Your Twizzy Court

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As it’s the new year, I thought I’d revisit what occupied a great deal of my time last year. No, not my neuroses. The Twizzy.

For those of you unfamiliar, please feel free to look back over my posts for the last year. You’ll quickly get caught up. Here is the final Twizzy game. Make sure you scroll to the bottom so you see the full list of Twizzy Stars. I’m still so terribly proud they chose to play along.

Now, as promised, here are photos of the Twizzy winners with their prizes and tiaras.

First off, The Twizzy Grand Champion. Here Donna (@dp57) strikes a daring pose in (strangely) a Santa penguin ensemble. I don’t know why. Let’s just go with it, OK? On the Santa cap you can see the crystal tiara with a T for Twizzy.

Here is the first runner-up Heike (@busybrd) with her tiara and prizes. She looks like a proper princess there.

Next, we’ve got Allison (@wrightallison) who gets bonus points for using her teeth!

Here’s my best friend Millicent. She’s not on Twitter. I know, I can’t believe it either… We’ve been best friends since 5th grade. I won’t tell you how many years that is but back then Dittos were in fashion. Dittos? You know? Dittos? Never mind.

And tied with her is Sandy (@littlesandyw). Sandy particularly liked the card.

We have another tie – this one for last place. Here is Nichole (@NicholeBernier) who gets a bonus point for her artistic presentation.

And Cassie (@Cassie_Jackson) who should get special mention for playing along from England. That was no small feat to time her visits to the site with the release of each game. Well done, Cassie.

Congratulations to all my lovely ladies.

All book prizes were donated by my friend Alyssa Smith (@booksandcorsets). The runners-up tiaras were donated by Donna (@dp57). I provided The Twizzy Grand Champion with her sparkly winnings. And the fabulous handmade cat cards were donated by Millicent.

I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did.

As for 2012, no. There won’t be another Twizzy. I’m sorry. I know you’ve all asked but I can’t do it. I need to concentrate on finishing up the editing on my first manuscript and then begin the querying process. Yes, again.

In addition, I’ve got four other manuscripts that are requiring my attention. Occasionally, I hear, I’m to look in my family’s direction as well. And we won’t get into how much time it takes out of my life to watch every Yankees game. But don’t worry, you can usually find me moaning about something on Twitter, so I’ll see you there.

The Twizzy – The Final Game Results

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Hello, readers. Thanks for playing along and having fun with The Twizzy all year. Here are the results for The Final Game. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 5 correct answers. I stopped counting past then because I had to get ready for Thanksgiving. The runners-up for this game are: @cassie_jackson, @kcecelia, @busybrd, and my best friend Millicent.

So who was the winner? It’s @dp57, of course. Congratulations, Donna! This is your 10th Twizzy win! Please pick a prize from the list below and leave your choice in the comments section on this page.

Prizes consist of: Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith.

So who was the Twizzy Star for Game 38, The Final Game?

You know her.

You love her.

I hope you’ve read her gorgeous writing.

The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 38 was Catherine Delors.

As this is The Final Game, it’s time to reveal who The Twizzy Grand Champion is. This comes as no surprise to my diehard players, it’s @dp57! Donna, speeding your way is THIS, THE TWIZZY TIARA.

I’m also hoping to send another separate goody, which I can’t reveal. I haven’t yet received said item (although I have harassed the gentleman who owns it several times). You will love. In addition to the mystery prize, I will be sending you a hardcover book from the selection I was given. Congratulations, my friend. You deserved it. I will be keeping this, the Twizzy Tiara you made and sent me. It will forever by my reminder that I ran this mad quiz for so long.

Now, who are the Twizzy Runners-up? They are (in order of wins):

@busybrd with 5

@wrightallison with 4

A tie with:

My best friend Millicent with 3

and

@LittleSandyW with 3

And a tie with:

@nicholebernier with 2

@cassie_jackson with 2

Keep your eyes on the post, ladies. You will be receiving parting gifts. And, Cassie, I think I need your mailing address, hon. Drop it in the comments section on this page.

