Questions that Matter with Sophia Minetos

I asked the questions that matter of Sophia Minetos! But first, the book:

Now, let’s ask:

Welcome, Sophia! Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Tell us about them!

When I was younger, my imaginary friend was an alien princess named Izia. I wrote a saga of short stories about her parents’ battle for a rogue planet outside of our solar system. I still would love to write a space opera someday, I’m just not particularly well versed in the mechanics of spacecraft. Maybe Izia will make a cameo.

Perhaps she was your writing persona coming alive! Favorite age you’ve been so far?

17! I’m honestly pretty nostalgic for my senior year of high school. I traveled a lot for school that year and made a lot of great memories. I visited Las Cruces, New York, and Lincoln for various theatre trips. And I think that there’s a sort of heightened sense of the imaginary when you’re an adolescent, and I think that part of that is why I write YA. Part of me just wants to recapture that sensation.

One of my favorite ages, too! What is your favorite smell?

Chocolate chip cookies baking in the kitchen! Or rain. I’m a desert dweller, so a rainy day feels a lot like a holiday to me.

Cookies and rain—a perfect combo! Which Greek or Norse mythology character are you?

I feel a sense of kinship with Circe. I would LOVE to have my own island where I spend my days gardening and hanging out with my pet lions and wolves.

Sounds perfect! What is the hardest part of being an author?

For me, it’s the self doubt. When I write, I have a very precise vision for my stories, and I stress about whether or not I’m doing what I have in my head justice when I get it on the page. But I try and allow myself to be imperfect. Rome wasn’t built in a day. A perfect novel doesn’t spring up from an author’s head, fully formed, wearing armor, and ready to go. It’s a process. It’s art. Art takes time.

I couldn’t have said it better! Thank you, Sophia, for letting us get to know you! Support Sophia by checking out the links! Then, get those cookies out of the oven before they burn and join us next time for another interview!

Twitter: @MinetosSophia

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Questions that Matter with Anshita Tamanna Aggarwal

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I asked the questions that matter of Anshita Tamanna Aggarwal! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Welcome, welcome, Anshita! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

Haha I have actually never thought about it! But I think it will be “In another time, in a happier place, we’ll meet again” 

A beautiful hope! What’s the meaning of life?

I don’t think there is any meaning! It’s just an experience for me. I think a lot of people try to find meaning in everything including life. We all want to be logical. But I believe I’m different! I go with the flow. I remember when my mother had passed away. I was angry and I thought of the same question WHATS THE MEANING OF LIFE? We are all going to die one day! So I think life is more about earning respect and love from others and be known for good character after you’re gone. 

Well-said! What’s your favorite word?

Definitely it’s “Tams”. I didn’t even have to think about it. It’s the pet name that my mother had. I feel mothers are the only ones who will solve your problems with a smile. Their warmth and affection is nowhere else to be found. They are understanding and very gentle. So Tams is my favourite word as well as my favourite person!

Very good! What is one of your favorite quotes?

I think it would be “Life if well lived, is long enough.” I was really inspired when I read it. 

A very inspirational quote! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

Ah it’s on my forehead. I remember I was very small and I had just learned how to say my parents name! While going down the stairs I was memorising the name and I just tripped over. That was one hell of a day!! Since it’s on my forehead and is visible to everyone I’m always asked “How did you get this scar”? and I have to keep narrating this story. 

Just tell them to come here and read it then from now on! Cook in or eat out?

Totally depends on my mood! I’m a very spontaneous person. I could probably cook in and then feel like I should eat out! Haha that’s how I am. 

I know the feeling! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

Well so the name Anshita means “Beam Of Light”. I don’t want to sound narcissistic but I’m totally in love with the meaning of my name! 

Not narcissistic at all—it’s a beautiful name! Thank you, Anshita, for coming to this quirky party! Support Anshita by checking out the book! Then, live your life well by coming here to read some more new interviews!


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Questions that Matter with E. B. Roshan

Final Chance by [E.B. Roshan]

I asked the questions that matter of E. B. Roshan! But first, the book:

Now, we ask:

Nice to meet you, E.B.! How did you meet your best friend?

