Questions that Matter with Neil Davies


The Demon Guardian by [Davies, Neil]

I asked those questions that matter of Neil Davies! But first, the book:

Now some questions!

Hi, Neil! Let’s start with my favorite question: What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

At least I tried.

Short and honest! I love it! If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I really wish I could live long enough to see us flying spaceships between the planets like in all my favourite scifi space opera books and films. I’d like to be there when spaceship travel is as common as aeroplane travel is today.

Maybe you will live long enough! You never know…If you were a road sign, what would you say?

No Entry! (I really don’t know why people think I’m a negative type of person)

Perhaps if you changed it to “proceed with caution”…Do you prefer the movie or the book?

In almost all cases, the book. Generally speaking, I think, through necessities of time, too much has to be left out when turning a book into a film. It’s why, often, turning a short story into a film can work better than a novel. Novels are just too long, too complex and have too many subplots, characters and subtleties that films just don’t have the time to deal with. Plus (pet hate coming up here) so many scriptwriters/directors seem to feel it necessary to change details for absolutely no reason I can see other than their own egos.

Always read the book, people! Favorite drink?

Pepsi Max.

Drink up! Do you believe in aliens?

To answer truthfully and completely I need to split it up.

First, do I believe alien life exists out there in the Universe? Yes, absolutely, 100% The Universe is so vast that I find it impossible to think there isn’t other life out there. And I get so depressed when I hear scientists talking about life purely in terms of our kind of life. Who’s to say that our carbon, oxygen breathing type of life is the only one possible? Very narrow-minded.

Second, do I believe intelligent (i.e. in a form we can understand as intelligent) life exists out there in the Universe? Yes, to a good 90% probability. Again, the sheer vastness of the Universe argues in favour of this, purely by chance and randomness. Hard to believe we’re the only planet that just happened to have the right combination of factors to bring our kind of life into being. Doesn’t mean they will have developed the same way we have, but they could have had similar beginnings.

Third (and final), do I believe aliens have visited or are visiting Earth? No. Highly unlikely. Think of ourselves discovering another planet with intelligent life on it. Would we pop in and out, kidnap people, quietly slaughter native animals during the night and so on? No, we would announce our arrival and make our presence known clearly and unambiguously. The one other possibility is that The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy was right, and we are plagued with alien pranksters who like to drop in on underdeveloped worlds like ours and strut around in front of the natives making ‘beep beep’ noises.

Forty-two, let us not forget it! What would you tell your younger self?

Don’t be so afraid of failure, rejection or ridicule, and don’t worry about what other people think of you. Too many years being afraid to talk to girls, afraid to speak up in groups, afraid to say the odd or funny things that would pop into my head when with others, afraid to push my music, and, most of all, afraid to send my writing off to publishers. With the exception of one failed attempt, it wasn’t until I met my wife and she starting pushing me that I actually began sending stuff off. No one was more surprised than me when, among the rejections, there were acceptances. Don’t be afraid, just go for it!

Yes, yes, yes, and amen!! Thank you, Neil, for providing us some inspiration! Support Neil by checking out the links below! Next week, we’re knocking down the “No Entry” sign to merge with another important author! Don’t miss it!

Twitter: @nwdavies

Happy reading! 🙂

Questions that Matter with Rita Chapman

Missing in London (Anna Davies Mystery Book 3) by [Chapman, Rita Lee]

I asked the questions that matter of Rita Chapman! But first, the book:

Now some questions!

Good day, Rita! Let’s start: what is one of your favorite quotes?

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” Bill Nye

Knowledge is power! Are you usually early, late, or on time?

I hate being late! I try to be on time but sometimes, I have to admit, I arrive early. If I’m catching a plane it’s very early.

Wouldn’t want to miss that flight! If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

A horse, as anyone would know who has read my book Winston – A Horse’s Tale. But I would have to hope ardently for a kind and knowledgeable owner.

You and me both! Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

Definitely half-full. I’m lucky to be a born optimist. Unless the glass is holding champagne then it would be half-empty.

If it’s half-empty, fill it up! If you were in a circus, what would your job be?

I’d be the trick-rider on the horses.

Giddy-up!! Favorite drink?

Champagne, but closely followed by a sweet Martini.

Sippin’ the bubbly! Last question: you’ve just stepped from your cocoon and you’re a beautiful butterfly! What’s your first thought?

Where can I find something to eat?

My thoughts exactly! Thank you, Rita, for taking my challenge! Support Rita by checking out the links below and join us next Friday as we fill our glasses with champagne and interview another author who matters!

