The Questioning Blogger Edition

The Questioning: Lynn Kempner (Grimmedian)

The Questioning is where everything gets upside down. As part of my blogiversary celebration, I invited 10 authors and 10 bloggers/reviewers who showed great support during my first year as a blogger. Then I pushed them waaaaay out of the comfort zones. Authors had become interrogators and Bloggers got interrogated. Rest assured, no one got hurt (much) and everyone had fun (eventually). You can find every related post on The Questioning page!
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I have been reading SF&F for over 4 decades. Now I’ve decided to review books and run amok whenever the occasional calls for it.

Welcome to the Asylum! Take a seat by the fire, have a glass of beverage of your choice and tell me something about yourself!

Whiskey and a chat? Don’t mind if I do. I’m a voracious reader with an insatiable appetite for fantasy and science fiction. Though I read a lot more fantasy these days than anything else, I love them both. I been focused on independent writers and small studio releases for the past two years.

I’m the class clown in most situations, enjoy interacting with people, and take a lot more risks than I used to. The kids are grown, so I’m more likely to jump out of a perfectly good airplane than I used to be.

What blogging means to you?

It’s my creative outlet. Nothing will keep me from reading, and having a platform like Grimmedian to express myself with keeps me out of trouble. Mostly.  

I want to increase the signal to noise ratio faced by great independent work. I love writing about books, television and films I have enjoyed. The community of readers and writers online are tremendously supportive and although it can get a bit nuts, it’s an island of sanity I can retreat to.

You are locked in an asylum. What did you do to end up there?

I was mistaken for an evil and crazed dog knapper set on gathering puppies for coats at a Fantasy Con and I’m still trying to explain cosplay to the authorities.


Which fictional character and/or author would you like to live with in an asylum?

I think Neil Gaiman would make an interesting asylum mate, don’t you? I hope there’s tea and a library in this place…

Which fictional world would you like to live in?

One I created myself. In which I have plenty of disposable income and travel the world with all the modern comforts, like coffee and the Internet. So, nowhere in past history certainly. I’d have to head into the future, a non dystopia, and hope for the best. Like cures for diseases, and a very long life.

If you could switch lives with any character in a book, who would you choose? Would you like to have the author along as a fellow character?

I’d choose one of the firstborn from Paternus and Dyrk Ashton, I’m sure, he would be a great companion in whichever form, (probably the All Father), he chooses.

You are a treasure hunter, about to retrieve a chest of gold from a sunken pirate ship, when a beautiful mermaid/merman approaches you, trying to stop you. How do you react?

Very politely. I’m definitely out of my element in the sea, so I’d have to let them have it, apologize profusely and hope I haven’t pissed them off too badly. The consequences could be deadly otherwise and I’m rather attached to life in general.  

Your family allows you to keep one fantastical creature at home. What
do you choose?

A Porg naturally!

You can have one magic ability for a day. What can you do and how do you spend that day?

Spell casting. I’d cast a spell that made everyone speak only the truth, no lies. I can just imagine the fallout from that one.

You are a magical creature living near a village. How do you get on with humans?

I’d be a large blue dragon. The villagers and I get along fine. They provide me with live meals so I protect the village from any threats, ingeniously heating their homes and firing their forges.  


While you are locked in here for eternity, we will allow you one book – what would you choose?

One? Seriously? I can’t choose just one. So much for the library idea. I’m doomed to insanity. I suppose I could take LOTR, as long as it is all three in one volume!

Well then, we hope you’ll enjoy your stay in the Asylum! Any last words? *locks door*



Lynn is a fellow grimdark reader, who helped out at during Phase 1 of SPFBO. She is also a very awesome lady with great costumes 🙂

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