Questions that Matter with Brenda McDaniel

I asked the questions that matter of Brenda McDaniel! But first, the book:

And now…we ask:

Good day, Brenda! How did you meet your best friend?

Well I consider my best friend, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I met him when I was a child and gave my life to him at age 10. This is when I truly began to understand his sacrifice to save the world and felt his personal presence in my life! He gave me clarity of purpose, clear morals, peace and acceptance of myself and others!

A divine answer! What’s the meaning of life?

To me, the meaning of life is doing God’s will in my life and following his commandments. And reaching out to others, so they can find true meaning in life, peace, purpose and live a life worth living by helping others!

We should all strive to live like that! What would you want written on your tombstone?

I think on my tombstone I would want “A child of God, who lived a life worth living.”

#blessed! What’s your favorite word?

My favorite word is LOVE! God’s love, parents love, family love, spouse’s love, love for others, love of animals, nature and God’s miraculous creations!

Agape love for all! What’s your biggest screwup in the kitchen?

When I was in my twenties, I loved fudge! My mom and brother cooked delicious fudge! So I decided to cook some myself. So I added milk and dark chocolate and it began to bubble. So I added the butter, but the one thing I didn’t need was to add cornstarch. The fudge wasn’t thick enough so I added it for thicker fudge. Once it thickened I took it off the stove. And buttered the plates, when I picked up the pan the fudge had turned to cement!  I couldn’t get it loose with a knife, hot water, dish soap, nothing worked. So I threw the pan away. And I was teased for years about my cement fudge!

Better than on-fire-and-burning-the-house-down fudge! What is one of your favorite quotes?

One of my favorite quotes is- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son and that whosoever believeth in him, shall have everlasting life!!

Hallelujah! If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

 If I could witness any event, it would be the Second coming of Christ!! When he returns to gather his people and take them to Heaven! And finally destroy the Devil’s hold on this Earth and its people!

What an event! Thank you, Brenda, for this spiritual conversation! Support Brenda by checking out the links below. Then, sample some fudge, call your dentist, and join us next Friday for another quirky author!

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Questions that Matter with Elisa Di Napoli

Dare to Be Seen : From Stage Fright to Stage Presence: Ten Easy Steps to Turn your Performance Anxiety into Authentic Power with Transformational Hypnotherapy by [Di Napoli, Elisa]

I asked the questions that matter of Elisa Di Napoli! But first, the book:

Now the questions!

Hello, Elisa! How did you meet your best friend?

I was about twelve and part of a group of girlfriends. One day a new girl came to school and I suggested we invite her into our group. However, another girl in the group objected. She wanted to leave the new girl out for the simple reason that she was new. I refused to let this happen and believing in the power of my own authority I said: “If she is not allowed in then I don’t want to be part of this group either.” Unfortunately, that meant I was kicked out. I became best friends with the new girl but we both were bullied by the group as a result. It was not a good experience but I am still friends with her about thirty years later.

I have a feeling you are better off with the friend you made than the ones you lost! What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?

Has anybody ever told you that you have the most gorgeous hair?
I have used it on a total stranger with gorgeous red hair sitting on a park bench.
However when the guy smiled and said “No!” I became flustered and ran away!

Practice makes perfect! What’s the meaning of life?

There is no real meaning. The meaning of life is what we give it. For me, it is about learning what reality is, what life is all about, and learning to find joy in the simple things. It is about being able to look back on my death bed and knowing that I did not waste my life wallowing in fear but I lived my life to the fullest.

Give it your all and don’t be afraid! I love it! Favorite age you’ve been so far?

Ten. I used to write a story a day. I didn’t care about much else.

Ah, the power of youth! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

I would love to have the power to step into somebody else’s head for a day and live life as them. I want to know what it is like to be somebody else.

Interesting! And useful if someone is keeping secrets….What would you tell your younger self?

You are loved. You belong. You can do anything you want. Only do what you love.
Forget about other people’s opinions. Believe in yourself. Go to music school!

Listen up, young ones! Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true?

