Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know Author Julia Benally

My guest today, Julia Benally shares what she did grab when she had two minutes to get out of her house, why it would be wise not to cross her freshly mopped floors, a very disconcerting Christmas holiday, her favourite children’s song and a rather bouncy mis-purchase…

About Julia…

Born to the Bear Clan of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Julia enjoys writing stories, mostly horror, about her area, but every once in a while, she delves into romance, and she loves fantasy.When not writing, she loves dancing, playing the piano, and killing zombies.

If you only had two minutes to get out of your house, what would you grab?

When I was fourteen, we had a really bad forest fire and we were told to grab our things and get out as fast as we could. The first thing I went for wasn’t pictures or clothes, or anything to actually survive with. I grabbed my notebooks where my stories were, stuffed them in my back pack and I was good to go. I’d probably do the same thing now, which is why it’s good to have an emergency kit if you’re like me. Snatch up stories, snatch up the kit, and you won’t die. It was around that time that I realized how much I loved my stories. I knew I loved them before, but the span of it, I didn’t know.

What does it take to make you angry?

There are a number of things that can make me furious. One of them is if I’ve just mopped up the house and somebody tramps all over it with muddy shoes without thinking, or if I warn them the place is mopped and they walk in anyway. Of course, if somebody says something about my family, or does something to one of them, we are enemies. Another thing is my writing. If a person says it isn’t worth something, or starts trying to discourage me from it in any way and telling me how to “get my life together,” I hate them, write them off and their opinion becomes dirt to me. There was a woman once, who felt so much better for dropping out of school after finding out that after I had graduated college that I decided to write. She said it was nice to know of somebody “successful” who ended up not doing anything with her life. I wanted to skewer her stupid face, and no I don’t talk to her anymore.

What was the worse holiday you ever had and why?

I love Christmas, and I guess that’s why what happened to me happened at Christmas. I was eight years old. I had finally fallen asleep, but instead of dreaming of sugar plum fairies, I dreamed I was sitting in the living room. The back door in the kitchen was open, and outside was pitch black. I heard my mom tell me, “Close the door before it comes in.” I jumped up and ran to the door. I peeked outside for just a second. Usually I can see some of the yard, but in my dream, it was just an inky blackness. I tried to close the door, but “it” came in and I was too late. It was a thing in a long black cloak. He was so tall that he had to hunch over, and still he touched the ceiling. I jerked awake, but I couldn’t move. My eyes opened just a fraction. My limbs were glued down. I started to panic. Something was in the room with me and I couldn’t get away. I couldn’t even scream, although I tried to with all my might.

When I finally could move, I ran straight to my brother’s room and huddled on the bed next to him. We opened our presents and I couldn’t really enjoy myself. I had gotten the new Anastasia doll, too. When my mom told me to put my toys in my room, I just threw them in there and wouldn’t go back. I don’t care what people say about sleep paralysis. That wasn’t sleep paralysis.

What is your favourite childhood song and why?

My favorite childhood song is “Eye to Eye” from A Goofy Movie. When I was little, we lived in the Mexican barrios. Next door were the best three kids that I ever knew. It was two brothers and their sister. I thought of them as Yakko, Wakko and Dot from the Animaniacs.

We played every day and far into the night, having great adventures and telling scary stories. These three would come over and we would play Shadows of the Empire on the N64. We would watch and scream as the oldest brother would mess with the Wampas and run from them. Afterward, we would watch A Goofy Movie. The oldest brother would jump up and sing and dance to “Eye to Eye.” Now when I hear that song, I think of him, I think of them, and all the good days we had in the sweltering summers of Arizona.

What is the one item that you paid a lot of money for but have never used or regretted buying?

I’ve done a lot of dumb things in my life, so I’ll pick one. I bought these stupid shoes online. They said they were padded really well and were good for running. I put them on and I looked like I came out of the funny farm. When I tried running in them, they were so padded that they bounced and propelled me into the air. Not forward, but literally UP. When I landed, they sprang up on me and I flew into the air twice. I felt like I was walking on Mars. No gravity. The shoes were so high that I couldn’t even feel the ground, and I had no idea when my foot touched down. They were giant and boxy, so I was running with giant, floating boxes on my feet. Gosh, I hope nobody saw me.

About Pariahs (Ilings Book 1)

In a land of monsters and soulless creatures, there is a secluded compound terrorized by a fallen demon-killer, the Grand Apwor. He’s claimed its youngest occupant Vijeren as his son. The Grand Apwor can’t be killed, he can’t be escaped, and his punishments are severe and horrific. Somehow, he knows where Vijeren is at all times. When a law enforcer named Zhin appears like a living flame, a family war that’s been sizzling for decades finally ignites. It drags Vijeren in, revealing secrets of a long-forgotten past and a family torn asunder in recesses of lost memories. Only Zhin knows how to kill the Grand Apwor, but the answer rests on the love between a father and son–something that Vijeren doesn’t have…

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Julia is also a contributor to a number of anthologies.

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Thank you for joining us today and Julia would love to hear from you.. thanks Sally


28 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know Author Julia Benally

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  2. I love the sound of Julia’s stories, being a horror fan, and I think the shoe story sounds fabulous as well. I wonder if the shoes are still around. Thanks, Sally and good luck to Julia!

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  4. I’m glad to get to know Julia. Knowing what to grab in case of emergency always helps. After the 1987 earthquake in California, the schools have regular earthquake drills. We asked parents to send earthquake kits. We also have kits like that at home and stored extra water in the garage.

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      • 1987 was my first experience. I thought I had flat tires. When I got to school, parents just dropped off the kids and went to work. So we stayed until all the kids were picked up.
        Good to know that Ireland is safe. We have all kinds of disasters in the US, nowhere is really safe. ❤

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    • This guy gave a short seminar on emergency kits, and the one thing I really remember was that he said to always pin a list of meds that you need onto the kit, so you don’t forget them in your rush. I would never have thought of that.

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      • That’s a good advice. For a while I took many medications, so I carried a list in my wallet. It helped when I visited the doctors. I don’t always remember the dosage. I even carried the dates of my surgeries.
        It sounds like you’re doing things to protect you in case of emergency!

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