Ghost Questions, Guest Post

Friend and fellow writer Jen Selinsky and I were talking about author interviews on blogs, and she gave me a set of questions and I gave her several sets: the ones I use and ones other people have sent me.

I answered hers, and that interview is now up on one of her blogs, Jen’s Favorite Authors. Hop over and see what good questions she asked!

When she sent me her answers to the questions I sent her, she had, instead of my questions, chosen to answer those of Cairn Rodrigues, author of THE LAST PROSPECTOR. I can’t blame her: Cairn is a fiercely imaginative writer, and her blog feature, “Askew Questions,” was always a blast.


Jen Selinsky was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  In 2003, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  In 2004, she earned her master’s degree in library science from the same school.  Jen has worked as a professional librarian for over eleven years.  She has published more than 160 books, many of which contain poetry. Her work can be found on the following sites: Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, Pen It! Publications, and Buy Me Books Now. She has also been featured in publications such as: The Courier Journal, Explorer Magazine, Liphar Magazine, and Indiana Libraries. Jen lives in Sellersburg, IN with her husband.

Q. If you could remove any shade from the color spectrum, including all things of that color, which one would it be and why?

A. I like all the colors of the spectrum, but if I had to pick a least favorite, it would be blue. Maybe it’s because blue is sometimes slang for sadness (as well as porno movies). Still, I am not given very much space for listing all things blue which need to be eliminated…

Q. What are the five fantastical creatures you would want in your back yard? Animal, vegetable, or mineral?

A. I would like a unicorn, a centaur, a pegasus, a dragon, and a squonk. The last of the five is a mythical being said to reside in the Hemlock Forests of Pennsylvania. Genesis wrote a song about it for their 1976 album, A Trick of the Tail.

Q. If you owned an ice cream company and sold your signature version of Neopolitan, what three stripes of flavor would be in the box?

A. The first would be praline and pecan, just to get the diner in the mood. The second would be pure caramel, just in case you need an extra dopamine rush. For the third, only one flavor comes to mind—bacon!

Q. Was there ever a time in your life that you committed to setting the time on your VCR so the 12:00 would stop flashing?

A. That used to bother me a lot when I was younger, but I’m only dating myself with this answer! Now, clocks are a different story. My husband and I like to keep on top of those so we don’t have any digital flashing numbers.

Q. Why do you think the Ninja Council rejected your Ultimate Knitting Needle/Yarn Blade submission at least year’s symposium?

A. I’m very upset about that! Like everyone else, I worked hard on my invention, and believe in its merits. It’s probably due to the fact that I trained as a kunoichi, under Hamato Yoshi, (aka. Master Splinter) alongside the ninja turtles. Since they are all so famous, if my invention would have been accepted, some would have considered it cronyism. :p

Q. Had you been on THE island, would you have followed Locke to the Others’ compound or stayed with Jack on the beach?

A. I would have followed Locke, because he has the more interesting name! Jack just makes me think of gambling and cards.

Q. Do you think more people would buy books if the pages were flavored?

A. Most definitely! I’m thinking of having the pages of my newest releases strawberry flavored. And those who are allergic to strawberries don’t have to worry about repercussions as they digest the pages of my books.

Q. You’re throwing a dinner party. The guests are Mark Harmon, Agatha Christie, Ford Prefect, Lwaxana Troi, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Carla from Cheers. What do you serve? WHAT DO YOU SERVE?

A. Well, I would start off with some Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters to get everyone nice and smashed (if you’ll pardon the pun). That way, they’ll all be to busy nursing strong migraines to even think about food!

Q. Do you have any influence you can use to get Bruce Springsteen to play an intimate set in my living room?

A. Sure, it’s worth a try, but I don’t think that I have that much clout. After all, I’ve been trying to get Peter Gabriel to come to our house for years!

Thanks, Jen, and thanks, Cairn! Follow the links to Jen’s and Cairn’s Amazon pages and learn more about both of them.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Ask a character those questions and see what the answers are. No, Bud. SHUT UP!



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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