A little bit about author Jen Ponce:
Jennifer "Jen" Ponce writes about strong women who don’t wait to be rescued and the oogy monsters that bask in the glow of those heroines. I couldn’t love her work more and she makes every single character pop off the pages. In real life, she is a heroine in her own right, rescuing those who need a superhero and teaching them how to save themselves the next time. Yet, she still spends quality time with the family and draws emotive pieces of artwork. One of her talents that would surprise you -- she weaves intricate hairstyles and loves to try new ones out on herself. Check her out at www.JenniferPonce.com
These are the questions Jen Ponce asked me:
- What do you think about mistakes? Both in your art and in life?
Mistakes are embarrassing and ego-busting, but they are necessary to grow and transform your art and your life. If we never made mistakes, we would never figure out how to be as awesome as we can be. So, I have to accept the fact that I've made a mistake, decide how to handle it gracefully (not so easy sometimes) and make a plan to avoid it in the future. But, you know ... some mistakes I don’t want to avoid again because they turn out to be better than what I had planned.
2. Do you play video games and, if so, what’s your favorite? If you don’t play, what types of games do you like?
I don’t play video games and I am more of an observer than a player in other types of games. I enjoy watching other people enjoy themselves. But, I do enjoy playing games on my phone. My favorite one right now is Juice Jam.
3. What kind of character would you be in a horror movie? The screamer? The cool one? The first to get murdered? The bad guy?
In real life, I would be hiding in the closet. But, in my head, I'm the one who would save everyone and defeat the monster. That’s who I am when I'm writing books. That’s the cool thing about being a writer, you can be the person you wish you were and you can vent about the person you wish you weren’t.
4. What are your favorite types of stories?
I love tragic loss countered by an emergence of strength followed by romance at great odds. It makes me even happier when there are fairytale elements or paranormal creatures of some sort involved. I'm not big on happy endings, but rather happiness at a great price or bittersweet.
5. What’s your favorite fairy tale and what makes it so?
Beauty and the Beast because it's intriguing for the beauty to fall for the unlovable person, thereby transforming them into someone others could love. It also demonstrates my affinity for the woman being the rescuer.
6. Do you like books that make you cry or ones that make you laugh and why?
Books that make me cry serve a couple of roles for me. It releases all of my drama and frustration so I don’t let it spill on my family and coworkers all the time, plus I don’t feel like my problems are so bad when these characters are tortured with horrible situations. Yeah, I guess that sounds a bit weird ... that’s okay, I've learned to accept my weirdness and embrace it.
7. You’ve just stumbled upon a portal to another world. What would that world be like and what would happen to you there?
While in my head I would love to land in a world of paranormal creatures where I'm a demon hunter or slayer of monsters, the reality of it would be painful and terrifying. So, I'd have to say it would be a place of warm, sunny days and cold, thunderstormy nights (I think I just made up a new word) where I would be ridiculously happy and never know frustration or disappointment. Boring? I don’t know, I've never had anything resembling that, so I'm pretty sure I could suffer through such a place. One day I would start complaining about too much sun and what once made me happy would become ho-hum. Maybe my first instinct would be better ...
8. Dragon or unicorn?
I choose neither. Werewolf!
9. Would you rather make a lot of money doing what you hate or make a pittance doing what you love?
When you decide to be an author, you already decide to make a pittance doing what you love. Done and done. I can do the money and the hate for a short time, but once I've decided I've had it, there is no going back.
10. If you ever got arrested, what would it be for?
Would you believe me if I said it was for being too wonderful? No? Okay, now I'm wondering what I can say without incriminating myself ... in print ... on the internet. Ummmm. No, not that. Oh no no, not that, either. Nope, I got nothing.
That was bunches of fun! You should try it, too. Even if I don’t nominate you, you can join in the fun and just do this on your own blog. There are other bloggers out there you need to see. Here are the rules, my nominations, and my questions for the nominees.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog/website. My webpage is: http://christy-king.com/index.html
- Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge into your post.
- Answer the ten questions.
- Nominate ten bloggers and inform them of their nomination via social media methods.
- List ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
Here are my nominees:
Ron Shaw http://ronshawmedia.com/
Susan Jean Ricci http://www.susanjeanricci.com/
Lizabeth Scott http://www.lizabethscottbooks.com/
Christina Paul http://christinapaulbooks.blogspot.com/
CA Hocking http://cahocking.com/
S Marshall Wilson http://smarshallwilson.com/
Kathy Campbell https://katehhc.wordpress.com/
Ika Koeck https://ikakoeck84.wordpress.com/
Donna Keevers Driver http://donnakeeversdriverauthor.weebly.com/
Far Side Travel http://farsidetravel.net/
Skye Hegyes http://skyehegyes.com/
Nominated bloggers, and/or anyone else who wants to participate, here are your questions from me:
1. What would you do if you went back in time and ended up as yourself at 16 years old again?
2. Who is your real-life superhero and why?
3. If you could be any of your own book characters (or someone else's) who would it be and why?
4. Puppies or kittens?
5. What would retirement look like for you and what would you do?
6. If you have books published, which one do you wish you'd written differently and how would you change it. If not, what would your best of the best novel look like?
7. Happily ever after or happily never after?
8. Do your day job coworkers end up as characters in your novels?
9. If you could live in a TV show, which show would it be?
10. How many books are in your to-be-read pile and which one is up next to read?