Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fantastic Fives on MaryJanice Davidson

(I was sparkling when MJD accepted my invite to do this fantastic five interview. MJ is one of the authors who,if I met her in person,I'd be tongue-tied from being in awe. Her books ,to me, are hilarious and they always brighten my day. )

Five phrases or words that describe you:

Funny (and not just funny-looking, either, so shut up)
Obsessed with writing (but that’s worked out all right for me)

Five people and/or things that inspire you:

J.K. Rowling
Stephen King (I love writer rags-to-riches stories, and these two were REALLY poor before they hit the big time)
Other writers’ success (I use my crushing envy as a way to get my butt back into the writing chair)
My parents (at a time when they had no money, they risked a lot and made their dream of early retirement come true)
My husband (he’s ridiculously smart and comes up with GREAT ideas for some of my books…and if I’m stumped on an outline, he often comes up with just the right way to fix it)

Five of your favorite authors:

Stephen King (the old stuff…nothing after Delores Claiborne)
John Sandford (the Books of Prey, starring supercool cop Lucas Davenport)
Ann Rule (true crime writer; SMALL SACRIFICES is on my Top Three List Of Greatest Books Ever)
Michelle Bardsley (funny vampire stuff…”Don’t Talk Back To Your Vampire”, etc.

Describe five of your heroes/heroines of your books through your eyes:

Betsy the Vampire Queen: vacuous, shoe-obsessed, not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but dependable in a pinch and, probably most important, a loyal friend
Fred the Mermaid: grumpy, lonely, allergic to shellfish, lousy swimmer (with legs)
King Alexander of Alaska: loud, profane, a great dad, a terrific monarch (when he can be cornered like a rat and forced to read legislation)
Sinclair the Vampire King: tall, sexy, madly in love with Betsy (and terrified by it), formidable
Ireland (in the upcoming anthology NO REST FOR THE WITCHES): easily distracted, friendly (she has opened her home to a vampire, a fairy, a werewolf, a possessed car, and a zombie), more powerful than she knows

Five reasons to read your books:

If you want a good laugh
If you want a quick read
If you want to help send my children to college
If you want to try something that will take your mind off the state of the world
If you like funny supernatural stories


Extra!Extra! One lucky commenter will win a copy of "The Royal Mess" and since this is my 100th post of 2007, I have a copy of one of my faves from MJ "Hello, Gorgeous!" to giveaway to another commenter.


readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Danette & MaryJanice,

It's a pleasure meeting you here MaryJanice. I love Danette's blog & the questions she ask. Great Fantastic five. I enjoyed reading your answers MaryJanice. Aww I wouldn't say your funny looking though. I saw your picture on your website and I think you are very beautiful. I look forward to reading your books. Your new one sounds really good so does the other ones.


maithe007 said...

Hi Mary Janice!!!

I am an avid fan...I love al of your books!! Yes, I have a collection. *L* I can't wait to read your next one...good luck!!!



Amy S. said...

Hi MaryJanice! Love your books! Great fantastic five! Congrats on the 100th post Danette!

Marisa said...

I can't wait to read your new Royals book, MaryJanice. I still feel if it wasn't for your Ebook "Escape the Slush Pile" I wouldn't be a published author, my first two books being Epublished this September. Even though I emailed you and thanked you a few months ago and Jessica said you would scold me for saying I owed it all to you, I still feel you helped get me where I am today.

Congrats Danette on your 100th post today.


nascarandbeans said...

Hi to Danette and MaryJanice. thanks for the invite. I really enjoyed reading the interview. congrats on the new book and to danette for the 100th post..Jolene

Cherie J said...

Hi MaryJanice!

Thanks for guestblogging! Great Fantastic Five. Congrats on the 100th post Danette.

jennybrat said...

Hi MJ, fab interview! Your stories often give me a good laugh. Congrats on the 100th post Danette!

Cathy said...

I have to admit that I haven't read any of MJ's books yet,and I'm thinking that I have really been missing out. I love a good laugh with my romance stories and enjoyed the excerpt for His Royal Mess.

danetteb said...

Thank you for celebrating my 100th post with me.
It's good to see others who share my love for MJ's books and hearing that some of you might just try one after today.You might want to start off with one of MJ's novellas from either the Secret's books, Cravings(antho) or Bite(antho).
Hugs, Danette

readingissomuchfun said...

Congratulations Danette ont he 100th post WooHoo!


RachaelfromNJ said...

Great interview! I am new to MJ too and would love to try her books! Congrats on 100 posts!!

lrwirum said...

This is great. Love the interview. The character descriptions are wonderful. :-)

Pamk said...

love your books. Especially betsy and have your mermaid book. Need to got to that one soon.

Sue A. said...

MaryJanice thanks for the fantastic fives interview which really was fantastic!

Wow 100! Congrats Danette!

Caffey said...

Hi Danette and MJD!!!
First Danette, so great to visit here and congrats too!
MJD, I can't wait for the new ROYAL book! I have enjoyed so many of yours and keeping up with them, cuz the humor is really the best medicine! I know these books are yours bring laughter and the love too! Would love to be in the contest for the new ROYAL book!

Love reading the fantastic fives!


Caffey said...

Danette, thats how I was introduced to MJD's books was from reading the Secrets then the Bravas. I love the Betsy books! Too I remember starting with a ebook as well. I try not to miss any since!

Also a first in a series, SLEEPING WITH FISHES is a newer book for new readers to MJD's books to start off with. Really just read any of the blurbs and go with the feel!

Jeri said...

Heyz. Can't say that I have read MaryJanice books but from what i've read in the questions answered and the books her books synopsis, it sounds like something i would absolutely love to read.
Looking forward to read your novel MaryJanice.
And Danette, thanks for bringing this author into notice. :D


danetteb said...

Cathy- The mermaid books are fun reads, I think they'd be a good intro.

Jeri- I'm glad you came,its good to se new people here on my blog.

I'll be picking my 100th post winner first thing in the morning(Hawaiian time)Good Luck all.

Shelley Munro said...

Congrats on your 100th post, Danette. I've loved MJD books since the first Betsy story. I love her sense of humor :)