The Twizzy is over. I’m extremely proud to say this was the first time anything of this magnitude was put together on Twitter. I am delighted to have had the cooperation of so many authors, journalists, sports writers, literary agents, and publishers. If you’ve not read their books or articles, or followed them on Twitter, why not do so? We’re a literary bunch, after all.

At this time, I’d like to thank each of my Twizzy Stars, because without them, this couldn’t have happened:

***The lovely Bethanne Patrick was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 1. You can find and follow her at @thebookmavenhttp://bookmavenmedia.com/

Bethanne is responsible for #fridayreads on Twitter and the Friday Reads Facebook page. By all means, stop by every Friday and share what you’re reading.

***The charming Caroline Leavitt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 2. You can find and follow her at @leavittnovelisthttp://www.carolineleavitt.com/home.htm

Caroline has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 2 weeks in a row now with her book PICTURES OF YOU. Why not buy it today?

***The hilarious Wallace Matthews was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 3You can find and follow him at @ESPNNYYankees http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees

Wallace is the Yankees Beat Writer for ESPN New York.

***The adorable Julie Klam was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 4You can find and follow her at @julieklam http://www.julieklam.com/

Julie is the New York Times Bestselling Author of You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness and Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead)

***The fabulous Colleen Lindsay was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 5. You can find and follow her at @colleenlindsay http://theswivet.com

Colleen is a former literary agent who is currently part of the Business Development team at Penguin Group (USA).

***The wonderful Veronica Brooks-Sigler  was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 6You can find and follow her at @getlit_erate http://www.brookssigler.com

Veronica is the author of Five Finger Fiction. She is working on a sequel. Yay!

***The witty Brett Sandusky was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 7. You can find and follow him at @bsandusky and http://brettlikesstuff.tumblr.com/

Brett is a digital publishing professional, innovator, strategist, marketer and writer.

***The funny Elana Roth was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 8You can find and follow her at @ElanaRoth and http://www.elanaroth.com

Elana is a literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She’s also second-to-none in quoting Ghostbusters.

***The delightful Gesine Bullock-Prado was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 9. You can find and follow her at @closetmastrbakr and http://www.gesine.com

Gesine is a pastry chef, the owner of Gesine Confectionary, and author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker/My Life from Scratch and the recent Sugar Baby.

***The captivating Laura Strachan was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 10. You can find and follow her at @StrachanLit and www.strachanlit.com

Laura is my literary agent. She represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.

***The talented Joe Wallace was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 11. You can find and follow him at www.josephwallace.com @joe_wallace

Joe is an author of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.

***The sweet Kellyann Zuzulo was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 12. You can find and follow her at www.kfzuzulo.com @kfzuzulo

Kellyann is a former journalist, author of tales, word laborer, stirrer of soup.

***The brilliant Bob Klapisch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 13. You can find and follow him at http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/klapisch/ and http://msn.foxsports.com/writer/Bob_Klapisch @BobKlap

Bob is a baseball columnist for The Bergen Record and foxsports.com

***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at http://erinbried.com/ @NiftyButton

Erin is a pie baker, storyteller, collector of old timey wisdom. Author of How to Build a Fire & Sew a Button (Ballantine). Self mag staff writer.

***The dear Sean Kennedy  was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 15. You can find and follow him at http://www.sean-kennedy.com/ @slicksean

Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.

***The darling Pete Caldera was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 16. You can find and follow him at: www.northjersey.com And http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/pinstripeposts and @pcaldera

Pete is the Bergen Record Yankees beat writer and an occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.

***The fantastic David Pomerico was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 17. You can find and follow him at  http://www.bantamspectra.net   and @DelReySpectra

David is an editor at Del Rey and Spectra, two of the biggest SF, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance imprints in–and out of–the world.

***The sweet Jennifer Gilmore was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 18. You can find and follow her at  http://jennifergilmore.net/   and  @jenwgilmore

Jennifer is the author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.

***The talented Allison Winn-Scotch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Week 19. You can find and follow her at www.allisonwinn.com  and @aswinn

Allison is a novelist, NY Times best seller (yeah, I had to get that in), celeb profiler, diaper changer, dog walker, ass-kicker, pop culture junkie, superwoman.

