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How Would You Answer This?

So I’ve got a brand new round of Five Things in motion–lots of new authors dropping by on Thursdays to spill five things you might not know about them. I came up with the questions after I polled you all a while back and asked you: what questions would you ask future authors. You can find that post here.

And thus was born a brand spanking new list of questions that I send authors and ask them to answer five of them, their choice. What are the questions that I picked up from your comments and now ask them to choose from?

  • Did you have a nickname growing up?
  • Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been?
  • Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do?
  • What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile?
  • If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why?
  • What blogs do you visit?
  • If you were not writing, what job would you have?
  • Most embarrassing song on your iPod.
  • If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring.
  • Print or ebook?

You all came up with some awesome questions. And I am not even done using them. Have a list of about 30 from your posts and will cycle them through over the next year.

So to say thanks and this being Monday, let’s make things fun. Up for grabs? One lucky poster will win a box of books–including an autographed book from Julia Quinn!– and lots of fun goodies.

To enter:

1) Leave a comment below and answer one or up to five of these questions.


2) Tweet the following: @ElizBoyle hopes one of you can take home this box of books. http://elizabethboyle.com/blog/?p=1660

Do both and you are entered twice! I’ll give you all until midnight, PT, Saturday, November 12th to get your entries in.

Make sure to check back here Monday November 14th to find out if you won. You’ll have a week to claim your prize.

Last weeks winner? Sara M, aka commenter #35, you have until November 14th to contact me with your name and address. Otherwise, your prize will go back into the prize closet.

50 comments to “How Would You Answer This?”

  1. Karen H in NC
    November 7th, 2011 at 5:40 am · Link

    Congratulations to Sara! Enjoy your prize!

    Now for the questions:
    What new authors recently added to my TBR list?
    1. Katy Madison
    2. Keiran Kramer
    3. Tina Gabrielle
    4. Andrea Penrose
    5. C.S. Harris..new to me..I just discovered her work this year.

    What blogs do I visit?
    1. Elizabeth Boyle, of course..that’s obvious
    2. Season for Romance
    3. Ashley March
    4. I am a Reader, Not a Writer

    Print or eBook?
    1. Print, but I am finally considering buying a Kindle Fire

  2. wendy andrews
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:16 am · Link

    Yeah for new questions! Can’t wait to see all those responses!

  3. Emmy Neal
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:18 am · Link

    Great questions!!!
    If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why? Iron Man- he has great cars AND high standards for food. Yummm
    What blogs do you visit? Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; Romance Crush junkies; whatchYAreading
    Most embarrassing song on your iPod. Hannah Montana- every time I go to delete it, I just can’t!
    If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring. Is this a desert island? Can I have electricity? I’d take the HP series, my computer (eBooks hehehe), my hammock, a hat, and my puppy

  4. Kohsamui Rosie
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:19 am · Link

    Hi Liz…
    Print or eBook?
    Print! would never risk a Kindle on a sunlounger by the pool!

    Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do…
    Most certainly do… usually get on the phone to BFF to rave about the characters/ atmosphere/ story line
    Then go on line to check and see if there are any more books by the same author with the same characters- The old- What happened next after- …and they lived hapily ever after chapter!

    Tweeted @kohsamuirosie

  5. Michelle M
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:20 am · Link

    Nickname: Coyote
    blogs: quilting blogs mostly, some fitness blogs, and authors blogs
    I don’t have an iPod, I guess that’s the embarassing thing…

  6. Jo
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:25 am · Link

    Did you have a nickname growing up? Josephine and Joeyann

    What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile? Janette Oke

    Most embarrassing song on your iPod: the “I am a Gummy Bear” song. I got it for fun and I’m sad to say I can’t stop chair dancing when I hear it.

    Print or ebook: eBook! I need the font size to be very large.

  7. KimberlyFDR
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:35 am · Link

    Yay, new questions! πŸ™‚

    1. Print or ebook?

    I like to download ebooks for a quick read, but I always prefer print. There’s just something holding a book in your hand and seeing it there on your bookshelf.

    2. If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why?

    I’m going to choose an antihero because he’s my favorite comic character: Jason Todd AKA Red Hood. Why? Because despite his massive issues (hello, Daddy Batman screwed him up) he’s a good man who is trying to do good work.

    3. Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do?

    I make a favorite meal and dessert and then bask in the fact that I have 2-4 weeks to walk away and take my mind completely off of it before I go back and start edits. No matter if that’s the one that might snag me an agent, no one can take away the fact that I finished writing a novel. It’s quite an accomplishment.

