Hello, everyone. Welcome and thank you for joining me today. As promised, here I am ready to answer whatever question you toss at me to the best of my ability, LOL  Many people have responded via email and I will post each of the questions below along with the name of the person who asked it.  Feel free to shoot questions at me today, as well, if you just dropped by and hadn't had a chance to email me one.  If I receive a lot of questions within the comments section, I will set up a second post so everyone is visible on the blog and readers don't have to peruse the comments for Q&A. I will drop in this evening(day job you know) and over the next couple of days to catch up with people who may drop in later.

Something tells me that these questions will have nothing at all with the craft of writing and everything to do with...


shall we begin?

Jennifer Mathis asks:

Well since it is April Fools, I have to ask are you a practical joke kind of person and if so what do you think is you best practical joke?

Actually, Jennifer, like the clipart at the beginning denotes, no, I'm not really good at that kind of stuff.  I was always lingering in the background so as NOT to be the brunt of a practical joke. But, hey! You know, this stunt here might change things up a bit.  LOL I'd have to say this is my best practical joke--and it's on me!

Mary Marvella asks:

How old were you when you lost your first tooth? 

Geez, I truly don't remember but I do remember the agony of the tooth hanging by a thread and why is it you couldn't help but to play with the darned thing with your tongue.  I also remember placing the errant tooth under my pillow, the Tooth Fairy visits and finding some  cold hard cash in the morning in place of that pesky tooth:)

Do you remember your first boy friend?

Absolutely!  He was awesome and probably all but 10 or 11:) I used to go to the Little League field to gaze upon him.

Who was the first boy you kissed and how old were you?

His name was Joe and from the next town over. I think I was 13, he was about 15.  He gave me my first piece of jewelry too.  It was a birthstone pendant that was simple and very pretty. I still have it.  He broke up with me by telling me I was too good for him. My translation: He was wanting more than  I could give:)  A gentleman at a very young age. A very special memory.

Do you have a tattoo, where, and of what?

No. Not a one.  I have wanted to get one for years--a tramp stamp which is the low back one, LOL but I am too chicken:)

What is the strangest food combination you like?

M&Ms and cornflakes in milk(weird when I did it but now we have Chocolate Cheerios, so... And yes, I like them*grin*)  I also used to put maple syrup in milk as a kid.

Sharon Donovan asks:

What birthday was hardest for you to deal with and what did you do that could be considered zany to combat it?

Clever way to ask me how old I am, LOL.  Let's see. No birthday was really that hard for me but with age comes other changes that are very painful for me.  That midlife spread around the middle is haunting me now and I just cannot seem to get rid of it.  I find time has stripped some of my energy as I get into things I did without any thought and now realize I'm not as--shall we say-- spry as I used to be, LOL  BTW: I stopped aging/celebrating at thirty-five, just so you know *grin*

Mary Ricksen asks:

Do you have dreams involving sex? In color?

Absolutely!  Where do you think I get some of those sex scene ideas?  Color? Not sure. I think they are but I'm too busy to notice:)

Do any of your stories have a basis in reality?

Yes. Actually I mention or use several things from my life in my first book.  I do model character's morality, thoughts, mannerisms around people in my life. And sometimes things I myself have experienced.  I believe that there is a certain realism added through "real" life in fiction.

Lisa Finch asks:

What is the freakiest paranormal thing that ever happened to you?

I would have to say messing with a Quija board when I was probably at the cusp of my teen years.  My neighbor had a board and a creepy house.  She was older than me(late teens, early twenties) but she tolerated me, LOL We were playing with the thing one night and it began to take a life of its own which totally freaked us both out and needless to say we abandoned the thing, and I never touched another board in all these years!  I have to add I never will expecially after watching Paranormal Experiment.  That just plain freaked me out!

Keena Lykens asks:

If you could time travel with any fictional character, who would it be with, where would you go and would you eat the local cuisine?

I would have to say Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.  I would go anywhere with him, LOL  It would definitely depend on what the local cuisine was.  I do drawn the line at organs and bugs, etc. As well any animal in depicted in the story Bambi:)

Jackie Sajonjo asks:

What is the scarriest thing you've ever done?
You may not believe this but I have to say my scariest moment was when I posted my first piece of writing to a critique group(my first) and hit the 'send' button. I was so nervous, I shook and was near to panic and remorse as I awaited the first response.

