OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: JENNIFER WILCK

Learning to Love (Serendipity  Book 3) by [ Wilck, Jennifer ]

I asked the questions that matter of Jennifer Wilck! Check out the website: https://www.jenniferwilck.com/

Let’s get to know Jennifer! What’s the meaning of life?

That’s easy. Love. Love always wins and everything is better with it. In fact, that’s why I write romance. Because even though in real life things don’t always work out quite the way they should (or how I think they should), in my books, I can make the right hero and heroine fall in love, give them the responses I wish I had sometimes, and create a world in which I wish I lived.

What power we authors have! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“She always tried her best.” I’m human and I make lots of mistakes. Although my characters always say and do the right thing (ultimately, although it takes them a while), I’m not nearly as talented. But I really do try.

You just have to try…You can only have one kind of sandwich: what is it?

Forever? Hmm, I think I’d like to have a Jersey tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil sandwich, with balsamic vinegar on a ciabatta roll. I love the flavors and textures of that kind of sandwich, plus, it reminds me of nice weather for some reason, which I’m dying for right now.

That sandwich sounds as fresh as spring! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

Whenever I broil lamb, the smoke alarms go off. Every. Single. Time. Not sure why, since I can broil other things. My husband has started to disconnect the smoke alarm when I cook it, although I have to say, I no longer cook it often because of that (and because I’m not a huge fan of it).

Does is burst into flames? That is more my style. What’s your favorite sound?

The sound of my girls laughing together. They’re now 20 and 17 and it’s so nice to watch them enjoy each other’s company when they’re together (the oldest is away at college for much of the time) and their laughter is just about perfect.

A wonderful sound! What superpower would you like to have for a day?

I’d love to fly, to be able to just take off at my leisure and look at the world from above. I think it would be so freeing.

Oh, it is, it is…What is one of your favorite quotes? 

It’s from Winnie the Pooh: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

I love that! Thank you, Jennifer, for joining us! We’re moving right along on our blitz tour for Cycon, so stay tuned for another interview!

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OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: LIN RYALS

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I asked the questions that matter of Lin Ryals! Here is the website: https://linryals.wordpress.com/books/

Nice to meet you, Lin! Let’s start with: In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie? 

This one almost seems too easy. It’s obvious – Beauty and the Beast. The music is definitely amazing! I could sing it all day long!!! I, obviously, love that it encourages books and Belle is won over by the gift of a library!!! I mean, what girl doesn’t want that?

I would give anything for that library! You can only have one kind of sandwich: what is it?

Grilled cheese sandwich, for sure!!!! 

You can never go wrong with that classic! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen? 

There’s a tie between two – I am still unsure of what I did wrong with this one, but it was obviously something. I had just made peach cobbler completely from scratch. I placed it in the oven and a few minutes later we heard a huge explosion from the oven. I opened the door and the glass casserole dish had shattered into hundreds of tiny pieces. Peaches, sauce, and sugar goodness was oozing into every crevice of the poor oven. I have no idea what happened, but I haven’t repeated it since.
The other one was when my kids were toddlers. They went through a stage where they stuck things in the oven, so I always checked inside it before preheating. Well, I tried to anyways. Yes, you can see where this is going now. I forgot to check it. Now, before I say what it was, remember that my husband and I were poor, college students at this time, so this was a big deal. I smelled rubber burning and knew exactly what had happened. I whipped the oven door open and found my husbands shoes. The soles had melted. Ooops. 

Those poor soles! *Laughs manically at her own bad pun*  Anyway…What is your favorite smell?

A spring day right before it starts to rain. You know those moments, just before it begins to pour and you can smell the rain in the air? I love that! I stand on my front porch and inhale as long as I can. My family thinks I’m nuts. 

Not nuts at all! Not here! Cook in or eat out? 

Eat out. I don’t like cooking. Of course, reading my kitchen screw ups may explain that one.

If you can’t take the explosions, get out of the kitchen! What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep? 

I’m a book reviewer, so I’m normally reading. 

