Tabitha: Hi, Zeta! Thanks for joining me! We're gonna jump into some fun questions today. To start off, besides reading and writing, what other hobbies or pastimes are you passionate about?
Zeta: I love gaming! Card games or board games with friends and family—duplicate bridge, backgammon, rummy, just about any word game. RPG (Role Playing Games) Video games—am looking forward to the new release of Mass Effect. Unfortunately games are time sucks, so I don’t play nearly as much as I used to. But still love those rare opportunities.
Since I started writing (with the intent of self-publishing), I’ve also become enthralled with learning about designing book covers. I can, and do, spend hours playing with photos for ideas and inspiration.
T: I also can't wait for the new Mass Effect! Back into the writing world, what are your favorite books and why?
Z: Life is profound enough, I read novels almost strictly for entertainment and escapism. I’m a series reader. Always have been. When I fall in love with characters, I want to follow their adventures beyond just one book. So hook me with characters and I’m a fan for life!
Hard to choose a favorite series, but could probably say Robert B. Parker’s Spenser crime novels. The humor and moral compass of his protagonist (Spenser) appealed to me from the first and I never wavered in that. Even his FMC, Susan, was a delight and very much aligned with my concept of a strong female character. Additionally his gray character, Hawk, was always mysterious and fascinating. A wonderful and diverse character series.
T: What about your favorite movies and TV shows?
Z: I’m pretty much an action junkie, but don’t watch a lot of movies. Keeping with my series theme, I could probably put Die Hard, The Godfather, Lethal Weapon, Star Wars, and Star Trek movies on that list.
I don’t have a TV connection, but I stream from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Lots of favorite TV: Most all the comic stuff (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Daredevil, Gotham, etc). Older stuff (Farscape, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, etc).
Just fun stuff (The Originals, Blacklist, The Walking Dead, Empire, etc).
T: Okay, you're winning a lot of points with me with the Mass Effect and Star Wars love. What are your favorite motivational writing quotes?
Z: Another tough one… so many and so little space.
“Why are you telling the reader this?”
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
- Ernest Hemingway
"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or poorly written. That is all."
- Oscar Wilde
“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
- Alfred Hitchcock
T: What other favorite quotes tend to reflect your general philosophies?
Z: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Obviously a pattern here. Eleanor Roosevelt was a very wise woman!)
T: Very true.
Z: “My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.”
- Ani DiFranco
T: Awesome! Thank you for sharing those with us, and for the interview!
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Zeta Lordes is an author of Science Fiction and Paranormal Fantasy flavored with plenty of suspense and romance. When she’s not writing, she’s often playing with photo projects, including book covers for herself and other author friends. She lives alone in a rambling house littered with three generations of passed down books and three cats—who have their own litter.