News at Eleven

Last week, Claudia Del Balso tagged me for this latest 11-question meme thing going around.

Thanks for making me delve deep, Claudia :)

The Rules Are:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
4. Tag eleven bloggers, however, you can break the rules and tag fewer people if you want. Make sure you hyperlink their names/blogs.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!
6. Have fun!

Claudia's Questions and My Answers:
1) What's your favorite classic (book)?
I'm answering this question last. Why? Because I'm one of those people who slogged through these books every time I had to read them. I started reading early with comic books, then kid books, and then my dad's paperbacks. By the time I learned about classics, I was hooked on genre and found the classics ho-hum and without the pace I favored because of the intricacies of style and language. I know. I'm horrible. And totally unredeemable. So picking a favorite from the bunch is difficult. Maybe Jane Eyre.

2) Whose writing style would you like to emulate?

3) Have you taken workshops to hone your writing?
Yes. I love attending workshops and seminars and conferences. I'm always inspired and totally energized when I get home, and can't wait to write. I don't do as well with online workshops, though.

4) Do you have a mentor?
Sadly, no. I wish I did.

5) Which is your favorite cuisine?
Mexican, in all its forms. No question.

6) Which is your favorite season?
Summer. Which surprises me because until a few years ago I would have said autumn or spring, or even winter. But now I prefer summer, and I have no idea why I changed. Maybe the light?

7) Which genre do you write/read?
I say I write Crime Fiction with a Kiss. All my fiction falls under the broad mystery umbrella, but little of it would be called a true mystery. It's much more suspense than mystery, but all of it involves a crime - except for two short fantasy stories. My work also falls under the broad romance umbrella - most of it includes a love story that may or may not involve a romance. If a story I write doesn't include a love story, it usually takes a dark turn into noir along the way. I read everything - including cereal boxes.

8) If you had the chance to run off with one of your favorite characters, who would it be?
I'm assuming this is someone else's character. Mine get testy if I play favorites. So I'll choose Stephanie Plum, created by Janet Evanovich. She and I could get into a lot of trouble ... and then Janet could get us out of it all safe and sound :)

9) Which song brings you to tears?

10) Have you used someone else's secret in one of your stories/books/poems?
Not that I know of. I hope not. Did I mention I write crime fiction - LOL.

11) Do you believe in soul mates?
Absolutely. I've found mine :)

And now I'm going to follow the lead of L.G. Smith at Bards and Prophets. Luanne was tagged last week, and she placed the tag in quarantine. I'm doing the same. In honor of Leap Day.


Joanne said…
This was fun, and I'd second your vote for Jane Eyre. I've reread it a few times over the years and always seem to find something new in the writing.
Linda G. said…
Fun to learn more about you!

I broke the rules by not posting the rules when I did this on my blog. ;)
love the classics....chugging my way through them with the new Kindle...
I also find myself deeply affected by Taps and spend most of Remembrance Day on the verge of tears.
Manzanita said…
I like your classic book pick. I remember the movie with Elizabeth Taylor walking around outside in her night clothes in the rain. I'm of the vintage where we HAD to read the classics..... I've never ever read a comic. I might be missing something. I should try one. :)
Anne Gallagher said…
Oh great list. Taps and the Ave Maria both do it to me.
LR said…
A mentor would be nice. I agree.

Some Mexican food would be nice, too. :)
Aww, so sweet that you found your soul mate. And we share of love of Mexican food. It's to die for! : )
Emily R. King said…
Taps bring tears to my eyes, too. I live near a Navy base, and if you listen hard, you can hear them playing Taps at sunrise and sunset. It's beautiful.
Talli Roland said…
Crime fiction with a kiss! I love it - great tag line.
Carol Kilgore said…
Joanne - I reread it once, but it's been a while.

Linda G - Rule breakers abound!

Delores - Good for you! I've been reading books by bloggers I know.

Manzanita - I haven't read one in a long time. Might be different now.

Anne - I love Ave Maria, but it hasn't made me cry. Yet. Taps blown by a lone bugle is the saddest sound in the world.
Testy characters, huh? Sounds familiar. And don't worry, I don't really like the classics either.
Carol Kilgore said…
LR - Mexican food would be especially nice now. I haven't eaten lunch yet. Starving!

Cynthia - Soul mates and salsa. Heaven :)

Emily - I love Colors and Tattoo, but Taps gets me every time.

Talli - Thanks!

Alex - Good to know :) I appreciate them more now than I used to, but they are not my go-to reads.
Mason Canyon said…
Always fun learning more about you and your writing.

Thoughts in Progress
It's always great to know more about the people we follow. Most enjoyable.

Liza said…
Love Jane Eyre...did my college thesis on Charlotte Bronte...and...just watched the most recent movie. Great choice.
Carol Kilgore said…
Mason - I keep trying to's not working :)

Yvonne - I like learning about everyone else, so I guess it was my turn.

Liza - The story is timeless. I remember asking my mother what a moor was.
Ciara said…
This is so much fun. I'm glad you've found your soulmate. :)
Lydia Kang said…
I'd say Jane Eyre too!
Carol Kilgore said…
Ciara - I'm glad, too :)

Lydia - Great minds, LOL.
It would be fun to run off with Stephanie Plum and be a bounty hunter by day, while having two men fighting over me by night! Though "Crime Fiction with a Kiss," sounds even better! Julie
Wow, there are a lot of different tag games going on. I don't think I've read the same one twice.

Crime fiction with a kiss sounds cool. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Julie - Such kind words. Thanks :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Stina - I think our posts crossed. Everyone makes up their own question list for their 11 tags. That's why so many are different. I'm glad you like Crime Fiction with a Kiss :)
It was lovely reading about you. And crime fiction with a kiss? I'd love to read these!
Julie said…
It was fun to read your answers. And I laughed thinking about you and Stephanie Plum getting into trouble.

I feel exactly the same about summer. I never used to like it as I hated the heat, but the older I get the more I look forward to it. Perhaps because fall and winter remind me of getting old!

Great post!
Carol Kilgore said…
Romance Book Haven - The first one will be available this summer. More news soon!

Julie - Maybe that's it :)
Linda Kage said…
Wow, I just learned tons about you, and can already imagine a Friday Top Ten for sad songs that make you cry!

I just saw the Jane Eyre movie and really liked it. I love watching movies for those classic stories, but I can't bring myself to read the books.

Do you read those fun, cozy cupcake murder books too by people like Joanne Fluke? I need to try one of those someday.
Rula Sinara said…
Gosh, yes. Taps does it for me too.
Carol Kilgore said…
Linda K - I agree about movies made from the classics. I prefer a little grittier read than most cozies offer, but I've been known to read one here and there :)

Rula - It's so haunting.
I've never read Jane Eyre--though I probably will sometime in the future.

It was great to read your answers!
Carol Kilgore said…
Golden Eagle - I hope you'll enjoy Jane Eyre.
Clarissa Draper said…
Love Jane Eyre. And yes, love Mexican food too!
Carol Kilgore said…
Clarissa - Ahh...great minds and all :)