Happy reading! 🙂

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I asked the questions that matter of D. Gabrielle Jensen! But first, the website:

Welcome, D.! Time to play! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

I’ve always wanted to be a telepath/pusher, like Professor X. But I think, if I were to only have it for a day, I’d want something like flight. Flight sounds cool but unless it is supersonic, I don’t think it would be practical in the long run.

Either superpower sounds awesome! Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I really can’t think of anything I’ve never told anyone. I have a couple of friends who know just about everything, as I think everyone does. But through my poetry, especially, I think that most of my darkest secrets have been exposed. I’m a pretty open, unashamed person, if people are just willing to ask the questions.

I am willing to ask the questions! So answer me this: When was the last time you got the giggles at an inappropriate time? 

I don’t know how “inappropriate” it was but a couple weeks ago, my manager in my day job and I were setting up a prize wheel and for some reason it was the funniest thing we’d ever done.

I’m curious now what the prizes were…Describe your best pair of socks.

As a general rule, I don’t like socks. But because I live in a place where winter is a real thing, I do have some. I like fun socks, bright colors, characters. My favorites are Keroppi, Hello Kitty’s little froggy friend, and Shock, the little purple witch from Nightmare Before Christmas.

Socks are a great way to express your inner quirkiness! Do you have an irrational fear?

My parents are divorced. Both sets of their parents are divorced. Both my mom’s brother and sister have been divorced twice. Both of my parents have nephews who are divorced. I have developed a concern that divorce might be hereditary and that I have it on both sides.

That fear may not be so irrational…Quick! Ask your spouse/closest friend/parent or sibling to describe you in three words. What did they say?

Creative, determined, caring

Aww!! That person gets some bonus points! Your life is being narrated! Who is doing the narration?

Kat Dennings or Ryan Reynolds. My life needs someone comfortable with roasting sarcasm and gratuitous F-bombs.

Both are great choices! Thank you, D., for letting your quirky show! This is it for our Cycon blitz! Thanks so much for coming on this tour! Come next Friday for another author answering life’s important questions!

Happy reading! 🙂


I asked Tracy A. Ball the questions that matter! Here is a link:

Welcome, Tracy! You can only have one kind of sandwich: What is it?

Either a Deli Turkey and Roast Beef with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and potato chips. It doesn’t matter what kind, it’s all about the crunchy. Or, a Cheesesteak sub with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, fried onions, salt & pepper. I could live off either one of those for the rest of my days.

I’ll take the cheesesteak! What would you name a boat if you had one?

My boat would be black and I would call it Snape. I would sail around making people wonder if I were a good or bad person.

Love it! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

Telekinesis!  And then Teleportation. I would like to help stupid people slap themselves and get away when they realize it’s me.  Clearly, I’m a villain.

Oh, I’m sure many of us have the same dream! If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would you be?

A bear, no question.  I’d spend three quarters of the year eating my butt off. And then I’d sleep through the winter! That’s love. Plus, who’s going to pick on me?

That sounds great! What is your motto?

Tell the truth. It doesn’t matter what happens next.

Good advice! If you had to live without one of the five senses, which sense would you give up? 

Smell, in a heartbeat. There are too many things I’d rather not get a whiff of and, most of the pretty smells are there to cover the ugly ones.

Though without smell, there isn’t much taste…Never trust a person who doesn’t like to…

Read fiction. That’s a person who also doesn’t like to think, learn, or grow. In my opinion, they intentionally miss adventures and dwell in negativity.

True, very true! Thank you, Tracy, for telling us the truth about you! Let us hibernate until it’s time for another interview!


Toil and Trouble: An Olympia Investigations Novella by [Ramsey, Sherry D.]

I asked the questions that matter of Sherry Ramsey! Check out the website:

Hello, Sherry! What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Read! It’s a very rare night that I don’t open up a book or switch on my e-reader before settling down for the night. This is a habit I’ve had for as long as I can remember. It’s a way to calm my brain of all the thoughts, ideas, and worries that habitually take all the attention and focus instead on someone else’s story. When I startle awake because I’ve almost dropped the book, I know I’m ready for sleep!

Until you hit the cliffhanger that keeps you up all night! Would you go out in space if given the opportunity?

I hope I would. It sounds a bit weird for me to say this, since I don’t even really like airplane travel (or any travel, really—I like *being* different places but I dislike *getting* there). However, I hope I would take the opportunity to see our world from this magnificent other perspective if I had the chance.

Always look to the stars! Are you usually early, late, or on time?

My preference is to be exactly on time for things. This avoids both the awkward need to fill time when you’re early, and the guilt and apologies of being late. Of course, it does increase the risk of being late, but somehow I manage to live with that!

I have much to learn from you! I’m always late…What is one of your favorite quotes?

