This week for #ChickLitMay, there was a group of fabulous authors that participated in an online blog-hop event called Miss Chick Lit 2015. I had fun visiting each blog, reading their post and answering each question as an entry for the contest. I decided to share my answers for each question, as I enjoyed the way they made me laugh and think.
Tracie Banister: Have you had any marriage proposals? If so, what were they like?
This is such a fun post Tracie! I’ve never personally been proposed to, so no fun proposal story from me…maybe in a few years!
Check out Tracie’s novel Twin Piques and my 5-star review of the novel!
Pippa Franks: What would you do to make the world a happier place?
What would I do to make the world a happier place? Ideally, I would have superpowers that would help me fix all environmental destruction/issues, create a limitless supply of food, water, shelter, etc. My ideal world would be a place where money did not exist and people were motivated by their passions.
Check out Pippa’s novel The OMG Test
Laura Kenyon: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
There isn’t one specific compliment that stands out in my mind. It always makes me happy to be complimented on doing well on something that I spent my time and passion creating. I love when I get compliments on my blog from a post I wrote, or an author appreciating my review of their novel. I’m involved with that I create a monthly and quarterly newsletter for and I love getting compliments from the ladies that love the newsletter. It makes me incredibly happy to know that people like and appreciate what I do.
Check out Laura’s novel Desperately Ever After
Gina Henning: If you were an ice cream, what would you be and why?
If I was an ice cream I would probably be a chipwich since that’s my absolute favorite! For anyone that’s never had one [you’re missing out, big time] a chipwich is two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream in the middle and mini chocolate chips around the outside of the ice cream. It’s absolutely delicious and it’s the perfect combination of sweetness.
Check out Gina’s novel How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
Cat Lovie: If you could have any superpower, which would you want and why?
Can I only pick one? For practical reasons, my top superhero pick would have to be teleportation. It would be amazing to go anywhere in the world with the blink of an eye. Imagine all the time you’d save by not sitting in a car on your daily commute or taking an international flight to get to your vacation destination. Think of all of the things you could do with that extra time and money you’d save on gas!
Check out Cat’s novel Zoey and the Moment of Zen
Amy Gettinger: If you were stopped by a police office for speeding, what excuse would you give for the rush?
If I was ever stopped by a police officer for speeding I would probably have a mini-panic attack and start crying uncontrollably. I’ve never been pulled over [knock on wood to keep it that way] and I would imagine that I wouldn’t even be able to speak coherently, let alone come up with an excuse. Contemplating a clever excuse now, I would probably tell the officer that I could feel that I had just started my period and that I was rushing to the nearest store to buy some tampons. Men usually get flustered when you talk about feminine hygiene. Let’s hope that I never get pulled over and won’t have to try to talk my way out of a ticket!
Check out Amy’s novel Roll With the Punches
Celia Kennedy: How have your friends influenced your life? Which friend has influenced you the most?
Oh, this is an easy one and a tough one at the same time! My friends inspire and influence my life by being strong, confident and thoughtful young women. They inspire me in their everyday choices and decisions and in the way that they treat those around them. I couldn’t choose just one person that has inspired me more than another. I have a close-knit group of girlfriends and I adore them all. They all inspire me to be the best person I can be and at the same time, if I ever slip from being my best, they’re there to help me up and moving forward.
Check out Celia’s novel Charlotte’s Restrained: The Accidental Stalker
Glynis Astie: “Do you have a boyfriend/husband? If so, what does he think of you entering this pageant?”
I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, but if I did…. He would be supportive of me in this pageant, though he would be shaking in laughter at my lack of options for the talent portion of my entry. I’ve got the bathing suit portion in the bag and the interview portion, but my skills are not generally stage friendly. I’m more of an arts and crafts girl…. I suppose I could show off some of my yoga or zumba moves? Or bring in some of my yummy homemade cakepops. Would that count? I think I’ll leave the pageantry for the more talented gals out there!
Check out Glynis’s novels in the French Twist series; French Twist, French Toast and the latest that was just released, French Fry
Engy Albasel Neville: Who’s your role model in life and why?
Although there are many men and women in my life and in the media that I admire, I do not have one specific role model. I believe that everyone should strive to be the best version of themselves and I admire those individuals that are examples of being true to themselves. Some of my celebrity icons are Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, and Taylor Swift. My personal icons are my mother, father, sister and close-knit group of girlfriends. They all inspire me in different but meaningful ways.
Check out Engy’s novel A Leap in Time
Tracy Krimmer: What is your favorite chick-lit movie?
10 Things I Hate About You… would that be considered a chick-lit flick? It’s a classic for me and an all-time favorite. Just in case that one doesn’t count…. These three would tie for first; Miss Congeniality, Legally Blonde and The Proposal. Romantic comedies are my absolute favorite movie genre [surprise, surprise, right?]. I could list movies for days, but those three are definitely at the top of the list.
Check out Tracy’s novel Caching In and check out my 5-star review of the novel!
Laura Chapman: Would you rather be 20 and the most beautiful woman in the world, 30 and the smartest woman in the world, or 40 and the richest?
Given those three options I would hands-down choose to be 40 and the richest woman in the world. That would leave me decades [hopefully] of comfortable living, but more importantly, it would allow me to use my financial wealth to make a difference in the world where it is needed most. I would pair together with the 30 year old smartest woman and have her help me figure out where my money would be best spent to make the most impact. Perhaps we would even pull the 20 year old most beautiful woman in the world to help us on our mission by having her help motivate the youth of the world to do good too?
