Wednesday 26 January 2011

Your Questions Answered!

Wow! What awesome responses I got yesterday for those questions! Thank you all for being so honest and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

Now for my answers to your questions. If you'd like to see the blogs of who asked me the questions, you can click HERE and locate their links in the comments section.

Alesa Warcan and Holly Ruggiero asked: What was that green thing that used to be next to your signature supposed to be? A photo shopped apple? A microscopic view of a spore?

Sorry to be boring, but I have no idea. My mother made it for my website :o)

Jen Daiker asked: What's your favorite condiment?

LOL ... um vegemite a condiment?

Matthew Rush asked: Have you ever based a character in your writing on yourself or someone you know?

Yes! Plenty. But I've changed a lot of attributes. Especially of other people so as not to encounter any law suits. LOL. Every writer bases characters on who they know, right?

Justine Dell asked: You have a bar of chocolate, a piece of copper wire, and a match, and you are locked in room. Your going to die in 20 minutes unless you can get out (and use all three items). What do you do?

Oh man, this requires brain power ... um ... does the chocolate bar say 'Eat Me' on it? I'm going to guess it does, so I would stretch the copper wire from the floor to the key hole. Use the match to heat the parts I want to bend, then eat the chocolate bar, proceed to shrink, then climb the copper wire, crawl out the key hole, and pray I don't break any bones when I jump on the other side. How's that?

Elena Solodow asked: If you could choose a penname for yourself, what would it be and why?

Hmm, I've never thought about calling myself anything other than Jessica. Ok, um ... probably I'd choose Carmen Urbach. Because Carmen is my middle name, and Urbach is my mother's maiden name, and I think they sound nice together :o)

Tracy asked: If an evil sorcerer was turning you into one of Alvin & The Chipmunks, whom would you rather be? Alvin, Simon or Theodore?

Simon because he looks like a cool rapper in shades :o)

Laura Marcella asked: If you could pick any career other than what you do now, what would it be?

Rock star, baby! I've always wanted to be rich enough to smash a guitar to pieces on stage, and yell and scream out of tune like Courtney Love. Can I? Can I? Can I?

Bryan Russell asked: What led you away from the sunny shores of Australia? To the, uh, sunny shores of Greece? (yeah, I'm sick of the Canadian winter)

Um, I'd really like to deny the fact that I fell in love with a gorgeous hunk-o-spunk during summer on an island, and avoid the cliche, but if I'm gonna be honest, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to tell you I fell in love with a hunk-o-spunk, and groveled for his attention with my tongue touching my toes. Oh man, I was so weak then. If I had met the guy now, I would tell him to take a hike. (And, oh my God, can you believe that I even dressed Eurotrashy for him??? *hangs head in shame*

Photo is of me standing next to 'the guy', ten years ago. Glad you can't see my ridiculous knee high boots!

Em-Musing asked: What's in the bottles?

They're old Ouzo bottles filled with small black pebbles and shells from Ithaca :o)

Karen Walker asked: Did you ever have a chance to read my memoir - you mentioned you had it - I'm afraid this means you hated it and are afraid to say so.

As I said in my email, no I haven't read it but have every intention to. So, don't worry! :o)

Lenny Lee asked: You mostly don't say so much bout your boyfriend. i could wanna know more about him like what he does how he looks why he loves you.

Aw, Lenny. Unfortunately he doesn't like being splattered all over the web, so that's why I don't talk about him. He's an events manager here, and so has a kinda, 'mysterious reputation', so I don't post pics, etc. But he did do a guest post for me last week. You can see how much he loves me from that :o)

Candyland asked: When you're not working/writing/being awesome, what do you do in your spare time (if there is such a thing)?

I read, and watch ridiculous amounts of TV and/or go see live gigs, and/or sit on my balcony with a bottle of red wine and nibble of pickled octopus and dolmades! :o)

Carolyn V asked: What's your favorite dessert? (I'm a little hungry right now.) =)

Lemon Tart, or Lemon Meringue Pie!

Samantha Verant asked: If you had to choose one of the following professions (life or death) which one would it be and why? A telemarketer or a sewer inspector?

Are you kidding? Telemarketer. Why would I want to sit in stink??? LOL

Elizabeth Mueller asked: So, how do you feel about self-published authors?

I think it's great, as long they don't rush into it. If they take the time to make it the best they possibly can and invest the money on someone to edit it properly, then I say, go for it.



gideon86 asked: What's you favorite book of all time? ONLY ONE.

Easy! Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson :o)

Nate Wilson asked: From which author would you be most thrilled to get a blurb for String Bridge?

Oh my God, Marilynne Robinson, or Margaret Atwood. My dream!!!

Nicole Ducleroir asked: How do you feel about the rising e-publishing industry, both from your viewpoints as a writer and as a reader?

