Quirky Questions with Stephen Willis

What's the Time Mr. Wolfdog? by [Willis, Stephen J]

I asked Stephen Willis some quirky questions! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016ASWEI6

And the link:

Twitter: @StephenJWillis

Now the questions!

A question we all face: What is the hardest part of being an author?

Persistence! Plus having to do the non-creative things as part of the overall project, like marketing.

Oh, the marketing! We all feel your pain! Do you have a sweet tooth or a savory tooth? 

Definitely a sweet tooth – never leave me with an open tin!

Here at QQ, we have plenty of cookies to share! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

‘He did it — despite everything!’

One of my favorite questions! The answers always fascinate me. What’s the closest thing to real magic?

Fantasy fiction — you can go there mentally.

As a fantasy writer, I applaud your answer! When was the last time you got the giggles at an inappropriate time?

About 2 years ago when a friend took me to a health farm store — when a heavy-breathing guy kept stopping too close behind me — he had us both crying with laughter.

Some just don’t understand personal space! Were you the class clown or teacher’s pet?

I think I was my French teacher’s pet for a while…

…I feel like this answer has an interesting story that goes along with it…Moving on! When did your heart last ‘skip a beat’? Why?

I met a woman in a hotel lobby once, and for a moment neither of us could speak — I was instantly lightheaded and my brain shut off for a while — quite electric for us both — life is fully like that…

Life is all about those moments that make our brains shut off for a time! Thank you, Stephen, for answering my quirky questions! While I restock the cookie jar, follow Stephen on social media and support this quirky author! We’ll be here next Friday with more!

Happy reading! 🙂

 

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Quirky Questions with Errin Stevens

Updrift (The Mer Chronicles) by [Errin Stevens]

I asked some quirky questions of Errin Stevens! But first the book:

Audible: http://tinyurl.com/lhayfcj
iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/mm9gk3g
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/mfam47f
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kro64ew
Book Depository: http://tinyurl.com/lye3uo2
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/nyvqwth

And social links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.errin…
Twitter: @errinstevens
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/errinsteven…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/errinstevens/

Errin Stevens, you’re in the spotlight!

Hello, Errin! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

I awoke one morning when I was 25 and draped my right arm over the edge of the bed at the precise moment a wire coil poked through the mattress. The thing sliced a 2-inch, diagonal gash on the underside of my bicep… and to this day, I have a thin, satiny-white scar there. I know I should say I have the impression of a shark bite or something more interesting, but other than my appendectomy scar, that’s it! ☺

Ouch! What a way to wake up! What’s the closest thing to real magic?

I believe we humans are more intuitive than we acknowledge, to the point we really can tell exactly what another person is thinking or feeling in many cases. I played with this idea a bit in my stories by having my sirens draw their human counterparts in. But I think this is a real thing.

How interesting! Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Tell us about them.

When I was a child, I saw guardian angels – well, one angel at a time, although it wasn’t necessarily the same one – standing watch inside my bedroom door while I slept. They were 7 or 8 feet tall, lean, grim and fearsome creatures, and I loved them.

Wow! I’d like to hear more about that! But moving on, what is one of your favorite quotes?

I think the Isak Dinesen quote I front “Updrift” with played a huge role in getting me to write that story in the first place: The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.

There is nothing quite as cleansing as a good cry! When was the last time you got the giggles at an inappropriate time?

Oh, how I miss losing myself in uncontrollable laughter! My mother and I still get caught up occasionally, but the sessions are rare. My most frequent sessions used to be in church with my grandmother, who I wrote about in this little essay, Long Lost Love: http://errinstevens.com/long-lost-love/ 

Great essay! What is your favorite smell?

I’m a scent hound, I swear, and smells tie very closely to moods and emotions and memory for me. If I crush a little dill between my fingertips and then stick my nose in it, I’m immediately in my grandmother’s backyard again, talking with her about gardening. Nothing else – not pictures, not mementos, not stories retold by relatives – brings my grandmother so vividly to mind.

I also LOOOOOVE the scent of the cologne, “Terre d’Hermes” for my husband. Seriously, I’ve hunted through hundreds of aftershaves and that one is the absolute best. Other smells that put me in a trance? Bring me to the lilacs, peonies, and jasmine, please.

Your nose knows what it likes! What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

I reflect on everything I ate during the day, from the first sip of rich, dark coffee with toast and jam, to a cookie I devoured warm from the oven, to the last bite of chicken with lemon and garlic I had at dinner. The process dissociates me from the more complicated or worrying contemplations I’m prone to, enough for my brain to quiet and let go. I stole this process for my heroine in my second book, Sylvia, to use… and I hope I described it right.

A good practice, though reading that answer made me hungry! Thank you for participating in Quirky Questions and letting us get to know you! While I go get a cookie, follow and support Errin, and join us next Friday for more questions and cookies!