My next panick-filled fearful moment was when I sent my first manuscript to an editor per her request. I beat myself up and refused to open her eventual email for fear of what it would say. LOL she asked my why I was hiding my work. She loved it and wanted to contract it. As FDR said, "the only thing to fear is fear itself." And I firmly believe that, LOL Though each time I put myself out there I am honestly afraid. Afraid I or my work will be rejected. Natural, but significant.

Paranormal fright? Well...the Quija incident I mention above and I used to have nightmares that I awoke bodily harmed afterwards--meaning I would have bruises and marks on my body in the exact places I was hurt in my dreams which were all very strange. I discovered that the root of my very frightening dreams were all the hardcore horror books I was reading. When I stopped reading them the dreams stopped.

Oh and once my brother hid under my bed in the dark. I came in (I never worried about turning lights on, still don't to this day. Good night vision. Must be one of shifter traits:) sat down on the bed he grabbed my ankles. If I weren't so young, I would have died on the spot of a heartattack. What are brothers for? I ask.

Catherine Bybee asks:

Where was the most outragious place you ever.....???

On the X-ray table in my office. It was cold and very uncomfortable but we had nowhere else to go. I wondered what the heck I was thinking... I mean geez, all kinds of people touch and lay on this table. Why in the world would I ever...


Oh! No! you are all thinking...

No... no... I'm talking about having lunch in the X-ray room because the breakroom was already full of people and...

Oh please...

get your minds out of the gutter. Next you'll all be thinking I lured some unsuspecting hunk of a patient into my lair on the pretence of an extended x-ray exam and well...you get the picture I'm sure;)

Thank you for all the wonderful questions. And, not a one about writing!  This has been a blast.  Please be sure to tune in on Thursdays and check out who is in the hot seat each week.  Also, if you'd like a heads up on what's going on here, please join Dayana's Happening. Just scroll down on the right sidebar of the my blog and click Yahoo Group "Join this group". 

Oh and thank you Fuzzies for inviting me to simulcast this event on your blog today as well.

Dayana Knight


  1. Mary Marvella // April 1, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

    Hey, Dayana, long time no ...

    Loved the X-ray table one.

    All right, I'll ask a writing question. What was most difficult scene you've tried to write so far? How did you manage to write it?

  2. Barbara Monajem // April 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

    What a hoot, Dayana!

    I used to wish I had a brother. Now, not so much. :)

  3. Nightingale // April 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

    Hey Dayana, very amusing post. I might have tried that Ouija board again. Do you have a recipe for handling rejection that takes the sting out? :-)

  4. Mary Ricksen // April 1, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

    Since we're cooking you. I say you answer Catherine's question. The strangest place you ever...?
    Me in the swimming pool. It really was a thrill, but a waste of time. HA!!

    Would you want to be a werewolf???

  5. Judy // April 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

    Such fun, Dayana! Thanks for posting. Happy Easter!

  6. Beth Trissel // April 1, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

    I really enjoyed this post. Very funny in spots. You had me with the X-ray table for a moment there.

  7. Dayana // April 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM  

    Hi, Mama. I will definitely answer that question on Part II of Dayana's self roasting over at the Black Rose Blog. Date yet to be determined. Will post it on my blog this weekend. Thank you for visiting me here and my blog. You are AWESOME:)

    Hi, Barbara! Thank you for dropping in. I'm glad you enjoyed this twisted sort of... I'm not sure what to call it, LOL

    Hi, Linda:) All I can say is watch Paranormal Experiment. You may think twice about the board, LOL I am going to take any questions I recieve in the comments and work them on a post over at the Black Rose blog as I advised Mamma above. Please look for Part II very soon.

    Oh no, Mary! I quite enjoyed the swimming pool. I have to say the car whether front or backseat just didn't work at all for me.

    Hi, Beth and Judy. Thank you all for stopping by. This has been a lot of fun for me. Don't forget that Author Spotlight is up and running again, so if you want so PR just let me know.


  8. Joanne // April 2, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

    Thanks, Dayana. Such a fun post!

  9. Dayana // April 2, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

    Thank you for dropping by, Joanne. Glad you enjoyed it:)


  10. Dayana // April 10, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

    Thanks again everyone! I'm off to catch up with the other posts but will be answering your questions in simulcast with my blog and TWRP's Black Rose blog. So please stay tuned to www.dayanaknight.blogspot.com for the specific date.

    This has been so much fun. Thank you for sharing it with me.