***The clever Kathleen Schmidt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 20. You can find and follow her at   http://kathleenschmidt.tumblr.com  @bookgirl96

Kathleen is a bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.

***The marvelous Mark Feinsand was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 21. You can find and follow him at http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees  @BloggingBombers

Mark is the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.

***The fantastic Georgia McBride was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 22. You can find and follow her at  www.georgiamcbride.com   @Georgia_McBride

Georgia is a YA author of the PRAEFATIO series. She’s represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency. Founder of #YAlitchat. Mom to 2 humans + 3 Chihuahuas. Hopeless Romantic.

***The brilliant Brenda Copeland was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 23.

***The adorable Nichole Bernier was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 24. You can find and follow her at  http://www.nicholebernier.com   @NicholeBernier

Nichole is a writer (Conde Nast Traveler) & mother of 5 trafficking in humor, Twizzlers, occasionally wisdom. Novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, Crown/RH 2012

***The fabulous Ken Davidoff was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 25. You can find and follow him at  http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ken-davidoff-s-baseball-insider-1.1278117    @kendavidoff

Ken is the National baseball writer for Newsday.

***The funny Jenny Gardiner was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 26. You can follow and find her at  @jennygardiner  http://www.jennygardiner.net/blog/

Jenny is the author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me, & Slim to None.

***The hilarious Laura Zigman was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 27. You can follow and find her at @laurazigman  http://laurazigman.wordpress.com/

Laura is a writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.

***The talented Jerome Priesler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 28. You can follow and find him at @YankeesInk   http://www.yankeesink.com

Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.

***The ultra cool Rich Oliver was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29. You can follow and find him at @RichOliver  and  http://www.richardoliver.biz

Rich is the jingle singer for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom.

***The dynamic Susan Orlean was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 30.You can follow and find her at  @susanorlean and www.susanorlean.com

Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books - The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.

***The hilarious and talented Jane Heller was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 31.  You can follow and find her at @janeheller1  http://www.janeheller.com

Jane is a novelist, screenwriter, blogger, author of Confessions of a She-Fan, a Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, and a pop culture maven.

***The charming Karen Palmer was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 32. You can follow and find her at @karen_palmer  www.karenpalmer.com

Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.

***The incredible Marc Carig was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 33. You can follow and find him at @ledger_yankees   www.nj.com  and http://carig.wordpress.com

Marc is the Yankees beat writer for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com

***The witty Glenn Giangrande was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 34You can follow and find him at @glenngiangrande and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Glenn is a four-time Emmy recipient, YESNetwork.com personality, on-air talent.

***The clever Drew Sarver was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 35You can follow and find him at @mypinstripes   http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Drew is a Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

***The brilliant Alyssa Smith was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 36You can follow and find her at @booksandcorsets and http://about.me/booksandcorsets

Alyssa is an Editor, reviewer, convention organizer, avid costumer. She is always planning something. She Tweets about her interests: cooking, sewing, books.

***The lovely Holly LeCraw was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 37. You can follow and find her at @HollyLeCraw  and http://hollylecraw.com/Holly is a writer, reader, southerner far from home. Her first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday.
And my 2 Twizzy Stars kept in reserve were:
Ann Leary @annlearyAuthor of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharpMummy, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

 

Thanks for playing along everyone. I will NOT see you Monday morning. There will NOT be another Twizzy. You may now go about your lives. Adieu!

The Twizzy – The Final Game

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~ You love them. You’ve read their books or articles. You follow them on Twitter. But how well do you know them and their wicked sense of humor? Play The Twizzy and find out. ~

Happy Monday and welcome to The Final Twizzy. Thank you for all your responses over the past year. I’m glad you had fun and were so competitive with each other! It was terrific for me to coordinate and run. I absolutely adore several of my Twizzy Stars, so I probably enjoyed this far more than you! In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret, I assigned my favorite Twizzy Stars to my favorite numbers. If only you knew my favorite numbers, you’d know who my favorite Twitter people are, and that would have been a huge help for your guesses. Ha.

This Friday, after I reveal the final Twizzy Star, I will also crown The Twizzy Grand Champion with a sparkly Twizzy tiara. That is the person who won the most games. High-win runners-up also receive special prizes.

