When it’s mai tai time with a favorite author, I will tag along with today’s guest! I bet a few of you faithful readers will too!
Today’s beach chat is with: Sally Carpenter
Recommend a beach read: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—light, funny and mostly harmless. Decades ago one of my brothers gave this to me for a Christmas present. I eventually bought and read the next three books in the series.
Most cherished beach memory: I grew up in the Midwest, which doesn’t have beaches except along the shoreline of
Chicago and . I finally saw beaches when I moved to the Michigan area. My best memory would be a day trip I took with a church group to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Los Angeles . After viewing the exhibit we had dinner at a restaurant right on the shore. The restaurant had large windows facing the ocean and we could see the boats sailing into the harbor and the seagulls flying. San Diego
On author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on
: Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote the first Nancy Drew books. In 1927 she was the first woman to graduate from the Waikiki Beach of Journalism. During the day she worked as a journalist at a newspaper in Iowa School and at night she banged out juvenile mysteries on a manual typewriter. She wrote dozens of other books, not just Nancy Drew. Ohio
Worst non-writing job you ever had: At an amusement park north of
. On my first day, I was put behind the guest relations desk where the park visitors came with questions and complaints (plenty of those). I was given zero training and no information, not even ticket prices. When I balked, I was told, “The best way to learn the job is to do it.” So every time a guest asked me a question, I had to chase down another employee to give me the answer. The so-called supervisors did nothing but sit in a back room, eating and talking with their friends. Also, the company scheduled me to work on shifts and days I had said I didn’t want to work. Then I was scheduled to work six days straight, one day off, and then six more days. The supervisors had plenty of days off. I quit after two weeks. Los Angeles
A few years later, I received a notice in the mail that some former employees of this park had filed a class-action lawsuit for unpaid overtime hours or some such and I was eligible to join in the suit. I did so and received a small payment. Apparently the company’s bad management practices caught up with them.
Favorite quote or saying: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).
Song that you dance to (when no one is watching): “Get Dancin’” by Disco
and the Sex-O-Lettes. (and as an added bonus today you can not only dance along with Sally, but also the Soul Train Dancers!) Tex
Three of your favorite things: My cats, my friends and my computer because that’s where I write.
Two secret vices: If I told you, they wouldn’t be secret, would they?
One pet peeve: Bad drivers, especially tailgaters and idiots who blow through stop signs when I have the right-of-way.
Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in
She has a master’s degree in theater from
. While in school two of her plays, “Star Collector” and “Common Ground,” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award. “Star Collector” was produced in Indiana State University . New York City
Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.
She’s worked a variety of jobs including actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio.
She’s now employed at a community newspaper.
The Baffled Beatlemaniac (Oak Tree Press) is the first book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series. Beatlemaniac was a finalist for the 2012
! Award for best first mystery novel. Sally’s working on the second book, The Sinister Sitcom Caper. Eureka
She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/
chapter and “mom” to two black cats. Contact her at Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org. Los Angeles
The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper is available in print, Kindle and Nook at Amazon.com and www.oaktreebooks.com.