Face-Off with Melissa McShane!!

I am super happy to have Melissa McShane here today!! What a fun lady! She is the author of fantasy fiction and you are going to just love her!!

Here’s a little blurb she wrote up about her writing:

“I never thought to write fiction until a few years ago; I studied young adult literature in college and went on to write literary essays and reviews for many years. I had the idea for my first book, EMISSARY, and just for fun decided to see if I could turn it into a novel. It was hard, and exciting, and more fun than anyone ought to be allowed to have, so I kept at it. I’m in the process of publishing the next Tremontane novel, RIDER OF THE CROWN, and am always looking forward to the joy of beginning the next book.”

You can check out her fabulous reads here:

Also, if you sign up for Melissa’s newsletter, she is offering a FREE BOOK!!! Talk about a DEAL!!

Let’s play!!

PicCollage(1)The rules are simple. I ask Melissa some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have your kids ever eaten something gross they found in a public place? Like gum?

Melissa – The funny answer would be “nothing more gross than a McDonald’s cheeseburger,” but fortunately for me they confined all their gross eating habits to things they found on the floor at home.

Charity – Ha! That’s funny. Although…I am a sucker for a fast-food burger. Yum. My oldest and youngest kids are polar opposites. The older one will eat anything off the floor…or anywhere for that matter. The youngest is a total germaphobe.

— Tie

Charity 1 / Melissa 1

2. Favorite hair dye color?

Melissa – Copper red. I always wanted to be a redhead when I was a kid and was afraid to do it because I thought it would look goofy. Then three years ago I decided, why not? And it looked AMAZING. I am never going back.

Charity – I love red too!! I change my hair pretty frequently. Right now it’s blonde. Here’s a shot of me as a redhead.


— Another tie!

Charity 2 / Melissa 2

3. Who is your favorite Dr? As in “WHO” is your favorite dr?

Melissa – Most recently I like Matt Smith, but the truth is I am a die-hard Peter Davison fan. That’s right, I am that old. I own a cricket ball autographed by him and it’s one of my treasured bits of fandom. It was actually a gift from a guy who had a crush on me in high school and went to a con with a bunch of Doctor Who actors. I probably shouldn’t have accepted it, since I didn’t return his feelings, but it was just such a cool thing I couldn’t resist. Besides, it would have hurt his feelings if I’d turned it down. Yeah, I’m going with that.

MattSmith Fifth_Doctor

Charity – Ha! Nice!!! Well, I must admit that I have no idea who either of those fella’s are! I have only seen one episode of Dr. Who (the first) and it was … odd? I do have a good friend that has a huge Dr. Who bash every year. Their costumes crack me up!!

— Melissa definitely gets that!!

Charity 2 / Melissa 3

4. Did you ever go Christmas Caroling?

Melissa – Yes, and for some reason it was always on the coldest night of the year in the coldest places on earth. You wouldn’t think upstate New York could freeze your eyelids shut, but it’s true. I really question the wisdom of exercising your vocal cords under those conditions.

Charity – I haven’t been since I was a wee child..so, I don’t think that counts. On a side note, I am totally from Upstate New York. My parents live up there. Cool!!

— Melissa again!

Charity 2 / Melissa 4

5. Favorite scary movie?

Melissa – I am a total weenie when it comes to scary movies. The closest I come to liking horror films is The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. And that only counts because the library where I used to work shelved the movie in the Horror section.

Charity – Now, that is funny!! Horror..the Mummy? haha. I love suspenseful movies. M. Night movies are so awesome. He’s probably my favorite director!!

— I get it!

Charity 3 / Melissa 4

6. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Melissa – I believe in magnifying the gifts God gives us, whatever those gifts are. While I try to make my fiction reflect things I believe in, I also think teaching my children is one of the most important things I can do with my life. They’re not perfect, but I love it when they choose to spend time together, and I hope I played a part in bringing that about.

Charity – Sweet!

— God wins!

Charity 3 / Melissa 4

7. Last movie you saw in the theaters?

Melissa – Guardians of the Galaxy. (I can’t believe how long ago that was!) I’m a sucker for comic book movies, but I’d never heard of this one and had no idea what to expect. I totally loved it, probably because of the soundtrack. Did I mention I’m that old?

Charity – I can’t believe how long ago that was either!! I’m a movie junkie…well, theater junkie!! We saw Goosebumps last Saturday. It was really cute.

— I totally get it!

Charity 4 / Melissa 4

8. Do you sneak food into the theater? The one by us lets you order pizza and have it delivered there! They totally don’t care!

Melissa – I wish we had that kind of theater where I live! I have an enormous purse and have been able to sneak two 20-oz. bottles of Coke and several boxes of candy in without anyone noticing. Then I realized that if you buy their popcorn (which I never did manage to sneak in), they don’t care if you smuggle in your own soda dispenser or a cotton candy machine. I guess that says something about the price of the popcorn.

Charity – haha! Yep!! It’s ridiculous…OMGosh. A few months back, we went to see Insurgent. Well, before that, we went to Chick-fil-A. I had the bright idea to put all of our Chick-fil-A cups in my purse. Guess what spilled EVERYWHERE in my purse? Yep. All the cups FULL of soda and tea. hahahahaha. I was dripping as I walked down the hallway. The best part? I had to go to my doctor and request a new prescription. I had to fess up to what happened. He was laughing at my like I was from another planet. ha!


— Tie again! We are Mom’s sneaking in food for our hungry little peoples.


Charity 5 / Melissa 5


Thank you, Melissa!! Such fun!! 6ddd0-530b9ea8e4b035db7175a1af

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