Quirky Questions with Erato

Honoria: a romantic comedy (The Regency Romantics) by [Erato]

I asked some quirky questions of Erato! But first the books: Erato books on Amazon

And some links:

The Regency Romantics Series

Erato books on Facebook

The Regency Romantics

Now to the questions!

Hello, Erato! In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie?

Oh man. I’m a big Disney animation fan — very influential even into my work, like the Regency Romantics series. I am partial to The Little Mermaid, but I think in terms of really the best, the old Oscar nominee Beauty and the Beast has to get it, even if they did knock off a lot from Jean Cocteau.

Ah, I do love The Little Mermaid! Now, what song are you listening to right now, or what song did you listen to last?

I think the last song I listened to might well have been Boney M’s “Rasputin.”

Very good! On a scale from 1-5, how afraid of the dark are you?

It might be as much as a 5. I actually tend to sleep with lights on, not exactly out of fear, but I seem to kind of halfway wake up a lot at night, and to do so doesn’t startle me so much if I can do that and see I’m still in my room and that everything is fine. I just go right back to sleep, like that; but if I wake up in the dark, I seem to need extra time to reorient myself, and that causes me to not sleep well since I didn’t fall back asleep right away. The last time I lived somewhere where I normally put the lights out, was my flat in Edinburgh, which had really large, tall, old-style windows that I guess let in enough light from the street that I did not need to keep lights on most of the time. (Plus I didn’t want to annoy the flatmates about the energy bill.)

That was enlightening! (Sorry) *clears throat* Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I am really a man.Ā (It’s not true, but I don’t think I’ve said it to anyone before.)

Mulan would have something to say about that, Iā€™m sure. What was the last movie, TV show, or book that made you cry or tear up?

The Brave One. Not the Jodie Foster one, but the movie from the fifties with the Dalton Trumbo screenplay. It’s about this little Mexican kid with a pet bull, but there’s some kind of confusion about the ownership of the bull, and so he has to stop it from being sent off to the bull ring. (Bulls virtually never emerge alive from the bull ring.) It’s this really cheap movie, the acting is awful — but there I was, crying at the end, and I’m tearing up a little even now just remembering it.Ā 

How sad! I hope that movie has a happy ending! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

Ah, well — my real name is after one of the nine muses of Greek mythology; and so, when I chose a pen name, I chose a different one of the muses. Erato was muse of love poetry and lyric poetry, and the name means approximately “Lovely” or “Charming.” Unfortunately, I find there are a lot of evidently dyslexic people who misread it as something like “Erotic” and immediately assume that I write porn. I think it’s made some problems for the YA friendly Regency Romantics series, since I have an impression that a lot of people who would like the sweet, often funny stories, have assumed (entirely off of misreading my name) that they’re not clean romances; and the people who did buy them often expected something more lurid, despite the candy-colored cover art. Ā 

But a lovely name it is! Finally, is the glass half-empty or half-full?

I always have thought this really depends on the context of your glass. Did I go into the kitchen and half-fill a glass with water, or did I order a beverage at a Starbucks and get a cup that’s half air? You know?

Insightful! Thank you, Erato, for answering my questions! I’m heading to Starbucks, so you all follow and support Erato, and support more authors next Friday on a new Quirky Questions!

Happy reading! šŸ™‚



Quirky Questions with Rachel Pudsey

The Watcher of the Night Sky (The Aronia Series Book 1) by [Pudsey, Rachel]

I asked some quirky questions of Rachel Pudsey! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/Watcher-Night-Sky-Aronia-Book-ebook/dp/B00Y7M5V9W

And show some support on social media:




Twitter: @RachelPudsey

Now for some questions!

Music time! What song are you listening to right now or what song did you listen to last?

Oonagh – Avalon. I’m a huge fan of fantasy rock (Edguy, Avantasia, Within Temptation…) so I seem to end up listening to a lot of German rock or similar through Youtube’s randomness. I discovered Oonagh when my playlist switched to a band called Hammerfall and then Oonagh. It seems to be a kind of Celtic/fantasy style music – but I actually have no idea what the lead singer is singing about (lol). It’s great for some background music – sometimes classical music can be a bit depressing or uninspiring. Since I write fantasy, this music is great (and since it’s in German I don’t get distracted by the lyrics and start singing along).

I’ll have to check that one out! What would you want written on your tombstone?

Nothing gold can stay. My friends and I have had this running habit of signing our letters to each other with “Stay Gold” – a reference to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The origins of that infamous line (said by Johnny to Ponyboy) comes from the poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay. The purpose of the poem, I think, is to show that golden, beautiful moments are fleeting, forever leaving, and that we should realise this in order to appreciate them more. To have it on my stone is to say that I was also one of those golden moments in life that passed on… I am seriously considering getting the line as a tattoo.Ā 

I love it! Now tell us: what’s your favorite word?

