Quirky Questions with Maria Vermisoglou

The Cursed Girl by [Vermisoglou, Maria]

I asked some quirky questions of Maria Vermisoglou! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/cursed-girl-Maria-Vermisoglou-ebook/dp/B07BV423FK

And the social media:




Now to the questions!

Welcome, Maria! In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie?

I am torn between Tangled and Frozen but I’ll say Frozen. The songs and Elsa’s powers beat a singing girl.

Who wouldn’t want ice powers?! What is your most bizarre talent?

I have the strange ability to “scan” over documents and books. If I am looking for something and I am in a hurry I can find whatever I am looking for, real quick. It’s useful.

I could use that ability often! What’s your favorite sound?

I like sounds like the sound of crystal glass or chimes or the sound of a river.

Very musical! What was the last movie, TV show, or book that made you cry or tear up?

I don’t get emotional with books but “The Ingredients of Love” of Nicolas Barreau won the prize. Curiously enough, it’s the only book I consider perfect. Generally, I don’t consider any book perfect. Well, that took the price. Well deserved.

I have to check that one out now! Diamonds or pearls?

Neither. I love semi-precious stones all the way. They are more beautiful than pearls or even diamonds. You can find different versions of one semi-precious stone and they come to many shapes and sizes. Also, I love name meanings in general and semi-precious stones have lots of it. 

There are some truly beautiful gems! As for nature’s gems, what is your favorite flower?

Sunflowers. These flowers cheer me up!

They are the happiest flowers! Now, you’ve just stepped from your cocoon and you’re a beautiful butterfly! What’s your first thought?

I will travel the world. Even if I am not a butterfly, that’s one of my dreams. Although as a butterfly I would go much faster. 

Why not travel the world if you have wings! Thank you, Maria, for answering my quirky questions! Support Maria by buying her book or sending her some sunflowers! We’ll be right here, as always, next Friday!

Happy reading! 🙂

Quirky Questions with Anne Stryker

The Moon Faerie's Night Sky by [Stryker, Anne]

I asked some quirky questions of Anne Stryker! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Faeries-Night-Sky-ebook/dp/B07DVCS2VP/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1545329777&sr=8-6&keywords=anne+stryker

And the links:



Instagram at authorannestryk

Twitter: @AuthorAnneStryk

Now some questions!

Welcome, Anne! What’s the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

Oh boy… Okay, I have quite a few scars, so I asked a friend which they thought was the weirdest, and they said my tongue scar. When I was little, I liked jumping rope, and I liked singing. Gross story short, I bit my tongue in half but only in the middle, so thankfully it healed up normally, despite all the screaming.

Oh, my! I never knew singing was so dangerous! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

Once upon a time, I got it in my head to make cinnamon rolls. I put them in the oven and went to either work or write, who knows. Anyway, when I checked on them, they were on fire. My oven exploded smoke and steam. My fire alarm went off. I panicked.

Thankfully, I didn’t burn down my house, but immediately after I had everything under control, I went and dropped nacho cheese from Taco Bell on my PJs and fried my quesadilla in the microwave until it was just lava cheese…

I’m generally a mess in the kitchen

I am an expert at setting things on fire in my kitchen! Great story! Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Tell us about them!

I have (note present tense) all the imaginary friends! I have a bad/good habit of throwing myself headfirst into the worlds I create when I write. It’s problematic because I will pretend that my characters are always with me, and I will reply to them aloud. Even my quiet characters get pictured doing something, and occasionally with a new story, I use past characters as my sounding board. Call me crazy, but we sure have a good time.

It sounds like a good time! Quick! Ask your spouse/closest friend/parent or sibling to describe you in three words. What did they say?

I asked my friend and they said: Endearing, Intelligent, Refreshing. I’m not sure how to respond to that last one, but I’m blushing. (Shameless plug? Is that allowed? This friend is my cover artist, and she is amazing, clearly. Look at that cover…)

Of course it’s allowed! It’s your interview! What is one of your favorite quotes?

I love the quote: We create our tomorrow by what we dream today.

I have an obsession with all things dream related.

