The Ultimate Interview Contest!!

OMG, y'all! Lookit! *points to Follower widget thingie* That's 100 followers! On the nose!

Dudes. From Laura Diamond's ultra-awesomeness, which was how I really got on my way (thanks, Laura!) to my blog chain chicas (Laura, Lydia & Danyelle), to friends like CipherQueen who gave me my first award and lovelies like Jaydee Morgan who gave me my most recent (below), reaching 100 followers has been a total hug-fest. First off, a big


Next, we have Jaydee's award. Look! This must mean I get to sit at the cool kids' table!! Thanks, Jaydee!

And finally, you just can't reach 100 followers without a contest. So I introduce you to:

Since I'm all about the networking and support, the contest is all about featuring the winner on my blog in a guest interview (you also get this nifty golden flash drive):

The reasons I chose this partick'lar contest? 1) Most of us are aspiring authors, so we need practice at this blog interview stuff. 2) I hate reading author interviews that always ask the same lame-o questions (seriously? "Where do you get your ideas?" Blergh.) and 3) Your work is golden - you TOTALLY need a golden flash drive. Wait - you are remembering to back up your work, right? Riigghht??

EDIT: I've been reading some really great posts on contests lately, some of which hint at bloggers getting "follow" fatigue. So, how bout we make this easier? No follow or RT requirements. Just:

1. Leave the most imaginative/interesting interview question you can think of in the comments
2. Together, we'll pick the six most awesome questions
3. From those, will pick the winner
4. Winner gets featured and interviewed here via the remaining 5 questions (each linked to the blogger who asked it) along with the shiny shiny (a.k.a. the golden flash drive. Ooh! I feel like Willy Wonka!!!)

So, let's hear the questions you've always wished someone would ask your favorite author (I've always wanted to ask Stephen King how you pronounce "ayuh." 'Course, when I actually met the man, I froze up and then cried all over him. Ahem. So if anyone out there's from Maine, help a sista out?) Here's to more interesting interviewing - and spreading the networking lurve. Contest ends May 27th. Thanks to all my followers and good luck!


Liza | May 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM

I'm at our tiny library...searching online to put a hold through the library network for ON WRITING by Stephen King (because there is no copy here) and next I sit down and read your post and see that you met Stephen King...and cried on him? There's a post there Zoe! Syncronicity! I'm going to ponder and come up with an amazing question now. Cool, cool contest.

Zoe C. Courtman | May 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Hey, Liza! Synchronicity indeed! Thanks for visiting - and I sorta mentioned the crying on King thing in an earlier post (waaayyyy back), lol. Thanks for dropping in - can't wait to see your question :D

Lizard301 | May 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Ok, I'm gonna play the "I knew her when...." card, because, yanno.... I CAN!

You just get cooler every nanosecond. PLUS I can't believe you publicly admitted to crying on Stephen King. I knew you'd done it, of course, but only because you'd TOLD me right after it happened. I guess it's one of those I-can't-believe-I-walked-into-the-sliding-glass-door-with-my-Super-Big-Gulp kinda things. OWN IT, I say!

I'm not going to enter the contest (since I'm, ahem, not a writer) but I'll help you out on the "ayuh" thing. My parents (mom & step-dad)are both from up north and have owned a timeshare in Bar Harbor for almost 20 years, plus they're "retiring" there possibly next year. Being rather familiar with the local color, I think I can tell you with some credibility how it sounds.

It actually sounds pretty much the way it's spelled, but if you'd actually like to "hear" it, rewatch (because I know you've seen it at least once) Pet Semetary. The old guy who first mentions the Indian burial ground says it *perfectly.* =)!!

LOVE how popular you are!!!


Anonymous | May 13, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Wow, so cool! Congrats!!!!

Interview Question: What's the zaniest response you've gotten when you tell someone you're a writer?

JustineDell | May 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Oh - it's one-o-one now!! Yippie for you!!

I LOVE contests! I'll put a little linky thing on my blog tomorrow for the Friday update! Now, on with my question. Hmmmm.....drawing a total blank here. I like hereing each authors same ol' questions. I'm lame like But if I had to ask some new and would be....

"Tell us about the time when you almost gave up."


JustineDell | May 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Oh, geez...I meant "hearing" and not "hereing". Isn't that just awful? Ha!


The Alliterative Allomorph | May 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM

What a brilliant idea!

Ok, i'll plug this contest in tomorrows post along with a coupla other plugs. Is that ok?

My interview questions: Have you ever gotten sexually excited after writing a love scene and then acted upon it?

Yes, I'm serious. That's my question :)

Shannon O'Donnell | May 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Yay! I'm already a follower and I posted a link in my sidebar.

If you could wake up tomorrow as the author of any book or series, which would it be?

