Oh my goodness! Some fun answers from your side of the blog in the comments yesterday! Carol Moncado, here. Continuing to be your hostess with the mostest (I hope!) this week. Since yesterday, I’ve discovered that, in addition to using a lot of exclamation marks, I seem to have an affinity for parentheses… that probably says something about me. I don’t know what it could be… (Carol is also addicted to … (apparently) says Valerie…)
Thank you for your patience with us as we work out the kinks! You should be able to comment right away this time ;). But, hey! That’s why we decided to do a “soft opening” with fun stuff like this before jumping into our regular posting schedule (that comes Monday)! If you ever want to see who’s coming up, click that calendar link up on the top and you’ll see what our schedule is. Right now, we’re only scheduled through early March while we get our feet under us, but soon, you’ll be able to check it out several months in advance.
Now, it’s still cold where I am (though the kindergarten class I was subbing for did get an outside recess yesterday – but my kids in the same district didn’t :p). So I’m gonna grab a blanket and a good book to read while we hang out. Feel free to bring whatever’s on the top of your to be read stack along, too!
I will say this… never ask a group of your favorite authors to answer bookish type questions. You’ll get so many great answers, it’ll be hard to choose! But, like I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be using some more of them in the Sunday posts over the next few weeks :).
So… here we go!
Katherine Reay: I am completely sidestepping this one – I love them all. As long as they feel real, you can get me with any set-up.
Lorraine Beatty: Reunited lovers. I like the idea of two people who are perfect for one another but maybe met at the wrong time in their lives, getting a second chance. Age, experience and maturity make it all work out the next time their paths cross.
Carla Laureano: I’m a sucker for reunited lovers stories. I love when the heroic couple has a past—bad or good, but usually bad. It ups the tension and the stakes in the story. And who doesn’t want to believe that true love will prevail over all?
Merrillee Whren: Do I have to pick only one? I like reunited lovers, best friends, marriage of convenience, reformed bad boy/girl and best friends. Can you tell I just like romance?
(I think I’m with Katherine and Merrillee on this one :D.)
Hallee Bridgeman: Classical symphony. It’s the only music that doesn’t distract me.
Ginger Solomon: Instrumental – Michael W. Smith: Freedom; or celtic
Elizabeth Maddrey: Silence. Pure, blissful silence. Typically interrupted by the shrieks of “Mooooommmmyyyyy! He’s (touching me/taken my toy/bothering me/etc.)” I don’t love that last part, but what are you going to do?
Kimberly Johnson: I prefer to write to piano music. My favorite is George Winston. Anything with words distracts me from the story playing out in my head.
Beth Vogt: I make up soundtracks for my novels as I write them. I decide what kind of music my main characters would listen to and create playlists using Spotify. Right now I am listening to classical music (heroine) and ‘80s music (hero).
Staci Stallings: I actually make a soundtrack for each book. It’s one of the ways I get the “feel of the book.” When I write country, I listen to country. When I write New York, I write to pop and more urban music. One of the strangest was I had a character who was going with a secondary character, and he played rock music with violins. Did you know they have such a thing? I didn’t know that when I started, but there IS a band just like that. And that’s what I listened to when I wrote that book.
The next question had to do with what’s your last release – or next one – but, oh my goodness! We had so many great answers to that one… well, we’ll be putting as many as possible in the news section of the website! Be sure to check out the “sliders” at the top of the main page or the bottom of this blog for upcoming releases or other cool information! Those will change monthly so check back.
For those of you unfamiliar with writer jargon, WIP is Work in Progress. Most of the answers are the literal last sentence written (at the time the author sent me their answers), not the end of the manuscript/book. It makes for great fun ;). Where applicable, the title is included.
Deb Kastner: “Is there anything about caring for an infant that is easy?” Shawn asked.
Cathy Bryant (A Bridge Unbroken): “I don’t know who you are, Mister, but you’re about two seconds shy of getting your backside loaded with buckshot.”
Stacy Monson: Finally he was home and in her arms. And following Razzie’s orders.
Laurie Tomlinson: She wanted more.
Pepper Basham: “What’s yer business?”
(Don’t they just make you want more?!)
Who is your most unusual character (published or unpublished)?
This one also had so many great answers! There’s some great characters out there!
Jennifer Slattery: A woman named Maggie who was a bit overly… naturopathic.
Katherine Reay: Samantha Moore, heroine of Dear Mr. Knightley. A woman who hides behind literary personas? That’s unusual, bordering on strange… but we love her.
Deb Kastner: Jo Murphy Spencer is the gregarious redhead who owns Cup O’ Jo Café in my fictional town of Serendipity, Texas. She’s the mother/grandmother everyone would love to have. She tells it like it is, but she always speaks in love. She’s the engine and caboose of the gossip train, and she’s constantly looking out for everyone else’s interests.
Melissa Tagg: Probably Blake aka “Blaze.” He’s a side character in my first book, Made to Last, and one of the main characters in my second book, Here to Stay. He’s a total goofball who’s spent years playing nomad, adventuring his way across the globe. And in Made to Last, he spends his time pretending to be a celebrity’s husband. By book two, he finally braves up and goes home.
Hallee Bridgeman: A musical prodigy who, when she could no longer play music, turned her mind to physics and excelled.
Amy Matayo: Harry Potter (doesn’t everyone?) or Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Annalisa Daughety: Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. It is so beautifully written…I was envious with every page.
Virginia Carmichael: I wish I’d written The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Or anything by Neil Gaiman or Holly Black or Franny Billingsley or Scott Westerfeld.
Pepper Basham: Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz….and about 100 others.
Now, I know a lot of you aren’t writers – and that’s perfect! This blog is for readers! Of course, writers are readers, too, but our focus isn’t how to be a better writer (lots of great blogs out there for that). Our focus is on you! So… if you’re not a writer (or if you are), can you answer any of those questions about books you’ve read? Maybe the last sentence you read in that book you’ve got in front of you while we curl up in our cushy chairs next to the fire (have you seen all that snow out there?! Even our mountain lake is frozen over!) – or the most interesting character you remember reading about, the one that just won’t leave you.
All week long, you can enter the Rafflecopter drawing below – up to four comments a day count, so be sure to check back and see if you discover a new quirky character or a last line read that makes you want to find out how on earth they got to *that* point!
Grab a cup of coffee and thanks again for hanging out with us! Hope to see you again soon!