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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Questions that Matter with Angel M.B. Chadwick

Weeping Well by [Chadwick, Angel]

I asked the questions that matter of Angel M.B. Chadwick! But first, the books:

Now, the questions!

Welcome, Angel! It’s early and I’m hungry, so…Cook in or eat out?

Always cook in. I don’t eat out. Why eat out when you can cook in, whip something up quick or look online for the latest recipe to try at home. I know how to cook from scratch, but I do that sometimes during the holidays. And I do like to try to do a recipe on special occasions like birthdays or Christmas or because it’s a Saturday.

Your kitchen sounds like the place to be! If you were in a circus, what would your job be?

Lion tamer.

You are brave! Are you high or low maintenance?

I’m low maintenance. I don’t make a big deal of labels and name brands. They mean nothing to me. But I respect that they mean something to other people. Aesthetically, I like fashion: clothing, shoes when its worn on someone else. It catches my attention. But I don’t care for it on myself because it’s not my personal style. If that makes sense.

I understand you completely! Which season defines you?

Spring. No matter what I have gone through in my life I eventually ‘spring’ or bounce back.

Better than falling forward! If you were a road sign, what would you say?


Thank you! Do you know what your name means?

It means Messenger of God. And yes. Angel is my real name.

A divine answer! Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid? 

I rather fly on a dragon. Because I love dragons.

Who doesn’t love dragons? Thank you, Angel, for taking this quirky interview! Support Angel by checking out the links! Then, dodge the lions and join us next week for another interview!

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Questions that Matter with Mikki Alhart

In God's Waiting Room: Turning Scars into Stars by [Alhart, Mikki]

I asked the questions that matter of Mikki Allhart! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Welcome, Mikki! Let’s have some fun! What is your most bizarre talent?

My most bizarre talent is being a ‘woo-woo’ great-grandmother. Eccentric and wacky doesn’t begin to give you the real picture.

Then you are in the right place! Do you know what your name means? Or who you were named after?

My pen name in my book “In God’s Waiting Room is: Ailill reflected on her birth name pronounced (all-ell) which meant sprite or other- worldly being. Her whole life was a true reflection of experiences that only validated she did not belong on this planet.

I love it! Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

See the above answer!

Oo, we are the firsts! Are you high maintenance or low maintenance?

Definitely high maintenance: Did life on the default setting of a run away train until the universe took my roller skates away. 

How dare the universe! Steal them back! Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

I used to worry if my glass was half full or half empty until I realized it didn’t matter if I kept a pitcher of water near by.

*wild applause*  I give you the Dove Award for best answer ever!! Quick! Ask your spouse/closest friend/parent or sibling to describe you in three words. What did they say?

Everyone would describe me as:Angel with broken wings.

I’ll accept that answer! What is your theme song?

“The Ole Gray Mare Ain’t What She Used to Be” 🙂

Because she’s better than ever, right? Thank you, Mikki, for coming to my quirky page! Support Mikki by checking out the link and book! Then, grab your roller skates and join us next week for another new interview!

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Questions that Matter with Tony DiGerolamo

The Pineys: Book 1:  My Cousin, the Piney by [DiGerolamo, Tony]

I asked the questions that matter of Tony DiGerolamo! But first, the book:

Now, we ask:

Hello, Tony! A great author question: what is the hardest part of being an author?

For me, making enough money to live.

If your name isn’t J.K. Rowling, that’s probably true for you, too! Let’s go deeper! What’s the meaning of life?

People find meaning in anything. Finding meaning is as unique as fingerprints and snowflakes.

An insightful answer! Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

An axe, a spear, water purifier, backpack, a set of Storm Trooper armor.

Great! Except the Storm Trooper armor–they were always getting shot! You need the hero costume! But you’re on the team! What is your motto?

Sleep is for the weak.

As a parent, I can relate! Never trust a person who doesn’t like…


Sweet! What would you tell your younger self?

Winning lottery numbers and not to get married.

Ooo, an answer that begs for a story! Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true? 

I dreamed that I started writing ebooks and had six million downloads.

Did it come true?! Thank you, Tony, for joining this quirky squad! Support Tony by checking out those books! Then, wake up and eat candy while reading another interview, next Friday!

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Questions that Matter with Nicole MacCarron

Hazel's Shadow: A Novel by [MacCarron, Nicole]

I asked the questions that matter of Nicole MacCarron! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Hello, Nicole! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

I have a wide scar across the top of my nose from fainting on a camping trip. It’s weird because no one notices the scar until summer time. My students will tell me I missed a spot of sunscreen, and a boy once asked how I got milk on my nose. It’s a good thing I’m not self-conscious about it!