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) | May 13, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Yay, congrats on the milestone.:) I'm going to think of a question and get back to you. :)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) | May 13, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Oh, and thanks Zoe. I've got the I've got a golden ticket song in my head now. Hehee.

JustineDell | May 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM

OMG...I LOVE Jessica's question. I would blush while answering it!


Jaydee Morgan | May 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Woo hoo - congrats on all those followers! - and you're very deserving of all your awards :)

I'm going to think of my question and get back to you.

Shannon Whitney Messenger | May 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

First of all--New Follower! *waves* I found you just through random blog hopping, but it looks like I showed up at a good time! (though I must say, I find it hard to believe anyone would want to read an interview about me. I still can't believe people follow my silly little blog)

Anyway: um, one question I'd love to be asked is hard because I hate talking about myself. I can think of questions I'd want to ask other people, but maybe not want to have to answer myself. But...I'm just stalling now so...

I guess: Orlando Bloom: sexier as a pirate or an elf? :)

Lydia Kang | May 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Here's a totally weird question.
Who would you NOT want reading your shiny new novel?

I told you it was weird.
Congrats on the followers! I'm putting your contest up on my sidebar.

BTW, have I told you lately that your super-coolocity is unfathomable? Yep.

Elana Johnson | May 13, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Great idea! I love this pay it forward attitude. So much.

My question: What food would you eat over bacon and how can you justify this?


Creepy Query Girl | May 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I'm entering! My question is:

'What book originally 'hooked' you into the genre you like to read or write?

Alesa Warcan | May 13, 2010 at 2:51 PM

As Lizard said. Not being a writer, I'll skip the contest.

But you have my hearty congratulations for being so well loved. You deserve it, so go on take the money and run!

I agree with you interviews... At work we systematically finish interviews with an open question "Is there anything you would like to add or anything you would like to tell the viewers?" Sometimes we get the most interesting material there, most times not ("Ummm... I would like to... Ummm... Yeah! ...thank the teams that I've worked with again. Yeah. Ok?" thank you for that, you already included that in every answer to every question! O_o).

Roland D. Yeomans | May 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM

I would ask, "When the room is dark, and your heart says 'Give up', whose voice do you hear next, and what does it say?"

So you're the one that cried on Stephen King? He told me about that. He thought you were cute. So don't be upset about it.

I'm being Mark Twain about that by the way. Hey, I'm a writer. We make things up.

I'm glad that I discovered your blog. Don't be a stranger to mine. And if you want to get philosophical and deep with your question, you could always ask, "What is past the length of hope and beyond the grasp of dream? {Death.}

Have a healing week. And congratulations on zooming past 100 followers. Roland

Anonymous | May 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM



I'm entering the contest.
Here's the question - We all know life is short and there is so much to see and do, so why does a writer choose to spend so much time locked away from the world?



Zoe C. Courtman | May 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM

GUYS! Sigh. I can feel the luurve man. The lurve.

Lizard - Dammit! Now I have to go rent PET SEMATARY again. Crikey. Although I do love that actor.

Laura - thanks so much for your support; you're really an awesome friend and blogger :D And great question!

Ooh, Justine. Good question!! I'd LOVE to hear the answers to that from a buncha people!

Jessica - thanks for popping in! Dang, it's gonna be hard to top THAT question! AWESOME!

Shannon O. -ooh, intriguing question!

Hi, Lindsay! Song-bombed you, huh? Just one of the many services I provide ;-) Thanks for dropping in!

Zoe C. Courtman | May 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Hiya, Jaydee! Thanks again for the award - can't wait to hear the question you come up with :D

Shannon M.! Thanks so much for the follow (I'm following you too!) And I'll take Orlando ANY freakin way :D

Ooh, Lydia. Now THERE's a thought. Hurm...

Thanks so much for visiting, Elana! And your question? THAT's what I'm talkin' bout. Funny AND interesting. Thanks!!

Great question, Creepy Query Girl! I know how I'd answer that. *insert any Stephen King book here* And congrats on your own 100 followers! Awesome blog!

Zoe C. Courtman | May 13, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Alesa, what do you mean, you're not a writer? I've seen that blog of yours :D And you can enter!! In fact, I insist. Knowing you, you'd come up with a GREAT freakin' question :D Thanks for all the support. {{HUGS}}

Roland, that question's as atmospheric as your writing. Thanks for your support and your always thoughtful comments here. Love your blog!

Neil - thanks for visiting the blog and entering! Saw your work over on your blog - great stuff, man. You've really got a nice way with the action and the pace, you know? And thanks for the question - it's one I ask myself all the time :D

MissV | May 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

What a cool idea...I've been meaning to do something like this but I haven't had any time to put together *original* questions.

I LOVE Jessica's question, we need to make sure that one makes the cut!