I hate ebooks! I like the feel and smell of real pages. I dunno how I'm going to cope!

J.L. Campbell asked: If you had to live anywhere else in the world, where would that be and why?

Probably the UK or America, so that I can have access to all the wonderful writer's workshops and conferences!

Arlee Bird asked: If you only could pick one, which would you choose as a career: Music or Literature?

Literature. I've decided. Yep, definitely literature. I figure if I'm good enough, I make my words sing :o)

Hart Johnson asked: Imagine you end up with an international best seller and the financial means to do anything you want. Where will you throw your giant follower party and how will you entertain us?

Haha! I'd fly you all out to Greece and have a party on Santorini! Entertain you? Um, ... check out all the hot Greek guys there, I won't need to entertain you at all! ;o)

Shannon McMahon asked: Select one moment from your past that you feel defined your path. What was it and how does it impact your choices today?

The day I got straight A's in English Literature, and E- in Math! LOL Also, when I realised how happy I was when vegging around at home all day. That led me to seek freelance editing jobs I could do at home. If there's a will there's a way. And I got my way! hehehe ;o)

Thanks so much for all you awesome questions! Whoah, this took me over an hour ...


  1. Wow, you did an awesome job answering all of that... I especially like your answer to Justine's question.

    I guess I'll just keep on imagining it being a PSed macro picture of a bitter Orange. : j

  2. Goodness that was a lot of questions. We sure as hell are a bunch of nosey people, aren't we? Great job though.

    And we can so hang out without competing with one another. I'd totally want to be Theodore. He may be chubby, but he's so freaking sweet.

  3. Fun post! I can identify with the poor math result. I've never read housekeeping, but I'm going to.

  4. I shall mail you a snowcone. A little taste of Canada to help you through all that awful sunshine and warm weather.

  5. Nothing weak with falling in love, sweets. And I'm loving Justine's question!

    Nice answer, too.

  6. Ouzo...*shudder* I had a bad run-in with that when I was in college. *shudder*

  7. Wow, sure was a lot of questions. Power to you for all the typing. Rock star huh? :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  8. From one singer to another, I LOVE that you want to "make your words sing!!!"

    Great answers, as to be expected.

  9. Oh, boooooooo for residency permits! The hoops us foreign nationals have to jump through, I tell you!

    There will be lotsa wine waiting for you here when you DO make it!

  10. In the states we skip from D to F, so I'll pretend the E- is comparable to an E♭. In music, that's the same as a D#, which I'll pretend is the equivalent of a D+. Congratulations! I just improved your Math grade retroactively!

    Not that you have to care about math, not as long as you continue make your words sing. Make 'em sing, Jessica.

  11. What great questions! And even better answer! You were pretty creative with mine. ;-)


  12. I enjoyed all you answers... What fun.


  13. wow, some really interesting questions in there! Loved learning more about you!

  14. HA! We're going to Greece! (it's very high on my list of places to see, so I will just wait for those international sales figures to boom and then watch for my ticket!

    Very fun range of questions! Interesting answers, too!

  15. wow.. people are really interested in you.. and you don't disappoint

    - Sy

  16. You are so adorable. I especially loved your answer to Justine's question. So creative!

  17. Wow. All good stuff. Thanks Jessica.
    It's cold... and snowy... Greece sounds SO SO delightful right now.

  18. An hour worth it for your readers though. GREAT answers. I learned a lot - and smiled a lot. xo

  19. A fun read with my afternoon coffee. :) And Justine...what is your answer?

  20. What a great idea! It was fun reading the answers. Thanks! :)

  21. hi miss jessica! wow that was so fun reading all those answers. you sure got lots of questions asked. i like knowing you lots better! and for sure you and me both love lemon tarts or pie!
    ...hugs from lenny

  22. Wow! That was a great read. Great questions and wonderful answers. Witty too. I now know so much more about you!

  23. There's no such thing as a ridiculous amount of TV...

  24. Sh!t! I missed the Q&A!!! Umm... I want to ask something about your voice overs... who was your favorite character? (say Miffy, say Miffy, say Miffy...)

    I actually LOVE the red hair! I had red in my hair once, and I thought it looked very good. What color is that?

    bananas foster over here~ more soon! <3

  25. Yay. Fun to learn more about you.

    Yum to Lemon Tart, or Lemon Meringue Pie! :)

  26. All kinds of answers to all kinds of questions--and they were good answers. Thanks for letting us into your life a bit more.

    Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011

  27. Wow, inquiring minds want to know, right?

    And btw, I've got an award for you on my blog!

  28. Loved reading your answers, Jess! And that photo of you is too cute for words. You're so lucky to be gorgeous no matter what your hair color or cut!

  29. I loved learning more about you!!!!

  30. Excellent job answering all those questions.



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