So, what’s the drawback of being the site curator? Sometimes we spend more time reading the posts than getting them ready to go live. I know. Poor us. At least we know for sure this Q&A from The Reaper’s Sacrifice author, Abigail Baker is incredibly worth the wait! And unlike our Q&A, The Reaper’s Sacrifice is available everywhere, no wait needed!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
- The Breakfast Club because the tension between Bender and Claire is a hair’s breadth between a first kiss and a slap to the face!
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman. The film oozes gothic sex appeal. And those costumes? I hate clingy clothes, but, you know, I would squeeze into one of those dresses to hear a man tell me, “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”
- Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Knightley is the perfect Lizzie. What? You think Jennifer Ehle was better? Don’t think I won’t cut you. I just want to hold Macfayden close and tell him his hands are cold.
- The Crow. I realize this one isn’t a romance, but the idea that Eric returns from the dead to avenge his and his beloved’s murders is, to me, beautiful. I mean, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Besides, Brandon Lee? Swoons. RIP, sweet man.
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Ok. I know it was cheesy and Costner gave up on his British accent ten minutes into the movie, but I was an impressionable teenager when it came out. I can sing the Bryan Adam’s song if you’d like… “Look into my eyes…you will see… Oh, everything I do…I do it for you…” No singing? Awkward? Ok, I’ll stop.
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
- The Breakfast Club. Claire kisses Bender in front of her dad! So sassy. And Bender stands there, mouth hanging open like she totally bowled him over. Perfect ending.
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This! This! This!
- Pride and Prejudice. The music. The setting. Their conversation! I get chills every time I watch this scene.
- The Crow. After getting his revenge, Eric reunites Shelly. Nothing more to say.
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Marian sees Robin naked in the waterfall. Marian likes what she sees.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I can’t say one scene came to mind, but the whole lot of them appear in various ways throughout the Deathmark series. Brent Hume, the hero, has qualities of all the heroes in those films. And Ollie possess some of the same characteristics as the heroines.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The best romance I’ve ever read.
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Anyone who loves the outdoors and has endured a great hardship will relate to this story.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I suffer from chronic depression. This book will always be on my nightstand.
- The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie. This one is a recent discovery. Such a wonderful little story narrated by the cat.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. This one resonates on so many levels (see: chronic depression)
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Forever by Judy Blume.
What do you remember about it?
I remember the sex to be honest. Oh, and something about her fetching a clean braw from her dresser. For some reason that stuck. I guess everyone woman likes a clean braw after sex.
What did you like most about it?
I can’t say a really liked it. I needed something to read, so I picked it up and that was that. At the time, I liked reading about sex because I was a curious kid.
What did you like least about it?
Well, nothing really. I was so engrossed in the story that I don’t remember anything that I didn’t like. So, I guess Judy Blume did her job.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I’ve never reread it, but I should. I wonder if that scene and her clean bra will stand out as much as I did then. What the hell was my obsession about that anyway?
Darcy or Wentworth?
(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
Darcy, of course. Matthew Macfayden is positively darling.
Christian or Gideon?
So I didn’t read 50 Shades of Grey. Sorry.
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
Spock. He has a dirty side. I’m sure of it.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset because sunrises are too early for me.
Angst or humor?
Tea or coffee?
Wine or beer?
Cake or pie?
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Scruff or beard.
Blue-collar or white collar?
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?