Have you ever written a love scene into a project to "live out" a fantasy you had?

Zoe C. Courtman | May 13, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Hey, MissV! Thanks for popping in - and GOOD question! Loves it :D And we'll make sure we pick the coolest six - this is a group effort!!

laughingwolf | May 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM

q: you're a what? writer? how come i never heard of you? ever SELL anything? :O lol

Beth | May 14, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Congrats on hitting 100! Noticed you joined my happy little tribe (of followers) so I popped over to join yours. :)

Danyelle | May 14, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Congrats, Zoe!

My question: What are your feelings on socks and why? What do socks mean philosophically?

cipherqueen | May 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Congrats on the 100! Thanks for the link, as well. ;D

My Question: Were you surprised by your peer's reactions when they heard the news?

Roland D. Yeomans | May 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Hi, Zoe, I just wanted to know if you were joining the flirt blogfest

I look forward to reading your entry if you are. Have a look at mine if you're of a mind, Roland

Roland D. Yeomans | May 16, 2010 at 2:20 AM

Zoe, just wanted to say that I was disappointed by CLASH OF THE TITANS just as your were for about the same reasons.

Effects and Big Names will not make up for a lackluster script or for direction that will not pull the best of the performers.

Have an amazing Sunday, Roland

Tessa Conte | May 16, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Walked across to your blog and thought i'd join the fun... yes, clash of the Titans was a shame, although i kind of liked the plug in for the old version with the little golden owl (old version = much better, even with 80s effects).

And yes I too love your blog.

My Question: Peanut Butter: Crunchy or smooth? *grins*
No, seriously: Have you ever quoted yourself?

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess | May 16, 2010 at 4:56 PM

What an intriguing contest!

Okay, I am new to your blog but am loving all the entries I am perusing this morning.

My question: Is there any subject that disturbs you so much that you WON'T write about it? If so, why?

Visit My Kingdom Anytime

The Daring Novelist | May 16, 2010 at 8:11 PM

This contest is so intriguing! I joined your followers as soon as I read about it, but I had to stop and think about my question:

Interview Question: Who is your favorite minor character (in your novel) and what does he or she think about your protagonist?

Tamara Narayan | May 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I was thinking of putting this question on Nathan's forum, but I will probably forget. SQUIRREL! I don't know, sometimes I get distracted. So it's all yours:

How has 9/11 affected your writing? Have you ever referred to the tragedy in your work or would you avoid doing so?

Sangu | May 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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Sangu | May 17, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Drat, posted with the wrong account!

Oooh, great idea! Love the questions so far! I think I've read every single one, so I hope I haven't missed one and repeated a question.

My question: When you write, do you find that art imitates life, or life imitates art? In other words, do you ever find yourself imitating your characters or speaking like a Victorian because your novel is set there?

The Alliterative Allomorph | May 18, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Plugging this today on my blog. xxx

Zoe C. Courtman | May 18, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Thanks for all the great questions, everyone! Can't wait to see the rest of them before this contest closes on Friday. Also, thanks for your just so awesome and sweet support of my blog. Thanks, truly!!

B. Miller | May 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Wonderful contest! Alex J. Cavanaugh sent me over here and now I'm a new follower! My question is... "If you could make any inanimate object (i.e. toast, a paper clip, a tractor) a sympathetic, anthropomorphic character, what would you choose?"

Thanks for hosting the contest, Zoe!

ggray | May 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I'm contest hopping! Found you on B. Miller's contest. Great contest. Quite a challenge - it took me a while to think of one I liked.

Here's my question.
"Have any of your characters ever completely taken control of your storyline and if so, why did you allow them?"

Susan Fields | May 18, 2010 at 7:51 PM

This is without a doubt one of the most imaginative and fun contests I've ever seen. I'll have to think about my question - get back to you after dinner! Oh, and I don't have follower fatigue, I love to follow new friends, so I'll go ahead and do it anyway. :)

Susan Fields | May 18, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Okay, I've got one - not the most creative or unusual question, but it is something I'd like to hear other writers answer.

What percentage of your writing time do you spend on research?

~Nicole Ducleroir~ | May 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Shout-out to Simon (Constant Revision) for pointing out you're celebrating surpassing 100 followers! Whoot!! Congrats!

Let's see...a creative interview question...

Here's one: Where's the most common place story ideas strike you? (for example, in the shower, kitchen when washing dishes, driving you car...)


Tahereh | May 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM

omg wow awesome contest idea, zoe!! love this!!


"if you could say one thing right before you died, what would it be?"

Ricki Schultz | May 26, 2010 at 12:53 PM

This is a great idea for a contest. And thank you for taking follow fatigue into consideration. (Although, I am following you - stalker much?)

Q: Using your own experiences in your writing career thus far, dispel one myth about writing or the publishing industry.

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