Elizabeth Moon, the swashbuckling SF adventure writer behind the 1997 Hugo-nominated novel REMNANT POPULATION, has a schedule conflict.
"I can't do the interview in the morning," explains Moon. "We're having a steer slaughtered and I have to pick it up. Can we do it in the afternoon?"
That's right, Elizabeth Moon's characters have to worry about things like armadas of invading spacecraft and colonizing distant planets... but Moon herself has much more down-to-earth concerns.
"My husband and I live on and manage a large chunk of land in rural Texas," explains Moon. "The closest city is Austin, but it's a fair drive."