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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Getting To Know You

Hello Sweet N Sexy Divas!

Last night I was thinking of what I'd like to blog about today and as I pondered long and hard, the subject of why we, as authors, blog in the first place came to mind. For me, it's a way to connect with my readers and give them an opportunity to know me on a more personal level. Sure, I have some loyal fans who'd buy just about anything I'd put out there, but for the majority of romance readers, they've never even heard of me. And so I blog to catch their attention and hopefully help them feel compelled to investigate me and my work a bit further.

While that is certainly a difficult thing to do at times, I enjoy the time spent getting to know potential readers on yahoo loops, at book signings and conferences. At those venues, my readers can get to know me, but I still walk away not truly knowing who my readers are, at no fault of their own.

So today, I'd like to take this opportunity to get to know my readers (and this includes my fellow authors too.) To do this, I've drawn up some random questions I thought would be fun for everyone to answer. Don't worry, most are just simple one-word answers. But I thought it would be nice to turn the tables and get to know my audience for a change.

Below are the questions (that you can cut and paste in the comments section). Now, don't be shy...I'd love to read your replies. But just to get the ball rolling, I've answered each of those questions, too, at my new photo site called Rendezvous With Renee Vincent. It's a photo blog with all kinds of photos from my past events, signings, horseback riding trips, vacations, etc. I decided that since I was going to Ireland and Scotland this year, I needed a great site to host my pictures so I could share them with my readers. It's a simple, easy to navigate site and I invite you to hop on over and take a look.

But first, the questions:
Favorite color:
Favorite food:
Place I've longed to see for years:
People I'd love to meet in person:
Best kiss I ever had:
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket:
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be:
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today:
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble:
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without:
One of my favorite sounds:
Something I want to learn to do:
My favorite ice cream:
Favorite thing to wear:
Things I could never have too many of:
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance:


*Cut and paste these questions in the comment section with your answers and then when you're finished, jump over to my new site and check out mine (bottom of right column.) Sound like fun? I hope so...because I really cannot wait to read your answers and get to know you!

30 comments:

Delaney Diamond said...

Renee, what a fun idea. I answered the ones I could.

Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite food: Potatoes; they can be prepared so many different ways
Place I've longed to see for years: Brazil
People I'd love to meet in person: Oprah, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Robert de Niro, President and First Lady Obama
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: Jaguar
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: TV
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: computer
Something I want to learn to do: deep sea dive
My favorite ice cream: can't decide between rum raisin or pistachio
Favorite thing to wear: sweats and t-shirt for comfort
Things I could never have too many of: friends

Tina Donahue said...

Interesting concept, Renee - the author interviewing the audience. :)

I'll answer one of your questions (can't do more, I'm at my EDJ).

Place I've longed to see for years: San Francisco

Suzanne Barrett said...

Favorite color: Green
Favorite food: Pot Roast
Place I've longed to see for years: Ireland, but I've already had that wish granted
People I'd love to meet in person: Michael Collins (the Irish hero, not the astronaut)
Best kiss I ever had: Ah, can't kiss and tell
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: An old touring car from the twenties
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be:No thoughts on this
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: The simpler time when hard work and respect existed
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: Trash compacters
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: Indoor plumbing and water heater
One of my favorite sounds: Birdsong, Irish accent
Something I want to learn to do: Be a crack shot
My favorite ice cream: Vanilla
Favorite thing to wear: Jeans and clogs
Things I could never have too many of: cats
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: My mom

Suzanne Barrett said...

Tina:

I live an hour away from San Francisco. Used to visit a lot when I was in high school (lived there twice!). Loved it then; hate it now. Haven't been there in ten years!

Keri Ford said...

You have the best ideas, Renee!

Favorite color: yellow
Favorite food: spaghetti, white bread, cake, anything white! am on a diet right now and these cravings are getting strong.
Place I've longed to see for years: England
People I'd love to meet in person: Betty White
Best kiss I ever had: First kiss with my husband, of course!
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: James Bond's car. Am blanking on the name.
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: Few months before my wedding day and make some changes to more party fun and less formal.
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: Dosmestic anything. common to grow your own food, make everything homemade.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: TV
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: Internet!
One of my favorite sounds:
Something I want to learn to do:
My favorite ice cream:
Favorite thing to wear:
Things I could never have too many of:
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance:

Sarah J. McNeal said...

