For most of last month, I was on a blog tour to promote You. I. Us. I asked fifteen bloggers to ask me a single question to make up a complete, and very random, interview!
Misha Gericke: Do you like listening to music while working on your stories?
Murees Dupe: How do you stay motivated to exercise regularly, live healthy and still manage to write and have a family? Seriously, you're Superwoman.
Julie Flanders: Even those of us who love dogs and puppies know they can be destructive little monsters if they get the chance. What's the worse thing Artoo has done since he became part of your family?
Joanne Faries: You and your husband have careers in the arts. Your boys have seen the fickle nature of the business. Every career has its trials, however do you see them following footsteps into writing and/or music? Or choosing something deemed more steady and reliable?
Chrys Fey: If you could be any Harry Potter character (good or bad), who would you be and why?
Yolanda Renee: What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?
M.J. Fifield: Obviously, all of our manuscripts eventually end up typed, but what is your preferred writing method? Are you 'old-school' and like to use pen (or whatever writing utensil of your choice) and paper, or do you trend toward more modern methods of writing (i.e., Scrivener, voice dictation programs, or other things I can't think of because I like pen and paper)?
Libby Heily: I've heard directors say it is easier to make a short story into a film than a novel. My hunch is because a short story can be fleshed out while a novel must be pared down. Which of your short stories, in this collection or no, would make the most intriguing film and how would you suggest the director explore the themes visually?
R. Mac Wheeler: Rate the importance/emphasis of these literary elements in your writing, (1 being meh, 10 orgasmic): setting, character, plot, action, description
Elizabeth Seckman: Best British Monarch past or present, and why?
Suzanne Furness: If you could choose anywhere to write where would it be and why (real or fictional)?
Sandra Cox: What have you found to be your most successful means of marketing?
Nicola Burgraff: In your collection “You.I.Us” the artist character puts his heart into his latest sketch. If you sketched or painted your life’s most special moments what would your picture look like?
Stacey Bryan: If you were shipwrecked on an island with another person, how would you deal with their "challenging" personality while attempting to also survive day by day?
(Choose from Heathcliff, Jack Torrance from The Shining, Moriarty, The Marquis de Sade, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (a two-fer!), Voldemort, Cruella de Vil, The Wicked Witch of the West, Rasputin, John McEnroe, Vlad the Impaler)
Christine Rains: What is one element that every good short story needs and why?