Now, are you ready for Game 38? Remember, you’re allowed 1 guess per day.

I’ll give a recap for those of you who haven’t played yet:

In my quest to keep you all entertained, I thought up a quiz. But not just any quiz. That would be boring. This is a quiz where Twitter Stars answer 30 questions. As you’ll see, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill questions. That, too, would be boring.

Originally it was just to be the published authors I interact with but this plan grew and grew. Everyone I asked said yes! So what you have here is a lovely mix of writers – from New York Times Bestselling authors to newly published ones. From sportswriters to freelance journalists. I didn’t stop there though. I asked literary agents and editors, and then it extended to all aspects of publishing – from business development to public relations. I’ve even been lucky enough to snag two British celebrities.

Below is the list of the participants with their Twitter bio and handles. While you go through, you may consider following them, and buying their books or newspapers. These people are awesome, truly. As busy as they are, they took time out to play “The Twizzy” and they answered the questions with such flair that I was laughing each time a new email came in.

Once you’ve gone through the list, take a look at the question and answer session below. You will laugh. The questions will be the same every Monday. Your job is to figure out who from the list answered the questions that week. Include your guess in the comments section here on my blog. I will not post your comments until the winner has been announced. This is because I want you to guess on your own. If by Thursday there is still no correct answer, I’ll give 1 hint. The first correct answer wins a prize. Yes, a prize. They consist of: Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith. You will have until Friday to guess. Then I will reveal The Twizzy Star of the Week. If you’re not on Twitter, you can still play because you’ve likely read their books or articles, and, as the weeks go on, the list will narrow.

If you have any questions, Tweet me at www.Twitter.com/SunnySoCal and please use “#TheTwizzy” in your question.

Have fun and good luck!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 38 (Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list and biography of previous Twizzy Stars. Believe me, I’ve hit the jackpot. They’ve all been AWESOME! Check them and their answers out!)

Catherine Delors @CatherineDelors: Writer, historical fiction (For the King, Mistress of the Revolution.) Loves Paris, history and the 18th century.

http://versaillesandmore.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

The Twizzy – Game 38

1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?

It was rather fast and painless. And yes, I find it exhilarating.

2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?

Oh, yes. The one rule to remember: there are no rules. (***Note from Denise: This answer has been partially revised.***)

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

A food related one, always food…  (***Note from Denise: This answer has been partially revised.***)

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

I Haul Sixteen Tons, by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

5. Do you like capers?

Yes, in hollandaise sauce, with fish of course.

6. Any food you must have?

I am not picky. Any delicious dish will do.

7. Pet?

I travel too much.

8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?

Blue. I am a Conan Doyle fan.

9. Favorite stroll?

Many in Griffith Park.

10. Most embarrassing memory?

Nice try, Denise!

11. Biggest pet peeve?

I make it a rule not to pet my peeves.

12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?

Joan of Arc.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Don’t get me started…

14. Favorite book?

Balzac’s Eugenie Grandet.

15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?

No. I am not into self-mutilation.

16. Favorite movie?

Beauty and the Beast, by Cocteau.

17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?

No. Yes. Utterly vile.

18. Favorite quote?

If you are what you ought to be, you will set the whole world on fire.” 
St. Catherine of Sienna

19. Favorite swear word?

I don’t swear, dear.

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

I don’t, really.

21. Guilty pleasure?

I reserve my answer for my next trip to the confessional.

22. Favorite character?

My son.

23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?

Not as much as those who say “nukilar.”

24. Which character would win this smackdown: Peter Venkman, Jack Donaghy, Stay Puft, Dwight Shrute, George Costanza, Basil Fawlty, Mortimer Brewster, Hyacinth Bucket, Mr. Whipple, or the Maytag Repairman?

Venkman, with Stay Puft as a close runner-up. Ah, Ghostbusters… (***Note from Denise: SUPERB ANSWER!***)

25. Phobias?

Roaches. 

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

How many words do I have to answer this?

27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”

?????

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Brussel sprouts. Pickled herring. Human flesh.

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

As far as possible.