I’ve always liked, “Whether or not you write well, write bravely,” by Bill Stout. I like this idea because it doesn’t focus on the work itself, but on the writer, and the notion that as long as you’re tackling the writing with your whole intention, all the rest will follow. It gives permission to write a bad first draft secure in the knowledge that the quality of that draft is not the most important thing at that moment, which I think is so important for writers, especially newer writers, to accept.

Never fear the first draft! Fear the final one…Do you prefer the movie or the book?

In general, I’d say I prefer the book—or at least to have read a book before I see the ensuing movie. I like to have the experience of the book before the movie enshrines one set of visuals in my mind, so that my interpretations of the book come from the text. I do try not to expect a movie to be just the same as the book, because they are very different storytelling forms and it’s almost impossible for one to translate perfectly to the other. I think the two versions should be allowed to co-exist on their own terms.

A fair answer! Do you believe in aliens?

I find it easier to believe in aliens than to believe that Earth is the only cradle of life in the entire universe. I know there are arguments against their existence, but I feel like there is still so much we don’t know that it’s impossible to make an informed decision. Maybe it’s the science fiction writer in me, but what if there are intelligent life forms but their evolution has been so different that we simply don’t know what to look for or don’t yet have the ability to detect it? There are still too many unknowns for me. 

As long as they’re friendly…Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true?

Not an entire dream, but bits and pieces for sure. My Welsh grandmother used to call this “breaking the dream”—so if something happened that you had dreamed about (even if only somewhat related), she would say, “that breaks your dream.” Even as a child, I found that very striking, evocative language, so it has always stayed with me. There must be a story idea in there somewhere…

What if the dream never gets broken? Now I have questions…Thank you, Sherry, for talking to us! Let’s move on to another author on our blitz tour! Stay tuned!



Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets by [Holly-Rosing, Madeleine]

I asked the questions that matter of Madeleine Holly-Rosing! But first, the book:

Let’s get to know Madeleine! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

Many years ago I was on a hiking trip on an Indian reservation in Arizona. At one point we had the opportunity to climb down a very steep trail and rock face to get to a beautiful pond and waterfall. Going down was no problem, but coming up my foot slipped on the rock face as I hung on to a rope. I swung out and slammed my leg about six inches below my knee on the cliff. I swung back and got back on the trail and made it out, but as I walked back it became apparent that I was more injured than I had thought. Needless to say, I had to helicoptered out and I still have that scar today.

Ouch! That’s always a painful question! What’s the color of your toothbrush? 

I have two. One green and one blue. Since I brush my teeth at least twice a day, I like to use a dry one. However, when they get old I will swap them for new ones and I try to pick a color that my husband doesn’t have. 

Never share toothbrush colors! It’s dangerous! Diamonds or pearls?

Definitely diamonds. Sparkle is everything. Plus, it isn’t scooped out of something slimy and gooey.

Some of the best things start out slimy and gooey! Take that comment as you will! Do you believe in love at first sight?

No, but I do believe in lust at first sight. Real love comes in stages and takes time. And there has to be respect, otherwise the relationship is toxic.

*Sings* R-e-s-p-e-c-t! Yeah! Describe your best pair of socks. 

Thorlos, baby. The running kind, not the anklet ones though. They are expensive, but they can last up to 15 years. Really, they do. I have socks older than my nephews that I still wear.

Really? I’m lucky if my socks last the winter! Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid? 

Are you kidding? Fly a dragon, of course. Just the idea of riding an animal like that is amazing. But I think a saddle would be in order.

Just hold the scales! Quick! Ask your spouse/closest friend/parent or sibling to describe you in three words. What did they say? 

Mono-polar manic.

I am curious as to who you asked! Thank you, Madeleine, for taking part in my quirky interview! On we go in our Cycon blitz!



Blackbird (The Children Of Corvus Book 1) by [Harrison, L.E.]

I asked the questions that matter of L.E. Harrison! Check out the website:

Happy Cycon, L.E.! What’s the color of your toothbrush?


A lovely color! What is your favorite smell?

The smoke from a campfire.

Especially with roasted marshmallows! Yum! Time for a board game! Which is your favorite?


Let’s play then! Do you eat broccoli stems or just the floret?

 I eat it all. I love broccoli!

Hoorah! Broccoli is the best! Which Beatles song describes you?

Fixing A Hole

I would love an explanation for that one…What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

The birth of my granddaughter.

The best of marvelous things! Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true?

 Yes. This happens to me all the time.

Oo, you may have a super power! Thank you, L.E., for this quick and quirky Q and A! Check out the link to learn more of L.E.! Don’t forget to eat your broccoli while reading another interview!


