Questions that Matter with Dove Winters

I asked the questions that matter of….well, I guess I can’t really ask myself the questions. That would make me sound insane. It’s bad enough I refer to “myself” as “us,” right? Let’s start over.

I read the questions that matter and answered some of them for you, in a bit of shameless self-promotion! But first, the book:

Now, some quirkiness.

Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

  1. My kids. I feel like they’ve battled enough zombies in video games to know what they’re doing.
  2. Water, cause all that running is going to make us thirsty.
  3. Someone who runs slower than me.
  4. A baseball bat. I don’t think my aim is good enough to bring a weapon that shoots.
  5. My favorite book. Something to do in between running and fighting, ya know?

It occurred to me that I can’t comment on my own answers, so let’s just continue: When was the last time you got the giggles at an inappropriate time?

We were about to order food at a fast food drive-thru one day recently and my son said something odd. Not funny, just odd. But for some reason, it cracked me up. I was trying to order like a professional adult, but I was trying to hold in a laugh, which is a lot like trying to hold in a sneeze: it’s hard to do and you look and sound ridiculous while you do it. I kept choking and having to clear my throat and start over. Now my kids do it every time.

If you were a road sign, what would you say?

It would be a round sign with a lot of squiggly lines going every which way. It would just confuse everyone. Welcome to my world!

Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

Either way, I’m going to spill it all over whatever I’m writing. So I have to hope it’s not too hot and I always keep towels handy. How’s that for deep thoughts?

What is your favorite nut? How does that nut reflect your personality?

Honey-roasted cashews. They’re a bit sweet, a bit salty, and the jar is usually full of broken bits and pieces.

Do you sing in the shower?

Of course I do! Doesn’t everyone? Disney tunes are a favorite. Sometimes my daughter will sing with me through the bathroom door.

And since it’s my favorite: What do you want written on your tombstone?

“Stop stepping on me!”

That’s it for me, folks! I had fun letting some of this quirky out with you all today! Check out my links below if you’re interested in updates of book three in my trilogy, The Healer and the Guardian. Want to do an interview? Send me an email and I’ll send you the steps! Now, have a cashew and stay tuned for more interviews!

Twitter: @DoveWinters

Happy reading! 🙂




Questions that Matter with W.C. Clinton

I asked the questions that matter of W. C. Clinton! But first, the book:

Now we ask:

Welcome, W.C.! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

I’m Not Here, Myself

Brilliant! We will always wonder where you are! What is one of your favorite quotes?

Today is BOGO Day at Plagiarisms R Us:

“We learn from history that we never learn anything from history.”

“Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.”

So plan accordingly! If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

The fly I just swatted.  Karma’s a bitch.

But oh to be a fly on the wall! Why did the chicken cross the road?

It was an act of radical free will in the face of an absurd situation.  In the end, the Jean-Paul Chicken perished, as do we all, but in that one moment of choice Chicken asserted its own essence in the face of a hostile universe.

Go Chicken! Your life is being narrated.  Who is the narrator?

Having spent some of my early years in the theater as well as performing voice-over work, I would insist on being the narrator of my own life.  I would trust no one else to provide the correct intonations for my sense of irony, wry observation, and the use of an unreliable narrator.

And it would end with, “I’m not here, myself.” Which is brilliant, coming from your own voice! Do you know what your name means? Or who you were named after?

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not named after the 42nd President of the United States.  I’m quick to admit that I only say that to point out that I have the same name as the 42nd President of the United States, and to add that I also share his birthday – although I have been Bill Clinton ten months longer (the President changed his name within a year of my birth, obviously to get in on a good thing).

I am named after my father, who in turn was likely named after William of Orange – a hero of Protestant Irish persons (his parents were immigrants, I will admit in this anti-immigrant climate we have today).  My given name apparently means “resolute protector” and my surname could mean “town on a hill” – which is strangely appropriate as I grew up in Hilltown, Pennsylvania.

You can be President of this interview if you’d like! Flash me! Write us a flash fiction story, no more than 50 words please!

Flash Verse

Roscoe Rasputin, in a long overcoat,

Daily traversed the winding Schuylkill Trail,

Seeking to make random women emote

Disgust, shock or dismay, a scream or wail.