A very interesting blog. We all want to connect with others. Writers live rather lonesome lives huddles over the keys of their computers usually in silence. It's wonderful to connect with people who like to read those words we worked on all alone.

Favorite color:Purple
Favorite food: Mexican anything
Place I've longed to see for years:Australia
People I'd love to meet in person:Are you kidding me? Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman and Keith Urban
Best kiss I ever had:My second husband, Don
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket:Land Rover Defender 90
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: April 17, 1970
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: A time without computers (seems disloyal, doesn't it?)
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: Airplanes
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: Indoor plumbing
One of my favorite sounds: My niece, Madeline's voice
Something I want to learn to do: Crochet
My favorite ice cream: Strawberry
Favorite thing to wear: summer dresses
Things I could never have too many of:Songs in my heart
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: My parents

Keri Ford said...

oops! missed the last half somehow!

One of my favorite sounds: Rain on a tin roof
Something I want to learn to do: ballroom dancing
My favorite ice cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Favorite thing to wear: dresses
Things I could never have too many of: Candy candy candy!
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: Hmm. tough question. all my family are nearby. HA! You Renee! it's not a fortune, but it is costing me a plane ticket!

Sarah Hoss said...

Favorite color: pink
Favorite food: pineapple
Place I've longed to see for years: Scotland
People I'd love to meet in person: My friends Bruce, Lizzie, and Pam and Maya Angelo.
Best kiss I ever had: The one I recieved on my wedding day. I could feel his smile and then a tear touched my cheek. It was his.
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: 1940 Ford truck- hunter green
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: To the 1700's and I could meet my Great Great Grandmother who was Cherokee. To live among the people and see their way of life.
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: A slower pace and more respect.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: washing machines and dryers.
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: air conditioning
One of my favorite sounds: a baby's laugh
Something I want to learn to do: Speak Gaelic
My favorite ice cream: vanilla with chocolate syrup
Favorite thing to wear:I don't have a favorite thing, but I can tell you that I HATE to wear flip-flops.
Things I could never have too many of:Kisses
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance:
My grandparents.

Redameter said...

Favorite color: blue (almost any shade)
Favorite food: my own chili
Place I've longed to see for years: (I'd like to see where some actual battlefields were of the civil war)
People I'd love to meet in person: Antonio Banderas, Tom Selleck, Mel GIbson
Best kiss I ever had: My husband was the best kisser in the world and every one of them were special.
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: Lexus
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: I'd go back to the Alamo in 1836 and ask those men why they stayed knowing they would die. What drove them to their decision.
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: I liked the 1950's sorta carefree.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: cell phone
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: Mocro wave and TV
One of my favorite sounds: the songs of the mockingbird. Love to hear them sing.
Something I want to learn to do: Ride a horse with style.
My favorite ice cream: Butter pecan
Favorite thing to wear: P.J.'s no kidding
Things I could never have too many of: movies
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance:My dad, he was the real storyteller in my family.

Teresa K. said...

Favorite color:Red, Tourquoise,Fuschia Pink, and Black. I can wear any bright color and look good.
Favorite food:I love Prime Rib.
Place I've longed to see for years:Australia, Greece
People I'd love to meet in person: Antonia Cuppo, Adrian Paul, a Vampire.
Best kiss I ever had: From my first love Wayne.
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: A Lambaghinni.
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: In Virginia 1969 right before I was molested.
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today:Peopl and families visited and helped one another. I can remember Sundays were a big day to visit people.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: Cell phone.
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without:
One of my favorite sounds: My laptop.
Something I want to learn to do:Scuba dive and Fence.
My favorite ice cream:Bunny or Moose Tracks.
Favorite thing to wear:beautiful clothes.
Things I could never have too many of:Shoes
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance:
My real father. He passed away. I would give anything to have him back along with my first love Wayne. He remarried.

Harlie Reader said...