I asked the questions that matter of A.J. Mullican! Here is a link:

Welcome, A.J.! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“Creator of worlds, destroyer of beloved secondary characters.”

A good one! What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.” (See the movie Boondock Saints for hilarious context)

Adding it to my watch-list! If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

Some kind of cat, definitely. I’m a Leo, I have two Maine coon mixes, and my hobbies include sleeping in strange places and playing with string.

Do you make stuff with the string or just chase it around? Moving on! Are you usually early, late, or on time?

I’m pathologically early. I’ve been known to call my work to say that I’m running late and still end up being early. It was drilled into me by my mom that you should always be early, never late. Mom’s early so often we used to joke that one day she’d arrive where she was going before she left.

The early bird gets the worm! Which Greek or Norse mythology character are you?

Valkyrie. I even chose a Valkyrie name for my SCA persona. Let’s get those warriors up to Valhalla for some mead with Odin!

If Loki is there, I’m in! If you had to live without one of the five senses, which sense do you give up?

Smell. I have a terrible sense of smell anyway, so I could do without that easy enough.

No smelling the roses here! Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true?

Yeah, quite a few. The most memorable for me is the dream where a black car was crunched up against a median post in a tunnel underpass. I remember staring at the carnage and thinking “They were going too fast.” One week later, Princess Diana died.

How unnerving! Thank you, A.J., for talking quirky with us! Follow the link to see the book! Then chase the string I’m pulling to our next author!



I asked the questions that matter of Laura Daleo! But first, check out the website:

Hello, Laura! What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?

If I could change the alphabet, I’d put U and I together. I have never used this line, but it was used on me. It was pretty original so I gave him props for that.

That’s a good one! On a scale from 1-5, how afraid of the dark are you? 

1 – I actually like the dark. I find it peaceful and calming. 

Yes it can be! Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

I’m a huge Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead fan, so I’d grab a pair of hiking boots, a knife, a backpack, a pack of socks, and as many bottles of water as I could fit in my backpack.

That all sounds important! I’m adding you to my zombie-fighting squad! What is your favorite pizza topping? 

Pepperoni is my all time favorite; especially if the edges are a little crispy.

Nothing beats some crispy cheese! What animal-person are you?

100% dog person. I love them. I have 3 furry kids, all basset hounds, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter. 

Gotta love those big, sad eyes! Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid?

How cool would that be to fly on a dragon, especially if it was Toothless!

I would totally love to have Toothless as my dragon! Yes! Coffee or tea? Iced or hot? 

I love iced coffee. Starbucks is my all time favorite. I could drink that stuff all day and all night, expect then I’d never get to sleep. 

But you would have a lot of time to write! Thank you, Laura, for joining my zombie squad and answering my important questions! Stay tuned for the next author in my cycon blitz tour!






Learning to Love (Serendipity  Book 3) by [ Wilck, Jennifer ]

I asked the questions that matter of Jennifer Wilck! Check out the website:

Let’s get to know Jennifer! What’s the meaning of life?

That’s easy. Love. Love always wins and everything is better with it. In fact, that’s why I write romance. Because even though in real life things don’t always work out quite the way they should (or how I think they should), in my books, I can make the right hero and heroine fall in love, give them the responses I wish I had sometimes, and create a world in which I wish I lived.

What power we authors have! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“She always tried her best.” I’m human and I make lots of mistakes. Although my characters always say and do the right thing (ultimately, although it takes them a while), I’m not nearly as talented. But I really do try.

You just have to try…You can only have one kind of sandwich: what is it?

Forever? Hmm, I think I’d like to have a Jersey tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil sandwich, with balsamic vinegar on a ciabatta roll. I love the flavors and textures of that kind of sandwich, plus, it reminds me of nice weather for some reason, which I’m dying for right now.

That sandwich sounds as fresh as spring! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

Whenever I broil lamb, the smoke alarms go off. Every. Single. Time. Not sure why, since I can broil other things. My husband has started to disconnect the smoke alarm when I cook it, although I have to say, I no longer cook it often because of that (and because I’m not a huge fan of it).

Does is burst into flames? That is more my style. What’s your favorite sound?

The sound of my girls laughing together. They’re now 20 and 17 and it’s so nice to watch them enjoy each other’s company when they’re together (the oldest is away at college for much of the time) and their laughter is just about perfect.

A wonderful sound! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

I’d love to fly, to be able to just take off at my leisure and look at the world from above. I think it would be so freeing.

Oh, it is, it is…What is one of your favorite quotes? 

It’s from Winnie the Pooh: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

I love that! Thank you, Jennifer, for joining us! We’re moving right along on our blitz tour for Cycon, so stay tuned for another interview!