It gave us a chance to chat and laugh together as we each answered questions for the interview.
What Compelled You to Start Review This?
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If You Could Watch the Sunrise with Anyone, Who Would that Be and Why?
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The Mystery Genre also includes 'suspense, thrillers, crime and espionage. Oh, I know, some said fantasy, romance, poetry and historical fiction. But doesn't each of those genres contain one form or another of 'mystery'? Even 'children's books' are filled with 'mystery' (mysterious secrets to discover, puzzles to complete, problems needing solving). So, the overall favorite genre choice is 'mystery'. Each writer below outlines her own choice.
What is Your Favorite Book Character and Why?
I have many favorite characters, which made choosing just one character a little difficult. If I go way back, it could be Nancy Drew or Laura Ingalls Wilder. If I think about more contemporary books, I could say that my favorite is Perry in the Lottery by Patricia Wood or “the doctor’s wife” in Blindness by Jose Saramago. It is so difficult to choose. Or so I thought.
What is Your Favorite Writing Snack?
Peanuts are easy to handle one-handed, deliciously good, and actually good for you. Many health benefits are associated with the simple peanut. But there's something even better ~ chocolate. Chocolate-covered peanuts is the best snack of all. :-)
Of course, peanuts as a snack is just this writer's favorite. Other 'Review This' writers have spoken out on their preferred snack, as seen in the list below. RenaissanceWoman2010's favorite of 'fortune cookies' might contain one with a 'paraphrased' fortune something like this: “(Wo)man/Writers cannot live by bread alone. That's why 'snacks' were invented!”
|Contributor||Favorite Book Genre||Favorite Snack While Writing|
|Sylvestermouse||Romance & Historical Fiction||Potato Chips|
|Dawn Rae||Psychological Thrillers and/or Noir Crime Fiction||Unfortunately, it's something sweet (chocolate)
followed by something salty (chips)
followed by something sweet...followed by ...
well, you get the idea.
|Mbgphoto||Mysteries & Historical Fiction||Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Drops|
|Buckhawk||Mysteries!!!||Uh, duh, Chocolate!|
|Wednesday Elf||Mystery/Suspense||Usually peanuts or a granola bar (with peanuts).
I know -- I'm a NUT.
|Brite-Ideas||New Age Spiritual/
|Glass of wine (sometimes) & a piece
or two of cheese or
a Banana dipped in peanut butter
|BarbRad||Romance & Detective Fiction||Dark chocolate covered or salted almonds|
|Bev Owens||Mysteries||Cheese and crackers|
|Susan Deppner||Mysteries, especially legal mysteries.
I started reading Perry Mason books in junior high
and have read all of them,
though none recently.
(Need to do something about that.)
|Recently, corn chips which aren't quite as greasy
as potato chips (keeps the keyboard cleaner).
I often add a few dark chocolate chips to the bowl, too
|Fiction, LOL||I do not eat while I write...though the idea is delicious.
If I did, my first choice would be potato chips.
|Heather426||Mystery and Ancient History||Tea and Chocolate|
|Olivia Morris||Mysteries & Suspense - Combine the two and I'm
there all over it!
|There is always a cup of coffee, hot and black on my desk.
My other favorite snack food is red licorice
although my other half does not equate that with licorice.
His has to be black licorice.
He calls mine candy!
|Lou16||Thrillers, Whodunnits & Cozy Mysteries||Chocolate and/or Potato Chips|
|Coletta||Fictionalized History||I get too involved in writing. I don't have time to snack.|
|Mickie_G||Cozy Mysteries||Anything that will not make crumbs
to fall in the nooks of the keyboard!
|Decorating for Events||Mystery (sub-genre is Espionage)||Snack is baby carrots!
I munch on them like chips!
Was hoping I could ditch my glasses for distances
but, alas, I still need them!
|Mystery & Espionage||Fortune cookies!!|
|MissMerFaery||Fantasy||A Yummy Mix I Make of Dark Chocolate
Buttons, Dried Cranberries, Almonds, Brazil Nuts
& Sunflower Seeds!
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Relatability or being able to relate to my readers and them to me. In my writing, I don't want to sound like a newspaper or magazine article as in: "Just the facts, ma'am." I also don't want to sound too stilted or like I am talking too technically or above them. I want to sound like a friend and someone that wants to help by sharing my past experiences as well as my new ones.
