Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Getting to know your co-hosts ~ Konstanz Silverbow


Name: Konstanz Silverbow
Blogs: Nothought2small, and Writeaway
Publications: So far, none. But I did just submit my first manuscript to Shadow Mountain! 
Other Places to Find Me: Facebook (author page), Facebook (blog), Twitter, Goodreads


1. When writing, do you prefer to compose your first-draft by hand, on your computer, or using Morse Code?
  A mix really.  I start by hand, somewhere in the middle I begin typing, and along the way I write down ideas I have for other stories. 

2. If you could sing any song with the artist who wrote/performed it, what would it be and with whom?
 Secrets’ by OneRepublic but more importantly, Ryan Tedder.  (He is the lead singer for OneRepublic and also composed the music and lyrics for the song)

3. Who inspired you to write in the very beginning?
 I wasn’t really “inspired”  by someone to start writing.  What really started it was an experience I had.  It is a really funny story and one day I was telling my two best friends about it.  We were all laughing and I realized that it kinda sounded like something you would read in a book or see in a movie.  So I sat down and attempted to write it out.  I failed miserably.  After that one of my friends told me that her mom and eight other women had just started a writing group and I was invited to come. 

4. Favorite childhood memory? 
Spending time with my siblings. We grew up close because we were all home-schooled and own a family business. We did everything together. That doesn't happen often anymore with everyone grown up, some of them have their own families now, and one brother lives in Australia. 

5. What is your "Thing". i.e. do you have a non-professional hobby or a particularly acute preference for something that you feel defines a large part of who you are?
 Almost all of my hobbies, I make money from.  The one that I have not is Dragon and Sword collecting.  I LOVE dragons, I LOVE swords.  (Does that count as a hobby?)

6.What items could you typically have in your pockets?
 My phone, a hair tie, and loose change.

7.What is the most unusual thing you have ever given as a gift?
 I love this question.  Usually people ask what is the most unusual thing you have been given.  So, most unusual thing I have given?  An old mining Stock Certificate.

8. What makes you cry? (Emotional reasons. Onions don't count.)
Answer:  Movies, books, people.  I am a sympathetic crier.  I am over emotional so a lot of things make me cry.

9.Where do you go to "Get away from it all"?
 Novels.  I read and listen to music. 

10.What makes life worth living?
 The Small moments when it seems like everything is falling apart and one person changes it all with the simplest of things.  A simple gesture, a small compliment, a smile.

Another random fact just because, I love sarcasm.  Oh yeah, and I LOVE being an A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge Co-host! 

~Konstanz Silverbow


Anonymous said...

Great questions and equally wonderful informative answers,


JoJo said...

I'm only familiar with One Republic's song 'Good Life' which I love!!!

Unknown said...

Nice getting to know you and excited about my first A - Z fun.

Unknown said...

I admire anyone who can write a novel draft in Morse Code!! Nice getting to know you better, Konstanz :-)

Michelle Wallace said...

An old mining Stock Certificate is very unusual to give as a gift! Though it could be very valuable... am I right?
Great to learn more about you Konstanz.

Jolie du Pre said...

I enjoyed reading your interview, and you have an interesting name.

betty said...

I like your term sympathetic crier; I think I'm the same way! Enjoyed reading your answers and getting to know you more :)


Andrea said...

That is an unusual gift. And, sarcasm? Always appreciated!

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Thank you, Yvonne!

JoJo, it is definitely worth checking out. Secrets is a fantastic song!

MaryAnn, thanks! Welcome to the challenge. :D

Rachel, Wouldn't that be pretty awesome? Haha. Thanks!

Michelle, I didn't pay much for it. They can be worth a lot though. Depends on where it is from, what mine it is for.

Jolie, Thanks! And thank you!

Betyt, It's true though! If someone around me, especially someone I love is crying, I cry with them. This is why I must read alone. I cry with (and for) the characters and I typically get weird looks. :D

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Andrea, the receiver liked it. I guess that is all that matters. :D

Yes, sarcasm is wonderful.

J.L. Campbell said...

