The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @ShannaGermain
Welcome to the fourteenth installment of LAST WRITES.
The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.
Today’s guest is the multi-talented Shanna Germain, an award-winning author and editor, and a Senior Designer for and co-owner of Monte Cook Games.
Shanna is also an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech, GLBTQ rights, positive sexuality, and the rights of people of all genders, sexualities, abilities, races, beliefs, and walks of life.
A sugar cone of Friendly’s buttercrunch ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. It reminds me of my childhood and is the one thing that I really can’t get on the west coast.
If death is coming soon, I’d have to say Monstress, because I haven’t quite finished it yet and if I die before I get to the end, I will be very, very sad. If death is patient, then I’ll say The Library at Mount Char. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, and I’d like the chance to revisit it before I go.
This is so hard–there are so many great movies that I love with all of my heart. But I think I’ll say Children of Men. This is such a brilliant, devastating, and uplifting movie that tells great human truths. I want to remember those moments of what it means to be most human and take them with me into the afterlife (such as it is).
I think I’d have to pick “Arsonist’s Lullabye” by Hozier. There’s a fantastic line that I just keep coming back to again and again, “Don’t you ever tame your demons, but always keep them on a leash.” I feel like that’s how I’ve lived most of my life; always a little wilder than I’m supposed to be, but keeping it just contained enough that people don’t freak out too much. I figure that once I’m done with this living thing, I’m just going to give my demons free range and see what happens.
FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE
My grandmother, who was a librarian, a reader, a gamer, and one of my biggest supporters. I’d like to ask her what she thinks about the world at this very moment–I think she’d have a lot of smart insight into living (or in this case) dying with kindness, humanity, and grace.