Welcome back! Or...for the first time. Either way, welcome, welcome! Glad to have you here. :) And if you missed Part I of this interview, you can find it here.
These 3 ladies obviously have a lot of fans out there. And as you read even more of their wonderful answers, I'm sure you'll see why. So, I'll quit jabbering and get you to it! Without further ado - Abby Minard, Colene Murphy and Jen Daiker ----------->
Question 8: What motivated you to start blogging?
Abby: I always thought I'd wait to start blogging until I got an actual book deal. But my crit partner encouraged me, and the blogs I read kept saying to build a presence. So I started and absolutely love it. I love making friends with the amazing people in the writing community. I never thought we'd be so tight!
Colene: I started because of the need to. You know, unless you're already a big name, you have to have a blog or die or something like that? But after a few months I fell completely in love. I love the people I have gotten to know through emails and comments and blogs. I love every bit of it.
Jen: Watching Julie & Julia I realized what a great idea it was and decided to dive in. Haven't regretted it.
Question 9: What do you attribute your blogging success to?
Abby: Ignoring my child. No, just kidding (a little). I think when I started I just wanted to meet people who experience the same feelings I do with writing books. I found that I liked meeting new people online (I'm horrible at it in real life...seriously, if you meet me in person, I'm really rather dull) and I try to keep up with reading other's blogs and making connections.
Colene: Ha! I'm not at all a success! Not to me anyway. I still feel like a very small fish. But the only thing I can give any credit to are the people who come back 3 days a week to "see" me. Without an ear to hear I'm talking to myself, you know?
Jen: Time. It takes time to build, time to manage, and time to keep it going.
Question 10: One blog you don't go a day without missing?
Abby: Colene Murphy's- The Journey (she's my crit partner and one of my online besties) (*link at the top!)
Colene: Just one!? I can't pick just one...fine...but it isn't easy. TheGreenBeanTeenQueen blog is my every time blog. Granted, I can't stay away from SO MANY blogs, it is a tough pick but hers and Jenny B. Jones blogs were two of ones I checked religiously long before I had a blog of my own.
Jen: Oooo. Tough. Can I say my own? hehe. Really I'd say Candyland... she's my girl.
Question 11: Favorite TV show? (It's all about the writing, after all...)
Abby: If it's all about the writing, it's got to be Castle. The dialogue is funny and witty, and the mysteries are wonderful. I'd have to throw How I Met Your Mother in there too- again, AWESOME dialogue.
Colene: Eep. Um. It changes! I love the Thursday night shows (The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town) The hubs and I are tv people. We aren't the creepy, zoned out, do nothing but drool at the screen kind, but it is our way to relax after long work days and be together, chatting and laughing while the tv is on. But I did recently fall in love with Firefly. So, maybe that is my favorite right now?
Jen: Criminal Minds
Question 12: Favorite movie? (same here...)
Abby: Back to the Future: I can probably recite the whole thing on the spot. I think the acting has something to do with it, because if you listen to the writing, it's pretty darn cheesy. But seriously...BEST MOVIE EVER. Anyone that can pull off cheesy writing and dialogue and still smash it out of the park, they're number one in my book.
Colene: Garg! These are harder than the writer questions! Ha! Umm... I really can't pick one. I have a favorite for MOODS. Boondock Saints, Princess Mononoke, Interview with the Vampire, Mean Girls, Avatar, Moulin Rouge, Donnie Darko, Planet Terror, Evil Dead, Auntie Mame, The Sound of Music. My movie loves are varied for moods, as you can tell!
Jen: Love Potion No. 9 (love me some Sandra Bullock)
Question 13: Do you wish on stars?
Abby: Yes- I love to look at the stars and envision us going out into the depths of space and time to find a new world. The sci fi in me, I guess..
Jen: Every night
Question 14: Team Harry, Team Edward/Jacob or Team Peeta?
Abby: Oh that's hard. Peeta as a lifelong companion and lover, Harry as a best friend.
Colene: HARRY!! I adore The Hunger Games and Peeta (woot) BUT my loyalty will always fall with my dear, tragic, brave, wonderful Harry.
Jen: Team Harward (Harry & Edward)
(Ok - since ALL three of them included Harry, just have to throw him in...)
|Here he is - any way you like him!|
So there you have it, my friends: 2 parts, 3 girls, 14 questions and 42 answers! I hope you enjoyed getting to know Abby, Colene and Jen a little bit better? I know I did! And...extra bonus? This interview has pushed me over the edge to 3 digits! Yes - that's right! I'm over that 100-follower hump! Woo hoo!! Thanks, ladies! I know if was your large following of fans that did it (I attribute nothing to my blogging prowess, of course...).
So, please know - there WILL be celebrating!!! Feel free to check back with me on Sunday to see just how much celebrating I plan to do for reaching this first great blog-follower milestone. Thanks, again, for stopping by - thank you new followers and HAPPY WRITING!!