Today at the Writer's Block I have Cole Gibsen, author of Breathless and Katana, seen below with a pretty darn good impersonation of Bellatrix LeStrange. Dr. Seuss lover. Mountain Gal. And ya better not be rude to her at the Comicon cause she'll most likely show up as Phoenix and incenerate your @ss.
What was your favorite book as a kid? Bunnicula. Seriously, is there anything better than a vegetable juice sucking vampire bunny? I submit that there is not! LOL! I recently won this in a giveaway. Hope my son comes to love it too. :)
Tell us your favorite quote. “Be who you are and say what you feel because the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind.”Dr. Seuss
What is your favorite genre to read and what makes it so awesome? Hands down, my favorite genre is young adult. I love YA because it’s an age full of ‘firsts’and emotion is so very raw.
Tell us your favorite author. Which book is your total fave from that author? Dr. Seuss. The man was a genius. My all time favorite is Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Any pet peeves you'd be willing to share? Rudeness. There is no reason for not being kind to your fellow man/woman. We’re all neighbors here on this planet.
What was your most favorite pasttime as a kid? Horseback riding. I grew up around horses and I find them to be extremely therapeutic. There’s almost no problem that can’t be dissolved on top of a horse.
Take us through a typical writing day for you. Do you have anything quirky - like you have to have a certain pen to write with, or the desk laid out in a particular manner, does it need to be raining, do you require a certain food/drink/candy to work by? Will you have an absolute meltdown if the atmosphere isn't what you like? Ahahahaha! Oh, how I wish I had some type of structure to my writing, or routine. No. I have a four-year-old, so my day consists of jotting a few words down between episodes of strawberry shortcake, play-dough craft time, swimming lessons, and laundry.
What do you do when you experience that lovely problem called writer's block? I log onto www.writeordie.com and set punishment level to kamikaze and GO!
When you were little, what did you think you'd be when you grew up? My family is very political. My grandmother’s held elected positions on the city council and my uncle is a US congressman. Growing up in this atmosphere, I was sure I wanted to follow in my uncle’s footsteps and become a politician. *shudder* Thank goodness I grew out of that. In fact, I became so burnt out on elections and government that, while I still believe what I believe, I’m the first one to walk away silently if a conversation turns to politics.
If you could live anywhere in the world you'd like, where would that be and why? Oh gosh, too many to list. But I’m a mountain girl. Put me on a big pile of rock and I’m happy-happy. That said, I’d love to visit Mt. Fuji and the Himalayas some day.
Do you have a secret obsession you'd be willing to share?< wink, wink> Sewing and comic books. And sometimes I throw the two together and make ridiculous *ahem* I mean epic costumes that I wear to conventions.
What food/drink would absolutely devastate you if they stopped production on? Coffee. Omigosh, my world would be over if I didn’t have my coffee.
If you could step into the shoes of any fictional character for one day, who would it be and why? My favorite superhero Phoenix. Seriously, who wouldn’t want the power to incinerate the world when you’re having a bad day?
Do you like to listen to music when you read or write? Tell us a few of your favorites. I have a station I created on Pandora that keeps me plied and sated with depressing indie ballads. The more depressing the music, the better the scene comes out—that’s how I roll.
Did you do anything special to celebrate your first book release? Absolutely! Hibachi!!! YUM!
Which book are you most looking forward to reading this year? Oh my goodness, so many! I’m a member of the Apocalypsies—a group of 2012 debut children’s authors—and the amount of amazing books being released this year is amazing! There’s no way I could choose just one.
Which do you prefer: ebook, hardback or paperback? I kind of went into the digital age kicking and screaming. I bought my first ereader a month ago and I still haven’t downloaded anything on it. My favorite book format remains the paperback. I love how versatile it is. You can throw it in your purse, leave it in a hot car, and take it into a bath tub with you without having to worry about ruining it.
This or That
Underworld or Twilight - Underworld
Original or Remake - I guess it depends…I’ll take the original 21 Jump Street over the joke of the movie any day. But the remake of Batman and Superman blew the others away.
Sweet or Salty Also depends. Am I PMSing? If so, I’ll take both, please.
Drama or Comedy - Again, am I PMSing? Usually, I like comedy. But every so often I’m in the mood for a good cry.
Fantasy or Romance - Can’t I have both? ;)
Spring or Autumn - Autumn. The fall colors in the Midwest are amazing.
Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston - I used to have the biggest crush on Michael when I was younger. But I also performed Whitney’s “I Wanna Dance (With Somebody)” for my first grade talent show—so I’m calling this one a toss up.
Walter Mathau or Jack Lemmon - Walter Mathau. There are days when I can totally relate to his grumpy demeanor.
Dirty Dancing or Footloose - Dirty Dancing. Nobody puts baby in a corner.
American Idol or X-Factor or The Voice - Um, can you pass the remote so I see what else is on?
Movie Theatre or Loveseat - Movie Theatre. The popcorn is so much better there.
Tea or Coffee - Coffee. Or as I like to call it, COF-WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Rain or Sunshine - Sunshine.
Skiing or Surfing - Zumba! I like to shake my booty and I try to avoid sports where I’ll more than likely fall on my face.
Tree House or Man Cave - Which one has wifi?
And now for the giveaway! Miss Gibsen is offering a combo of a SIGNED BOOKMARK and a 'GOT FIN?' BRACELET to FIVE winners. :) How awesome is that? Just fill out the rafflecopter below and pick up her books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Books-A-Million, Indigo or IndieBound. And don't forget to check out my review of Breathless.