Favorite color: Pink
Favorite food: Skittles-regular
Place I've longed to see for years: Ireland
People I'd love to meet in person: Jon Bon Jovi
Best kiss I ever had: my first kiss with my husband
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: NASCAR race car
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: Victorian England
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: leaving your front door unlocked
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: TV
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: radio
One of my favorite sounds: rain
Something I want to learn to do: write better
My favorite ice cream: vanilla
Favorite thing to wear: shorts and t-shirts
Things I could never have too many of: books
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: my grandparents

Renee Vincent said...

Oh my goodness! These are fantastic!! You all are awesome for participating, thank you!

Renee Vincent said...

Keri said: Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: Hmm. tough question. all my family are nearby. HA! You Renee! it's not a fortune, but it is costing me a plane ticket!

You are so damn sweet, Keri! Was not expecting that. Can't wait to see you and give you a huge hug for this! Luv ye babe!

Donna Goode said...

Favorite color: green
Favorite food: is there a penalty for saying ice cream???
Place I've longed to see for years: the Highlands of Scotland
People I'd love to meet in person: my wonderful chapter mates
Best kiss I ever had: The ones I receive from my husband every single day.
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket:I've driven it--my husbands fire engine red Porsche. In a word...WOW
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: Pre-Revolutionary War Charlestowne, SC.
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: Really, the times spent with my family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins during my childhood.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: hand mixer.
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: my in-house vacuum--best toy I ever had!
One of my favorite sounds: rain pattering on tree leaves.
Something I want to learn to do: KNIT! The trouble is...I'd rather write!
My favorite ice cream: M-m-m! Jamoca Almond Fudge!!!
Favorite thing to wear: jeans & sweaters
Things I could never have too many of: sweaters--or shoes. Imelda Marcos had NOTHING on me!
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance:
A fortune??? Well, that lets out just about everybody. But I'd love to see my sweet friend Ann from Minnesota once again!

Renee Vincent said...

Sarah McNeal said: People I'd love to meet in person:Are you kidding me? Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman and Keith Urban

I loved the way you answered that one!

Sarah Hoss said: Best kiss I ever had: The one I recieved on my wedding day. I could feel his smile and then a tear touched my cheek. It was his.

OMG, you have me tearing up! How cool is that! *swooning*


Teresa said: Favorite color:Red, Tourquoise,Fuschia Pink, and Black. I can wear any bright color and look good.

You go girl!


Harlie Reader said: If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: Victorian England

Great answer!

Delaney said: Favorite food: Potatoes; they can be prepared so many different ways.

Interesting...never thought about that.

Suzanne said: Best kiss I ever had: Ah, can't kiss and tell

Aw, come on...live a little.

Tina said: I'll answer one of your questions (can't do more, I'm at my EDJ).

Well, then when you are off, you better post the rest. *wink, wink*

Renee Vincent said...

Donna said: Favorite food: is there a penalty for saying ice cream???

Heck no there's no penalty, woman! Tell you what, I'll buy and we can gorge ourselves together!

Rawiya said...

Oh Renee what an awesome idea!

Favorite color: Black

Favorite food: Steak and Pizza

Place I've longed to see for years: Britain

People I'd love to meet in person: Uh okay just the first few, Duran Duran, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Angelina Jolie

Best kiss I ever had: If I say a kiss from an ex, am I bad? no J/K, my wedding kiss.

Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket:
A Benz

If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: Hmm back to my teen yrs, Id be a lot smarter

A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: TV

A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: Uh Internet!

One of my favorite sounds: My baby talking, my music

Something I want to learn to do: Draw

My favorite ice cream: Chocolate

Favorite thing to wear: Comfy pants

Things I could never have too many of: Pens and writing books

Lovely questions Renee! :D

Renee Vincent said...

Why thank you, Rawiya! I'm so glad you liked this idea...I was a little nervous no one would participate since it does require a bit of effort.

Thanks for sharing with me and it's great to get to know you.

Virginia C said...

Great new site, Renee!

Favorite color: desert sunset purple

Favorite food: Gran's Spaghetti with Meat Sauce//Mom's Steak & Gravy with onions & peppers and mashed potatoes

People I'd love to meet in person: Sam Elliott, Dolly Parton, James Garner, Renee Vincent

Best kiss I ever had: Each kiss from the love of my life. No "HEA", but the best kisses ever!

Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: I want the car from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Not only does it look great on the road, it also swims and flies!

If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: I'd be a kid, riding in the car with my grandparents.

Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: I am a Prairie Woman at heart : )

A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: I don't have a cell phone or e-reader or other similar electronics.

A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: I would miss my PC. It's my connection to the world--very important when you live in a small town.

One of my favorite sounds: When one of my cats purrs in my ear.

Something I want to learn to do: Drive a straight shift.

My favorite ice cream: Coffee

Favorite thing to wear: A well-washed pair of jeans that fit just right.

Things I could never have too many of: Laughs : ) If you laugh...you'll live!

Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: My family and friends who have passed away.

Deanna Jewel said...

Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Rib Steak
Place I've longed to see for years: England and its castles!
People I'd love to meet in person: Renee Vincent, Kevin Costner, Jimmy Thomas
Best kiss I ever had: from my husband the very first time we'd finally met in person!
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: Dodge Charger maybe? Already driven a Mustang.
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: England, 1778 to meet my hero from No Turning Back!
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: This one's a stumper!
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: the internet connection on my phone....just don't have the patience to type all that stuff in on a tiny keyboard!! ggrrr
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: My computer!!!!
One of my favorite sounds: soft chiming of outdoor wind chimes
Something I want to learn to do: Use Photo Shop well to create more designs and covers.
My favorite ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite thing to wear: jeans and sweatshirt
Things I could never have too many of: dark chocolate and lattes
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: another stumper...

Great to chat with you once again, Renee! Have a great time in Scotland and Ireland. Bring us back some wonderful pics!

Renee Vincent said...

Virginia said: People I'd love to meet in person: Renee Vincent

You are too sweet! I would so love to meet you too! One day, right? And when we do, you and I are going out for Coffee Ice Cream driving in the Chitty Bang Bang car!!!

Deanna said: People I'd love to meet in person: Renee Vincent, Kevin Costner, Jimmy Thomas

OMG another one! You guys are so sweet for saying you'd love to meet me! I feel so special thank you! And I agree...I would love to meet Jimmy too. Oh yum!

Kristal McKerrington said...

Great blog, great to see you on here Renee. Huge hugs.

Christine H said...

Hi Renee! These were hard but fun questions. I guess I can't narrow things down to one of anything. lol I really enjoyed answering the questions, it's a cool flip for a change. :)
I went and checked out your answers too. Here are my answers.

Favorite color: navy blue & pink are my favorites.
Favorite food: Ice Cream
Place I've longed to see for years: Germany for my ancestory
People I'd love to meet in person: wow this is hard there's so many!! Luke Perry, I'm still a huge fan since I was a teen. Shawn Christian from Days of our Lives too. They are both really hot and look great w/o a shirt! :)
Best kiss I ever had: Have to be my Husband, I was just 16 when we started dating and he was something else! In a really good way!! second would be that kiss I got from Luke Perry in a dream, I had as a teen. lol
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: I'm not sure of the year, I just know what it looks like, but a classic Porche.
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: There's so many places I'd love to go, but I'd go back to a day when the signs of cancer first appeared in my Dad yet at the time we didn't know it yet, if I could go back to that day my dad couldn't hold a screw and drill and kept dropping it, I'd go back & get him to the hospital sooner and maybe he could have beaten the brain cancer.
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: The time when most women could stay at home and be with their kids if they so choose and didn't have to work to help pay all the bills. Now it usually takes two incomes.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: cell phone or landline, only need one
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: My computer and the TV
One of my favorite sounds: peace and quiet, like at night when you turn off all the lights, I have a fan going and thats all the noise I need to sleep well.
Something I want to learn to do: I would love to learn how to type without watching the keys. lol
My favorite ice cream: any!! But the custard shops are the best! Love the cheesecake flavored
Favorite thing to wear: Anything comfy, shorts and a tee
Things I could never have too many of: Friends
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance. To see my Dad again, he died when I was 17 and he was the best!

Cindy L said...

