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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Questions that Matter with Sean Bai


I asked the questions that matter of Sean Bai! But first, the website:

Now, the questions!

Hello, Sean! What is your most bizarre talent?

Combining ideas. I used to like being imaginative by merging different ideas together to create weird amalgamations. This is becoming useful as an author, as I try my best to write things that haven’t been written before.

Like pizza and salad? I love it! What song are you listening to right now, or what song did you listen to last?

Galoksi – Make that Body Move (Heldeep Records). I’m not sure if this is future house or bass house. Nowadays genres are combining, and that’s good.

I don’t like pop music. The beats aren’t punchy enough.

This was a hard choice. EDM is a very “wide” genre. There isn’t just one song or track that’s good. It’s more about collecting as many as I can.

My favorite type of music is bass house.

Drop that beat! What is your motto?

If it’s boring to write, it’s boring to read.

There is so much competition in the writing industry now. I’m not going to force myself to write something I don’t want to write. I’m not going to just tick some boxes for some tropes or some science fiction technology. I’m writing some new science fiction weapons, aliens, and technology.

For example: I created an alien fruit in my world called a “banpod”. You’ll have to read my book to find out what that is 🙂

My curiosity is getting the better of me! Why did the chicken cross the road?

He didn’t like being cooped up.

The obvious answer–how did we all miss that? Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

The glass is half-full, half-empty, and can be both. I don’t like dealing in absolutes.

I believe in accepting any negative things that happen, while also being positive. You can acknowledge the glass is half-empty without being pessimistic, and still acknowledging the glass is half-full.

If you prepare for failure and understand that nothing is perfect, you’ll be much happier.

Wise advice! Which Harry Potter character are you?

My mom used to call me Chinese Harry Potter. I have glasses and black hair.

Gryffindor! Have you ever had a dream at night that later came true?

Yes. Sometimes dreams are based on your hidden fears. If you act based on what you fear, it can cause it to happen. So just don’t be afraid. Don’t listen to that part of yourself that wants you to fail.

That’s often why prophecies in fantasy books come true. They come true because the person who heard the prophecy was afraid of it coming true, so his actions make it come true.

So true! Thank you, Sean, for joining my quirky squad. Support Sean by checking out the links! Then, let your chickens out and join us next Friday for another interview!

Twitter: @seanbawhite

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Questions that Matter with Julia K. Poulet

I asked the questions that matter of Julia K. Poulet! But first, the book:

Now, we ask…

Welcome, Julia! How did you meet your best friend?

I have two best friends. One of them, whom I have been friends with for like 17 years now, I met at my old orchestra, which is kind of normal. The other one – we met online on a community board, where I used to write fanfiction about my favourite band before fanfiction was as wide spread as it is today. We met in person for the first time, when someone organized a get together for the community members and we both went to that. That was in 2008 and we’re still friends and she’s lately moved to a city close to mine again after we lived pretty far apart for a long time, so now we get to spend lots of time together again.

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

Ha! I’ve got another story for you about that. So, my mum invited friends round and I helped her prepare the food. We came to dessert which was vanilla ice cream and I thought: “Well, vanilla ice cream on its own is rather boring.” So I rummaged around the fridge and found a small plastic bottle with brown liquid in it which looked like chocolate sauce and I decorated the ice cream with it. Turned out it was balsamic vinegar. I was so embarrassed. Funnily, first of all, our guests really liked the weird combination and secondly, two weeks later my mum watched one of these cooking shows and they did the exact same thing!

A disaster gone right! What is one of your favorite quotes?

Roald Dahl (from My Uncle Oswald): “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

I think this really hits the nail on the head. I love it when people are enthusiastic about what they do. Even if it’s something that I personally have never been into nor intend to get into, their passion will make me listen intently and might even make me want to try whatever they love out myself. I have met people who are lukewarm about everything they do and about every aspect of their life and I just can’t handle that type of person. I also think that passion is what keeps us going. There are always so many obstacles ahead and the only way to get past them is perseverance and I don’t believe you can have this perseverance without being passionate, without burning for your thing, whatever it is.

Well-said! Which is your favorite way to dance:  with others or alone?

