Please welcome Evie Manieri to the blog today. Blood’s Pride is her debut novel. So, please give a warm welcome to Evie.
I daydream, and am prone to react to stressful situations by pretending to be someone else. For instance when I have trouble sleeping, I comfort myself by thinking about the fictional problems of fictional characters, instead of the bogeys that creep out from under my bed. These are the top ten characters who are likely to take up residence in my head when reality gets to be just a bit too much:
1) Trinity from The Matrix. It might be the black PVC. It might be the sunglasses. It might be because she kicks so very, very much ass.
2) Han Solo from Star Wars. I don’t know why I don’t pretend to be Leia, because I love Leia. I think she’s awesome. I just always pretend to be Han.
3) Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s a ginger witch. That’s all I need, really.
4) Samantha Carter from Stargate. She’s brave, capable, brilliant and amazing under pressure. Total wish-fulfillment.
5) Buckaroo Banzai from Buckaroo Banzai. Physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, rock star: that’s all pretty cool, but the clothes… sweet mercy! It would be like riding to 80’s New Wave heaven on a cloud made entirely of shoulder pads.
6) The Doctor from Doctor Who. Sometimes the only solution is to get in my blue box and hurtle through time and space.
7) Scully from the X-Files. Someone needs to save Mulder from himself, right?
8) Aeryn Sun from Farscape. She’s fierce, beautiful, vulnerable, knows her way around a Peacekeeper blaster pistol, and John Crichton adores her. It might be the hair, too – just a little.
9) Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. It helps to have friends when there’s crime to be done.
10) Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica. There is something perversely comforting about pretending to be someone eminently more eff’d up than I will ever be. Try it, if you don’t believe me. Just save me a puff on that cigar.
Evie Manieri has a degree in Medieval History and Theatre from Wesleyan University. Blood’s Pride is her first novel. The next book in the Shattered Kingdoms trilogy, Fortune’s Blight, is due out in Fall 2013.
Evie lives with her daughter in New York City.
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