This month’s games were #AuthorConfession and #TheMerryWriter.


  1. I’m Drew, the one that starts off the month with daily answers; disappears in the middle and then finishes them all off in a rush in the last few days. And I’m going to count this as a cartoon since it was a mixture of animation & claymation, The Trapdoor.
  2. Ash’s weapon of choice is either a handgun or his katana, depending on the circumstances.
  3. De Vries’ biggest fear is being dismissed as insane and imprisoned.
  4. Right now, Ash isn’t looking to go on vacation, he’s got too much going on. But if he could, I suspect it would be somewhere as far away from any Ceteri house as possible. New Zealand might be an option.
  5. Possibly Florence. Aside from the architecture, Ash was still on good terms with House Titian last time he checked and it would give Quinn and Lady Gianna di Bonaventura a chance to continue their last conversation.
  6. I’m going to say either the University from the Kingkiller Chronicles or the Unseen University in Anhk-Morpork. For Ash, I’m thinking the city of K’un Lun.
  7. How do I balance my day jobs with writing? Precariously.
  8. What have I sacrificed? Any sense of a social life…
  9. The answer to this one changes frequently depending on my mood. Currently, I’m thinking it’s Dark Night by the Blasters
  10. I suppose it could be said that Ash is the victim of bullies in some ways.
  11. This is about as close as I get to a writing outfit… (see photo)
  12. Not that I’m aware of. Maybe saying lines out loud to myself.
  13. Probably the requirements for shipping a body overseas.
  14. Hmm, not sure how controversial it is necessarily but one of the themes I hope comes across in House in Exile is how far someone will go in doing what they believe is the right thing.
  15. See my recent AuthorToolBox post for this one…
  16. Elizabeth would be an ice cream cake.
  17. See aesthetic below.
  18. Pens or notebooks usually
  19. If I couldn’t write, I’d probably talk to myself a lot more.
  20. De Vries would be unmasked as the creepy old man running some kind of insurance scam…
  21. I’m going to have to pass on this one since I haven’t written any good lines lately.
  22. I honestly don’t know what De Vries would bring to a potluck. Probably drinks or something pre-made. He’d likely choose whatever took the least thought or effort.
  23. J.M. Sullivan, Jessica Julien, M.L. Spencer, Dyrk Ashton, C.M. Turner, Paul Lavender, Jessica Matteliano, T.A. Uner, A.M. Justice, Chris Smolinski, L.F. Oake, Joshua Robertson, Regan O’Leary, H.A. Callum, C.T. Phipps, Jonathan French, Josiah Bancroft, Ben Galley.
  24. The only one I think has been mentioned is that Mitsuko uses something that makes her hair smell of jasmine.
  25. I wish I knew.
  26. Not a date, but I would happily have a drink with Ash. I think we’d get on okay.
  27. Free weights.
  28. I sometimes throw in little references to vampire history/lore.
  29. I suspect Ash would go looking for weapons.
  30. I’m not sure there’s a genre I read that I wouldn’t be prepared to have a go at.
  31. Pass.


  1. I’m Drew. As for my current location, I live in the desert of New Mexico. The landscape stretches out around you in all directions and you can taste the heat with every breath.
  2. My main WIP is House in Exile, the 3rd in my urban fantasy series.
  3. BREAK.
  4. BREAK.
  5. It bounces around. Some of the places where my characters spend at least a chapter: Glasgow, Scotland. Sacremento Mtns, New Mexico. El Paso, Texas. London, England.
  6. Mostly cars/trucks. They do have to wait until the sun goes down but that’s not too hard in Jan/Feb. Of course, throughout the series, Ash has traveled by car, motorbike, plane, helicopter, hydrofoil and, once by cargo inside a coffin.
  7. Well, the picture below is representative of one of the major settings in House in Exile.
  8. House in Exile is set in 2004 so I guess so…
  9. Well, the weather varies a bit depending on current location but it’s late January everywhere so generally cold & dark.
  10. BREAK.
  11. BREAK.
  12. Technically, at the start of House in Exile, Ash isn’t living anywhere. He’s too busy staying on the move.
  13. Aside from the Ceteri themselves there is not a lot of magic in the world (and I try to explain them in terms of science/genetics). The closest is probably the suggestion that some members of the Valerian family have prophetic dreams.
  14. A few religions have been mentioned in the series. There have been Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Shintoist characters, although it’s not yet been a focus for any of them.
  15. Gradually headlights picked out a break in the trees to either side & we emerged into a small clearing. A building stood on top of a rise at the far end of the clearing. It looked like nothing so much as a modernized version of a log cabin.
  16. Unless you want to count the Ceteri themselves, and some do consider themselves a race apart.
  17. BREAK.
  18. BREAK.
  19. Not in House in Exile so far, although there was some Japanese used in A House Divided when Ash first arrives at House Takeda. And some Russian in House Valerius. Usually, it’s characters cursing in their native language.
  20. Not so far. Although New Year was a part of A House Divided.
  21. The Ceteri society by and large is governed by the Curia, a group of the rulers of the 7 most powerful Houses. The head of the Curia is the Matriarch/Patriarch and is usually the deciding vote on any matters.
  22. Well, a good chuNk of House in Exile is set in New Mexico which is where I currently live, so…
  23. Alex Micati, Andry Bach, Ari Meghlen, CinaedhVik, D.M. Newlun, Elizabeth Mays, Eric Lahti, Filip Magnus, Ivet Putnam, John Cordial, Lexi Lefevre, Nick Borrelli, Petros Triantafyllou, Raimey Gallant, Rebekah Teller, Rachel Poli, Timy Takács, The Fantasy Inn, The Fantasy Hive.
  24. BREAK.
  25. BREAK.
  26. Ash’s favourite meal is beef Stroganoff.
  27. Aside from blood?
  28. Most of the time it’s pretty basic stuff, just jeans & t-shirts.
  29. Yes, although it’s on hold a little for the time being.
  30. No, since it’s mostly real-world locations I don’t feel the need. Although I do have a Google map for certain places.
  31. In places.

As Always, Thanks to the hosts:

#AuthorConfession – J.M. Sullivan & Jessica Julien

#TheMerryWriter – Ari Meghlen & Rachel Poli

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