…
Bridget Jones’ Diary. I adore this book and read it almost every Christmas, and also when I’m sick or just exhausted. Chick-Lit was never my thing at all, but this book is such a sly tribute to Pride and Prejudice as well as perfectly capturing the angst of the single woman – there’s never been another one that comes close.
Well, as you read, Alexandra is a pleasure to be around so if you want to know more about her and Hunger Moon, following the link you can find the schedule of the Tour
Revenge has no limits.
Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.
Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted…
ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, BITTER MOON, HUNGER MOON – now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural HAUNTED thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN). The New York Times Book Review called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley,” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”
As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD, and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.
Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham’s all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it’s under control.
Thanks for hosting today, Viviana! 🙂