My guest this week is the funny, often outrageous Jinx Schwartz. Jinx is the author of the Hetta Coffey mysteries.
What’s the best thing about living on a boat?
Being on the water. I love, love it, even at a marina, but prefer to be at anchor. We are surrounded by sea birds diving for fish, rays doing an aerial ballet, turtles blowing in the night, and dolphins cavorting. Once in awhile, a whale blows. Now THAT will get your attention, especially if it is close!
What’s the worst thing?
See photo. Need I say more? Getting caught in a storm you can't hide from. We now have another boat.
What, if anything, do you miss about living on land?
We live on land several months of the year, and it's fine. I like my dishwasher. Given a choice, I'll take the boat, but both work for us. My husband is a golfer; he gets summers on the green, and I get winters on the water. I do not play golf, for I have way too much self-respect.
Have you actually met some of the characters you write about?
Oh, yes. First off, people who venture offshore in a boat less than several hundred feet long are a different breed. They are risk takers, rebels, dream seekers, and some are just plain nuts. Great material for books.
Do you suspect some of the people you meet are running or hiding from another life?
Absolutely. We were approached on the beach once by a guy who stood out like, well, a landlubber. Turned out he was an insurance investigator and wanted to know if we knew a guy named X, who was reportedly living on a sailboat down here in Mexico. When I asked the name of the boat, the man said, "Elusive." He stomped off while I was still rolling on the ground laughing.
Who, living or dead, would you most like to spend an evening with? Why?
My parents and grandmother, of course.
However, for a stranger I'd pick Hunter S. Thompson, in a bar. Who wouldn't want to spend time with a guy who said: "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity, but they've always worked for me."
Which, if any, other authors have influenced you?
Larry McMurtry. Seriously, who wins a Pulitzer Prize for a Western? I love his sense of history and, because I am a Texan, his Texas-ness. We have our own brand of humor, sense of place in History, and even self-deprecation. I am a ninth-generation Texan, which makes me even more unbearable than most.
Who would you like to play your main characters in a movie?
Hmmmm. Hetta Coffey? A younger Bette Midler. Even if she is a Yankee. Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a yacht, and she'd not afraid to use it!
Which of your characters would you most like to meet in person?
Oh, I've met them all, trust me.
Anything else you want to say?
I always have a lot to say, just ask my friends. Some of it is even true, although the odds aren't that good.
BIO AND LINKS:
I was raised all over the world, in Texas. My dad built dams and we dragged relatives, and chile con queso, with us to Haiti, Thailand, Puerto Rico and the like. I followed his steel-toed footsteps into the building bidness and continued wandering around the globe. I started writing to set the record straight after reading a Texas history book referring to my ancestors as "a congenial society for evil." That just wouldn't do, so I wrote The Texicans.
Twitter: @jinxschwartz I manically retweet interesting stuff posted by others. If boring, I Unfollow.
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