A perfect way to end the day! What is your real-life superpower?

My kids and I were actually just discussing this. They decided my real-life super power is my optimism. I’m pretty good at finding the good in any situation. My husband later agreed with them.

Be a glass half-full kinda person! Thank you, Lin, for joining us! Now, get your soles out of the oven and follow us on our tour of Cycon participants!

 

OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: CHERYLLYNN DYESS

 

Aurora's Time: The Complete Jein's Journey Series by [Dyess, Cheryllynn]

I asked the questions that matter of Cheryllynn Dyess! Here is a link: https://behindthepages.blog/

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

Charlene moved to Hinesville via the military and was standing outside the classroom. I told her to come on in and sit next to me and we’ve been friends since. That was thirty-five years ago, or so. 

A friend for life! What’s your favorite sound?

The waves breaking on the beach! It’s rhythmic and relaxing! Two very different worlds crashing into one another all in one world, nearly magical. 

I love that description! If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

Simply put…the panther. It’s a sleek and beautiful animal that is stealthy but fun. 

To sneak up on and pounce on your enemies! Do you have a nickname?

Indeed I do. But before telling you my current one I’d like to give you some that I had as a kid – Sweet Pea (My mom had that as my CB Handle), Little Bit (cause I was the smallest of the family), and Sissy (cause my brother could not say my name). 

Now I go by CeeCee. I got that name from my daughter’s ex-boyfriend’s mother. When introduced to me she kept cutting my name in half and her son kept correcting her so she said, “Well I’m just going to call you CeeCee cause it’s easier.” The name stuck and here nearly eight years later…that is what many people know me by. 

I see! What is your favorite flower?

The carnation or chrysanthemum. Both have layers of petals. One with curves in it that to me represents the path in life we take and the other with individual petals that represent the people in your life. 

How meaningful! If you had to live without one of the five senses, which sense do you give up?

If I had to choose one, I’d say taste. At least then I’d eat any food cause the taste wouldn’t matter! I wouldn’t want to lose my sight, hearing or ability to feel things – the world is much too precious to miss any of that.

But to never taste chocolate again? What a hard decision! Thank you, Cheryllynn, for taking this quirky interview! Watch out for the panther and stay tuned for another interview!

 

OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: ALEXIS LANTGEN

Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories by [Lantgen, Alexis]

I asked the questions that matter of Alexis Lantgen! Here is the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N74LCGH

Hello, Alexis! A very important question: Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?

Skydiving. I have no doubt it would be absolutely terrifying, but I imagine it’d be amazing to see everything from so high up, and that it’d be like flying, in a way. I’d love to try shark diving as well because I love the ocean and it sounds exciting, but if I had to choose just one, skydiving for sure.

You are very brave! What is your most bizarre talent?

I can catch wild rabbits with my bare hands. I’ve done it twice before. The first time, I saw a rabbit running across the sidewalk out of the corner of my eye, and without thinking about it, I just instinctively ran forward and caught it. It was the strangest thing–it didn’t fight or freak out, just let me hold it a minute. I petted it a couple of times, put it down, and watched it hop away. The second time, I was out for a walk and found a baby bunny in a parking lot. It was the tiniest little thing, and super cute. I’ve often wondered if this isn’t some kind of primitive hunting instinct I have lurking in my subconscious. Maybe if civilization collapses I can catch enough bunnies to start a rabbit farm.

If you catch the one that lays the Cadbury creme eggs, let me know! Moving on! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” It’s a quote by J.M. Barrie, from Peter Pan. I like it because I would want people to remember the best parts of my life and celebrate the love and friendship we shared.

The answers to that question always leave me thinking! What is one of your favorite quotes?

The Bene Gesserit litany against fear from Frank Herbert’s Dune, the most famous part of which is “Fear is the Mindkiller.” I loved reading Dune in high school. Dune, along with Dan Simmon’s Hyperion and Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama, probably got me into reading science fiction. I think the litany against fear is a powerful statement about facing our fears and examining the causes and sources of them, instead of just letting them take hold of us. It’s definitely helped me keep going when I was struggling.