Discombobulated. It is amusing, ironic and frankly wonderful to say. I wish people used it more often.

I am having fun saying that word now! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

I’d choose teleportation. I live in Korea but most of my loved ones are back in Scotland. It would be nice to head over there, spend a little time with them and in the Scottish countryside then jump on back to Korea.

I have always wanted to go to Scotland! I’ll choose teleportation, too. Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid?

Fly on a dragon. How exhilarating would it be?? I was torn between using flight as my choice of superpower or teleportation. But, anyway, flying on a dragon would be so awesome! I really wish I could for real. Though I am sure many of us would much rather live in fantasy realms then put up with reality we live in.

This is a fantasy realm here at Quirky Questions and you’re more than welcome to ride the dragon! The mermaid will give you a ticket. Next question! What was the last movie, TV show, or book that made you cry or tear up?

This got me thinking. It is really hard for me to cry over a movie, show, or book. I think there have been like two movies in my life that have made me cry properly. I wasn’t moved by the typical (Titanic, Armageddon, etc). Am I made of stone?? When characters are killed in books, I am in so much disbelief that I don’t react to their deaths until it’s truly clear that they are in fact dead. I searched through the last Harry Potter book for traces of Dumbledore’s name prior to reading it just to make sure it wasn’t true. Then I found out it was…grrr…Anyway, I think for this one I have to say John Snow’s death in Game of Thrones. Purely because we all know that no character is safe in that show I was more accepting of the possibility that it was true. That moment when I found out that he came back was so thrilling I teared up with joy!

Spoiler alert! I cry at everything. It’s embarrassing. Moving on! Speaking of Harry Potter, let me ask: Which Harry Potter character are you?

I’m Harry. Harry Potter. šŸ˜€ I had to take a quiz to determine that one but after reading the description it seems right enough. I’m a natural leader, appointed by my co-workers as the “unofficial head teacher”, previously appointed “Shinga” (Brett Weeks character) at the cafe I worked in years and years ago. I was Head Girl in school–but the cool kind, NOT the Percy kind. I fight for the good guys. I know the difference between what is morally right and wrong. I’m impulsive and sometimes have issues with authority. I am also the owner of the elder wand (replica bought in Japan’s Universal Studios).

No one mess with Rachel and the elder wand! Thank you, Rachel, for answering my quirky questions. No one is discombobulated by these answers! šŸ˜‰ Want more answers to quirky questions? Support Rachel on social media and join us here next Friday!

Happy reading! šŸ™‚



Quirky Questions with David King

I asked quirky questions of David King! But first, check out the book: https://www.amazon.com/Vox-David-Gerald-King-ebook/dp/B017QA0Q46/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541167220&sr=8-1&keywords=vox+david+king

And check out David here:


Now let’s see those answers!

I’m going to start with a deep question: What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

If you remember the wonderful horror series on Nickelodeon, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” you might notice that I am stealing this from them, though I believe they stole it from an older source: “As you are, so once was I. As I am, so shall you come to be.”

That’s eerily poetic! I love it! Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

My sword (yes, I am trained). A good knife (more of a tool for things than for fighting). Clean water (preferably a canteen, but a large bottle if not). A bandana (there will be horrible smells, possibly blocking noxious fumes if I have to travel through them). A paper journal (I will die eventually, the future must know what worked and what didn’t).

I’m putting together a group for if this happens, and you sound like a great candidate! Welcome! We have a tree that grows Hawaiian rolls! Moving on: Time for a board game! Which is your favorite?

“Betrayal at House on the Hill.” Beautiful story lines, decent humor, you ACTUALLY FEEL scared and suspenseful, and no matter who wins, you feel like you went through something together. Takes a while, though.

Sounds like a scary good time! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

David: Old Testament, “dear one” Gerald: German, “he who wields a spear and becomes king” King: English, “king” David is out of left field, but Gerald has a story. My grandfather passed away not long before I was born. He hated his first name, and made my mother promise never to name a child the same way. When I was born, she wanted to do something to honor her father, so she took his middle name and made it my middle name.

How sweet that she did that to honor him! What is your favorite drink?

Shirley Temple. I refuse to drink alcohol unless it is the toast at a wedding.

Cheers! Do you believe in aliens?

My middle school science teacher put it rather eloquently. To paraphrase: “If life existing is a million to one chance, and there are billions of stars, each with planets around them, then how many must have life?” I don’t think any of the neighbors have been over for a visit, but I think there must be something out there.

*watching Aliens* That’s probably for the best…Which season defines you?

Fall. I love the chill, I can’t exist without something scary, and a good balance of cloud, wind, and Moon…and candy, gotta have candy…and pumpkin pie.

You had me at pumpkin pie! Thank you, David, for participating in my random questions! Support David by checking out his work and stalking him on social media, and join us here next Friday for more quirky questions!

Happy reading! šŸ™‚