  8. Kristina
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:49 am · Link

    Did you have a nickname growing up?
    I had three main nicknames (my family is big on nicknames). Kris was what I was called by most people. My mom and all her friends called me Krissie. My dad and all his friends called me Teenie. My grandmother started that. She called me TissieTeenie until the day she died. πŸ˜€

    Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been?
    Cartajena, Spain. It is absolutely beautiful, but not in your typical romantic way. I just love the architecture, and there is this sidewalk along the harbor that is lined with trees and has arches, along with wide steps that lead down to the harbor. One day, I want to go have my vows renewed there.

    If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why? I love Emmy Neal’s answer! But he’s such a jerk. I think I’d probably choose Batman. I like a bit of a bad boy, but he’s semi-nice, too.

    What blogs do you visit?
    Mostly homeschooling/parenting blogs. I love Design Mom.

    Most embarrassing song on your iPod.
    I think it would depend on the audience. I have several Kid Rock songs that would embarrass most of my family, but I probably wouldn’t be embarrassed. I listen to the songs I like, so I’m not really embarrassed by them.

    Print or ebook?

    I much prefer print, but I love the instantaneousness of an ebook. It does make life easier when I’m needing something new to read. On the other hand, I have enough print books that I can sometimes re-read them, without remembering the plot.

  9. Chris Bails
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:55 am · Link

    1. Jellybean. My dad called me that. Don’t tell anyone.
    2. I would have to say the most beautiful to me, would be at CMA Fest in Nashville, with 75,000 screaming country music fans listening to some of my favs. Like Keith Urban, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, and Zac Brown Band.
    3. I have added a few good authors like Susan Donovan and Cherry Adair.
    4. I would choose the new Superman, because it is Henry Cavil. He is so gorgeous. Loved him in The Tudors.
    5. Going to an island-Top 5. My nook, endless supply of milk & cereal-could live on that, a few of my favorite paperbacks, my kids-could not live without them, and my dog-Brownie(she is a mastiff and would protect us.
    6. Ebook or Book. I like both. I have some books in both forms, but like both. Some authors I still have to have their book, because I collect certain authors.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Elizabeth
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am · Link

      Love Cherry Adair! In her books and in real life. We’ve been friends for eons. Love her to death.

  10. Monikarw
    November 7th, 2011 at 9:06 am · Link

    β€’ Print or ebook? PRINT!!!: )

    β€’ If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring: 5 BOOKS!:P

    β€’ If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why? Superman!: ) I don’t know why he’s always been my favorite!;) ..tho, after watching the movie, Thor wouldn’t be a bad idea!; ) LOL

    Thanks Elizabeth, for the fabulous giveaway!;*

  11. Monikarw
    November 7th, 2011 at 9:06 am · Link

    twitter is: @Monikarw!;)

  12. Kati R
    November 7th, 2011 at 9:16 am · Link

    Congrats Sarah M!

    *Did you have a nickname growing up?
    Pedro. Don’t ask.

    *What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile?
    Cara Elliott, Lori Foster (um, have you SEEN her covers?), Lilli Feisty, Lecia Cornwall [at least new to me :)]

    *Most embarrassing song on your iPod.
    Is the Macarena an embarrassing song? If not, Hannah Montana.

    Thanks Elizabeth for the wonderful giveaway!

  13. Laura T
    November 7th, 2011 at 10:09 am · Link

    Elizabeth, I have always thought I would prefer paperback/printed books to e-books, but have finally decided to purchase an e-reader. I will be traveling a long distance this holiday season and decided that listening to a book by a favorite author on my e-reader would make the time go by so much faster. In fact, I’m placing my order today and hope it is delivered before I leave for Thanksgiving.

    Please enter my name in the drawing!

    Laura T

  14. Na S.
    November 7th, 2011 at 10:26 am · Link

    1. What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile?
    Liz Curtis Higgs, Christina Dodd, Catherine Anderson, Sharon Sala and so much more.

    2. If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why?
    I would go with a fictional hero, Barrons because he is so brooding and intriguing.

    3. Most embarrassing song on your iPod.
    All I Have – Backstreet Boys (still love their songs!)

    4. If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring.
    – Ereader (Don’t own one but would get one for the occasion)
    – Chapstick (don’t like dry lips)
    – Suncreen
    – Non-perishable canned food
    – First aid kit

    5. Print or ebook?
    Print books πŸ™‚

  15. Na S.
    November 7th, 2011 at 10:27 am · Link

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/FieryNa/status/133610010809864193

  16. Lisa W
    November 7th, 2011 at 10:58 am · Link

    If I could pick a superhero it would be Spiderman so I could take my son with and he would think he had died and gone to heaven πŸ™‚ (kid is obsessed with Spiderman lol)
    I read both print and ebook…I like to switch back and forth πŸ™‚

  17. Michele Stegman
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:43 am · Link

    Yes, I had a nick name, but only one person called me that–a favorite uncle. And I’m NOT telling what it was!