I keep hearing good things about Dune. Going on the to-read list! Hunter or gatherer?

As my bunny-catching story indicates, I think I may be a hunter by nature. Though to be fair, my husband took me deer hunting once, and I realized I’d never want to pull the trigger. I don’t like guns. And I also love gardening, so maybe I have a little of both. I’m also pretty good at catching fish, so maybe that should be my third option. Truthfully, I just love being outdoors, so both hunting and gathering sound great to me.

As long as you can eat in the event of a crisis, that’s all that matters! Do you believe in aliens?

I believe that there is likely to be life on other planets, or even in our solar system in the deep sea vents of Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus. But I don’t think that aliens have visited Earth and kidnapped random rednecks, nor do I think there’s ever likely to be an alien invasion. Personally, I think “alien invasion” stories are our cultural fears that people with greater technology than us would treat us the way we treated Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. I think it’s far more likely that any alien threats would be something along the lines of infections, diseases, or parasites that we’ve never seen before.

That explanation makes a lot of sense! Would you rather fly on a dragon or meet a mermaid?

Fly on a dragon! I think flying sounds amazing, and dragons are awesome. I’m sure mermaids are lovely, but they do have that “drag you into the water and eat you” reputation that makes you pause a bit about meeting one.

I think perhaps a dragon might be more likely to eat you…but we’ll hope for a Toothless! Thank you, Alexis, for joining my quirky squad! Keep supporting these authors by flying to our next stop on the blitz tour!

 

OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: KRISTIN WARD

After the Green Withered by [Ward, Kristin]

I asked the questions that matter of Kristin Ward! Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D2X7YSY

Welcome to the blitz! In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie?

While the classics like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty have a special place in my heart, I love Lilo and Stitch! The characters are real and the story itself is ripe with humor and powerful themes. Plus, Stitch is simply hysterical. 

A good choice! What’s the meaning of life?

Well, obviously it’s 42. Oh, and thanks for all the fish!

Obviously it could only be 42! What is one of your favorite quotes?

Most of my favorite quotes are from movies because, quite simply, I’m a movie nut. The Princess Bride is a favorite in my house and every member of the family knows exactly how to respond to each of these:  “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die” “No more rhymes now. I mean it!” “Inconceivable!”

Anybody want a peanut? Ha-ha! What is your favorite potato chip flavor?

I’m a tortilla chip girl. My favorite is Cool Ranch Doritos…and, yes, I do lick the seasoning off!

Oh, the Cool Ranch Doritos! My Achilles heel! What is your real-life superpower?

I’m a writer. I weave words into worlds that never existed before. It is true magic.

I could not weave a better answer! Why did the chicken cross the road?

In the case of my chickens, they cross the ‘road’ (a.k.a. our driveway) in pursuit of me the moment that I get out of the car or open the front door of the house. Their goal? Food. Any kind. All kinds. They aren’t particular at all!

Always make sure you have the chicken feed with you then! Unicorn or Pegasus?

Unicorn! In fact, that’s the nickname my coworkers gave me a few years ago and it certainly stuck! Of course, I’ve always loved unicorns and was convinced of their existence for many of my formative years.

Of course they exist! Thank you, Kristin, for joining the blitz! It’s inconceivable that you wouldn’t continue on and read more interviews! Let’s see them!

 

OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: LYSSA MEDANA

The Forgotten Village by [Medana, Lyssa]

I asked the questions that matter of Lyssa Medana! Here is a link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0080NQCIS/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Happy Cycon, Lyssa! What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

I don’t know if it counts, but I tried to dry some flowers in the microwave and set the flowers and the microwave on fire!

Yes that counts! What is your favorite sound?

My favourite sound is that of wind chimes. I can’t really have them as they would drive the neighbours batty, but it reminds me of my late uncle’s house and the sound of the chimes with birdsong and the river at the bottom of the garden. It was idyllic.

That sounds like a magic garden! What is your favorite quote?

