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!

Happy reading! 🙂

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

Happy reading! 🙂

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

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! 🙂