Monday, November 15, 2010

Monty Python and an Angsty Fairy

I just love you guys! You answered the call and provided me with some really fantastic questions to celebrate my blogiversary - thank you! I've divided the questions into three categories: Personal, Blogging, and Writing. Today I'll start with the personal questions (which I divided into two posts because there were so many). Here goes:

Q - Sheri Larsen asks: "Favorite character crush?"

A - Roiben from Holly Black's books, Tithe and Ironside. Sure he's a fairy, but he's a really good looking, powerful, angsty fairy, and I love the way he talks. Case in point: "I have had a surfeit of killing, Kaye." Love that line!


Q - Bish Denham asks: "What was the first novel you can remember reading? How old were you?"

A - Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume. I was probably in about third grade. I was a HUGE Judy Blume fan as a kid, and Sheila was one of my favorites.


Q - Kelly Polark asks: "Of course I want to know what your favorite song or band is!"

A - I'll admit up front, I'm not up on the latest music. My favorite band is Matchbox Twenty. I have a lot of favorite songs, but if I had to pick just one, I'd probably go with Melt With You by Modern English. Please don't hate me because I'm living in the past. :)


Q - Jemi Fraser asks: "What book really hooked you as a kid?"

A - I remember absolutely loving The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I read everything I could find by her after that, like The Changeling and Black and Blue Magic. Thus began my love of fantasy.


Q - Clara asks: "If you had to choose between a baby monkey in diapers or a cute puppy dog, which would you take home?"

A - I've had enough diapers to last a lifetime (or at least until I'm a grandmother). I'll take the puppy, please.


Q - Lenny Lee asks: "i could want to know how could do so much good posts and get around to all those blogs and do comments and do comments back to commenters and still get time for reading and for being a writer and being a wife and mom and not getting any sleep. yikes! that was a pretty long question. ha ha"

A - You're so sweet to ask, Lenny! The answer is, I'm very, very lucky because I get to be a stay-at-home mom. Now that all my kids are in school, it leaves me a lot of time to write, blog, and nap during the day. Yes, I nap everyday, usually for two hours. But since I don't sleep much at night so I can get up early and write, I figure it all works out.


Q - Stephen Tremp asks: "What is the flight of a swallow?"

A - Is that an African or European swallow?


Q - Sharon Mayhew asks: "When are you going to come and visit me???"

A - Nice try, Sharon! :)


How about you guys: What was your favorite book as a kid? What's your favorite band/song? Puppy or Monkey? Care to weigh in on the swallow question?

Have a great Monday!


Brian said...

Those were good...and Sharon's question was pretty cool!

salarsenッ said...

These are great! I'm glad to get to know you better. Yeah, and Judy Blume rocks!

Christine Danek said...

Judy Blume was one of my favs. Great to get to know you better.
Have a great day!

Jennifer Shirk said...

That was fun! Loved reading your answers. :)

Anonymous said...

I loved the Changeling too but forgot the who the author was. Now I am excited to do a re-read! thanks for sharing more about you!

Joanne said...

Fun post. Puppy or monkey? Puppy, but throw a cat in the mix and I'd choose the cat above all :)

Bossy Betty said...

I am insanely jealous about the nap thing.

Loved these questions AND answers! Happy Blogoversary!

lotusgirl said...

As for the book, I loved the Five Chinese Brothers. I think to determine the swallow question you really have to weigh in with whether it's African or European. :)

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww you must see the lovely Sharon K Mayhew!!!

What fabulous questions and lovely answers even if I've not heard of the Matchbox Twenty. Ahem.

Oooh I'll take monkeys sans nappies AND puppies too - cos they're both too adorable!.

The Swallow question is so the Monty Python Holy Grail Sketch!!! Just before the killer rabbit scene! LOL!!! I say "Ni!".

Take care

Emy Shin said...

I loved reading your answers, and am looking forward to the rest. :)

(I like Roiben, but love the love interest in VALIANT.)

Jai Joshi said...

Cool answers, Susan, it's nice to learn more about you. I'm also curious to know what the flight is of both an African and European swallow. You'll have to post a follow up.


Susan R. Mills said...

I loved all the S.E. Hinton books. Thanks for sharing more about yourself!

Talli Roland said...

I loved Judy Blume!

Thanks for the answers - I love Sharon's question! :)

Kelly said...

I loved Judy Blume as a girl, too!
And I still love Duran Duran and go to their concerts so I love 80's music too! :)

MT said...

I loved Where the Sidewalk Ends. I don't know about the music. I like lots, but not rock or rap. Puppy - for sure. And the only thing I can say about the swallow is that I love their little mud nests and how they dive bomb my cat (they're brave - or is it stupid?).

TerryLynnJohnson said...

We are the nights who say "Ni!"

This is such a fun idea! I'm sorry I missed asking a question! But these are some fine questions! Loved Judy Blume too. But I'd have to go with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for my first big read.

Anonymous said...

I loved reading this. I believe James and the Giant Peach hooked me as a young reader.

Julie Musil said...

That was such fun! Great questions and fun answers.

Lydia Kang said...

Great answers! I'd pick the monkey so long as it was a loaner and I could give it back after it destroyed my house.

Jemi Fraser said...

I always wanted a monkey when I was a kid, then I found out most of them are nocturnal... not so much any more!

I think my favourite first book was Anne of Green Gables.

Thanks for answering! Lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

I like your answers!

Well, I was a "kid" a LONG time ago. I loved Anne of Green Gables. I also liked Nancy Drew and now can't understand why I did. We change as we get older!! I read a lot of historical fiction, which I loved, and O. Henry Award short stories. This was in the Fifties. (I said I was old!)

I have to re-follow you. A glitch in Blogger forced me to do a new blog. I exported and imported my old one but lost my followers. I did, however, print a copy of them. It is just taking me some time to get the ones back that I want to keep following. So here I am and glad to be back!!!

Lynda Young said...

lol at stephen's question (loved your answer too obviously). Gotta love Monty Python.

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! You actually got the answer to my question correct. Amazing how many people get it wrong, or simply ask, "Huhn?" Now I can call my day a day and go to sleep in peace.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good comeback for Stephen's question. And a puppy wins every time.

My favorite book as a kid was The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

Jeanette Levellie said...

What fun! Thanks for this peek into your soul.

My fave book as a child? Romona and Beezus.

Robyn Campbell said...

Nice to know more about you. And Sharon's question WAS RIGHT ON. You go girl. :)

Mine was Black Beauty. I read it at least 50,000 times. :)

Definitely an African swallow. :) I just know stuff. hehe

Jackee said...

I LOVED getting to know more about you! I'm only sad that I missed getting to ask a question since I haven't been around the blogosphere lately.

I'll add to Sharon's question: When are we all going to meet up in person????!!! :o)

David L Macaulay said...

cool blog - I know. I can;t image life without a large dose of cafeeine

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss susan! those were cool questions and you did some really fun answer on them. how you answered miss sharon got me laughing. but you just know i gotta take up on her part and say yep you just gotta go visit her! just do it! :) its fun knowing lots more about you. cant wait til the next questions get answered.
...hugs from lenny

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the questions and answers! as Lenny said, it's fun knowing lots more about you!

Jackee said...

Yay for Kessler! I'm glad you like revision. I definitely love first drafts over revision... hence my speed at getting Jedda to you. LOL!

Thanks for sharing--I loved learning about your previous books! :o)

Jackee said...

OK... my computer freaked out and published my comment on the wrong post. Sorry about that. I'm moving it now....