Relatability and forging a connection with our reader should be a goal for anyone that writes online. Regardless of the topic -- a recipe, how-to, craft, particular ideas, miscellaneous help, etc. -- when an article is written in a 1st person point of view and relates the authors experiences like friends talking, it resonates better with readers. At least, that is my experience!
Thanksgiving is a time of prayer,
a time to thank God a time to be fair,
when robbers give up robbing the banks,
when we forget the bad done just to give thanks,
when the army forgets all about war, when the world is all quiet and peaceful once more.
(The words of an eight year old)
Each of the Contributors on Review This have extensive writing CVs. Instead of giving you dozens of sites for each one, I have requested that each Contributor share a link to their current favorite writing site other than Review This! Most of the sites listed here are actually owned by the contributor which shows that our team is made up of highly qualified reviewers and website administrators.
|Contributor||Link to Another Site Where They Write|
|Dawn Rae||Treasures, Travels and Tales|
|Buckhawk||Mystery Book World|
|Wednesday Elf||Crochet, Crafts and Cute Critters|
|Brite-Ideas||Funk This House|
|Bev Owens||The House of Rumpley|
|BarbRad||Books to Remember|
|Susan Deppner||Recipes for Real People|
|Olivia Morris||Grammie Knows How|
|Treasures by Brenda||Movie Treasures by Brenda|
|Heather426||Best Sewing Machines for Beginners|
What is Your Favorite Holiday and Why?
Christmas Magic Ceramic Ornament
I think that one of the reasons that I love this holiday so much is that more than at any other time of the year we are witness to people being kinder, more giving and more loving. I have never stopped believing in Santa (he is in each of us, you know). I can still hear the “bell of Christmas” as clear and bright as when I was a little girl.
Answered by Susan Deppner
The best gift I've ever been given was my own copy of Roget's Thesaurus. My parents bought it for me for Christmas one year when I was junior high school age and that meant so much to me. I knew that they knew I enjoyed writing and that I did well in English and composition classes in school, but I didn't know that they took my writing seriously. I remember studying the thesaurus for hours, learning how the words were cataloged and how to use the book to find synonyms or just to see how certain words were related to others. Not only did the tool help improve my writing skills, it motivated me to write more. For that I have always been very grateful to my parents who, as it turned out, knew me better than I thought they did.
If You Could Choose Any Vacation Destination, Where Would it Be and Why?
Answered by Olivia Morris
|Tower of David in Jerusalem - Morguefile.com|
My favorite vacation destination would have to be Israel. I have been there twice and would love to go back again. If I could find a way for someone to sponsor me there I would be gone in a heartbeat. There is so much history, geography, and climate that you just don't get anywhere else in the world.
It is also holy ground, not only to the Christians, but the Jews and Moslems as well. I would love to know more about the country as a whole, it's people, it's traditions and it's history.
If You Could Turn Back Time, What Year Would You Choose?
I love my current life but I would like to be a teenager again. I was not a joiner when I was young and if I could do it over again, I would love to revisit the late 1970s and early 1980s and take the opportunity to join clubs, groups, etc. Plus, there are a few choices that I made in those years that I would like to change. Of course, I am a big fan of the pop culture from that time and it would be fun to see groups like Supertramp again!
Answered by BarbRad
|Look Closely at this Photo and You Will See Barb|
Engaging in Her Favorite Hobby!
Why? Because when I have a camera in my hand looking for things to photograph, I notice more of what I’m seeing. I’ve never been a particularly observant person. I’d make a terrible eyewitness for that reason. The camera transforms my observation powers.
When I starting writing online I was able to use my hobby to inspire my writing, illustrate it, and give me more ideas. Now I’m starting to enjoy photography more and more for its own sake and I’m beginning to explore digital photo editing more.
What is Your Favorite Music Genre and Why?
80s Music - probably because I was a teen in the 80's so when I hear the music it has that nostalgic pull for me.
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My dream never went away, but it has changed. I no longer want my picture on the cover. These days, I dream about writing a feature story that would make Hunter S. Thompson sit up and take notice. I want to see my byline on The Cover of The Rolling Stone so I can buy five copies for my mother. That would be the perfect lifetime achievement award for this starving artist.
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