    • Elizabeth
      November 8th, 2011 at 7:31 am · Link

      Lol! We all have those nicknames!

  18. Sue Pengelly Peterson
    November 7th, 2011 at 11:45 am · Link

    Print (for now)
    New authors -Wendy Wax, Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Paula Graves
    5 things – my hubby, water, suitcase of books, shampoo, change of underwear
    Superhero – Superman
    Romantic place – Mackinac Island at night

  19. adrienne hurd
    November 7th, 2011 at 4:49 pm · Link

    Nickname growing up….. ladybug!!! lol it rhymed with addy, then turned into ladybug…and I loove it!

    Book or e reader…. I love both but my kindle is so easy to take on the go, and much slimmer…

  20. Lois M.
    November 7th, 2011 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Hiya! πŸ™‚ Well, 1) no nicknames… 2) print, most definitely! 3) alas, a true to the phrase guilty pleasure mp3 that I have is two Brittany Spears songs. Hate admitting it… though, well, guess I just did. πŸ™‚


  21. infinitieh
    November 7th, 2011 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Hm…. I think I still prefer print to ebooks. Yes, it’s nice to bring along a Kindle instead of a suitcase-ful of books, what with checked in baggage fees and all. However, if I am not traveling, then there’s nothing like the feel of a print book. Also, a print book may guilt me into reading it – something an ebook can never do since it won’t be “looking” at me pleadingly/accusingly from my book shelf.


  22. Mariee
    November 7th, 2011 at 6:45 pm · Link

    -Print or ebook?
    I enjoy reading ebooks on the Kindle when I’m traveling or on the go, but otherwise I prefer print.

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/marieimy/status/133733533247221761

  23. Jane
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:11 pm · Link

    The most beautiful and romantic place I’ve been to is Hawaii. Some of the blogs I visit include The Romance Dish and Romance Bandits.

  24. eli yanti
    November 7th, 2011 at 9:38 pm · Link

    * Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do? –> yes with making a review and share to my friend
    * What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile? –> lila dipasqua, katharine ashe, cheryl ann smith, anna campbell, jo bourne, grace burrowes, darynda jones
    * If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why? –> superman, because he can fyl, lol, because superman is handsome and have a super power hehe
    * What blogs do you visit? -> now on your blog, vanessa kelly, lila dipasqua, mia marlowe
    * Most embarrassing song on your iPod? –> colbie caillat, taylor swift, kelly clarkson’s song
    * Print or ebook? –> print one, i love in when in my hand and specially the authograph book

    share on tweeter, my tweet : @eli_yanti

  25. alisha woods
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:44 am · Link

    mom calls me pumpkin sometimes, grandpa used to greet me in the mornings with there’s sunshine.
    The most beautiful place ever been was the UK. Scotland, Wales and England have a beautiful countryside.
    My TBR pile in the last few months I have added Debbie Macomber, Carolyn Brown, Jane Porter, just received a book by a new author that I won from Random house but not sure of authors name. I read so much that there are to many new ones I haven’t read. I am a mostly equal opportunity reader

  26. Annette
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:57 am · Link

    Did you have a nickname growing up? My dad gave me the CB handle Pick of the Litter
    Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? Aruba (twice)
    What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile? So many I can’t think of them all
    If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring. Books, water, alcohol, food & a hot guy
    Print or ebook? I still love print but I have a lot of ebook

  27. Annette
    November 8th, 2011 at 8:01 am · Link

    Tweeted @afstone3

  28. Linda McDonald
    November 8th, 2011 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Fun Questions! I’ll look forward to reading the responses from the authors you interview. The most beautiful romantic place I’ve ever been was Tahiti….paradise on Earth. Print or ebook….Print! Ever since I was a child I have loved the feel of a book in my hands.


  29. Nathalie
    November 9th, 2011 at 1:51 am · Link

    This is fun!
    * Did you have a nickname growing up?
    No nickname (lucky me, hahaha)

    * Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been?
    Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica. Most of Costa Rica is awesome, but Manuel Antonio is breathtaking!

    * What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile?
    Bronwyn Scott, Kathie Denosky, Suzanne Brockmann, David Hewson, Kathy Reichs

    * What blogs do you visit?
    A lot of blogs! This one of course, but also quite of few foodies-blogs (love to cook!), blogs of friends, etc.