My best friend happens to be my husband. I met him at the airport, which is a random but not entirely unromantic first meeting place. (He is a pilot.)

That’s a very romantic setting, especially since he’s a pilot! What’s the color of your toothbrush?

My toothbrush is a blue and white Dr. Fresh toothbrush from Walmart. The one I had before it was purple (from the same pack) and I liked it better.

Purple is always better! Favorite age you’ve been so far?

My favorite age has always been my current one, though according to my parents, I actually didn’t enjoy being an infant very much.

Good answer! What is your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is the smell of a dusty street that has been soaked and refreshed by the rain.

Rain is refreshing! What is your favorite flower?

My favorite flower to grow in my garden is the nasturtium, specifically the orange and cream colored ones. Unfortunately, where we live now the heat is so intense we can only enjoy them for a month or two before they get stringy.

I feel the same way in the heat—stringy! Which is your favorite way to dance: with others or alone?

Both! I can’t decide…I just love to dance.

I won’t make you choose, just dance! Do you have an irrational fear?

I am terrified of roosters. But now that I think about it, I’m not sure how irrational this fear is. Have you ever been attacked by a rooster?

I have not, but I have a feeling this fear is completely rational! Thank you, E.B., for answering these important questions! Support E.B. by checking out the books and website! Then, outrun the rooster and join us again for another interview!

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Questions that Matter with Kerat Jhaj

Himagus: Kill me because I survived. (Himagusians Book 1) by [Kerat Jhaj]

I asked the questions that matter of Kerat Jhaj! But first, the book:

Ready, set….answer!

Welcome, Kerat! What’s your biggest screw-up in the kitchen?

So, once I baked a cake. But I had over filled the utensil with batter making it drip on the oven. The cake turned out fine but the batter still stuck on the oven was completely black. I forgot to clean it and shoved pizza in there.

Later, I came to check on it and the oven was on fire. 

I screamed.

My dad poured water on it, luckily it worked but imagine if it was electric fire, and water only made it worse?

Turned out the burnt cake batter had gone on fire.

I may need to start another squad—we who set things in our kitchens on fire! If you could witness any event past, present, or future, what would it be?

1984, That year a genocide had happened against the people of my religion. It would hurt and destroy me to see what my ancestors went through, yet, I still can’t help but feel like I need to know.

Knowledge can be a powerful thing! Do you know what your name means? Or who you were named after?

My name “Kerat” is inspired by “Kirat Kari” the term means ~ earn an honest, pure and dedicated living by exercising ones skills, abilities, talents and hard labor for the benefit and improvement of individual, their family and society at large.

I love that! Do you sing in the shower?

I sing ALL the time.  It’s quite annoying really… I’ve been in choir for too long!

You can sing all you want here! Favorite drink?

Apple juice!.. I know, I’m such a kid, wait! It’s actually milkshakes. Yep, chocolate milkshakes are my favorite:)

Either way—good choice! The Hunger Games just started! Do you fight for supplies or make a run for it?

I run for the weapon. Steal the supplies when they are asleep and then set them on fire. Oh did you just guess I’m a Slytherin? I don’t know what makes you think that, but you are hundred percent right 😉

I was put in Slytherin, too! We could team up…until the end…What would you tell your younger self?

“You do you”

Wise advice for us all! Thank you, Kerat, for joining this quirky team! Support Kerat by checking out the book! Then, extinguish the fire in your oven and join us for another new interview!

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Questions that Matter with Shari Sakurai

Demon's Life (Demon's Blood) by [Shari Sakurai]

I asked the questions that matter of Shari Sakurai! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Welcome, Shari! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

When I was six my friend shut my left ring finger in her front door and it nearly cut the entire tip of my finger off! Luckily it hung on and all healed up just fine but I have a circular scar running almost all the way around the end of it!

Ouch! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

‘We told her that wasn’t a good idea!’