Dreams are fascinating! So before you dream, what is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

After I’ve fed my pets, brushed my hair and teeth, and gotten my PJs on (assuming I got out of them…), I break out my bedtime story book. I keep a notebook where I’ll write a little situation the night before, tell myself the story as I go to sleep, and then write out what happened in the morning. Sometimes these little plots become something bigger. Occasionally they turn into dreams. Sometimes I’m just obsessed for a few weeks and keep a single story going for that duration… Whatever happens, the little stories are great to share! And they come with pictures!

Something other authors might want to take note of! What’s your favorite sound?

I love the sound of an Instagram message, a Discord message, an email, or a Twitter notification because they all mean that my friends or something about my book is doing well, but I have one friend, through text, who I haven’t met yet but clicked with fairly immediately. She’s my biggest supporter. My biggest fan. And my best friend. She has the only unique text tone on my phone, and it’s these happy typewriter sounds. And those happy typewriter sounds can brighten my day instantly, so they are my favorite sound.

That is a happy friendship sound! Thank you, Anne, for taking the time to answer my quirky questions! Support Anne and get to know her and all her friends, real and imaginary, on social media! We’ll be here next Friday with more questions and answers!

Happy reading! 🙂

Quirky Questions with Katherine Luck

The Cure for Summer Boredom by [Luck, Katherine]

I asked Katherine Luck some quirky questions! But first, the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D1XWWHW

And the links:


Twitter: @katherineluck

Instagram: @katherine.luck


Now let’s have some fun!

We’re ordering in, Katherine! What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Glitter! Edible glitter, to be clear. I had no idea such a thing existed until I wrote a scene in The Cure for Summer Boredom in which the main character, Ruby, decides it would be a great prank to swap a bag of glitter for the bag of sugar her mother’s using to bake a cake. It all goes comically awry and nobody gets glitter poisoned fortunately, but I got to wondering what would happen if someone actually ate glitter. And lo and behold, I found out that edible glitter not only exists, it’s quite the hip condiment. You can put it on anything: cake, ice cream, pudding, pizza. It makes everyday food so very fancy.

Sparkly pizza? That sounds divine! Why did the chicken cross the road?

Because the egg went first.

Some would debate that answer! What would you tell your younger self?

Don’t waste all that money at Kinkos and the post office. In a few short years, all queries will be sent via this marvelous free invention called “email.” Use the cash to buy Microsoft stock instead. Retire rich, write all day, email queries all night. Also, forget queries. There’s this fantastic free invention coming soon called “blogging” …

In all seriousness, that’s the advice I’d give today’s writers. Don’t wait for someone else to publish you. Publish yourself. But be aware that, in doing so, it’s all on you. There’s no blaming your editor when you’re the editor. And years later, you might cringe when you re-read what your “publisher” (you) decided was ready for prime time. 

It’s always a shame we can’t speak to our younger selves! Coffee or tea? Iced or hot?

Coffee all the way. I found out about the traditional Swedish coffee break, fika, while writing my novel. It’s just like the traditional British “tea time,” but loaded with caffeine. I want that here! An energizing break in the work day sounds so civilized. Desperately slugging down a cup of lukewarm java that’s been sitting in the breakroom since 6 a.m. while staring at the clock, which will not move past 2:17 no matter how hard you glare at it? Not so much.

I would like that, too! I’m in! Which season defines you?

I guess the best way to describe it would be “the rainy season.” I’m originally from Portland, now living in Seattle. All my life, when it wasn’t raining, it was about to. There’s a reason they call the first month of summer “Juneuary” around here. That’s why I decided to set my novel in a very hot, very sunny (very imaginary) town somewhere in Texas called Somwärin, Texas. It’s home to a whole gaggle of wacky characters, from furniture-obsessed Swedish ex-pats to slightly supernatural trailer park residents to long-haul truckers who believe their CB radios are sending them mystical messages. And, of course, Ruby. Writing it was my way of getting a vicarious suntan.

A vicarious suntan is probably the safest! Your life is being narrated! Who is doing the narration?