*Bonus*

Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”

????? What’s the deal with comedies from the 80s?  (***Note from Denise: I ask the questions here.***)


________________ Past Twizzy Stars ____________________

***The lovely Bethanne Patrick was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 1. You can find and follow her at @thebookmaven. http://bookmavenmedia.com/

Bethanne is responsible for #fridayreads on Twitter and the Friday Reads Facebook page. By all means, stop by every Friday and share what you’re reading.

***The charming Caroline Leavitt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 2. You can find and follow her at @leavittnovelist. http://www.carolineleavitt.com/home.htm

Caroline has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 2 weeks in a row now with her book PICTURES OF YOU. Why not buy it today?

***The hilarious Wallace Matthews was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 3. You can find and follow him at @ESPNNYYankees . http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees

Wallace is the Yankees Beat Writer for ESPN New York.

***The adorable Julie Klam was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 4. You can find and follow her at @julieklam . http://www.julieklam.com/

Julie is the New York Times Bestselling Author of You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness and Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead)

***The fabulous Colleen Lindsay was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 5. You can find and follow her at @colleenlindsay http://theswivet.com

Colleen is a former literary agent who is currently part of the Business Development team at Penguin Group (USA).

***The wonderful Veronica Brooks-Sigler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 6. You can find and follow her at @getlit_erate http://www.brookssigler.com

Veronica is the author of Five Finger Fiction. She is working on a sequel. Yay!

***The witty Brett Sandusky was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 7. You can find and follow him at @bsandusky and http://brettlikesstuff.tumblr.com/

Brett is a digital publishing professional, innovator, strategist, marketer and writer.

***The funny Elana Roth was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 8. You can find and follow her at @ElanaRoth and http://www.elanaroth.com

Elana is a literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She’s also second-to-none in quoting Ghostbusters.

***The delightful Gesine Bullock-Prado was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 9. You can find and follow her at @closetmastrbakr and http://www.gesine.com

Gesine is a pastry chef, the owner of Gesine Confectionary, and author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker/My Life from Scratch and the recent Sugar Baby.

***The captivating Laura Strachan was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 10. You can find and follow her at @StrachanLit and www.strachanlit.com

Laura is my literary agent. She represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.

***The talented Joe Wallace was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 11. You can find and follow him at www.josephwallace.com @joe_wallace

Joe is an author of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.

***The sweet Kellyann Zuzulo was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 12. You can find and follow her at www.kfzuzulo.com @kfzuzulo

Kellyann is a former journalist, author of tales, word laborer, stirrer of soup.

***The brilliant Bob Klapisch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 13. You can find and follow him at http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/klapisch/ and http://msn.foxsports.com/writer/Bob_Klapisch @BobKlap

Bob is a baseball columnist for The Bergen Record and foxsports.com

***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at http://erinbried.com/ @NiftyButton

Erin is a pie baker, storyteller, collector of old timey wisdom. Author of How to Build a Fire & Sew a Button (Ballantine). Self mag staff writer.

***The dear Sean Kennedy was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 15. You can find and follow him at http://www.sean-kennedy.com/ @slicksean

Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.

***The darling Pete Caldera was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 16. You can find and follow him at: www.northjersey.com And http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/pinstripeposts and @pcaldera

Pete is the Bergen Record Yankees beat writer and an occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.

***The fantastic David Pomerico was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 17. You can find and follow him at  http://www.bantamspectra.net   and @DelReySpectra

David is an editor at Del Rey and Spectra, two of the biggest SF, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance imprints in–and out of–the world.

***The sweet Jennifer Gilmore was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 18. You can find and follow her at  http://jennifergilmore.net/   and  @jenwgilmore

Jennifer is the author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.

***The talented Allison Winn-Scotch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Week 19. You can find and follow her at www.allisonwinn.com  and @aswinn

Allison is a novelist, NY Times best seller (yeah, I had to get that in), celeb profiler, diaper changer, dog walker, ass-kicker, pop culture junkie, superwoman.

***The clever Kathleen Schmidt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 20. You can find and follow her at   http://kathleenschmidt.tumblr.com  @bookgirl96

Kathleen is a bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.

***The marvelous Mark Feinsand was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 21. You can find and follow him at http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees  @BloggingBombers

Mark is the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.

