Friday Fun Five

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

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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.

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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Please enjoy this Best of Friday Fun Five post featuring Suleikha Snyder, Susan Lee, Geoff Symon, Poppy Dennison, and Elizah J Davis. Thanks, everyone!

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1) Suleikha, if you could create a magical chimera, what animals would you combine?

Hmmm. Tough question. How about a kitten, an African grey parrot, and an otter. Mind you, I have no idea what it would look like, but it would be smart, chatty and extremely cute.

2) Susan: Deep sea or deep space exploration?

I’m TERRIFED of the ocean. I’ve almost drowned twice (once parasailing, being dipped, and not being able to be pulled back up! and another time bodyboarding too close to a pier!). So, I think deep sea would paralyze me. But, I don’t have much desire to go into the black of space either! I guess I’m kind of a chicken when it comes to the unknown!

3) Geoff: Red Vines or Twizzlers?

Twizzlers. Duh.

4) What is your favorite word, Poppy?

I embrace the Southern tradition of backhanded insults so my favorites are usually phrases that accomplish that. You’ll catch me saying things like “Bless your heart” and “Isn’t that precious?” And, like many other Southern women, if you hear me say “Oh hell no” you’d better run! LOL

5) You get an unlimited budget, but only for one room, Elizah – which room would you make over?

The bathroom, no question. I sometimes actively fantasize about having a large, super fancy bathroom oasis. One of these fifty bathrooms for example. A gigantic tub and a fireplace, are you kidding me? And heated floor tiles, of course. This is the dream, friends. (#dreamer bathroom?)


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.

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Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Poppy Dennison. Thanks, Poppy!

To know more about Poppy Dennison, check out her website at www.poppydennison.com, find her on Facebook and Goodreads, or see what she’s up to on twitter (@PoppyDennison). Her latest literary triumph is Creature Feature 2 and is available here.

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1) Do you have a routine or habits you always follow when you sit down at your desk to work?

My most important routine involves a vat of coffee and a clear mind. I make lists with daily tasks and make sure a daily word count is included in my goals for the week. I find it difficult to write when I have a ton of other things to do for my day job, so I have to schedule my time wisely so I can both write and work successfully. Some weeks are better than others, but I enjoy the challenge!

2) Wet dream choice–a tall drink of water: Tom Hiddleston or Chris Hemsworth?

Oh this is a tough choice! Not only are these two different in looks, but their personalities seem to be different as well. Hmm. I think I’ll have to go with Tom Hiddleston on this one. He intrigues me and I have a sneaking suspicion that he would charm the pants right off of me. (Here’s hoping, huh? LOL)

3) Wet dream choice–waterfront property: Ocean or mountain lake?

If I think of this in terms of a vacation home, I’d go with ocean property! I live in the mountains of East Tennessee so I get to enjoy their beauty every time I look out my window. I’d love to be able to sneak away for long weekends at the beach from time to time, though! I see pictures of beach cottages in the magazines I love to read and would love to have a little cottage to escape to. I’m sure I could decorate it easily based on the number of pins I have on my Pinterest boards.

4) What is your favorite word?

I embrace the Southern tradition of backhanded insults so my favorites are usually phrases that accomplish that. You’ll catch me saying things like “Bless your heart” and “Isn’t that precious?” And, like many other Southern women, if you hear me say “Oh hell no” you’d better run! LOL

5) You have an eight-hour layover in Anchorage–what do you do with the time?

Well, I suppose that depends on the time of year! If I’m in Anchorage in the winter, forget it. I’m camping out at the airport and finding something to read! (I’m not a fan of the cold…) If it’s not freezing, I’d make some time to go exploring. I’m actually heading to Alaska this summer for a cruise with my family, so I’m looking forward to doing some exploration in the ports along the way. I wonder if my answer will change once I’ve seen the state? I have scheduled intentional long layovers before. Once, I stopped over in London and made sure to have an overnight layover so I could go out to dinner with some friends before hopping back on the plane and heading home the next day. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m usually up for some sort of adventure… you know, as long as I’m not cold.


A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years i221v3-poppy-dennison-54f61ec5da82cafter a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.