Who am I?
Esi Sogah, Editorial Assistant to the Stars (otherwise known as Lucia and Erika)
Avon Romance

What is your favorite color?
Pink. This may seem trivial, but this is one of the most important things about me. Learn it, love it.

And now for Proust:

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I
--My best friend and I have been in a bitter feud since the tenth grade because she loves the traitor Mary, Queen of Scots. I can’t imagine how. Or why. But she does. Oh well; nobody’s perfect.

--He’s what I like to call my historical boyfriend. I can’t really explain why. It may be because all the Regencies I read growing up have the heroes coming back victorious from Waterloo, and I ended up feeling bad for the poor (little) guy. Or it might be because of that rockin’ hat.

Sojourner Truth
--I have nothing witty to say about her. But if someone’s crafty enough to make me a t-shirt that says “And ain’t I a woman?”, I’d love you forever.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities, hands down.

I’m also a big fan of Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. (Although, unlike some people, I also enjoy Johnathan Crombie, the miniseries Gilbert.)

Oh, and the Lorax. He speaks for the trees.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game—if you haven’t read this, stop reading this post, go to the bookstore, and read it immediately. I’ll wait.

And Madame Defarge from A Tale of Two Cities—no, she’s not the heroine of the piece, but my mother called me Madame Defarge for most of my childhood, so this character holds a special place in my heart. My mother, on the other hand…

Who would you have liked to be?
A Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Can’t you tell? That may not be me in the picture, but it will be someday!

I think it’s time to tell you a little secret love of mine. Obviously, I read a ton; reading is great; everyone should read more. But, what you may not know until you spend some time with me (or, you know, read this post) is that I, at heart,…am a dancer.

I love dance. Any kind, at all times. I can’t get enough. This leads to amazing things, like dancing all through school, having terrific mentors, and making really great friends. I’ve already seen two ballets this season, American Ballet’s All-Star Stravinsky and Cinderella (starring the fabulously talented Gillian Murphy).

It also leads to less-attractive attributes. Like my desire to see every dance movie ever made. Certainly the classics: Fred and Ginger, A Chorus Line, Dirty Dancing. But I will watch any movie with dance, about dance, or tangentially related to dance (Bring It On, anyone?).

The best example I can think of to really explain this obsession is this: Center Stage. I saw it eight times in the movie theater, over the course of two months. It was once on HBO three times in one day and I watched it every single time. I can recite it verbatim. I like to think I can do the dances. I’m wrong, but I like to think so. But at least Center Stage is good. I’ve also watched Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (underrated if you ask me) and Honey…not good, but again, dancing!

So now you know my little secret. What about you? What cultural fix (other than reading) can’t you get enough of? The opera? Drag racing? Reality TV? Spill—the good, the bad, and the so bad it’s good.


Blogger Zoe said:

I'm a huge fan of everything disney or disney like. I love cartoons!

11:53 PM  

Blogger Jenna Petersen said:

Oh, Gilbert! I love Gilbert. And I love Jonathon Crombie as Gilbert. Sigh.

And I'm also a reality television junkie. It's so wrong. But it feels. So. Right.


10:38 AM  

Blogger Kerrelyn Sparks said:

Hi Esi,
Let's get together in Atlanta--I'll challange you to a tap-dancing duel!

7:09 PM  

Blogger Kathryn S said:

Esi, Napoleon has always put me in mind of Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, or vice versa. I love Napoleon too. Always been a sucker for the shorties.

I'm a sucker for teen movies. Bad ones. :-) I think it's because I grew up in the 80s.

9:44 PM  

Anonymous Shane/Shana said:

Sydney Carton. Esi, I love him, too! I used to teach tenth grade, and every year, I'd read the end of TOTC and just bawl. "It is a far better thing that I do than I have ever done." Gets me every time.

But your mom called you Madame Defarge? You must have been a handful!

10:39 AM  

Blogger Camy Tang said:

Looooooved Westing Game! I still have my dog-eared copy.

And I love the Fred and Ginger movies. I'm thinking of buying them on DVD from Amazon.

My dirty little secret is Star Magazine. I am totally addicted. I can't walk past one without picking it up. My fingers itch to call the 1-800 numbers for "magical weight loss." I laugh and point at the papparazzi photos of stars looking like hags. I am utterly pathetic.


1:05 AM  

Blogger Debster said:

I adore every historical costume drama ever made, and it never matters what period it's set in. The CLOTHES, it's all about the clothes. So, that's my fixation.
And Bakelite jewelry, this summer I'm just buying it like crazy.

I started tap dancing two years ago, and began to dream of becoming a Rockette too. I danced in my first recital, and the teen girls told us "older ladies" that we had the coolest costumes.

Current book I talk to everyone about, "Water For Elephants".

7:44 PM  

Blogger Stella MacLean said:

Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I are two of my all time favorite people in history. I've read, I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles, and Elizabeth the Great by Elizabeth Jenkins TWICE. My favorite male in history is the artist Johannes Vermeer and his painting of the girl with the pearl earring.

3:44 PM  

Anonymous blewis5587@ said:

Hi Esi,
You and I have a lot in common. Dance is my number one love, my modern dance class did a show with Michael Jackson in 1967. Valerie Goode and I received compliments from Diana Ross for our performance.

Ballet however, is my passion and I've tried to pass it on. My other love is reading romance novels(light side) and Stephen King(dark side). I love writing and expressing my ideas through my imagination.

Avon's description of romance intrigued me to write an African American Romance novel describing in intimate detail how beautiful, sensuous,and irresistible my characters could be. I would love for you to read it.

2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why I love vampire movies (except for the dripping blood and gore ones) who knows? Personally I am a strong adventurous compassionate woman who spent my favorite years working in Kenya. In fact I wrote a romance I want to send set there but I can't figure out if it is 'red' or contemporary. What do I do about that? Most importantly though, since you love to dance, you will love the award winning poem To Dance by Dudley Weeks. You can find it on his website at www.dudleyweeks.com

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