Wear your battle scars with pride! In your opinion, what is the best animated Disney movie?

Mulan is my guilty pleasure. I always get shivers at the end. But I love how my sisters and I still randomly bust out, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” despite being grown women.

I would sing right along with you! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

Well, I wouldn’t necessarily want it, but it has been joked about on many road trips that my tombstone will read, “Do you think there’s a bathroom in there?”

And “will they let you use it without purchasing anything?” Name the top five things you take with you during a zombie outbreak.

To be realistic, I’m going with stuff already in my house. If you can call her a thing, I would bring my cat first. I made her my responsibility when I adopted her, and even if it kills me, I will not betray her! Hopefully you will allow me a backpack to carry her in as a package deal. Next up would be the longest knife I could find (I want distance between myself and any zombies). Then I would bring the biggest water bottle I own, a tub of protein powder, and a blanket for warmth, camouflage, and shielding.

I will allow it! You’re on my zombie-fighting squad! Do you know what your name means? Or who you were named after?

Nicole essentially boils down to “victory of the people,” which I think is pretty cool. My middle name is after my dad. MacCarron is my mom’s last name, which my husband and I took when we got married this past summer.

Very unique! What is your motto?

“For having bad luck, I’ve got good luck.” I’ve never met another soul with luck quite like mine. It’s uncanny. For example, I broke my cheekbone riding my bike to work in Dublin, but at least I needed a mental health break anyway. I once got rear-ended on my birthday, but at least I had just finished my program at school and had time off to recover. This year, my car broke down but it happened to coincide with a snow storm, so no one went to work anyway. I’ve got a million of these.

I have a feeling you’d be a lucky addition to the zombie-fighting squad! Are you on the dance floor or a wallflower?

I used to be a wallflower, but I always wished I was carefree enough to be a dancer. Then one day I was watching my youngest sister on the dance floor and saw how everyone was drawn in by how much fun she was having. There was appreciation on every face, and no judgement as I feared. I wanted to be like her from that point on. Now I’m often the first one on the floor, and life is just so much more fun.

Always dance like no one is watching! Thank you, Nicole, for getting quirky with us! Support Nicole by checking out her brand-new book! Then, make your bad luck good by joining us next week for another author!


Instagram: @writersarereaders

Twitter: @maccarronnicole

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Questions that Matter with Trana Mathews

The Mathews Family: Mathews Family Saga Book 1 by [Mathews, Trana]

I asked the questions that matter of Trana Mathews! But first, the book:

Now, we listen:

Hello, Trana! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

When I was 8 or 9, I reached down to pet a dog at my friend’s house. He jumped up and bit me on the nose. Can you imagine how painful it was to get stitches on the tip of your nose with only ice to numb it? During my teens and twenties, this tiny flap of skin was noticeable, and I was vain enough that it bothered me. I no longer have the scar, thank goodness!

What is really weird is both of my children also got scars on their faces. Before my daughter turned two, she tripped trying to climb up a staircase. After stitches, she had a small scar below her right eye. On my son’s fifth birthday, he didn’t listen (no matter how many times he’d been told!) and ran into a wall at the local library. He wore bangs for years to hide his “Frankenstein” scar.

That’s a scarry story! Ha! Favorite drink?

Iced mocha coffee. I go miles out of my way to get it, because I can’t resist the temptation if I haven’t had one for several days! There’s one on the desktop, and I’m drinking right now.

Well worth the drive! Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true?

Yes, several times. The most vivid déjà vu happened when my vehicle was sideswiped on the expressway. As my car spun across three lanes of traffic, I knew I had seen this in a dream the previous night. Very scary moment!

Obviously you’re okay, but wow! Scary! Are you on the dance floor or a wallflower?

Definitely not a wallflower. At my age, I don’t often go somewhere to dance in public, but I do dance around my apartment.

Good for you! Never stop! What’s the meaning of life?

Douglas Adams said 42. I say it’s to love, be loved, and to tell others you love them.

Share the love, folks! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

I visited Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park when I was a teen. In the rear of this log cabin is a large glass window. When dawn broke over the mountains, it created a halo effect on the chapel’s cross. Amazing!

Angelic! Are you usually early, late, or on time?

I prefer early. Reminder alarms for events ring 1 hour in advance. The clock in my car is set 5 minutes fast.

How punctual! Thank you, Trana, for taking this quirky interview! Support Trana by checking out the links and book! Then, set your reminder alarm for next Friday and another interview!

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