Questions that Matter with Lily Iona MacKenzie

Curva Peligrosa by [MacKenzie, Lily Iona]

I asked the questions that matter of Lily MacKenzie! But first, the book:

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Now some questions!

Welcome, welcome, Lily! Let’s begin with: what’s the meaning of life?

This question assumes that life has a meaning, but what if it doesn’t? What if life is just something that happens and we have to try and make our own meaning from it? So the question should really be “How do you make meaning out of life?” To that I would answer, by living every day as if it were my last and filling it with people and things to do that I love. That would include being sure I have time to write and read. But I also love to cook healthy and tasty meals and enjoying an aperitif with my husband before eating, a time when we have rich conversations. I aim to include something enriching in as many days as possible, such as museum visits, concerts, plays, poetry readings, etc. The more I can include some aspect of the humanities in my life, the happier I am.

That is a beautiful take on that question! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

She gave her all for art!

Yes, I like that one! What’s your favorite word?

Enantiodromia, which means the tendency of things to change into their opposites. I like saying the word, the musicality of the syllables, but I particularly like its meaning, the idea that what we may reject is actually a part of us, a good argument for embracing all of life, the positive and the negative.

Oo, a new word! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

I would love to fly in actual life the way I do sometimes in dreams. It’s such a glorious free feeling to propel myself in the air!

I have to agree; flying is marvelous! Cook in or eat out?

I find cooking a meditative time and enjoy fixing tasty and healthy meals for myself and my husband. When we’re traveling, we always rent an Airbnb or VRBO so we don’t have to eat out constantly. I like the occasional meal out, but I soon get bored with restaurants.

Cooking is good for the soul! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

Lily was my mother’s name. She chose Iona for my middle name because one of her brothers was dating a girl named Iona who also had brown eyes. I feel “Lily” signifies the personality I use to interact with the outer world while Iona represents my interior, more inward self. Hence, I like to use both.

A beautiful name it is! Finally, what is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Reading has always been my before-sleep ritual, so I usually spend at least an hour doing it before I actually fall asleep. I read newspapers during the day when I ride my stationary bike and poetry, novels, or non-fiction works at night.

Another activity that is good for the soul! Thank you, Lily, for answering my many wonderings! Support Lily by clicking the links above! We’ll be here again next Friday, cooking and answering more important questions by another artist!

Happy reading! 🙂


Questions that Matter with Natasja Hellenthal


QUARTERLING (A Lesbian Young Adult Fantasy): The Story of a Rebel by [Hellenthal, Natasja]

I asked the questions that matter of Natasja Hellenthal! But first, the book:

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Now to my favorite part–the questions!

Welcome, Natasja! What’s your favorite word?

That’s tricky as I love language and there are so many beautiful words in the English language. For me that is usually the case with “What is your favourite… questions”. But if I would have to choose from my favourite words such as transcendent, luminous, sentience, avocet (a bird-species), lucid, eloquent, succulent, diverse, beyond, amalgamate, avertable, and fragrance for example, I would choose the word ‘beyond’. To me that word not only speaks to the imagination, but also invites everyone to visualise what lies past their normal sense of reality, vision, or daily life. I have chosen the name BeyondBookCovers for my book cover design business for that very reason, but also as I like people to know that I will go the extra mile for their book cover!

An eloquent answer! What is your real-life superpower?

I am fascinated by superpowers, love superhero movies and series, and have always wanted to write a novel featuring a unique superhero. So, that is what I did with ‘Quarterling’. It’s a one of a kind, never before written story if I can say so. Its main character, Fay Comyenti, is not only an alien, lesbian, and has superpowers no one has ever written about (she’s besides an empath able to acquire the powers of vertebrates), the people she saves are not humans, but non-human animals. But to stick to the question, I’m a bit of an empath and HSP’er (highly sensitive person) myself. It means I not only have oversensitive senses to the point it often gets too much for me (think sound, smell, bright lights etc), I can sense other people’s emotions and read their feelings really easily, not just their facial expressions or body language. Sometimes I’m not sure if that is a superpower as such as it does have a side effect as I can get overwhelmed by these emotions and can get really drained by people, especially those with a negative atmosphere. I have created the comyenti species to write about my own experiences as I think I needed an outlet, but also to feel at home in my own stories, with my own kind so to speak! And yes, they even have the same weakness as I have. No one can be all super all the time!

It is a superpower, I believe! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

If it’s only for a day, I would choose something that would possibly have a long-lasting effect such as make certain people, or groups of people, disappear from the surface of the Earth! It’s not really nice of me, I know, but then again this is something that will never happen anyway, so yes, if I could have any superpower I would choose that one! I am sure more people think this, but would be afraid to say it out loud. Or, if I could magically change people and turn them all into compassionate, loving people with a conscience instead of making them disappear, that would perhaps be a better, kinder one!

Always use your superpowers for good! What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

That could also be a superpower! If you were a road sign, what would you say?

“40 and sexy”

Love it! What’s the meaning of life?

