Friday, March 8, 2013

5 Questions interview with Kandy Kay Scaramuzo

The Book Keepers welcomes you! It is a pleasure to have you here.

About the author:
Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo is a seventh generation Texan who has her own brick at The Cowgirl Museum. She has taught in alternative education for over twenty years. Ms.Scaramuzzo is a member of the 2012 Strathmore's Who's Who. She has a BA in Criminology and MAedCT. She works in horse, dog, cat and snake rescues. Ms. Scaramuzzo has been a tester observer for therapy dogs for nine years. She ran a therapy horse riding program for autistic children for five years. She has been a recognized animal behaviorist for over 20 years. This is her first book about an exceptional horse. She feels it is important to give back to maintain the balance of a civilized society.

1.  What kind of music do you listen to?

I must admit I am a bit of an enigma. I live in Texas, wrote a book about a horse, drive a ¾ ton diesel pickup truck, and spend all my spare time with my personal herd of six horses. A friend of mine had a sign made that hangs in my office giving me the title, “Horse Dive”.  Considering all of the above you would think I listen to country music.  You would be wrong.  I am a rocker.
   I love the rockers and their intense music. I have a playlist that includes Coldplay, Korn, Redlight King, Egypt Central, Skillet, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Ozzie, and The Monkees.  I am a very intense person and the music really blends well with my personality. Go figure, looks like I am a rocking out Horse Diva!

2. If  you could eat any type of food while you are writing,
3.  What will it be?  Why?

I think I mentioned in the previous question that I was a bit intense, you can add to that I am a binger. When I was working on my book this last summer, I ate watermelon and sauerkraut everyday. (Don’t worry, I didn’t eat them together.)  Summers in Texas are HOT!  My husband complains that we are two miles from the sun. These foods were cool but seasonal. When the watermelon went out of season, I switched to cherries and almonds. I can pretty much quit binging on food as quickly as I started. Right now, I am hooked on honey crisp apples and Brazil nuts. My horses love this particular binge because I save the cores for them.
So I guess my favorite writing food could be described as whatever I happen to be binging on at the moment.

4. What is your favorite TV show and why?
Did I happen to mention that I am a bit quirky?  I love all the old ancient monster movies and TV shows. I’m talking about the classics like Lon Chaney movies and the Dark Shadows series.  I know it is sad with all the HD movies out there these days, but the old ones just draw me into them with their classic charm. That being said, I have two favorite shows out there now, The Walking Dead and Castle. They are so different, yet so alike.

The Walking Dead just amuses the fire out of me. There are so many things wrong with the show, yet no one seems to notice. One example is that these are the fastest zombies in history. Why is it the zombies can see and smell you unless you have chopped the arms off an d broken the jaw of some unfortunate zombie and you have him attached to you via chain or an official zombie walking stick? It is so silly, it is quite the fun ride.

What I like about Castle is the way he will stop and come up with an alternative scenario in his writer’s voice. The man is most amusing to me. I really don’t think any city in the world would allow him to actually tag along with the police the way he does. The insurance issues alone would be a nightmare.

I seem to be drawn to the shows that can’t actually happen. Anyone remember TJ Hooker?  It was absolutely amazing the way he answered every call by himself.  He saved the city many times all by himself. Horatio Cane on CSI Miami did the same things but alas, he was cancelled so I guess I am stuck with zombies and delinquent writers for now. Although I have heard rumors of a series called Grimm that sounds quite intriguing. Since I watch TV for entertainment, these two shows seem to fit the bill just fine for me, for right now anyway.

6. If you could write any book, even if it has been written
7. Already, which one would  will it be?  Why?
I could take the high road on this one and Crime and Punishment, which happens to be one of my favorite books, but I would not be telling the truth. After I read Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and George Washington Werewolf,  I thought it would be all kinds of grins and giggles to rewrite history strategically placing monsters in influential positions. (This would be much to the chagrin of my friend, the History Teacher.)  I just can’t seem to make up my mind if I want to do World History or narrow it down to American History. One thing I know for sure is that The Creature from The Black Lagoon would have a starring role since he has been grossly under-represented in the monster genre. Fashionistas everywhere are saying add color, color, and more color. I think he would be a refreshing accent piece in the halls of history with his refreshing green color. Besides who can resist his cute little gills and the way the bubbles come out of the top of his head?

9. Five Things you’ll take with you to a deserted island?

For this question, I think I am going to take the Gilligan’s Island approach. You know the one, they went on a three hour and basically had everything they ever needed for a multi year comfortable stay on a deserted island. I am thinking my family and all my critters could swim to shore with me so I am not including them on the list. This is taking a big leap of faith, since I have never seen my cats swim, but if they can do it on the Beverly Hillbillies, I have to assume it is possible.

The first thing I would take is my Kindle with a solar charger and d an endless whisper net connection.

Secondly, since I am from Texas, I would have to have my Bowie knife.

Third, I would take an endless supply of moisturizing soap. I can’t stand the slimy feel of salt water on my body.

Let’s see the fourth thing would be several of those magical crates marked food and water that magically refills so no one would ever go hungry or thirsty.  It worked for the passengers of the S.S. Minnow.

The fifth thing would be bad Nielson Ratings so the trip would be over because it was cancelled and we could all go home on the mysterious boat that would show up to rescue us. We would of course get together every three years for a reunion show.
Thank you for stopping by. Good luck with everything.
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