My favourite quote is from Robert Frost, I think. I found it in a book of quotations and it seems to echo with stories – ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.’ If I have to pick a ‘grown up’ phrase, which is all motivating and inspirational, I’d choose Churchill’s, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going.’

I agree with Churchill’s quote! If you’re walking on fire, don’t stop! Diamonds or pearls?

I have a string of very old and fading pearls in real life somewhere, and, in fact, they are cursed. My late mother inherited them from her great-aunt and another aunt told my mother that she would never wear those pearls in peace as they should have gone elsewhere. Every time my mother wore them, the string snapped. They were always professionally restrung, and they broke every time. They need restringing again, but I can’t be bothered. The pearls are very, very old and disintegrating and I don’t fancy wearing a curse. I thought diamonds would be more use in case you found yourself in an adventure and needed to cut glass to get inside a locked curio cabinet or escape through a window. However all the diamond jewellery I’ve seen (from a distance, I don’t have any myself) looks far too smooth to start scratching into glass and it would probably be easier to try smashing with a half-brick.

Thinking like a writer! Diamonds it is! What is your motto?

My motto is, ‘Always Another Chapter’ which I used for my blog. I don’t always remember it, but it’s a reminder that there is always another day, there is always another stage of my life, no-one has written ‘The End’ to me yet and, by the way, get writing!

A motto for all of us! What is your real life super power?

My real life superpower is that I can tell if it is going to snow. We don’t get much snow here, but I can usually say whether we will get snow or not in the next few days and if it will be an issue, with better success than the tv weather for the square mile or so near me. So far since last November we have had about half an inch of the white stuff. My superpower doesn’t get much of a work out. 

You should come here—we could use that! Have you ever had a dream that later came true?

This will sound fake, but I swear it’s true. I dreamt that the Queen Mother had died, though it was framed as part of an odd dream. It felt incredibly real, though, and when I woke up I checked the news to see if she had gone but there was nothing. Her passing was announced that afternoon. 

Eerie indeed! Thank you, Lyssa, for giving us the chills! There’s always another chapter, and there is always another interview on our blitz tour!

OWS CYCON 2019 BLITZ: NICOLE L. MACKEY

fiction, scifi, dystopian

I asked the questions that matter of Nicole Mackey! Here is a link: http://www.nicolemackey.com/

Hello, Nicole! We’re starting with a deep one: what’s the meaning of life?

42! Of course…

Ah, yes! Keep chanting 42! What’s the closest thing to real magic?

Creating tiny little humans. The love you feel when you hold them for the first time and the way it makes all the pain and all the fear fade away…if that isn’t magical, I don’t know what is. 

And the first time they smile at you! Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Tell us about them! 

My mother’s motto was “All’s fair in love and parenting.” Along those lines, she used to tell me things to try to manipulate good behavior. To get me to pick up my toys, she told me gremlins lived in the walls and would come out and take them if I didn’t put them away! I decided maybe I should just make friends with them instead and would lie in my bed at night talking to them. Used to creep her right out! 

You were meant to be a writer! Time for a board game! Which is your favorite?

Oh, that is a tough one, because I love board games, but overall I think Scrabble is my favorite. I’m pretty good in my circles, but nowhere near pro level. 

Tame those Qs and Zs! If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?

I’d like to say dragonfly, as they are my favorite, but realistically I’d probably be a sloth. 

They are fascinating animals! Do you know what your name means? Or who were you named after?

It means Victory of the People, a feminized version of Nicholas. I was named after a beautiful red-haired actress in a movie. My mother never could remember her name or the title, but she looked elegant descending the staircase. 

Now we’re all curious as to who it is! Do you have a nickname? If not, give yourself one now!

I have several. I won’t share all of them, but a few are Hawke, Ladyhawke, Halo or Momma Halo. 

Hmm…Hawke ruffles my feathers, so I prefer Halo! Thank you, Nicole, for joining our quirky team! We’re on to another interview, be sure to let the gremlins in your wall read them, too!