Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spooktacular Day 28: Spooky Interview & Giveaway with author Sara Daniel

What kind of Halloween person are you? Dress up and party every year, give out candy maybe dressed up, or hide inside your house with the porch light off?
I’m definitely a give out candy and maybe I’ll dress up kind of person.  My husband takes our kids trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, but I prefer to stay inside my warm house, simmer some chili on the stove and dole out handfuls of candy.

Do you decorate outside for Halloween?
I set out a couple pumpkins and gourds, and I have a ceramic jack-o-lantern inside the house that my great-grandmother made for me when I was a kid. I’m pretty low-key.

Are you a master pumpkin carver?
My husband is our family’s master pumpkin carver. You can see him here in this grainy shot matching his scary face with those of his masterpieces.

My kids are the master pumpkin guts scoopers, and as you can see here they like to have a bit of fun with it.

Me…well, I guess that leaves me as the master pumpkin seed baker or the master kitchen cleaner. Not exactly picture worthy!

Name 3 costumes you’ve worn and at what age.
My kids all wore this Winnie-the-Pooh costume, and now I’ve passed it down to my young nieces.

The first Halloween picture I have of myself is at 4 years old. I was a mouse, and my brother was a pumpkin. My mother is a wonderful seamstress and made both our costumes. She also made clown costumes for us a couple years later.

Find a picture of a costume you love.
This could have gone with the above question, but I really love this picture, so I’m putting it here! When I was eight, my mother made matching bunny costumes for my little brother, baby sister and me. Aren’t we adorable?!

Do you like haunted houses or mazes?
Okay, I’m a total wimp and don’t like to be scared. I can take a mildly scary haunted house, but I much prefer to avoid them. I really enjoy a corn maze hike in the daylight, but at night I am so disoriented that all I can do is blindly follow the rest of the people in my party with no idea of where we’re going or what’s going on.

Do you believe in ghosts?
I never used to, but the more paranormal stories I read and the older I get, the more open I am to anything. I certainly don’t expect a ghost to jump out at me and yell “Boo!” But to think that my understanding of existence is the only possibility seems pretty narrow-minded.

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
This leads back to the first question. I also help out with my kids’ school parties. After we come home, they’re crazy-hyper, and I’m in an over-stimulated stupor. They go out to bag more candy from the neighbors, and I veg at home, shaking my head in amazement at the superpowers of teachers and anyone else who can manage a classroom for more than ninety seconds.

What is your favorite Halloween movie to watch or are you a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown sort?
I’m totally a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown sort. I don’t like anything scary! But give me something with a lot of heart with good relationship drama, and I’ll eat it up!

Latest release from Sara Daniel:
The Wiccan Haus: Psychic Lies
Fiona has spent her life hiding her sexual mind-reading power at the risk of being exploited by the government. Instead, she pretends to have lifebond vetting powers like the rest of her family. When her fake power results in the death of an innocent woman, her life of lies unravels and she retreats to the Wiccan Haus.

Armando is the head of the Department of Truth-Finding for the Syndicate. To prove his unit’s worth to the government, he follows Fiona to the Wiccan Haus to expose her as an infiltrator of an enemy faction. The truth about Fiona is even more valuable to his people and his career.

Fiona uses her power to seduce Armando and stop his plans to betray her. But nothing is strong enough to keep her from falling in love with this man whose power threatens to destroy her. Now she must trust him, not only with her life and her psychic lies, but also her heart.

 Sara is giving away a ebook copy of "A Man Worth Fighting For". Just leave a comment with your email address so I can contact the winner. This giveaway is international. 

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booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the interview; it was a fun read. I am adding this to my wish list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

DogsMom said...

The bunny costumes remind me of that Christmas movie with Ralphie!

Nice interview.
Hard to type with pets helping

Susan W. said...

The Halloween pictures are great! I love the Winnie-the-Pooh costume!


Texas Book Lover said...

My kids love to carve pumpkins but hate the guts! They always want my husband and I to do that part.

elaing8 said...

I thought the same thing as DogsMom did about the bunny'm also the pumpkin seed baker.I love those :) Great interview.

Becky said...

Great interview! I enjoyed looking at Halloween costumes pictures. I wish my pumpkins came out like that when I carved them. Psychic Lies sounds like interesting book to read. I will have to get it.

Amiee Ryan said...

Thanks for the interview great fun to read :) all the costumes are brilliant :) I'll be adding Psychic Lies to my TBR list :)
thanks for the giveaway


Sara Daniel said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. I had fun digging them up!

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