Exposing himself by flapping his frock,

Demented obscenity governed his mind

Until a policeman, wielding a Glock,

Arrested our pervert; now he’s doing time.

*wild applause* You have all just been flashed by flash fiction! Thank you, W.C., for bringing a smile to our faces today! Support WC by checking out the links below! Then button up your overcoat and join us again next Friday for another interview!

Happy reading! 🙂

Questions that Matter with David Kummer

I asked the questions that matter of David Kummer! But first, the book:

Check out David’s other interview in the July 2018 archive! Now for some new questions:

Welcome back, David! We’re excited to learn more about you! What song are you listening to right now, or what song did you listen to last? 

I listen to a lot of indie rock, so unsurprisingly the last song I listened to was Arcade Fire’s Suburbs. I actually listened to the entire album. Them and the Killers are definitely two of the greatest bands ever. I can’t wait to see them again in concert. I’m really a big concert junkie.

You made my heart sing! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“Sometimes, just listen.”

I’m listening….What is one of your favorite quotes?

I recently heard an Orson Welles quote that goes, “if you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop the story,” and that might just be my favorite. As a horror author, though, I really like Christopher Paolini’s, “Without fear, there cannot be courage.”

Courage is found in unlikely places (J. R. R. Tolkien). Your life is being narrated! Who is doing the narration?

Definitely Harrison Ford. I have no justification for it, other than I really, really like him and I get to choose so I choose him!

Then that’s who you get! What is the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part is definitely the days when you don’t get any reviews, any sales, any nothing. (A lot of days). It’s hard to feel like nobody is reading your work. As for myself, I put pieces of my life into each book, and pieces of me. I really try to give them feeling and personality and deeper meaning, especially my more recent books like Home. So whenever there’s a day and nothing happens, it can be super discouraging.

But never stop writing! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

We went to Costa Rica on our high school senior trip recently and I saw this insane, majestic waterfall in the middle of the jungle. However… I actually don’t think that’s it. I’ve been to Haiti on a few missions trips, and I think the Haitian mountains near the capital city are one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Fantastic! What’s your favorite word?

My favorite word… is probably Werifesteria. But I’m also kind of leaning towards Kaleidoscope. I really like words, if you can’t tell. Apophenia.

We can tell! Thank you, David, for letting us absorb the apophenia of your answers! Check out David’s links below! If you’re experiencing feelings of werifesteria, then stay tuned next week for another new author to keep you on the right path!

Happy reading! 🙂

Questions that Matter with Rhonda Smiley

Monty and the Monster by [Smiley, Rhonda]

I asked the questions that matter of Rhonda Smiley! But first, the book:

Now, we ask:

Welcome, Rhonda! What’s the meaning of life?

I believe it’s 42.

You are absolutely correct! You can only have one kind of sandwich: what is it?

Oka cheese with strawberry jam on a fresh baguette. So yummy! The cheese was originally made by Trappist monks in Oka, Quebec (hence the name), so it’s pretty popular in Montreal, which is where I’m from. It’s harder to come by here (here being Glendale, CA where I now live), but a nice brie will suffice in its place. 

If there’s cheese on it, it is probably delicious! Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

Zombie-repellent (regular strength; the extra strength is just a rip-off), my dog, my phone (which is much lighter than my computer, but has more stuff on it), dental floss, and nunchucks. 

You’re on the squad! Why did no one else think to bring zombie-repellent?! Though I’m curious about the dental floss…moving on! What would you name your pet gorilla?


Indeed! What do you think the best invention is?

Air conditioning. The inventor should’ve gotten the Nobel Peace Prize for it. I mean, how many conflicts have been avoided thanks to a/c?

*sitting in a room with A/C and two oscillating fans* I agree! Why sweat when you don’t have to? What is your real-life superpower?

Worrying enough for everyone. (Seriously, everyone else can relax. I’ve got this.)

Thank goodness! I was exhausted. Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid? 

Fly on a dragon for sure! First of all, you probably never run into mechanical errors. And secondly, roasted marshmallows as an in-flight snack. Plus, Jaws scared me out of the water and I’d hate to make a mermaid leave her natural habitat just to meet me.