    * Print or ebook?
    Ebook! Although sometimes print is better (for instance when reading an adventure book with maps and stuff in it)

  30. jayne Militello
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:04 am · Link

    most romantic place…. Maui

  31. Donna
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:43 pm · Link

    The most romantic place I have been to is Hawaii. My husband and I went there many years ago and it was so beautiful.

  32. Priscilla Shay
    November 11th, 2011 at 8:32 pm · Link

    I didn’t have a nickname. I don’t even have a middle name! :/

    Recently added Jessica Scott to my TBR pile (her debut novel comes out 11/14!)

    I visit too many blogs to list, but I will mention the LTWF girls (letthewordsflow.wordpress.com) since many of the members have debut novels coming out in 2012.

    I’d probably be a history teacher if I didn’t want to write. (Have to fit the history in my life somehere.)

    PRINT! I like the pretty covers and touching them and the smell of books.

  33. kelley granzow
    November 12th, 2011 at 7:26 am · Link

    Well I would never turn down a box of goodies!!!

    hmmm, well my nickname growing up was Mounds…no no, because in college everyone knew if they needed a chocolate treat they would find a bag in my room!

    I don’t do ebooks love PRINT!!!

    I don’t own an ipod, my boys do!


  34. Diana Gould
    November 12th, 2011 at 7:51 am · Link

    The most beautiful place I’ve visited is Riveria Maya, Mexico. We stayed in a beautiful resort and had a wonderful and romantic time.
    And, 5 things I’d take to an island for a long time:
    1) sunscreen and lots of it!
    2) lip balm
    3) my ereader stocked with books
    4) chocolate
    5) my hubby & son (although that might be counted as 2 things)

  35. Jennifer
    November 12th, 2011 at 7:52 am · Link

    Hi Liz! Love these questions.

    Nickname growing up = Jiffy (Cause I ate too much Jif peanut butter as a kid. LOL! πŸ˜€ )

    Most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been = Kyoto, Japan (So pretty there!)

    Blogs I read = This is Glamorous; Apartment #34; Paris Breakfasts; Making Magique; Fabulously Broke in the City

    Print or ebook? = Print (Always!! Nothing like the smell of a new book.)

  36. Hilda J H.
    November 12th, 2011 at 8:23 am · Link

    Nickname: I have 2. My family calls me Chefy and my dad calls me Neca πŸ˜›

    New authors: not many actually, I always go to the ones I already love. They are so many that I keep buying book after book that I’m always busy reading, BUT surprisingly I did add new ones and that is Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, and Jennifer Blake.

    Superhero: I have to go with Green Arrow πŸ˜‰ and that’s only because I used to like him in Smallville πŸ˜›

    Most embarrassing song: I have to say that I have both the beginning and ending songs of an Anime I used to watch as a child (Ranma 1/2) on my ipod and its in Japanese and the person singing it has this childlike voice :”>

    Five things I would take to an island: that is definitely my fiance (if I’m going, he’s going lol) but that’s actually cause he loves to talk and always keeps me entertained, I would take our dog Atzi so our whole soon to be little family can enjoy the experience, I would take water cause I’m not a fan of coconuts, I would take a tent just in case it rains and finally sunscreen (mostly for my fiance)

    Print or ebook: PRINT all the way, there’s just something about holding the actual book.

    Thank You Elizabeth!!!

  37. Bonnie W
    November 12th, 2011 at 9:22 am · Link


    Most embarrassing song is the Disney Calling all the Monsters that my granddaughter wanted to listen to on Halloween while we were trick or treating. An I have not removed it. I have even caught my self singing along to it a few times.

  38. Xoun
    November 12th, 2011 at 9:45 am · Link

    Did you have a nickname growing up?
    Yes, I had a few. It started with “pigcow” Hahaha, this of course was from my 2 older brothers. I am the only girl among 3 brothers. The older ones liked to pick on me. As I got older and the one that stuck to me was, “Skinny”. These two names seems really different right? Well, when I was younger I was a bit chubby. but now… heheh you get it. I don’t mind the nicknames at all. I have embraced them.

    If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring.
    1. Sunblock. (I burn under the sun instead of tan) Lol so this is a MUST!
    2. Candles/Match sticks. For fire and lighting purposes. (does this ct. as 2? if so, #3 can be taken out. =P)
    3 A First aide kit.
    4. A book. (Romance novel of course)
    5. Chapstick. I will probably be irritated if my lips were chappy. Hahaha!

    Print or ebook?
    PRINT! No decision needed for this. Its just something about holding a physical book. When I see my books on the shelf, it makes me smile.