***The fantastic Georgia McBride was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 22. You can find and follow her at  www.georgiamcbride.com   @Georgia_McBride

Georgia is a YA author of the PRAEFATIO series. She’s represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency. Founder of #YAlitchat. Mom to 2 humans + 3 Chihuahuas. Hopeless Romantic.

***The brilliant Brenda Copeland was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 23.

***The adorable Nichole Bernier was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 24. You can find and follow her at  http://www.nicholebernier.com   @NicholeBernier

Nichole is a writer (Conde Nast Traveler) & mother of 5 trafficking in humor, Twizzlers, occasionally wisdom. Novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, Crown/RH 2012

***The fabulous Ken Davidoff was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 25. You can find and follow him at  http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ken-davidoff-s-baseball-insider-1.1278117    @kendavidoff  

Ken is the National baseball writer for Newsday.

***The funny Jenny Gardiner was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 26. You can follow and find her at  @jennygardiner  http://www.jennygardiner.net/blog/

Jenny is the author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me, & Slim to None.

***The hilarious Laura Zigman was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 27. You can follow and find her at @laurazigman  http://laurazigman.wordpress.com/

Laura is a writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.

***The talented Jerome Priesler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 28. You can follow and find him at @YankeesInk   http://www.yankeesink.com

Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.

***The ultra cool Rich Oliver was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29. You can follow and find him at @RichOliver  and  http://www.richardoliver.biz

Rich is the jingle singer for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom.

***The dynamic Susan Orlean was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 30.You can follow and find her at  @susanorlean and www.susanorlean.com

Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books – The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.

***The hilarious and talented Jane Heller was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 31.  You can follow and find her at @janeheller1  http://www.janeheller.com

Jane is a novelist, screenwriter, blogger, author of Confessions of a She-Fan, a Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, and a pop culture maven.

***The charming Karen Palmer was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 32. You can follow and find her at @karen_palmer  www.karenpalmer.com

Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.

***The incredible Marc Carig was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 33. You can follow and find him at @ledger_yankees   www.nj.com  and http://carig.wordpress.com

Marc is the Yankees beat writer for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com

***The witty Glenn Giangrande was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 34. You can follow and find him at @glenngiangrande and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Glenn is a four-time Emmy recipient, YESNetwork.com personality, on-air talent.

***The clever Drew Sarver was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 35. You can follow and find him at @mypinstripes   http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Drew is a Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

***The brilliant Alyssa Smith was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 36. You can follow and find her at @booksandcorsets and http://about.me/booksandcorsets

Alyssa is an Editor, reviewer, convention organizer, avid costumer. She is always planning something. She Tweets about her interests: cooking, sewing, books.

***The lovely Holly LeCraw was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 37. You can follow and find her at @HollyLeCraw  and http://hollylecraw.com/Holly is a writer, reader, southerner far from home. Her first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday.~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~

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The Twizzy – Game 37 Results

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Hello, readers. Thanks for playing along and having fun with The Twizzy. Here are the results for Game 37. 

This week there were 5 correct answers. The runners-up are: @littlesandyw,  my best friend Millicent, @cassie_jackson,  and @pcarlson001.

So who was the winner? It’s @busybrd. Congratulations, Heike. This is your 5th Twizzy win! Please pick a prize from the list below and leave your choice in the comments section on this page.

Prizes consist of: Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith.

So who was the Twizzy Star for Game 37?

You know her.

You love her.

The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 37 was Holly LeCraw. 

See you Monday morning for Game 38, which will be The Final Twizzy. Friday’s reveal of the final Twizzy Star will also be the crowning of The Twizzy Grand Champion. There will also be prizes for the runners-up with the most wins.

The Twizzy – Game 37

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~ You love them. You’ve read their books or articles. You follow them on Twitter. But how well do you know them and their wicked sense of humor? Play The Twizzy and find out. ~

Happy Monday and welcome back to another game of The Twizzy! Thank you for all your responses. I’m glad you’re all enjoying it so much.

Are you ready for Game 37? Remember, you’re allowed 1 guess per day.

