Interview Roulette: Asta Idonea

Asts Idonea spins the wheel today!


  1. What’s the one article of clothing you love, but really should throw away because you’d die if anyone ever caught you wearing it?


I’m not sure that I have one these days. I don’t stress about what people think of my attire anymore. I wear things that are comfy and which I like. So long as my outfit is situation-appropriate, who cares?


  1. Which would be your preferred vacation choice: a luxury hotel, an apartment in a historic building, or a tent?


An apartment in an historic building. I’m a huge history buff. So long as there is a shower/bath and flushing toilet somewhere, I’m good. You will never get me within ten feet of a tent!


  1. Shopping—love it or leave it?


Depends on the shopping. I hate grocery shopping and clothes shopping, and I shudder at the thought of shoe shopping! However, if you’re talking books or DVDs, I’m up for those any time.


  1. One of your characters writes a poem to his beloved.


Neither of my guys in Wish You Were Here is really a poet in the making, so I think it’s more likely one of them would Google something. Can’t beat the classics! I’m thinking Shelley, or maybe Keats.


  1. Write a story—no more than 100 words–based on this prompt: When the levee failed….


The owner of the rusty Chevy turned his car around. He gnawed on his lower lip as he changed gear. The levee had never been dry before. He needed a drink. A rye whisky would hit the spot. In fact, he’d call in at the local watering hole and chat to the old-timers. Perhaps they’d know where all the water had gone.


When he arrived, he heard the most remarkable tale: Not two days earlier a travelling circus had passed through the town. They’d led their elephants to the levee for refreshment and those animals had drunk the river dry!


(I hope you don’t mind that I didn’t incorporate the words of your prompt exactly. However, when I saw the ‘levee’, I immediately thought ‘Chevy’ and then I just couldn’t resist! :))


  1. Describe the perfect pair of socks.

Thick, soft, and purple.

  1. Pick one of your characters. What are the last three tweets he or she sent?


Stupid family holiday. Wish I were back at uni already. #summerholidayhell #isitseptemberyet

Seen one motorway, you’ve seen them all. So far, we’ve seen one #m25hell #notanothertrafficjam


I am officially back in the dark ages. I’m amazed this place even has running water. #wherethehellamI #backofbeyond


  1. What is your worst phobia?

Tardiness. Weird, I know, but I constantly panic at the thought of being late! 🙂

  1. If you were to become a street performer, what would you do to entertain people and earn some money?


That’s easy. I’m a keen singer, so I’d belt out a tune or two.

Book blurb:

The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

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About the author:

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing. She is never found too far from her much-loved library/music room.










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