That’s fantastic! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

I’m always getting teaspoons and tablespoons abbreviations mixed up and once I was making a red sauce and the recipe said 1tsp of sugar so I put in 1tbsp! The sauce turned out so horribly sweet! I didn’t make that again for a long time after that!

Tell everyone you combined dinner and dessert! What is your favorite pizza topping?

I’ll eat almost any pizza, but my absolute favourite toppings are cheese, onion, sweetcorn, peppers, mushrooms and goats cheese! Delicious!

That sounds wonderful—but I would highly recommend throwing some broccoli on there, too! Are you usually early, late, or on time?

I’m always running late. It doesn’t matter how much time I give myself I’m always getting distracted and leaving in a mad rush!

Same here! Hunter or gatherer?

Definitely gathering. Both in gaming and real life I’m always gathering up something!

Find us some berries! Do you have an irrational fear?

Broccoli! I cannot stand the sight, smell or feel of it. I have no idea why but it really creeps me out for some reason!

*quickly picking all the broccoli off the pizza* Sorry, sorry! Let’s pretend I didn’t suggest that! Thank you, Shari, for joining this quirky team! Support Shari by checking out the links! Then, throw all your broccoli away and join us next week for another interview!

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Questions that Matter with Gregg Maxwell Parker

Troublemakers by [Gregg Maxwell Parker]

I asked the questions that matter of Gregg Maxwell Parker! But first, the book:

Now, we ask!

Nice to meet you, Gregg! Let’s get to know you better! Were you the class clown or teacher’s pet?

I was actually very quiet in school. I used to whisper jokes to my friends, who would then turn around and repeat them to other kids and get big laughs. I didn’t really come out of my shell until college, when I became the annoying monster I am today.

I’m sure a lot of readers wonder if I actually did any of the stuff in “Troublemakers.” The answer is no, it’s mostly made-up nonsense.

There was a time in high school when my friend Mike and I stole a copy of the history test our class was taking the next day, then divided up the questions and met up that night to fill in the answers ahead of time. The only trouble was that he didn’t actually look up the answers, just put what he thought they were, and we ended up getting worse grades than my friends who took the test without cheating. I blame our teacher, Mr. Kingery, for leaving copies of the test lying around for us to swipe – if he’d been more careful, I probably would have gotten an A on that exam.

Lesson learned! Which Beatles song describes you?

Did they write the song, “Good-looking Guy Who’s Awesome And Sexy And Everybody Loves Him?” That one.

We will pretend they did, because the Beatles are awesome! Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?

I have been bungee jumping once. It was in Krakow, Poland, in the middle of the city, and the whole operation was just a crane set up in an abandoned lot. When they were attaching the cord to my legs, I was really nervous, so I said, “You’re double-checking that’s secure, right?” and the guy said “Nah, we’ve been getting drunk all day, we don’t know what we’re doing.” I understood he was kidding, but still, NOT THE TIME FOR JOKES, YOUNG MAN!

Also, before you go up, they weigh you first, then write your weight on your hand in Sharpie so the guy running the crane can see it and verify you’ve been checked. That was a real wake-up call that it was time for me to lose some weight. I spent 3 days feverishly scrubbing my hand with soap before I could remove the big “98” I’d been branded with (kilograms, dummy).

A scary ride in more ways than one! What would you tell your younger self?

Sell those baseball cards now. They’re going to be worthless in the future.

Many would have benefited from that advice no doubt! What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?

Once, when I was on spring break in college, I convinced a girl that I invented Eggo Waffles. The key to a convincing lie is to double-down on every absurd detail so hard that the other person can’t imagine that anyone would ever go to the trouble to invent such a baffling story.

Also, when I was single and using dating apps, I did very well with “What’s your favorite dinosaur?” You can tell a lot about a person by whether or not they want to participate in a debate about velociraptor vs. dilophosaurus.

Advice to those who are dating! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

The ability to know who farted. The lies end now.

That might be a villain power…What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“I’m Not Dead They’re Burying Me Alive Please Help”

An excellent choice! Thank you, Gregg, for talking quirky with us! Support Gregg by checking out the book and links! Then, grab a shovel and join us next Friday for another interview!

