Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! In the spirit and celebration of Halloween, this week is a special Spooky edition of Friday Fun Five.


Five writers each answer these two Spooky questions:

1) What was your best/favorite Halloween costume as a kid?
2) What is your favorite spooky word?

Lyla Bellatas

1) My favorite costume was this ballet outfit I had. Light blue satin. I still remember it. Tulle, short skirt. Loved it. I usually like witchy outfits but this year my husband and I are going to be painted Day of the Dead.
2) Witch. Magick Spell.

Elle Brownlee

1) One year the weather was awful: cold with sleet and whipping wind. Instead of wearing our long-planned costumes, I put on my snowsuit, added a black trashbag like a poncho over the top, and donned the ballcap we bought for my dad as a gag gift–a moose head and antlers. My sister got into a huge plaid coat, a hat with earflaps, and carried a stick. We were the Moose and Hunter! We ended up having the best time; people loved the weather-savvy costumes, and since not many other trick-or-treaters braved the weather, so we scored a ton of candy too.
2) Preternatural. Wraith. Macabre.

Alyssa Cole

1) My fave costume was my kindergarten mermaid costume that my mom sewed herself and which made me feel like a *real* mermaid. Except for the not knowing how to swim part.
2) My fave spooky word: tintinabulation. Not spooky in itself, but it’s always had a sinister bent to me after reading it in a work by Edgar Allen Poe.

Poppy Dennison

1) Strawberry Shortcake (wouldn’t you know! *g*).
2) Ghastly.

Kate McMurray

1) When I was 12 or 13, I went as a cow with a halo, or a holy cow. I made the costume myself; I was pretty proud of that.
2) Creepy was the first thing that came to mine, but eerie and spine-tingling are good ones, too.



Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Please enjoy this Best of Friday Fun Five post featuring Alyssa Cole, Tere Michaels, K.A. Mitchell, Kate McMurray, and Rayna Vause. Thanks, everyone!


1) Alyssa, if you could bring one fantasy creature to life which would you choose?

Okay, this question has one obvious answer: Falkor the luck dragon from The Neverending Story. He’s cute, furry, and I’d never have to worry about airfare again.

2) Tere: Castle or cottage?

Cottage. Castles are too drafty and I would spend all my time muttering about the heating bill while stomping about wearing a blanket like a cape.

3) K.A.: Sunny spring day or rainy fall day?

Rainy fall day, please. Love them. Give me a drive and rain and fall and some Chris Cornell coming out of my speakers, and I’m in heaven.

4) What is your favorite word, Kate?

Well, James Lipton, the first one that came to mind was “pomegranate.” I like a multisyllabic word.

5) You’re getting treated to lunch every day for always–but the meal will always be the same. What’s on the menu?

Tough question. There are so many yummy things to eat on a regular basis. I think I’d have to go with a variety of breakfast foods. Pancakes, waffles, omelets, the works. Of course, I’d need dessert too. The Borders near where I went to college used to sell these chocolate coated walnut brownies. Those would have to be included oh and Daiquiri Ice. It’s this sorbet like creation from Baskin Robbins that has lime in it with a hint of rum flavoring. Yum.

friday fun five teaFriday Fun Five is a weekly feature hosted by Elle Brownlee where she poses a different batch of five fun questions to various people in the writing world.

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Kate McMurray. Thanks, Kate!

To know more about Kate McMurray, check out or see what she’s up to on Twitter (@katemcwriter). Her latest literary triumphs are When the Planets Align and the upcoming Rainbow League series, which are available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Wind Up_FINAL

1) What toy do you remember most fondly from growing up?

I was a child with a short attention span—my mother still jokes that she thought she’d have to hire a circus to keep me from getting bored—so there wasn’t one toy, but I did have maybe 20 Barbies, and those were my favorites. My allowance money was divided pretty evenly between books and Barbie clothes. My Barbies were all fashion-forward and had great hair, and they lived out crazy soap opera stories I made up for them—I mean, they were as soapy as a 9-year-old could come up with. (The Barbie I remember best came wearing this hot pink lace number that was very “Like a Virgin”-era Madonna, because I was a kid in the 80s. I often paired her with ice skater Ken, who came with a sparkly mint green and pink skating costume, and in retrospect, I wonder if he was really all that into Barbie.) I coveted Barbie’s Dream House, but my parents couldn’t afford one, so I built one out of my brother’s Legos, and it was pretty sweet, at least until my brother got mad and took his Legos back.

2) Chocolate or vanilla milkshake?


3) Fifth Avenue or flea market shopping spree?

If money were no object, Fifth Avenue. My super power is that I’m really good at sniffing out sales, though, and I try to dress in a way that looks expensive but isn’t. I’m not really focused on labels except insofar as there are certain designers I like aesthetically. My personal approach to fashion is that I like to wear clothes that make me feel good, so I tend to pick things that fit well with lots of patterns and colors. (I like fashion and shopping, if that was not obvious!) I’ve lucked out at flea markets and clothes swaps too, though; one of my favorite dresses is one I got for free at a clothes swap. So the answer to this question is that it’s kind of a toss up!

4) What is your favorite word?

Well, James Lipton, the first one that came to mind was “pomegranate.” I like a multisyllabic word.

5) If you had one month where you didn’t have to worry about work or money, what would you do?

I’d hop a plane to Europe and spend the month traveling around and looking at art.

Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as unnameda nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with base­ball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America and is currently on the board of RWANYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.