I went to a book club meeting the other night and was asked a fun question: “What is something we don’t know about you from your books, bio or blog?”
This was a challenging question to answer because I couldn’t readily remember all of the things I had posted on my blog, nor exactly how my bio read. My answer was this: I am a Trekkie.
I am not the sort of Trekkie that dresses up and attends Star Trek conventions, but I’m the kind that DVR’s The Next Generation and watches an episode almost every night, with a glass or red wine or a bourbon on the rocks. I have a Klingon Bird of Prey ornament on my Christmas tree, and an ornament of the Enterprise, a Shuttle Craft, one of Data, Picard, and one of Captain James T. Kirk. I also own all of The Next Generation main character action figures, complete with Guinan, Q and Wesley Crusher; and the main characters from the original Star Trek. I have a Tricorder and a Phaser. I also own a couple of Star Trek board games. I’m the kind of Trekkie that has seen every episode but still roots for Troy and Riker to hook up and wants to see Beverly Crusher and Picard admit they’re in love and get on with it already. I’m the kind of Trekkie who likes to imagine what it would be like to beam somewhere, who secretly dreams of having a replicator in my home and who would love to go from half impulse to warp nine in a matter of seconds. I even love Earl Gray tea, hot.
After I admitted to being a closet Trekkie, one book club member asked: “Can you speak like a Trekkie?”
I wasn’t sure what this meant. I mean, there are a plethora of different life forms with their own languages. I don’t speak Klingon, but I do have some of Picard’s vernacular. For example, if you were going to ask if you should buy my books, I could respond by saying, “Make it so.” If you asked if you should set a course toward buying my books, I could say, “Engage.”
That was an easy one: Troy, because I would love to be able to sense what people were thinking and feeling. I could have a lot of fun being part Betazoid. J
So, there you have it…one of my deep, dark secrets.
The book club found it interesting that I loved Star Trek and didn’t write Sci-Fi novels. I suppose it might seem strange, as many novelists write in the same genre as that which they enjoy reading/watching. Maybe I will attempt a sci-fi suspense one day.
Until then, live long and prosper. ~