Take to the skies! Thank you, Rhonda, for showing us your quirky side! Help Rhonda by checking out the links below. Then, blast your A/C so you’re comfortable while reading another interview, next Friday!

Happy reading! 🙂


Questions that Matter with Bob Whitely

The Shadow Reaper: A Blend of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by [Whitely, Bob]

I asked the questions that matter of Bob Whitely! But first, the book:

And now some fun!

Bob, come on down! Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

Every time there’s been a zombie outbreak in my neighborhood, I’ve rushed the family over to my buddy’s house, because he’s the one with all the guns! As for what top five things I take along, that’s easy: the biggest knife in my kitchen, the industrial stapler I bought to ship my novels (makes a surprisingly good hammer), my iPhone, a supreme pizza (I’d prefer Papa John’s, but I’m not that picky during an outbreak), and of course my truck! These five things have never failed me in the past!

What neighborhood do you live in?!! You’re in my zombie squad, so long as you bring the pizza! Time for a board game! Which is your favorite?

Another easy question! I’d pick Freeze Or Burn hands down! Okay, that was cheating, sort of. See, I’m also a game designer, and Freeze Or Burn is one of my board games set in my Toonaria universe. It was inspired by another board game I invented decades ago and I’m just really, really loving it so far. The fact that Freeze Or Burn isn’t on the market yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t my favorite! If I had to pick one that I didn’t invent, it would probably be The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, because it is the game that made me fall in love with board games and inspired me to keep pursuing game design. It’s also silly and a heck of a lot of fun!

How fun! Do you prefer the movie or the book?

I far prefer the book, but if I somehow end up seeing the movie first, I have a really hard time getting myself to read the book. I am not a fast reader—I tend to mull over the words and scenes too long—and I’m so productivity minded that I have a hard time reading a book after I’ve seen the movie. The reverse isn’t true. I can watch a movie while doing something else, so if I enjoyed the book, I’d probably still watch the movie.

Book first, I always say! What is your motto?

Think. Pray. Act. Life is a roller coaster, so expect some hard turns. Along the way, help as many people as you can. Invest in your family over your career and remember that every day’s a gift!

Here, here! Are you on the dance floor or a wallflower?

I have bounced between being extroverted and introverted, but the vast majority of my life I’ve been very shy. Only rarely have I ventured out onto the dance floor (pretty much only at weddings.) That said, I really enjoy dancing and do so at home, usually when I think I’m alone. I crank the music up and dance up a storm—I’m pretty good, too, I think! I danced briefly in a couple plays I wrote and performed (acting is another passion of mine). Something about pretending to be someone else, makes it easier for me to do things on stage that I wouldn’t normally feel comfortable with. Hence 18 years of performing on stage without freaking out.

Dance like no one is watching, always! Would you go out in space if given the opportunity?

Probably not. Space is big, mostly empty, and too quiet. It’s almost depressing. Don’t get me wrong, I love science fiction, Star Wars—all that, but we can’t see the true beauty of space with the naked eye. Those gorgeous space photos that are floating around? They’ve been doctored, not to trick us, but because the naked eye can’t see much out there. The images are significantly altered for us to enjoy. Further, I had a bad experience diving once, and the thought of relying on gear to stay alive isn’t appealing to me. If I experienced space without the gear, well then there’d be no more me, so yeah, I’ll keep my feet firmly planted on the ground. Besides, the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen – my children exploring the world and their own creativity, my amazing wife smiling at me, a cloudy sky, a lush landscape—that’s the good stuff, and none of it is out in space.

I agree! I prefer to stay on the planet! The Hunger Games just started! Do you fight for supplies or do you run for it?

I would make a run for it and hope for the best. I’m not a quitter, but I’d never hurt anyone except for self-defense. I would try hard to get supplies whenever I could, and if I thought I could trust another contestant, I’d team up with them and try to keep us alive. I’d risk my neck for them while looking for ways to escape, but only fight when I had to.

Stay alive! Thank you, Bob, for sharing your wisdom! Support Bob by checking out the links! We’ll be here next Friday (with pizza!) and another new author!

Twitter: @QTGames

Happy reading! 🙂