Check out Laura’s novel The Marrying Type and check out my 5-star review of the novel!
Kathryn Biel: If you had to define your mission in life, what would it be?
This is a tough and thoughtful question. Perhaps the title of my blog, Living Life With Joy is a good indicator of my main mission in life. My mission in life is ultimately to be happy. Part of being happy is doing things that I enjoy; reading the types of books I want, seeing the types of movies I want, spending time with the people I want. The other part of being happy is doing good things for other people. I want to help people and make a difference in the world, no matter how small or large my impact. One of my favorite things about being a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity is our motto to ‘Do Good’. I think that motto covers just about everything in my life.
Check out Kathryn’s novel Jump, Jive and Wail!
Cait Reynolds: What is the greatest obstacle you’ve faced in life and how did you deal with it?
The greatest obstacle I have had to overcome in my life is coming to terms with my hearing loss and the fact that hearing aids are a necessary part of my life. I was born with a small hearing loss and it wasn’t until I was around 8 years-old that I finally succumbed to wearing them. Around the time I was in 5th-7th grade, I went through a phase of being mentally over-aware of the fact that I had to wear them. I was always nervous that people would see them and make fun of me and thus, I made it a point to wear my hair down whenever possible. Over time, I realized that if someone was going to judge me or make fun of me for something as insignificant to my character as hearing aids, then they weren’t nice people and therefore I shouldn’t take their opinion to heart. To this day I have never once been made fun of for wearing them, I’ve had people be curious, but never openly rude. My disability has made me a more compassionate and caring person, and for that, I am grateful.
Check out Cait’s novel Downcast
Franky Brown: If you had to choose an anthem for today’s woman, what would it be?
If I had to choose an anthem for a woman in today’s world, it would be Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. Whenever I listen to that song I feel empowered and inspired to take on the world.
Check out Franky’s novel Pride and Butterflies
Monique McDonell: What unique thing have you done to help the environment?
I wish I could say that I’ve done something unique to save the environment but the only thing I can think of that I do is recycle. I do my best to recycle all paper and plastic products and have influenced my family to do their best to separate recyclable bottles and cans too. I’m open to some clever and creative ideas though!
Check out Monique’s novel Mr. Right and Other Mongrels
Colleen Oakes: What product would you love to be a spokesperson for, assuming you’d receive a lifetime supply of that product?
There are so many products I would love to be a spokeswoman for… can I only choose one?! I’ll share my top two picks, hope that’s not cheating. ;)If I could be a spokeswoman for a brand, it would hands down be Clinique. About half of my beauty and skin care products are Clinique and it would be so much fun to be the face of the brand!My second pick would be if I could only choose a single product. My favorite lip balm is called Sugar and it’s from the brand Fresh. They’re a little on the pricy side [$22.50 for a lip balm!] but they make your lips feel soft and delicious, they have SPF 15 and come in a nice selection of sheer colors.
Check out Colleen’s novel series Elly in Bloom
Whitney Dineen: What magazine cover do you want to be on?
This is a tough question, I hate to only choose one! There are a handful of magazines that I would seriously love to be on the cover of, but I’ll narrow it down to my top two. My absolute number one favorite is InStyle Magazine. It’s my favorite all-around magazine from fashion to lifestyle and everything in between. My second pick is Glamour Magazine. Glamour always features strong, confident, and inspirational women that are exemplary of what a role model looks like.
Check out Whitney’s novel The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan
Maggie Le Page: Confession time! Have you ever altered your appearance cosmetically or otherwise? Would you? You can tell me—I promise to keep your secret! 😉
I’ve never had any cosmetic surgery [I’m only 26!] and I don’t see myself every wanting to get anything worked on in the future. I’m not a fan of needles, so anything that requires needles is not something I care to willingly do. That’s the main reason you’ll probably never see me get a tattoo! I don’t judge men and women that do get cosmetic work done, whatever floats your boat and makes you happy. Ultimately, you have to make yourself happy. Don’t get work done to try to make someone else happy though, it has to be for you!
In terms of changing my appearance in other ways, I’ve always pretty much just been the me I am today. I wear makeup on a daily basis and don’t like to leave the house without it, but I do a natural everyday look, not anything major or caked on. I feel naked without a little blush, mascara, eyeliner and a lip balm with a sheer tint. And polished nails is always a must. Though I think these things are more in line with being well groomed and pulled together rather than being altering one’s appearance.
Check out Maggie’s novel A Heat of the Moment Thing
Rachel L. Hamm: Which awesome fashion trend do you wish would make a comeback? And which awful fashion trend do you hope to never see again?
I’m not sure what trend I’d like to see make a comeback, but I definitely could do without a few of the current trends. I’m not a fan of seeing young girls in crop tops and shorts with their butt cheeks hanging out. It’s not appropriate in any situation and it’s truly not attractive. I wish we lived in a world where people wore what flattered their bodies and fit their style aesthetic rather than just wearing things because they’re on trend. I’m all for wanting to be in fashion, but at what cost? Certainly not at the cost of my own comfort and sensibility.
Check out Rachel’s novel Honor’s Lark