I once dreamed that an acquaintance (a friend of a friend I had met twice ) was thinking of committing suicide. I woke up and since this was way before the internet and I was living in Italy while this man was living in New Zealand, I wrote a poem and sent it to him trying to stop him from ending his life. After a couple of years, I met him again at a party in New Zealand. After making sure we were alone he asked me: how did you know?

What a powerful dream! Way to go for saving a life! Thank you, Elisa, for brightening our day with your words! Support Elisa by checking out the links and the book! Once you have overcome your stage fright, join us here next Friday for another new interview!

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Questions that Matter with Jim Lowe

NEW REFORM: Book One of the New Reform Quartet by [Lowe, Jim]

I asked the questions that matter of Jim Lowe! But first, the book:

Now, let’s get to know Jim!

Come on down, Jim! What would you tell your younger self?

You’ve got it all wrong – you don’t know it – but you have.

You will keep looking toward the next landmark birthday thinking that life probably ends at that point, but every time you reach that big birthday, you keep finding something new to get into.

You don’t have to be so opinionated about EVERYTHING.

Here, here! Which Beatles song describes you?

The Fool on the Hill

I feel that I’ve never been at the centre of things – I’ve always been on the fringes. I’ve seen some very dubious behaviour.

At the time, I didn’t realise that I was taking thousands of mental notes for ideas for writing in the future.

A man of a thousand voices! Do you know what your name means?

I was concerned about what the name Lowe would mean – for obvious reasons!

In the end, it meant, small hill – not very inspiring. European countries have it originating from wolf or lion – I can live with that.

Fool on the (small) hill! Which is your favourite way to dance: with others or alone?

Alone – definitely! If a piece of music absolutely reaches me, then I’ll happily freak out to it in my bedroom (that’s where the hi-fi is), but it can become embarrassing when my wife pops her head around the door and asks me what I’m doing.

Never apologize for dancing! What is one of your favourite quotes?

Frank Zappa was asked, during a loss-making tour, why he continued to take an orchestra with him:

‘Some of my contemporaries like to stick their money up their nose. I prefer to stick mine in my ears.”

Excellent quote! Name five things you would take with you during a zombie outbreak?

A phone with a lot of memory, charger and power banks. I only want it for the music player, everything else will stop working anyway.

Deodorant – I don’t want to smell bad, for that matter, I’ll pack a change of underwear!

Comfortable shoes – I’m likely to be doing a lot of running around.

A Guidebook, maybe, the Rough Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. I’ll order it on Amazon before all the workers are eaten.

Stationery – I will be first on the market with ‘How I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse’ in the post-apocalyptic era – I’m sure my optimism will see me through.

I’m sure Amazon will have workers even during the apocalypse. Where else would we get our machetes and zombie-repellent? You’re on the team! What is the meaning of life?

Aiming low, and always being pleasantly surprised when you achieve it.

I agree with that! Thank you, Jim, for taking this quirky journey! Support Jim by checking out the links below. Then, ask the fool on the hill for directions and join us for another new author!

Twitter: @Jameslowe05

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Questions that Matter with Gail Meath


I asked the questions that matter of Gail Meath! But first, the book:

Now, read!

Welcome, welcome, Gail! Let’s start with: How did you meet your best friend? (Animals count here!)

Gretchen, a beautiful German Shepherd puppy, followed me back to my car when I was looking to adopt her or one of her siblings. For 13 years, she was my best and dearest friend, my salvation during a difficult marriage and she took great care watching over my children.

What a sweet puppy! What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?

This worked great when I was in my 20s. While waiting for my friends at a crowded bar/restaurant, if I saw someone I was attracted to, I would wander over and tell him that there was a man across the way bothering me. Then, I would ask if he would mind if I sat with him until my friends arrived. Worked like a charm!

I like that! Let him be the hero for a night! Time for a board game! Which is your favorite?

Ouija Board! Ooooo, the stories I could tell about this game. Coupled with the fact that my friends’ parents owned a haunted house in the Hudson Valley…it still gives me chills.