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Questions that Matter with Longoria Wolfe

Evah & the Unscrupulous Thwargg (Enhanced) by [Longoria Wolfe, Laura Kincaid]

I asked the questions that matter of Longoria Wolfe! But first, the book:

Questions, please!

Welcome, Longoria! What is the hardest part of being an author?

I must admit, reaching readers. I’m learning how important it is to band together with other authors and help each other out. There are over a million books published every year so staying visible is like pushing a heavy boulder up a mountain with a spoon. So I’m really thankful that Dove has featured me. I’m looking forward to writing another book very soon and working on marketing at the same time can be an enormous extra task when trying to be creative.

Dove is very happy that you are here! #authorsunite What would you tell your younger self?

Keep going. Even when it seems like you’re out of backing for your ideas, keep creating. Being an artist is who you are. But you can only be considered an artist if you have products or productions that are ready to go. Finding a way to get the art into the world is going to be your job. There may be others along the way who are going to have an interest in getting on board with a project but if there’s no garden to play in where are Adam and Eve going to play. One other thing, too. Keep striving to find your own voice in what ever art you are working in. There is a balancing act when creating. You have to understand the language of the media you’re working in so you can take it and riff with it like a musician. Finding a middle ground where the scales and history of structure meet your personal message or addition to the craft is the elusive ground. Know what you want to say.

That answer was artistic! Thank you! Now, what is the weirdest scare you have and how did you get it?

The pad of my right ringfinger is nearly nonexistant. I nearly lost a finger ziplining in the forest of the great northwest when my finger got caught up in the gears. Had a lot of stitches.

Oh no! I don’t think that’s supposed to happen! Ouch! If you had to live without one of the five senses, which sense do you give up?

I already live without one in very significant ways that has always influenced my perception of the world. My mother’s side of the family has a genetic condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. I have it too. I’m considered legally blind. The loss of any sense changes the way you perceive the world. In psychology one of the first things you learn is that it is not so much the information in the world that influences you differently but in many ways the way the information gets into your mind. Perceptive differences, and furthermore, how that makes one differ from others can effect even the way we value faith or social structures, politics. I don’t want to live without any other senses. Maybe smell could go but I’d really have to be careful about my hygiene and, well, where I fart, I guess. You know? LOL! One bad fart can bring a lifetime of bad memories for some unsuspecting victim. I just wouldn’t want to be responsible for that.  

No one would! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

Human. Child birth. A newborn baby is a beautiful thing.

Nature. Driving across country with a girlfriend from Colorado to California. We were racing this giant rainstorm. Thunder and lightning, the works. Somehow we got ahead of it and pulled into the Grand Canyon. The canyon was immense and filled with light. All the color and structure of the earth was amazing. Then in the far off distance, we could see the storm. Its dark clouds and lightning. It rushed in like some hallucinogenic dream. Filling the chasm with darkness. Before us all that light and the grandeur of the planet, and rushing in, swallowing its presence, the havoc of the skies. Within minutes it overtook everything and we were running for shelter. There was this pretty cool lightning storm in Rome once too.

Other living things. I’m always amazed by those web videos of one animal species saving another from drowning or something. I just watched this video where this dog picked up a cat to carry it away from a brawl with a much larger animal. You know, the dog was like, “Not on my watch buddy. We’re getting out of here.”

Animals can be amazing! Which Harry Potter character are you?

I have a black t-shirt with the word Muggle written across the front in huge letters so maybe that says something but sometimes I feel like I’ve danced with “the one who shall not be named” so many times I keep thinking I must have a scar on my head somewhere.

Chosen One indeed! And finally, what is your favorite smell?

Freshly bloomed Jazmine on a cool spring day.

Beautiful! Thank you, Longoria, for joining this quirky squad! Support Longoria by checking out the links! Then, get out of that lightning storm and stay inside to read more interviews!

Twitter: @longoriawolfe

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Questions that Matter with Eli Steele

Blood and Iron: Part One by [Eli Steele]

I asked the questions that matter of Eli Steele! But first, the books:

And check out Eli’s other interview here:

Now, we ask:

Welcome back, Eli! Let’s do something different this time: rapid-fire questions! Let’s start! Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?

