T.A. Henry Authoress, nominated me for the Writer Q&A Tag. I answer ten questions of her choosing, nominate ten people of my own, and ask them ten questions they answer on their blog.
Without further ado, here are the questions she asked of me:
- Who’s your favorite character you’ve written? Why? I love the witty Miss Livingstone because she’s so much fun, but I’d have to pick Majeska because even though she was created as a love interest for the quest’s hero, she surprised me as a writer. She was so loving and bold that she couldn’t sit back and wait while he dealt with trouble. She took things into her own hands and not only helped him but changed her world.
- What is your dirty reading pleasure? You know the one you never tell anyone you read? Hmm. I don’t hide things I read, though I sometimes get some strange looks for my choices. It’s usually because they are too classical for my age (when I was young) like David Copperfield in 10th grade or zanier fantasies than my conservative wardrobe (due to my job) seems to indicate I’d choose, like Unicorn Battle Squad. Just like in artwork, theatre, music, TV, my reading choices are extremely eclectic and sometimes surprise others, but I don’t think I have a ‘dirty pleasure’ in reading choices. They’re all good to me and I’m not embarrassed by any.
- Talking in the fantasy genre, what creatures connotate male? Which connotate female? Weird one, but I’ll give it a shot. Males – trolls, orcs, gremlins, centaurs, wargs, um… Females – sirens, mermaids, pixies, um… done.
- What irritates you most about self publishing? Traditional Publishing, if that’s been your route? I love creating my own book right down to the cover art and formatting. I even enjoy marketing on social media and at live events, but I regret the time spent away from actual writing. I wish I had more time to write and finish more stories for publishing.
- 1st person present? 1st person past? 3rd person present? 3rd person past? Omniscient? Just like my eclectic reading taste, I like to write (or read) in different POV. The ‘best’ one is set by each story and what works best case by case. I’ve had fun rewriting short stories from different perspectives. It can be enlightening and really helps hone writing skills. Recently I’ve had angst over which 1st person POV, past or present to finalize for my steam era time travel series. I have finally officially chosen past…But it was hard to give up the immediacy and closeness to my character of Present in favor of better reader comfort and smoothness of Past.
- Book club. Who do you invite? Dead, alive, etc. No limit. I’m not into constraints. I don’t spend much time contemplating what celebs or known people I’d invite to things since I don’t know them and I’m pretty happy to yammer with the like minds and/or challenging ones I actually meet. But from what they shared with the world, I’d like to get together in a circle with Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, C.S. Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Dr. Phillip Wiebe, Ray Bradbury, Lois McMaster Boujold, Woody Allen and Whoopie Goldberg.
- Do you like villains or heroes better? Which are more fun to write? I apparently like writing heroes since that’s who I spend more time with, but I especially get into bringing out the flaws in my heroes and the good in my villains.
- What’s the most unusual place you’ve written? Read? On rainy winter Mondays I used to write in the aviary of the tropical house at Woodland Park Zoo. There was a wood deck suspended near the tops of the growing tropical trees and flowering plants and brightly colored birds would swoop by and call and chirp all around me. It was warm and exotic and peaceful. Since hardly anyone went to the zoo on rainy winter Mondays, it was often just me, my stories and the birds.
- If you had a cocktail named after you, what would it be called and what would be in it? Would you drink it? AFK Elixirs and Eatery named one after me under my pen name – Kennedy J. Quinn. Not sure of the recipe, but it was melon flavored with vodka and was a beautiful green color. (see photo above) I did drink it…It was delicious! Cheers!!
- What character are you from Star Wars? And why? (I’m Han Solo. Totally charming and humorous but will always show up when you need me to save your bacon.) I guess I’d be R2D2 because I generally see what’s going on and get excited when something needs to be done. When I get excited my words can be indecipherable, but I will keep trying to explain. I stick by my friends even if that means going off on my own to make sure things get done that are helpful for everyone.
So my nominees are as follows:
and any other author that sees this and would like to participate and answer my questions. I named the above ones as authors that I interact with here on WordPress whose books I have purchased and/or whose stories I have read. I thought it would be fun if you’d share answers to these questions with us:
- If you could write full time, would you? Why or why not. If you already do, would you want to change that? Why?
- Tell me about your favorite character in literature. Why are they your fave?
- How long did it take you to write your first book? How long to get it published?
- What do you think the best books have in common?
- What do you like to eat or drink while writing?
- Did you ever have one of your characters surprise you? In what way? If no, why not?
- Regarding writing environment: Quiet or Noisy? Alone or With Others? Indoors or Outdoors? Hot or Cool?
- Regarding preferred stories: Happy or Complicated? Fantasy or Reality? Character-driven or Plot-driven? Scary or Funny? Classic or Modern?
- Tell me about your favorite character in your work in progress. What’s your favorite thing about them?
- Why do you write?
Have fun answering and don’t forget to tag another batch of writers. Thanks for sharing!