Favorite color: Pink
Favorite food: anything Italian
Place I've longed to see for years: Australia
People I'd love to meet in person: most definitely Alex O'Loughlin
Best kiss I ever had: my hubby!
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: porsche
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: Anytime with my sister
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: hmm..drawing a blank
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: microwave
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: computer (it has everything)
One of my favorite sounds: Hearing my boys play
Something I want to learn to do: snowboard
My favorite ice cream: chocolate chip
Favorite thing to wear: comfy clothes
Things I could never have too many of: kisses from my boys
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: my sister

Teresa K. said...

Sorry,

I miss a question and my answer for what I couldn't live with out wound up in that question.

One of my favorite sounds is a baby giggling and the Rain on a tin roof.

Teresa

AuthorCasey Sheridan said...

Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Chocolate
Place I've longed to see for years: Ireland
People I'd love to meet in person: Edgar Allen Poe if he were still alive.
Best kiss I ever had: Still waiting
Car I'd like to drive before I kick the bucket: Porsche 911 GT2
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: 1900 London
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: Anytime before Text messaging existed
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: Camera phone
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: Laptop
One of my favorite sounds: My cat purring
Something I want to learn to do: Ride a horse
My favorite ice cream: Cookies and Cream
Favorite thing to wear: Jeans
Things I could never have too many of: Books
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: Hmmm....I don't know.

Christina Wolfer said...

Awesome idea for a post, Renee. I love filling out questions like these. Here are a few of mine:

Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite food: Chips and salsa
Place I've longed to see for years: Ireland
Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: When the horse was the main transportation.
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: Phone
One of my favorite sounds: Sigh of contentment
My favorite ice cream: Vanilla with chocolate syrup.
Favorite thing to wear: Jeans

Renee Vincent said...

Christine said: Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: The time when most women could stay at home and be with their kids if they so choose and didn't have to work to help pay all the bills. Now it usually takes two incomes.

Indeed! When my first daughter was born, we didn't have the luxury of being able to stay home with her. I had to put her in daycare and it killed me. But luckily, by the time my second daughter was born six years later, I was able to stay home and be the mom I've always wanted to be for my kids.
Great answer, Christine!

Cindy said: Things I could never have too many of: kisses from my boys
Someone I haven't seen in a long time and would pay a fortune for the chance: my sister


I so understand! I'm right there with you, Cindy!

Teresa said: One of my favorite sounds is a baby giggling and the Rain on a tin roof.

Both great answers! Love the sound of rain on a tin roof. We used to own a house with a tin roof when we first got married and I do miss that sound.

Casey said: Best kiss I ever had: Still waiting

Really?! You mean you have yet to have a good kiss? Oh you poor thing!

Christina W. said: Favorite way of life that I wish still existed today: When the horse was the main transportation.

That's what I said! You and I are so alike...I would love to get on a horse every day to get somewhere.
Thanks for sharing with me!

Fiona McGier said...

Renee, this is such a fun idea!
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite food:Anything with Mexican spices
Best kiss I ever had: Most passionate, the first one with my husband. Most poignant, when my Mom kissed me two days before she died.
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: I'd warn my teen-aged self not to hide my diary where my Mom could find it...it caused me untold grief!
A modern day convenience I could live without with no trouble: TV
A modern day convenience I couldn't live without: My laptop
One of my favorite sounds: Rain on the roof of our camper, and my husband snoring next to me.
Something I want to learn to do: Habla espaƱol
My favorite ice cream:Butter pecan
Favorite thing to wear: Tops with shelf bras...I hate wearing bras!
Things I could never have too many of: Orgasms

Note: I didn't answer some, because they are not applicable...like there's really no where I want to travel to...I'm not a traveling kind.

Renee Vincent said...

Fiona I loved your responses. Like this one:
Best kiss I ever had: Most passionate, the first one with my husband. Most poignant, when my Mom kissed me two days before she died.
Oh, how touching!

And then this one made me crack up:
If I could go back in time for a day, when and where would I want to be: I'd warn my teen-aged self not to hide my diary where my Mom could find it...it caused me untold grief!

And this one topped the cake:
Things I could never have too many of: Orgasms

Amen, Sistah!