Shark jumping for the win!

We will make that a thing! Do you have a sweet tooth or a savory tooth?

I actually have one long curvy tooth that’s both sweet and savory.

How interesting! Cook in or eat out?

Cook out!

I may have to add that to the list! What is your favorite pizza topping?

Fresh mushrooms.

Fresh is best! Do you prefer the movie or the book?

Always, always, always, the book!

Good answer! What is your motto?

Keep smiling and they’ll never see you coming.

Smile everyone! Do you eat broccoli stems or just the floret?

I refuse to waste those stems.

Waste not, want not! Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

Either way, if it’s been left at the bar, leave it be.

Good advice! Never trust a person who doesn’t like…

Being outdoors!

Grab some fresh air! And, since we have so many food questions, do you like your bacon salty or sweet?

Maple bacon is God’s gift to man.

There you have it, folks! Thank you, Eli, for giving us another glimpse into your quirky mind! Support Eli by checking out the books! Then, head outside with your maple bacon and check out another interview, next Friday!

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Questions that Matter with Candace Lott

Goodreads: Best Short Stories 2019 by [Collected Works]

I asked the questions that matter of Candace Lott! But first, the book:

Now, we ask:

Hello, Candace! Let’s start with a classic: What is the hardest part of being an author?

For me coming up with a story that would make readers drool.

Keep the bibs handy! What is your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is vanilla scented candles.

A lovely smell! What is your theme song?

Hands down “Princes of the Universe”, performed by British rock band Queen. What can I say? I’m a big fan of the television show Highlander.

Time to listen! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it? 

Let’s see the weirdest scar I have is a scar on the side of my face. I got it from my younger cousin, we were playing outside one day after school, and I began teasing him about something and he got upset with me and threw a stick and it hit me. It was a good shot too! Anyway, it landed on the side of my face and if you look closely I think you can still see it. I bet he probably doesn’t remember any of this. LOL!

LOL indeed! What would you tell your younger self? 

Never mind what other people say about you in school, because all that stuff will soon be a faded memory, that no one cares about.

A little advice we could all use! Do you have a sweet tooth or savory tooth? 

Sweet tooth!!! Bring on the CANDY! I especially love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Starburst. Quite a combination, right?

At the same time?!! What is your favorite pizza topping?

Pepperoni makes life so much better.

Yes, it does! Thank you, Candace, for joining this goofy squad! Support Candace by checking out the links below! Then, put on your drool bib and read another interview, next Friday!

Twitter: @lott_renay

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Questions that Matter with Dorothy A. Washington

I asked the questions that matter of Dorothy A. Washington! But first, the book:

Now, we ask:

Let’s all cheer for Dorothy! What’s the hardest part about being an author?

Coming up with a title or topic to write about. Once I do come up with a title or topic I work around that.

Titles can be tricky! How did you meet your best friend?

My cat, Petey was my best friend. He came from the second litter my cat Blackie who was a stray had in my home. He has since crossed over. I’m no longer an old cat lady. After his death, I just couldn’t replace him. I still miss him to this day.

Aw, what a sweet story! Thank you for sharing with us! Favorite age you’ve been so far?

65. It was a turning point for me. I gained more wisdom and understanding of things and people.

A magical age! What song are you listening to right now, or what song did you listen to last?

A gospel song called, Grace. I can’t recall who sings it.

I’ll bet it is lovely! Time to get personal–what’s the color of your toothbrush?

Purple and white.

My high school colors! What’s your most bizarre talent?

I can create beautiful things from nothing. Example: I’ll take a plain wreath and decorate it making it look festive and anew.

That is a talent we need in life! And now, let’s get deep! What’s the meaning of life?

To me it’s spiritual, emotional, physical, mind and body.

You can’t have one without the other! Thank you, Dorothy, for joining this quirky group! Support Dorothy by checking out the book! Then, come back next Friday as another author creates something beautiful and new in an interview!

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