  39. Amy Valentini
    November 12th, 2011 at 10:04 am · Link

    I love these kinds of games!
    1. Amy is my nickname – real name is Amelia and hubby calls me ‘Red’ <3
    2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
    3. If I'm writing and I finish, I don't really celebrate except to say "Done" but then I'm sad because I know I won't be spending time with those characters anymore. : (
    4. Soooo many blogs, including this one but some of my faves are THE BALLROOM BLOG, ROMANCE BANDITS and MAYA RODALE.
    5. Print! But have a feeling with so many good ones coming out as ebooks, I may have to give in. : )

  40. Sarah Cooper
    November 12th, 2011 at 10:25 am · Link

    -The most beautiful place I’ve ever been has been Yosemite. I decided that when I get married I want to go there on my honeymoon πŸ™‚
    -I recently picked up all of Keiren Kramer’s books! I haven’t read them yet but I’m really excited too!
    -Superman! Truth, justice, and the American way…what’s better than that? Oh yeah, and he’s a hottie with a body πŸ™‚
    -I’m embarrassed to even say it…..Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye……
    – 5 things:
    1. Lip gloss
    2. Clean underwear
    3. Books!
    4. Razor (to shave my legs)
    5. toothbrush
    – Print!!! I’m resisting the ebook fad as long as I can!

  41. Cassie McCrimmon
    November 12th, 2011 at 10:47 am · Link

    Print, no e-reader.
    This blog, Goddess Blogs, plus a few others, mainly those related to the authors I read.

    Thanks for the opportunity, Elizabeth. I really enjoy your books.

  42. Sara
    November 12th, 2011 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Nickname growing up was Walking Webster and the Vid Kid. I knew a lot of words and their meanings way before other kids, and I also memorized the tv schedules and movie schedules in theaters and everything. I was a good little memorizer.

  43. Rhiannon Rowland
    November 12th, 2011 at 2:14 pm · Link

    My nickname as a child was Annie! I hated it.
    I love print books best, but like ebooks for longer novels. I have actually had trouble with carpal tunnel from reading so much!
    And the most embarassing songs I have are by New Kids on the Block, but I Love them! Loved them as a 12 year old and still enjoy them now!

    Sent tweet out!

  44. Julee J. Adams
    November 12th, 2011 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Oh, goodness! Great questions–I’d love to hear the answers, so I will check back.
    nickname: Dad called me Jules sometimes and a few co-workers and friends have picked that up. I really don’t like it, but know it’s done out of fondness, so I don’t say anything.
    most romantic place: Definitely our Hawai’i trip in 2003 for our 15th anniversary. We spent most of our time on Oahu, but went to The Big Island for a day trip. Love it and would go back in a heartbeat.
    I don’t Tweet, but would love to win a pile o’ books! juleejadams(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. Tracy M.
    November 12th, 2011 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Print or ebook? Print. I love to hold the book in my hand and not sure if I want to move up to the ebook. Thanks!

  46. Kama Kwiecinski
    November 12th, 2011 at 4:48 pm · Link

    1. Print or Ebook? Both, whichever I can get my hands on at the time I need a book. If it’s 2 AM and I need one, I go ebook. If it’s a Saturday afternoon, I love the smells and activity at a bookstore and lose myself in their titles.

    2. Most embarrassing iPod song? Mr. Boombastic. I know, I know. But, for some reason, it makes me motivated to clean my house.

  47. Doreen G
    November 12th, 2011 at 6:09 pm · Link

    Nickname: Cookie… but only let my grandfather and Dad call me that!
    Romantic place: Playacar, Mexico in January….warm breezes and dining outside. Awsome!
    After I finish a book by a new author, I immediately look for more by that same author! I now have almost 500 on my Kindle…this doesn’t count the ones I’ve archived. And, I’ve only had it a year! : )
    Superhero? Not sure if he would be cosidered a superhero but I’ve always been fascinated with Zorro! Very romantic with the sword play. : )
    Will always love printed books but I have to say I’ve discovered many more authors with my Kindle. Gotta love the “sample” feature.
    On an island? Would take my hubby and my Kindle! Not sure what the other three would be.

  48. aimee
    November 12th, 2011 at 9:35 pm · Link

    Hi everyone!

    New authors recently added to my TBR pile:
    – Emily Griffin
    – Ashley March
    – David Nicholls
    – Loretta Chase
    – Sabrina Jeffries
    – Sarah MacLean
    – Suzanne Enoch

    I’m still hoping to find new awesome authors! Reading has become a hard habit to break πŸ™‚

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