I believe in always becoming a better person than who we were yesterday. To be willing to improve. Change is not a bad thing.  To not focus so much on possessions, money and petty things. That is all fleeting. Life is a miracle, cherish it, don’t take it for granted as it can end any time. Look at the grand scale of things, and bigger picture, and the beauty in everything. It is feelings and love that stays, and memories, life lessons, not things. To stop just focusing on oneself, but to be there for each other, to have an open mind, open heart, and show compassion for all life. To learn from our mistakes and to move on. To not hold grudges, to forgive, to share, and to love.

Very well-said, Natasja! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“Do not weep at my grave for I am not here anymore. My legacy is in my art. Go to: insert link to books”

A kind message and book promotion all in one! Thank you, Natasja, for answering my important questions! Rev up your superpowers and support Natasja on social media, then join us here next Friday for a new important author!

Happy reading! 🙂



Questions that Matter with C. R. Flamingbush

I asked the questions that matter of C. R. Flamingbush! But first, the book:

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Hello, C.R.! In your opinion, what is the best Disney Animated movie?

Much as I love Beauty and the Beast, I have to go with Tangled. That’s because long hair and I have quite a history. When I was only four, the hair dresser gave me a pixie cut which temporarily ruined my life until it grew out. Unfortunately my hair gets tangled way too easily, but it was my dream to have hair like the Rapunzel character in the movie. Dangerous tripping hazard but awesome boobytrap material. When you think about it, Tangled is like Home Alone: Trespassers and child kidnappers beware!

Rapunzel does get a lot of use out of her hair! What is your most bizarre talent?

The ability to boggle people’s minds with complicated rhymes and word puzzles which leave them scratching their heads. Villains beware the hidden word snare. Ha ha ha!

I will beware the snap of your mind’s trap! What is your biggest kitchen screwup?

Accidentally starting a fire in the toaster oven. Good thing I had some flour on hand.

Accidentally setting things on fire is my specialty in the kitchen! What is your favorite sound?

Small children and babies laughing, even when they grab a stick and hit your funny bone. To them it looks like fun, but grownups feel the burn.

A joyous sound! The laughter, not getting hit. What would be your real-life superpower?

Fountain of youth. I can make people look years younger through realistic portraits that erase all wrinkles and ugly marks from their faces.

I’ll drink to that! Why did the chicken cross the road?

So that my cute little grandson could give it a hug.

That’s a good reason! What would you tell your younger self?

When people’s opinions get you down, it’s time to get creative. Don’t worry about “getting along.” It’s better to sing a fun song. Or write a cartoon with a cool speech balloon. And don’t forget the silly puns. There’s no need to take life so seriously. (There’s a lot more I would tell myself, but it would take up too many pages to put here).

Silly puns are all the fun! Thank you, C.R., for joining our quirky club! Support C.R. by buying the book and reviewing! Hug a chicken today and join us next Friday when we ask questions that are funny to make your day a little sunny! (I’ll stop now—I’m sorry!)

Happy reading! 🙂

Questions that Matter with Melaina Rayne

Given (Warriors of Lykarthia Book 1) by [Rayne, Melaina]

I asked the questions that matter of Melaina Rayne! But first, the book:

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Let’s ask some questions!

Hello, Melaina! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

My birth name, Melanie, means black or dark. It was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century. My pen name, Melaina, is the Greek version of my birth name. It also means dark or black. In Greek mythology, Melaina was a nymph loved by Apollo. Some stories suggested she ruled over subterranean nymphs.

Both beautiful names! Quick! Ask your spouse/closest friend/parent or sibling to describe you in three words. What did they say?

I asked my beast, and his first response was, “Sexy ass bitch.” Not surprised. He always says that. But then he came back with, “Strong supportive wife.” My bestie said, “Funny, supportive, sista-from-anotha-mista.” Apparently, I’m supportive. Who knew? 

And you have a supportive circle! How did you meet your best friend? (Animals count here!)

I met my best friend, Nicole, in another author’s Facebook fan group. Eventually, we started messaging each other. I don’t even remember what started our first conversation, but it’s been going ever since. I’m pretty sure only a handful of days have passed where we didn’t chat. Even then, it was only because we were somewhere we didn’t have a cell signal.

What a unique way to meet! Do you sing in the shower?

Only when no one is home. I don’t have a terrible voice or anything. I just have this weird quirk where I can’t force myself to let anyone hear me sing…unless alcohol is involved.

Sing like no one is listening! Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

Depends if you’re pouring or drinking. *teehee*

Hmm…now I have to think about that! Your life is being narrated! Who is doing the narration?

That chick from Juno. I love her tone and sarcasm. She sounds too much like what’s going on in my head a lot of the time.

She would be a good one! And finally, what is one of your favorite quotes?

“May the stars guide you on your journey, and your heart always lead you home.”
(It’s a line from my book, Given.)

A beautiful quote to end on! Thank you, Melaina, for joining our adventure! Support Melaina on social media and may the stars guide you back here next Friday for another quirky interview!

Happy reading! 🙂