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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekend Wonder: Moana Brantwood

General Questions…

Name:  Tanya Louise
Penname:  Moana Brantwood
A sentence or two about yourself:  I am seeker of peace and often the go-to person when a problem arises. I love to write, and get lost in books, but it’s the love of my reality that keeps my fires burning.
A sentence or two on what your blog is about:  A mix of mystique, wicca, fantasy and real life, with a few reviews thrown in, to make it feel real. Oh, and a selection of some pretty damn fabulous pics!

Book Lover Questions…

What is your favorite book and why?  Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott – Ingeniously written, Kirstyn’s style is gripping and darkly seductive. I can’t get it out of my mind.
Other favorites?  The Matrix by Jonathan Aycliffe (not Keanu’s Matrix); Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman; Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson; and The Fall of the House of Usher by (Sir) Edgar Allen Poe.
What’s your favorite genre to read?  Speculative fiction – anything paranormal, supernatural and haunting.  Must have a twist, a be a little sexy!
Where do you like to read?  In the shade of our backyard pergola (where the cats spend their days :))
Do you prefer paper books or ebooks?  I prefer a hard copy.
Do you prefer to buy or borrow books?  Buy, definitely buy!
Do you stop reading when you are tired or when you hit chapter breaks?  I stop only when the book tells me to.
When you finish a book do you usually keep it, throw it away, sell it, or give it away?  Keep it, occasionally lend it out, but I insist on its return.  Masterpieces are too hard to part with and become part of your soul.
What helps you decide on a book? (Book reviews, suggested by friend, by browsing the shelves, etc.)  Book review, blurbs, and I confess I’m a lover of covers. If the cover appeals, generally the book follows suit.
Do you prefer to read a book that stands on its own or is a part of a series?  I enjoy both, but a series would need to be captivating.

So You Want to be a Writer questions…

A few sentences about your writing: What do you write (blog entries, novels, poetry, etc)? Why do you write?  At present, I’m writing a novel, and have written poetry since I was small. Blogging is my latest obsession.  I have a need to create, confess, and express.
Did you always know that you wanted to write?  Always had a vivid imagination, but it was my English teacher who made me promise to write a book.

Favorite Questions…

What’s your favorite food?  Lobster
Favorite color?  Green
Favorite song?  Frozen by Madonna; Dreams by Fleetwood Mac; oh and Shine by Collective Soul.  (Can thirty-something people choose more than one, AubrieAnne?)
Favorite movie?  Mothman Prophecies
Favorite TV show?  King of Queens

Random Questions…

If you developed a superpower what would it be and why?   To have magic fingers, that with one touch would bestow mutual respect among people. (It’s what this world lacks)
What did you want to be when you were little?  A teacher.
What is the answer to life?  (Butterscotch Schnapps!) To do what the heart desires and never postpone your dreams.


  1. I love reading your weekend wonders, I think it is absolutely amazing to read about others and be inspired by them.

  2. This has piqued my curiosity and I will definitely be going over to her blog to check it out. I see so many of my own thoughts and feelings in her answers. I guess that is how we become "followers" of certain people's blogs and not others.

  3. Hi there! I've been reading some of your articles for a while now :)

    I like your blog a lot. It's quite an inspiration.
    I'm following now from the Weekend Blog hop.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Thank you, AubrieAnne, such an honour. I regret having answered so briefly now. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and thank you for making mine fabulous! XOX

    @Teri, and anyone else interested, please FOLLOW. I'd love to have some extra company, and I always Follow in return.

    Moana ;)

  5. A fascinating look into a fascinating lady! I loved and related to "I have a need to create, confess, and express." Great interview. Shah .X

  6. Moana...I love your slogan to create.confess.express. That's perfect for the blogging world. It was also my English teacher that first told me i should go into creative writing. At the time, I was like, YEAH RIGHT! I was all about art, but BEHOLD! It's now my major. Funny, huh?


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