20 Questions about Reading & Writing for Read Tuesday

Witches (Fiction Factory) by RLL.


Author RLL. (yes, there is a period there) has implemented some creative ways to promote reading and Read Tuesday. (Read Tuesday is a Black Friday type of sales event just for book lovers, designed to help promote reading and literacy, on Tuesday, December 10.) RLL. came up with the idea of exchanging 20 questions about reading and writing with other authors, for which there has been much participation, with several creative answers. RLL. also came up with the idea of spreading Wanted posters throughout the blogworld (I even discovered one with my name and picture on it).

Below you will find RLL.’s answers to the 20 questions that I posted a few weeks ago here at Read Tuesday. Some of the 20 questions participants include:











RLL. has a couple of books participating in Read Tuesday, which will be free. You can’t beat that price!

If you needed to whack a zombie in the head with a book, which book would you use?

The Last Man, by Mary Shelley.

If you could only have one book with you while trapped on a desert island, which book would it be?

How to Survive on a Desert Isle, by I. M. Hardy.

Which character would you most love to bring to life to meet?

The ampersand.

Which character or creature terrifies you the most?

Character? The hashtag. Creature? I didn’t want to scare anyone with this, but the hashtag IS a creature.

Name the book that you loved most as a child.

A Pictorial History of Time Travel, by me.

Name a book that you wish you had read as a child.

How to Escape a Desert Isle, by I. C. Sayles.

What author has had the biggest impact on your life?

That story isn’t over yet. I am prepared to be surprised – in a semi-prepared way.

What author has had the biggest impact on your reading or writing style?

You are asking me to name the worst author I’ve read – the one I swore I’d never go near in terms of style, content, or cliché.

Think of something related to books that you could get years ago, which you dearly miss.

Extra-strong mints.

Think of something related to books that you couldn’t get until recently, which you love.


Name a book where you wish you could rewrite the ending.

The War of the Worlds.

Name the book that most moved you emotionally.

One of several coffee-table books is the culprit. Those glossy pages with their scythe-like edges handed out the worst paper-cuts. I’d have to search for traces of blood, to name the exact title. Moved me to tears, whatever the hell it was.

Which author could come up with the most creative way to change a light bulb?

Edward Lear.

Which author could best describe how to change a light bulb in an exciting way?

Muriel Spark.

Can you think of a wild pen name that you’d be too embarrassed to use as an author?

Yes, but I could always use it in a porn movie.

Can you devise a really embarrassing typo?

Go to this blog post and marvel at the answer by E.B. Black. Q&A WITH E.B. BLACK.

If you had to write a poem or short story without one letter of the alphabet, which letter would that be?

I’ve removed the one that comes after Z. My work here is done.

If you could remove a common word from the English language, which one would you choose?


Devise a creative twist for the ending of a classic fairy tale.

Woodsman bursts in and kills the wolf. But the wolf wakes up. It was all a dream. Wolf recalls dressing as granny in that nightmare. Accepts he has cross-dresser tendencies. Goes shopping. Becomes a sensation. Launches fantastic career. Earns too much money. Throws it away on drugs. Dies penniless in the gutter. Then granny wakes up inside the wolf’s belly – for the dream was but a dream. Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, a girl in a red cape develops the ability to fly.

Devise a clever title for a parody of a popular novel.

Wuthering Breadths.

   Alternatively, The Grate Cat’s Brie. A novel of life and love in the Miaowing Twenties. There’s a cat. He’s known for grating soft cheese. I don’t want to spoil the twist.

Here’s a blog post on READ TUESDAY. And here’s a funny one on CONTACTING PEOPLE FOR READ TUESDAY.

Featured in the READ TUESDAY sale on December the 10th, 2013 – Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords and WITCHES. Both will be free on the day. Pick up copies and READ them – please don’t just store endless free books on an electronic device. If you want to support RLL. or any of the writers mentioned above, please leave reviews. We appreciate the effort made, whether one-star or five-star.

Note that Margo Bond Collins won’t have a sale on the day, but she will run a December sale. R.B. Austin and E.B. Black couldn’t make the sale day either – but check out their books anyway. And Papizilla hopes to publish one day. Thanks for your time.



Signpost blog, RLL AUTHOR.


Tuesday, December 10. Mark your calendar and try not to miss out on the savings.

Chris McMullen, founder of Read Tuesday

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