Tracie Banister is not only a great writer, she’s funny. I cannot overstate enough how much I appreciate humor. I fell for her style with her book, In Need of Therapy, and just yesterday her third book, Twin Piques, debuted!
To Survive on a Deserted Island:
- Sunscreen – Tons of it, with the highest SPF possible. I am extremely fair (Casper the Friendly Ghost has more melanin than I do!) and would have a third-degree burn in just one day on a tropical island without any protection for my pale skin.
- First aid kit – Never underestimate the importance of Neosporin and Tylenol!
- A trunk full of clothing – I refuse to wear a coconut bikini!
- Good reading material – A girl can only spend so much time building fires and writing “HELP” in the sand. I think I’d want some funny reads like Bridget Jones’s Diary and the Shopaholic series to keep my spirits up.
- A man, preferably one who’s brave, strong, and looks like Chris Hemsworth – I’m going to need him to build me some kind of shelter, hunt and gather food, and protect me from all the creepy crawlies on the island (e.g. bats, tarantulas, jellyfish, and smoke monsters).
In My Purse at All Times:
- Anti-bacterial hand gel – Hi, my name is Tracie, and I’m a germaphobe.
- Sunglasses – I wear them at all times outdoors, which is why I’ve made it to the ripe, old age of forty<cough cough> without getting wrinkles around my eyes. Repeat after me, “Squinting is bad!”
- A banana – I know this is weird. Let me explain. I’m diabetic and sometimes need a quick snack to elevate my sugar while I’m out and about. Unfortunately, I do sometimes forget to remove the banana from my bag and will find an unpleasant surprise inside it a few days later. Ew!
- Tissues – These come in handy more often than you would imagine. I’ve used them to clean off my windshield!
- My cell phone – Gotta be able to read my e-mails while I’m waiting at stoplights! Don’t worry, I never text (or even talk on the phone) when I drive.
In My Wardrobe:
- Sweatpants – Part of the writer’s uniform. I live in them.
- A stylish, but comfortable, pair of black boots – This year’s pair are Adrienne Vittadinis.
- Several colorful, sleeveless, shift dresses – You can dress them up or down, and they’re perfect spring/summer wear in the south.
- A short trench coat (black).
- Sneakers – For working out (Brooks running shoes) and for looking cute (Converse/Keds).
In My Library:
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’ve had my copy since I was nine years old.
- Shakespeare’s Complete Works – Love the bard!
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – One of the few books I reread.
- All of Georgette Heyer’s Regency Romances – The Convenient Marriage and Sylvester (The heroine is a secret novelist in this one!) are my faves.
- Everything written by Sophie Kinsella – I’ve Got Your Number and Twenties Girl rank at the top for me.
In My Pantry:
- Several jars of mayonnaise – I’m always worried I’ll run out and I’m addicted to the stuff. I used to eat mayo sandwiches as a kid – no meat, no cheese, just bread and mayo.
- Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread, Whole Wheat Cinnamon with Raisins – A great snack food!
- Bush’s Black Beans, Seasoned Recipe – I tried these for the first time when I was writing about Cuban cuisine for my second book, In Need of Therapy, and have been crazy about them ever since.
- Oatmeal – The perfect, nutritious breakfast!
- A variety of teas – I rotate Earl Grey, chamomile, and green tea, especially when it’s cold outside.