I have done almost all types of dancing at some point in my life, so this is a bit hard, because all of the different styles are cool in their own rights. In the last couple of years, what I have done most was lindy hop and generally swing dancing, but I guess what I enjoy the most is still folk dancing, specifically contra. I am currently organizing an annual festival in Britain and what I am most looking forward to is all the contra dancing that will happen throughout the three days it is taking place.

Time to polish those dancing shoes! Do you sing in the shower?

I don’t, because I sing everywhere else. I actually start singing along to music I like even if it’s played in a shopping mall. I have zero inhibitions about this.

Sing with that white-hot passion! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

I went to New Zealand a few years ago and did a Lord of the Rings tour there. It was absolutely magical to walk around Hobbiton (dressed up as a Hobbit) and to stand on top of the hill where Edoras was, but I think my favourite place was “South of Rivendell” (where Boromir teaches the Hobbits to fight with swords). You can only get there with a helicopter and it is to me one of the most magical places on earth.

Sign me up! Which Harry Potter character are you?

I always identified with Hermione when I grew up. I am one of the people who were the same age as the characters when they read the books, the German edition of “Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone” came out, when I was 11. And as a kid, I was Hermione, I was that bookish kid that didn’t have many friends. I never was an extreme teacher’s pet but I just loved studying and learning, so people always assumed I did nothing but revise at home when what I was actually doing was playing music and going dancing and learning how to ride a unicycle.

Nowadays, I think I’d be a mix. I still have some of Hermione’s traits (the know-it-all is quite strong in me) but I think I’m also a bit like Luna, who I perceive as extremely loyal and much cleverer than she comes across. And I hope I am also a little bit like the twins. I walk through life and I see stuff and I am always like “oh how can I make that?” or “oh how can I make this but better?” When I am old, I want to be like Minerva McGonagall, really, I feel like that’s a decent life-goal. I definitely feel like a Gryffindor and have always identified as one. People who don’t know me well always try to tell me I’m a Ravenclaw, but that just never applied.

Never let anyone but the sorting hat tell you which house you belong in! Thank you, Julia, for taking our quirky challenge! Support Julia by checking out the book! Then, grab your bowl of balsamic vinegar ice cream and join us in reading another interview!

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Questions that Matter with Elizabeth N. Harris

The Hunters Rage. (Rage MC Book 2) by [Harris, Elizabeth N]

I asked the questions that matter of Elizabeth N. Harris! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Welcome, Elizabeth! What’s the color of your toothbrush?

Purple, always has been and always will be! I love purple, it’s my all-time favourite colour. I even have purple saucepans!

 I would love purple saucepans! Are you high or low maintenance?

Oh low, I like to be spoiled but I don’t insist on it nor do I demand it. But I think the days where men were so chivalrous are long gone! They’re not sure if they’re going to get smacked down for opening a door or not!

These are changing times…Describe your best pair of socks.

My eldest son bought me two pairs of fluffy purple socks! Amazing!

Those sound like the perfect hugs for your feet! Do you believe in aliens?

Of course, it’s vanity to believe otherwise. We can’t be the only life form in the galaxy. It’s impossible that we are. Are they interested in us? Why on earth would they be, we’re not exactly shining examples lol. Yeah, life exists out there.

Hello, out there! We are friendly! Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid?

Dragon! I love dragons, I have a large collection of them from Franklin Mint, to Enchantica, to Tudor Mint. There is something magical about them, regal and majestic. To fly a dragon would be a dream come true.

Fly away! Do you have an irrational fear?

Spiders! I freak out like a cat on hot bricks. It doesn’t help my kids are scared too. Only my youngest is brave enough to collect them and put them outside. I’m completely and utterly terrified of them.

Completely rational, that one! Which season defines you?

Winter. I adore winter, snuggled up in a quilt, with hot chocolate and fluffy pj’s and socks. Stews and casseroles. Roast dinners. Snow on the ground, Christmas lights. Winter is the death of the old and the beginning of the new. Because without winter, spring can’t come! I love red chubby faces and warm thick coats.

Snowmen, snowflakes, and mittens! Perfect! Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing the quirky side of you! Support Elizabeth by checking out the links below! Then, put on your purple socks and join us for another interview!

Twitter: @Elizabe37492856

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