As JT explained, we’re sorta having a half-way-ish hiatus, a week of traveling for many of us and being swarmed with family for some of us. We’re having a contest and here’s what she posted yesterday:
14 books from 14 authors.
Now that’s a deal.
Here’s what we want to know:
(answer as many as you wish, but only one answer is necessary to be included in the contest.)
What are you doing for the holidays?
What are you reading?
What topics would you like us to cover in the New Year?
What questions do you have for any or all of us?
And then in the comments section, Sylvia asked some questions and I’ll attempt some answers and add some questions of my own at the bottom:
1. Boxers, briefs, thongs, bikinis, hipsters or none?
I always flunk these tests. Let’s just say I like variety. And sexy comfort.
2. What would you like for your last meal?
I’d never be able to pick, so I’d probably stretch that out to my last day of meals. Like Crawfish etouffee, or my husband’s amazing Shrimp and Corn soup, or maybe ripe strawberries and whipped cream and champagne or… hmm. I’d need at least a week to fit everything in. But the upside, I’d be dead, so I wouldn’t have to worry about calories.
3. What was your first pet and his or her name?
A german shepherd named Kraut that my mom and dad had as a puppy when I was born. I used to ride him around like a pony. He would never let my brother ride. I loved that dog.
4. What is the worst lie your parents ever told you?
Well, the one that they didn’t mean to tell was that Kraut was going to go live with my maw maw, because he needed to. (There were vague reasons why that I never fully understood, and I knew that I was being manipulated into confusion on purpose.) I was extremely angry at her for taking my dog, and then when we went back to visit and he was gone, I thought she’d lost him or given him away, instead of giving him back to me. I pretty much hated her for years for that. (He was dying, and my parents thought it would spare me the trauma if I didn’t have to see him die. I can’t say that they were wrong, though–I think seeing him suffer would have been traumatic at that very young age, and if he’d been put down, I’d have blamed them for it and hated them. There was never going to be an easy answer for that one.)
5. What’s your favorite curse word?
Fuck fuck fuckity fuck and fucktard and fuckwad and fuckshit. (I am southern. We don’t stop at just one of anything.) (Take that any way you want.)
6. What animal do you fear the most? (Must have experience and not just fantasy)
Water moccasins. I have stumbled across them and had them strike at me and I’ve been in a boat with them dangling from limbs above me and let’s just say that snakes are pretty high on my ‘the only good ___ is a dead ____’ list.
7. Does it piss you off to see your book in a clearance bin?
Nah, like others said in the comments yesterday, it’s a way for maybe more people to afford to try out my writing and then, possibly, be interested in the next thing. Plus, it’s just a natural cycle of business–very few things last forever.
8. What is your definition of hell on earth?
I have to agree with Alex: child molestation.
9. As an author, what question are you asked the most that you refuse to answer or deflect the answer?
Agreeing with Zoë, being asked how much money I make. Or the sneakier equivalent, what was my print run.
10. What 10 questions do you most want to know about your readers, or us, the commenters? I’ll just add five, since we have some great ones above and in the previous comments.
[Feel free to answer JT’s above, or any combination of these or the ones posted in the comments yesterday. This is a free-for-all rolling conversation.]
1) Who’s your hero?
2) What was the very best day of your life? (Aside from significant others/ marriages and births of children.)
3) If you could go anywhere, right now, obligation-free, without stress, etc., where would you go?
4) Which two characters would you love to see meet up for a road trip? (can be anyone in literature… anyone at all)
5) If you could pick the traits of a favorite character to adapt in your own life, which character and traits would those be, and why?
I know there are more entries sporadically through the week — and remember, all comments all week long make you eligible for the contest.