A Pageant of Authors – Q3 & Q4

“Smilers wear a crown, losers wear a frown.”

– Victor Melling in Miss Congeniality

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And we’re back. Let’s find out more about our lovely pageant contestants…I mean scholarship candidates…no, wait, make that our wonderful romance authors and what they have to say about success and money. Thanks again to all of the writers for participating and for sharing their beautiful imaginations with readers. As for me, I just had to put my two cents in here and there. Hope you enjoy.

Question #3: How do you define success?

“Success is fulfilling your potential. It’s setting goals and reaching them, or at least knowing you gave it everything you had.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Reaching a level of achievement that is personally satisfying.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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“Success at what? Success is defined by what you’re trying to accomplish. Without knowing what we’re talking about, it’s hard to quantify. Conan the Barbarian once said, in his famous movie from 1982, that what is best in life is, ‘To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.’ I don’t know if that’s success, but it’s something I can get behind.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“Doing something interesting that you love and not starving.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“Success for me is a feeling I get when I accomplish what I set out to do and can still look at myself in the mirror with no negative emotions there. Or when I can finally afford to force my husband to retire and become my naked pool boy who waits on me hand and foot. His job is getting in the way of that. I guess when I can get him in those thongs and have him fan me while feeding me peeled grapes then I will consider myself successful. Believe me, I am still working hard to achieve that! I want him to do the dance of the pool boy for my amusement so badly! LOL”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“I define success as being able to get up every day and do the thing I love. For me, that’s writing. But whatever it is a person loves to do, if they get to do it on a daily basis, they’re successful.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“This is an interesting question and one I ponder from time to time. For me, success is being respected by my peers, and reader’s positive responses to my books. I have no way of knowing how my books are being received unless I hear from my readers, because reviews don’t always tell the tale. I don’t always define the success of my books by how many I sell. There are stories I’ve written that are close to my heart but aren’t my biggest sellers.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“To me, success means knowing I have given my all. I may not always reach my goals, but I can be proud I tried my best.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Success is the ability to call the shots. For me that would mean being able to write full time from the location of my choosing. I’m a travel nut, so exotic locals are definitely on the menu!”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Success, to me, is when you are happy with your own accomplishments, however big or small they may seem to someone else.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Success to me on a personal level is being happy, healthy, and in a loving relationship. On an author level, it’s steadily increasing my readership, finding readers who love my books, and making good royalties.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“Making enough money to hire a full time housekeeper.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net

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“I measure how successful I am by how much joy is in my life.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“True success is finding balance between the three necessities of life: vocation, passion, and peace.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Have I met my goals—short, mid and long term.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Being able to do what you enjoy without feeling you need to compromise to make a living.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Usually unrelated to the outside world, my definition changes all the time, usually to adjust to whatever I’m doing. No need to feel like a failure after all. Sometimes it’s writing 10 pages a day, other days it’s getting out of bed. I also start any to-do list with a couple of things I’ve already done so I can cross them out and feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“For me, success is about being happy, content, comfortable and loving whatever it is that is making you happy.  You could have the most incredible job, get paid a gazillion dollars, but if you’re not happy about, content that you’re doing what you love, and comfortable doing it.  Then, what part of that is successful?  But like everything else, attaining it, is very hard work.”

– T. K. Toppin
Website/Blog: http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com

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“Being happy with your achievements, however small they might seem to others.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“Happiness.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“Being happy.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Success for me it getting my book published and out there for people to read.  Extra success is when they like it enough to do a review for me.  I guess you could say I’m very successful.”

 – Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
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Question #4: If you were given a dollar, what would you do with it?

“Put in my ‘change’ jar and save it for a rainy day.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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“Thank the person who gave it to me and put it in my wallet. I mean, it’s a dollar. That’s not exactly retiring in Mexico money.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“Give it to one of my kids.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“Add it to the other dead presidents in my wallet! Right now I am full up of George Washington so this one will feel right at home with his three brothers. LOL I need all the money I can get to pay off my bills and maybe get my kids through college. Every dollar counts. Charity begins at home.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“Find the best cup of coffee one dollar can buy.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“I use my dollar bills for tips at the coffeehouse. The baristas deserve them for making such great cappuccinos!”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“In the words of Bill Gates, ‘I’d spend it on PR.’”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“I’d probably try to figure out who lost it and give it back to them! Lol.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“One dollar? Buy a Twix bar. I really like Twix bars.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Buy a Lotto ticket.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“Right now? Save it for retirement.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net

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“I would put that dollar toward a Diet Coke!”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“Hold onto it until I have two more. With three dollars I can take paratransit to one more karate lesson.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Give it away—I use them for tips.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Depends on where I am and if someone needs the dollar more than me.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Buy a cheap e-book on Amazon. Or give it to one of the guys hanging around Times Square.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“Probably keep it. I have pat-rack tendencies.”

– T. K. Toppin
Website/Blog: http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com

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“Give it to my children—we’re in the UK so we don’t see dollars very often.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“Find a way to pay it forward.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“I’d save it.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Go to the dollar store and get paper to write on.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“Fold it into a ring and wear it. And maybe use it to buy lunch. I work at a school, they’re still cheap. Wait, I’d need two dollars. Score! Two rings.”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com

15 responses to “A Pageant of Authors – Q3 & Q4

  1. I love the vast variety of comments. I’ve learned a lot about my fellow authors (and about my own state of mind when I answered these questions) by reading through these! Yay, Allie!

    • I loved your answer regarding success, Emily. Out of the three, I think peace is the hardest one to attain. We live in such a high-stress, fast-paced society that balance can be difficult to achieve.

  2. What a great post. Loved reading everyone’s answers. Great blog idea, Allie.

    • Thanks, Cara. I liked what you said about personal satisfaction. It’s easy to get caught up measuring our success against an outside standard, but in the end we’re the ones we have to answer to. If we’re happy with ourselves, isn’t that success?

  3. Great job Allie! It’s so fun to read everyone’s answers. I really appreciated Lynn’s response to the dollar bill question. Um, Lynn, exactly where are you tipping these dollars at and does it involve a g-string? Just askin’. 😉

  4. books-jepainter.com

    Success is never feeling ashamed of yourself or your achievements, then knowing, with additional work, more is around the corner.

  5. Thanks, Allie. The other thing I could say about success is that you have to define it for yourself, because it’s always changing. One might think. “If I publish X number of books or sell X number per month, I’ll be a success.” But when you get there, then you have new goal, a new standard.

    And WHATEVER your field is, no matter how successful you are, there will always be someone who has achieved more than you have. So you have to be happy with your personal level of success or you’ll drive yourself crazy. (But that doesn’t mean you should coast or stop striving for your personal best).

  6. Great post. Allie! I enjoyed everyone’s answers including your definition of success!

  7. This is great and it was fun to go through and answer the questions! Love all the answers!

  8. Oh thanks! I laughed out loud several times! great post!

  9. Yay! Glad you’re enjoying this A.R. and Lauri. Fun is one of my favorite f-words 🙂

    I’ve been so pleased with the response to these interview questions. And this is just the beginning! Coming next Saturday, questions about self-criticism and the great discoveries of our time. Wait until you read some of those answers. You’re in for a treat.

  10. Pingback: Most Popular Posts of 2012 | Allie Ritch, author

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