Happy reading! 🙂

 

 

Quirky Questions with Mona Soorma

Unrequited: Poetry From The Hurting Heart by [Soorma, Mona]

I asked some quirky questions of Mona Soorma! But first, check out the works: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=manicsylph

And follow the links:

https://www.amazon.com/Mona-Soorma/e/B07BSFF5KB/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

http://manicsylph.com/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ManicSylph

https://www.instagram.com/manicsylph/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17849105.Mona_Soorma

https://www.facebook.com/manicsylphwrites

Twitter: @manicsylph

To the questions! Mona, what song are you listening to right now or what song did you listen to last?

Words by BeeGees. I listen to this often, it is one of my favourite songs and the lyrics say it all-          

It’s only words

And words are all I have

To take your heart away

Beautiful! Next, would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid?

A mermaid is what I would choose. I am a water baby. The sea, the pool, the rain, that’s what my favourite ways to spend a moment are. It would be interesting to know a beautiful mermaid with long hair and blue-green scales with eyes to match, and ask her what her favourite creatures on earth are. Perhaps she would invite me into her cave with a bed of seaweed and walls of multi-coloured corals.

Perhaps you already have met a mermaid…What’s the closest thing to real magic?

It’s love. The most beautiful emotion, whether it is romantic love or passionate, it can make the stars shine brighter and put a song in your heart, a smile on your lips and a rainbow in your skies. Even the love for your pet can make every moment so much sweeter. Most of my work has the theme of love running through it.

Even when love hurts, it’s a sweet ache and I am grateful for all the love that God has sent my way. It makes me live. It makes me write. It makes me who I am.

Well-said! So that raises the question: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Absolutely! Whatever the relationship, for me, it is always the first moments that tell me whether we click together or we don’t. Even for online friends, it is the first contact that sets the tone, and I have never had a reason to doubt my intuition on this. Liking someone can come with time, but the sparks of love…they are either there or not.

Follow your heart, your intuition! Do you prefer the movie or the book?

The book. I think a book leaves a lot to the imagination of the reader, who interprets every scene and story according to his/her own sensibility and that makes it more interactive. Also, the book and its meaning for us changes as we evolve, but the movie is an interpretation of the director. There’s not much space to think or to give a face and a voice to each character, and place.

I agree! Would you go out in space if given the opportunity?

In a minute! As long as my kids and dog can go with me. I don’t believe in making my life easier, do I? But to swim through endless galaxies, and land on remote asteroids just for fun…beats going to the mall, anytime.

Galactic mermaids! It’s a thing… Finally, which season defines you?

Summer. Sunshine, blue skies, cool seas, summer rain…I just love the summer. And I imagine myself as all of these. The idyllic pleasures of summer…that’s me.

Yes it is! Thank you so much, Mona, for answering my quirky questions! If you enjoyed these answers, support Mona on social media and read the books! We’ll be here next Friday, swimming with the space mermaids and answering more quirky questions!

Happy reading! 🙂

 

                                                                                                          

Quirky Questions with De-de Mulligan

I asked some quirky questions of De-de Mulligan! Look for De-de’s book, Safety in Numbers, coming soon!

Let’s get to know this up-and-coming author!

Welcome, De-de! What is the hardest part of being an author? 

The most difficult part for me has been character development and flow of conversations. My editor has been great in helping me do this better, and I find as I sit and think about each character, they start to reveal themselves to me. It’s been a fascinating journey and I can’t wait until I let the book simmer more. I know more thoughts will be forthcoming and make the book that much richer! It’s still hard and time consuming.

So hard, but so rewarding! Keep up the good work! In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie?

Beauty and the Beast (1992 edition). It was the first one Disney produced in a long time and they went all out. The music, the plotline and the animation were wonderful.

And we here love a heroine who digs books! Favorite age you’ve been so far? 

Probably right now. My children are grown and I’ve had time to explore who I am, what I stand for and where I want to go. I’m looking forward to the future with vigor and have many things on my bucket list.

Life is an adventure! What’s the closest thing to real magic? 

Prayer. I’ve had many of my prayers answered and I know others have as well. It seems like magic because there was little hope.

Great answer! Now time for a board game! Which is your favorite?

Monopoly. My grandma used to play it with us when we were kids and I have played it many times with my children. A true classic.

Mine, too! Only I get a little too competitive when I play…What is one of your favorite quotes? 

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Ponder that thought, folks! It’s a good one! Lastly, what was the last movie, TV show, or book that made you cry or tear up? 

This is Us. The scene where Randall is with his father, William, in the hospital regretting that they didn’t have more time together. Both actors played that scene impeccably. It was special.

Thank you for sharing, De-de! We here at Quirky Questions are cheering you on as you work towards that published book! Support De-de by sharing her interview and join us here next Friday for more quirky authors!

Happy reading! 🙂