Happy Friday! This week’s guest is DeAnna C Zankich. Thanks, DeAnna.
To know more about DeAnna C Zankich, follow her blog or see what she’s up to on Pinterest and Facebook. Her most recent literary triumph is Honey in the Rock, the first in her Arabesque series, available here.
1) Is there a song you will always rewind to hear again once it’s played?
I’m a child of the ‘70’s and one song that reminds of happy times as a kid is “Follow You Follow Me” by Genesis. It would be worn out on my iPod if it were possible to do that. And lately, I’ve been obsessing over the theme song for the Starz series ‘Outlander’. The composer, Bear McCreary, rearranged a Celtic folk song into something purely magical. It evokes not only Scotland (which has always called my soul and person), but also the deep wanderlust at the core of all explorers. I play that song to death.
2) Live for a year in the Elizabethan Age or the Gilded Age?
Definitely Elizabethan. The history of the time was exhilarating and I just know I would rock those dresses.
3) Soup or sandwich?
Soup that eats like a sandwich.
4) What is your favorite word?
Detritus. Come on, it’s a great word.
5) Which Greek God fascinates you the most?
Demeter. I’ve played with her traditional description as the goddess of the harvest in my book series. Where the original intent of her worship was about agriculture, I tweak that meaning into referencing the harvest of one’s personal growth. There’s a secret sexual society in my story who are on a mutual path of self-discovery; they use Demeter as their emblem.
DeAnna wrote her first story when she was nine about an evil stray cat who liked to shred laundry. From there, she experimented with acting, singing, journalism and modern dance, but always came back to her first passion–writing. She’s written three novels but the first one will likely be the last published. She’s a TV nerd and a reluctant, fidgety reader, but once a book hooks her, she plows through ravenously. Her literary heroes are Fitzgerald, Hemingway, McInerney, Tartt and King — she loves ghost stories but fears the dark. DeAnna is a long time resident of West Hollywood, California who really wishes she had freckles. She has a BA in Creative Writing/Novel from CSU Long Beach, and studied writing at Cambridge University in the UK. That’s probably where she became such an incurable Anglophile. Arabesque and its cast chose her as their storyteller almost fifteen years ago and the project has been a labor of love ever since.