Your story is about a case of mistaken identity. If you were a spy, what would your secret code name be?
If I were a spy, my secret code name would be Payne. First name, Ophelia. Of course, this is because I am a spy employed by OSHA hired specifically to investigate the folks in the body piercing industry and their relevant background experience. I find it fascinating that people who can't muster the fortitude to complete a GED are granted license to poke holes in other peoples' bodies. "Here's the form, the fee and the boy scout promise not to pierce anyone under the age of 18." I think there's more to it than that, but that gets your foot in the door. Whoa.
What do you miss about being a kid?
I miss everything about being a kid. I miss not wearing a watch. I miss melted popsicle juice slobbering down the front of my terrycloth halter top and yet looking perfectly appropriate for a kid on a hot summer day. I miss the sense and excitement of an entirely unknownlife ready to unfold before me…that anything is possible. But what I miss the most is just being with my family. So many of my extended family members moved away and didn't stay in touch. It's sad. And, of course, all of those who have passed. When you're a kid and you’re stuck for hours on end at a family function, you take for granted that it's always going to be that way. I never guessed that our family would scatter, but they did and I don't have nearly enough photos of those early memories.
If you could go on a road trip with any famous person (dead or alive), who would it be and where would you go?
If I could go on a road trip with anyone,it would be JFK, Jr. We would travel to places that most represent the idea of Americana to me. Charleston, St. Louis, Austin. Yes, I know. You wanted to hear me say someone riveting like the Dalai Lama or someone controversial like Richard Nixon. I'm certainly interested in history and social issues but sorry folks, if I'm going to be confined in a vehicle with someone for more than an hour, they have to look good and smell better. It's that simple.
Promote yourself – where can we find your writing, and what projects are you working on right now?
The things I've written are hard to come by as the majority of my work (screenplays) aren't usually made available to the public. Although, I did win the Nevada Film Fest's 2009 Short Screenplay top prize and I'm willing to send it to anyone interested in reading/producing it! I recently wrote a promo/doc for the Newport Film Commission, a children's book for which I am currently researching agents and I've been working on a novel about an American family struggling against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Other than that, I haven't been busy at all!