Nice to 'meet' you Konstanz. Tragic situations and movies can make me cry too. Your family sounds like a lovely gang.

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you, Konstanz:) I think it's great that you had such a wonderful time growing up with your siblings, but I can relate to the part about them all living too far away too. Looking forward to seeing you in the A - Z Challenge:)

Tina said...

Hi K.!
How wonderful to get to see your face! I love that about Lee suggesting head shots. (There are four total pictures of my face on the it was a BIG deal for me to put my headshot up there.) You know, I love it for OTHER people...yeah, I'm so unfair.

Your hobbies are really cool, and being the recipient of some of your amazing crafts I can attest to that first hand!

I homeschooled my kids for one and three-eights of a year. They're lucky to be alive. So am I. There *were* two of them...glad it was such a positive experience for you.

My Youngest Teen LOVES swords. He makes them, buys them, trades for them, etc. He doesn't yet have a metal one, though I know that's coming...

Great intro post, K.

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

P.S Had to delete my first comment because when I pasted my signature it also pasted my Life is Good post for Friday...sheesh. I think I need to take a break and go outside...

DL Hammons said...

You collect dragons?? :) So much fun getting to know you better! :)

Arlee Bird said...

Did I suggest the head shots? I guess that means Alex will have to put one up.

Great to learn more about you Konstanz. I'll agree about family life with siblings. I used to squabble a bit with mine, but we had a lot of great times as well. I still enjoy getting together with them.

A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Silvia Writes said...

Nice to meet you, Konstanz. Everything about you sounds interesting, including your name. You like dragons, so I take it you write fantasy stories. Fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Swords and dragons definitely count as a hobby!

Konstanz Silverbow said...

J.L, thanks! They definitely have their moments. :D

M.J., My pleasure! Yeah, we had so much fun. I wish things could be simple again like that.


Haha I am so with you. I HATE pictures of me. No matter what people say, no matter how many times people tell me I look good in pics, I refuse to believe it. I HATE pictures of me.

*Glares at Lee* Okay just kidding, Lee. No hard feelings.

Swords are awesome!

DL, Yep! There is a whole page on my blog dedicated to pictures of my dragon collection.

Really, as much as I hate pictures, no hard feelings. :D
Thanks! Oh we totally would squabble. And fight and argue and sometimes punch each other. :D

Silvia, thanks! Awe thank you! Yes I do, fantasy is my favorite!

Alex, yay! Then yes, I have a hobby that doesn't bring in any money.


Sandra Cox said...

Good questions and answers;)

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Thanks, Sandra!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Konstanz - interesting to read about how you started writing - lucky you having a friend inviting you to a writing group ..

When that hobby money comes rolling in I sure hope you can get out and about and visit your siblings wherever they are ..

Cheers and see you around the A - Z .. Hilary

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Thanks, Hilary!

I have been so lucky and blessed when it comes to my writing career!

And that is an excellent point, use the money to visit the siblings! :D

AJ Lauer said...

Hey Konstanz! Nice to meet you :)
I am also a sympathetic crier. 'ish. Not with most movies, etc. But ANY commercial or movie with people in the armed forces will get me almost every time :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm also a fan of sarcasm. I like your tale of inspiration. Cool that they invited you to join their group!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Unknown said...

Congrats on submitting the book! The waiting is such a tourment! Another sarcasm fan and user ;)

Nicole said...

Dragons and swords, oh my! Sounds like an adventurous mix of LOTR and The Golden Child. Lol. I wonder how many hobbies you have based on your answer to the seems like quite a few. Nice to get to know you.

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Ayjay, thanks for stopping by! Yep, people tell me I am way too emotional. But I can't help it!

Shannon, Yay for sarcasm! Thanks!

Adriana, Thank you, thank you! And yes, the wait is torture!

I LOVE LOTR!!!! :D And I have a lot! I make journals, I make jewelry (beading and I am a silver smith), I play violin, I write, I read, I collect Swords and Dragons (as you saw above), I could keep going but I don't know if you really want to sit here long enough to read the whole list. :D