David Attenborough. I feel like he could make anything I do, no matter how undignified, sound epic. “Here we see the writer searching for a synonym. First she consults the thesaurus. Then the dictionary. Then she ventures, quite hesitantly, into the untamed wilds of UrbanDictionary.com. Alarmed by what she sees, she retreats and stares at a wall for several minutes. The hunt continues…long into the night.”

That did sound epic in my head! Now, flash me! Write us a flash fiction story, no more than 50 words please!

Story in a Can

It was Blake’s first day working at the cannery. “Whatever you do,” cautioned his supervisor. “Don’t lean over the edge of the canning machine.”

As soon as his boss left, Blake leaned over the edge of the canning machine.

And that’s how, on his very first day, Blake got canned.

*drums goes ba-dum tshh*

You nailed that flash fiction, Katherine! Thank you for being quirky with us! If you enjoyed this interview, go support Katherine on social media and read! Then come back next Friday to learn random facts about another author!

Happy reading! 🙂

Quirky Questions with Casey Hays

Firebloods by [Hays, Casey]

I asked quirky questions of author Casey Hays! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07257713P

And the links:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorcaseyh…
Whispering Pages Fan Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/49897…
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Casey-Hays/e/B…
Website: http://www.whisperingpages.com
Blog: https://whisperingpages3.wordpress.com/

Now to the questions!

Hello, Casey! That is a marvelous book cover! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

I saw the Northern Lights once (Aurora Borealis). They were absolutely the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen. I literally thought heaven was opening up and Jesus was going to step out on the clouds. It was beautiful.

Something I have always wanted to see! Neat! What song are you listening to right now, or what song did you listen to last?

I’ve been on a Theory of a Deadman kick ever since I saw them live in concert over Memorial Day weekend, so of course, I just listened to “Straight Jacket” … again. 🙂

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

I’m less than 1, actually. I’m not a bit afraid of the dark. In fact, my room has to be pitch black for me to sleep. I kind of find comfort in the blackness. My philosophy is… if you can’t see it, it can’t see you. And if it can’t see you, it can’t find you to hurt you.

That theory has worked for me so far…Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

a. My Bible. I would cherish that thing and keep it in a safe place where no one could steal it. I really think having God’s word with me would be the one thing keeping me going.
b. My phone, because it has all my music on it. So… I hope there’s still electricity so I can charge it! Yikes!
c. My thumb drive that contains every book I’ve written. I’d carry that thing close to my heart… right inside my bra… lol.
d. My copy of Shakespeare’s collection of sonnets. Because he kind of rocks it, and I could use a meaningful poem or two in the midst of the chaos.
e. A picture of my family.

Perfect! I’ll add you to the zombie-fighting team I’m assembling! Just so we know: are you usually early, late, or on time?

I am almost never on time. People have just gotten used to me being the last one there. I don’t even know why I’m late, but it just seems that I can’t get it together… ever… to be on time anywhere! It’s a bad habit, I know. But the world would be a pretty boring place if everyone was always on time. Plus, people’s lives have been saved because they were running late and missed their train which derailed with no survivors. So honestly, being chronically late has its advantages.

On that, I agree! Which is your favorite way to dance: with others or alone?

It doesn’t really matter as long as I get to dance. I LOVE dancing. With my husband, with a stranger who asks, with myself or my best friends. I never miss my Zumba class, which, let’s face it, is really exercise disguised as dance. Dancing, in my opinion, is the best way to stay in shape and feel good about yourself. So when the music starts, dance people. Alone or with someone… just dance! 🙂

Hands in the air! Let’s take it to the extreme: Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?

I will NEVER shark dive. I won’t even swim with dolphins. The thought of being in the water with a large creature gives me anxiety. Plus, one of my biggest fears is not being able to breathe, so any kind of scuba diving is out for me. Bungee jumping, yes. I’d do it. But I’m most inclined to skydive. In fact, my son turns 21 this year, and he’s wanting to skydive for his birthday. I can’t wait to go with him! Yes, I will most definitely jump out of a perfectly good plane!

That will be the birthday you both always remember! Good luck! Thank you for joining us on Quirky Questions! If you’d rather not follow Casey out of the perfectly good plane, then follow on social media and read the book! We’ll be pulling our parachute cords here next Friday!

Happy reading! 🙂