Perfect answer for this week! Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I’ll keep it clean. My first husband was horrible/very selfish in bed. My second husband is very caring. But in between when I was divorced, I dated a man 12 years younger and holy cow!! Knocked my socks off! If I could go back for even a day…

Hold on to your socks! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

Showing my age. My mother loved the actress Gail Storm (who?). I hate the name as it’s so hard/cold sounding. My sister gave me my middle name when she was 3 years old (thank you again, dear parents). I was born in April and she saw a robin in our yard. Together, Gail Robin isn’t so bad, but add those to my maiden last name, Ziarko …ugh.

At least she saw a robin and not a squirrel! What is your motto?

‘If it’s meant to be, it will be.’ That saying was passed down to me from my mother. She always told me that when things were tough (lost loves, missed career opportunities, etc.). I hear my daughter say that now, too, and it’s probably not the best advice, although it sure takes some of the pressure off.

And it is often true. One last one: What would you tell your younger self?

My father was a great believer in taking risks to reach goals and so was I, until I lost everything taking a big risk. I would tell my younger self…take risks, for sure, but make sure you are not risking everything!

Excellent advice! Thank you, Gail, for joining our quirky squad! Support Gail by checking out the links below. Then, find your socks and join us next week for another quirky interview!

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Questions that Matter with Eli Steele

Blood and Iron: Part One by [Steele, Eli]

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

Now we ask:

Welcome to our party, Eli! What is the hardest part of being an author?

Absolutely marketing. Writing is a release for me, and I love to see a story unfold or take a turn that I didn’t expect (I’m a pantster, meaning I don’t plot out my stories that much). Getting to know my characters is exciting, but getting out there and hawking the story? Not so much…

We are with you on that one! Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

Ruger, Knife, Lighter, Kid, Wife 😉

I always figure the kids play enough video games they should be naturals at that…What was the last movie, TV show, or book that made you cry or tear up?

The trailer for the upcoming Mr. Rogers movie. Totally teared up. He was such a genuinely caring person.

Tom Hanks can play just about anyone and make me tear up! What is your motto?

Keep smiling and they’ll never see you coming…

Love it! What would you tell your younger self?

Just be kind to people. Don’t be so quick to react.

We all need to calm down! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

The first time I saw our son, hands down.

Miracles, all of them! Coffee or tea? Iced or hot?

Cold-brewed, on ice, with a splash of sparkling water. Trust me, try it.

That is a new one, definitely, but we’ll take your advice! Thank you, Eli, for joining us today! Support Eli by checking out the links below! Then smile wide and read another interview next Friday!

Twitter: @EliSteele17

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Questions that Matter with Anne Schlea

Sovereign (Retribution Book 3) by [Schlea, Anne]

I asked the questions that matter of Anne Schlea! But first, the book:

On we go!

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

Vampire bite.  There was this club, this guy, things got a little out of hand, now I’ve got this great scar on my shoulder.  Oh, you wanted a real answer?  I have two heart shaped scars on my ankle from a spider bite.  Non-nuclear, boring, regular spider. 

Ah, man! I never get spidey powers either! Speaking of Spiderman, what superpower would you like to have for a day?

I’d have the power to compel anyone within 1,000 miles to go buy my latest book and love it.

Why has no one else thought of this one before?!! As long as I don’t have to get any where near a spider to get it…Diamonds or pearls?

Diamonds. They’re hard, and solid, and sparkle. Pearls come from slimy creatures that live on the bottom of the ocean.

No animals were harmed for this answer! If you were in a circus, what would your job be? 

Ringmaster, of course!

Of course! Do you believe in aliens? 

I write about vampires, valkyrie, maji, witches, fae, and other bad things that go bump in the night. We do not talk about aliens or zombies. Ever.

*zips lips closed*  Never trust a person who doesn’t like….

Star Wars.  Seriously, how can you be human and not appreciate Star Wars.  Han Solo – best hero of all time.

I would never argue against Han Solo! Last, but so not least, which Harry Potter character are you?

Bellatrix LeStrange. I’m really secretly a good guy who can do bad things to get to the right ending.

A mysterious answer! Thank you, Anne, for joining this quirky squad! Support Anne by checking out the links below. Then, hop into the millennium falcon with us and fly on to another author!

Insta: @anne.schlea

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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

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