The #Writer Q and A tag. | shehanne moore/Kyrosmagica

blog challenge

Okay, okay, okay! I know I haven’t participated in so many of the wonderful blog challenges that so many of you share on your pages. And I promised myself (and others) that I would make it a point to join in more often.


I was recently invited by Marje of Kyrosmagica to participate in the Writers Q & A Tag. And then surprised to find that Shey from Smexy Historical Romance tagged me after being tagged as well from Marje’s blog. So I’ve decided to merge both invites and answer the questions from both of them in their ‘Tag’ Challenge.



“What’s this tag about? Its a fun tag celebrating books, and writing. Also it’s a way to discover and make new blogging friends. So that can’t be bad can it? . . .” Read more about the challenge and Marje’s wonderful post HERE



1. If you met a sexy vampire what would you do? Hook up, get the garlic and crosses out or run a mile?

Oh ya, I’m definitely going with run a mile!

2. What’s your favourite genre of book and why?

I love reading memoirs and biographies. I just think there is something to take from everyone’s life.

3. Who is/are your favourite author (s) , poet (s)? What is it about them that inspires you?

I can’t say that I have one favourite author, but I do enjoy reading books about problem solving on life, hence my interest in columnists like Erma Bombeck, Ann Landers, and other authors like Cheryl Strayed and Norah Ephron. My great escape books of the past were from authors Barbara Taylor Bradford, Joan Collins, Jacqueline Suzanne and Erica Jong.

4. If you had to control a classroom of year 6 kids would you bale, or enjoy the challenge? Would you be (a.)  too undisciplined to do so, you’d just join in the general mayhem, (b.) enjoy bossy them around, or (c.) pray in a corner for the bell to sound. Guess which one would be my reply, winners will be mentioned on my blog!

I would enjoy the challenge. I get on well with kids. I’d probably call ‘storytime’ and make up some fascinating story to keep their interest to avoid chaos.

5. What made you become a writer/blogger? Do your family support you or do they think you’re crazy, bored,  attention seeking, or all of these? Tell us a bit about your current WIP and/or books…

I’m not sure what exactly made me become a writer, only that I found myself writing little stories, notes and Hallmark – like cards for friends and family when I was quite young. I always wrote, with no real intention of doing anything with it until I turned 40. That was when I began telling people that I was going to write a book someday. Okay, so it took me another 10 years or so. I don’t actually have much writing support or interest from my real life world. When I first began writing books I was miffed at the fact that everyone I knew wouldn’t find it so fascinating. I’ve learned through the years that many writers are in the same boat as I am. So I am grateful for all the friends I now have in the writing world. No matter how you slice it, only a writer can understand another writer’s world.

6. What is the most awful job and/or experience you’ve ever done/had?

Well, I’ve had plenty of awful experiences in my life, and plenty of jobs as well. But when I was younger and in between jobs, I went to help my dad out in the retail store part of his wholesale Fish company. I had to pick up the fish and weigh and bag them for customers. I picked up a slimy feeling Pike and got so grossed out I quit.

7. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Does this spill out onto other parts of your life? Are you generally organised/disorganised? Can you guess what I am?

I am, what I call a plotser. I will begin with a faint outline of things I want to include in my book by writing down temporary chapter titles and adding ‘chicken scratch’ notations under the headings as they come to me while I’m writing from the seat of my pants. And I’m guessing you are a plotter Marje. Speaking of chicken scratch, does every writer, like most doctors, have atrocious handwriting like I do?

8. Do you believe in Ghosts? Fate? Love at First Sight? Fairies? Psychic happenings?Numerology, Mermaids, The Loch Ness Monster, Demons…etc…Make your own observations …. and let me know..

I most certainly believe in ghosts. I’ve had quite a few encounters with lost loved ones. This would include many psychic experiences. I was born, gifted with a sixth sense.I believe in lust at first sight possibly, but there is far too much encompassed in love to feel upon a first meeting. Stories about devils and demons scare me (alright, let’s include the Loch Ness Monster too), I can’t say I don’t believe in any of them, but I have no desire to delve deeper into any of them. Let’s just leave it at a few scary experiences with the Ouija Board when I was younger.

9. What is the worst haircut/clothes/hats you’ve ever had/worn? Photos please, or describe in vivid detail…

Lol, thanks for bringing up terrible memories. When I was young, I had a thing about having long hair, but when I was 8, my mother had other ideas. She took me to the hair salon and had ordered up the stylist to give me the ‘what was in fashion look’ – a pixie cut, as it was called. I was mortified and cried for days. I also wore a hat for many months after.

10. Please finish this sentence with more than three extra words: Life is one foot in and one foot out, you ….

Don’t be afraid to pull the other one out.




Read on to find Shey’s answers to Marje’s questions too. And for those of you who’ve never visited her blog, don’t be alarmed by the unfiltered mouths of her Hamster Dudes who like to steal the show with all of her blogs. Click Here 



1. What is your favourite line of poetry about a hamster? Oh okay, we mean a small furry creature, or animal.
Well I’m going to stick with all the satire from your own blog Shey. That would mean all the blabby comments from your own Hamster Dudes!
2. What was your favourite children’s book if it was not Mrs Tiggywinkle?
I loved Cinderalla, possibly because it resonated with me so much as a child growing up taking care of my siblings and doing chores my mother passed on to me. I was secretly hoping a prince would find me someday and take me away.
3. You’re in the forest, it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s mysterious, suddenly the bushes part and there snarling before your is  a savage, giant hamster. What happens next?
Nothing. Because there’s not a shot in hell you’d find me in the forest in the first place.
4. Is there any place in the world you would like to set a book or poem and why?
Being a nonfiction writer, the stories I tell already have their settings in place.
5.  You can have dinner with your favourite book hamster, character. Who is it and what will the first course be? Recipes are welcome. Of course if you can’t find a hamster, just choose another animal.
Well that’s easy. I’d love to have a meal with your Hammies. I should think they would eat almost anything. But I know I certainly won’t be bringing along any manuscripts because I know darned well they love eating those! LOL
6. Tell us a bit about what you are working on now.
I’m currently working on putting together my rough, messy, handwritten, chicken scratched draft of the sequel to my first book Conflicted Hearts. It’s an aftermath story of finding an understanding and resolve with my life dealing with a narcissitic mother after she passed away.
7. What was the last book you read?
Not By Design, by Carol Balawyder, a wonderful writer and friend.
8. How much of you is in your characters or your poetry?
It’s all me baby! All my stories are about my life experiences, lessons and about overcoming.
9. Forget all this hero stuff. You’re being cast as the villain and it’s your choice who you pick so long as they are from a book.
Now that’s a toughy, as I’d never have a desire to play a villain. But I might say that going back to the old Cinderalla story and putting myself in as the wicked step-mother might give me some insight as to what inspires a maternal figure to inflict unhappiness to a child.
10. Who or what inspires your writing?
That is difficult to pinpoint. My mind is always wandering. I could be driving in the car, watching a movie, or just listening to music, and something will pop into my head. I grab a notepad and pen and write down something I feel about the topic. Many times the topic will turn into a blog post, and sometimes it will turn into a book.

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