I’ll give a recap for those of you who haven’t played yet:

In my quest to keep you all entertained, I thought up a quiz. But not just any quiz. That would be boring. This is a quiz where Twitter Stars answer 30 questions. As you’ll see, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill questions. That, too, would be boring. As far as I’m concerned, this is the first time something of this scope has been done on Twitter. If it isn’t, I’m sure someone will let me know (but I won’t believe them).

Originally it was just to be the published authors I interact with but this plan grew and grew. Everyone I asked said yes! So what you have here is a lovely mix of writers – from New York Times Bestselling authors to newly published ones. From sportswriters to freelance journalists. I didn’t stop there though. I asked literary agents and editors, and then it extended to all aspects of publishing – from business development to public relations. I’ve even been lucky enough to snag two British celebrities.

Below is the list of the participants with their Twitter bio and handles. While you go through, you may consider following them, and buying their books or newspapers. These people are awesome, truly. As busy as they are, they took time out to play “The Twizzy” and they answered the questions with such flair that I was laughing each time a new email came in.

Once you’ve gone through the list, take a look at the question and answer session below. You will laugh. The questions will be the same every Monday. Your job is to figure out who from the list answered the questions that week. Include your guess in the comments section here on my blog. I will not post your comments until the winner has been announced. This is because I want you to guess on your own. If by Thursday there is still no correct answer, I’ll give 1 hint. The first correct answer wins a prize. Yes, a prize. They consist of: Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), macaroons or starry, starry nights from gesine.com, $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith. You will have until Friday to guess. Then I will reveal The Twizzy Star of the Week. If you’re not on Twitter, you can still play because you’ve likely read their books or articles, and, as the weeks go on, the list will narrow.

If you have any questions, Tweet me at www.Twitter.com/SunnySoCal and please use “#TheTwizzy” in your question.

Have fun and good luck!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 37 (Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list and biography of previous Twizzy Stars. Believe me, I’ve hit the jackpot. They’ve all been AWESOME! Check them and their answers out!)

Catherine Delors @CatherineDelors: Writer, historical fiction (For the King, Mistress of the Revolution.) Loves Paris, history and the 18th century.

http://versaillesandmore.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

The Twizzy – Game 37

1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?

Hard–I wrote for twenty years.  Now I suppose I’ve broken in but there is always a new, higher goal.  I couldn’t do anything else, though.

2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?

Do it only if you have to.  And if that’s the case, listen to your gut, and never give up.

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

None that I know of, except for my spouse’s, which I will not share. 

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

I’m not a crier.  At least on the outside. 

5. Do you like capers?

Necessary with smoked salmon.

6. Any food you must have?

At the moment it’s Girl Scout thin mints.  ‘Tis the season.

7. Pet?

 

A sweet and neurotic dog.  As my son said, “He fits with our family.”

8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?

Vastly amused knowing it is both a gem and a zit.

9. Favorite stroll?

Anywhere alone.

10. Most embarrassing memory?

In fifth grade I once sneezed, most productively, onto the leg of one of the popular girls. (***Note from Denise: BRILLIANT!***)

11. Biggest pet peeve?

Stupid grammar.  Yesterday I heard that horrible song again–”say a little prayer for I.”  What the HELL?

12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?

Sex answer:  Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Brain answer:  Virginia Woolf (although the Woolf I worship was the private one, not the public one.  Hmmm)

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Haters who are religious.

14. Favorite book?

Impossible to say.

15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?

I have young teenagers and all their crap is on my iPod, so at this point I am immune.

16. Favorite movie?

The Year of Living Dangerously

17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?

I wonder if Mel Gibson likes marmite.  Maybe that’s the root of the whole problem.

18. Favorite quote?

Paraphrase–forgive me:  “If you are not for yourself, who will be?  If you are only for yourself, what are you?  If not now, when?”

19. Favorite swear word?

Really?

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Resisting urge to Google it.  Okay, just succumbed.  I’m sure God thinks they’re cute.

21. Guilty pleasure?

Glee.

22. Favorite character?

Jack Burden.

23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?

My kids call the Cape Cod town Sandwich “Sammich,” to make me laugh.

24. Which character would win this smackdown: Peter Venkman, Jack Donaghy, Stay Puft, Dwight Shrute, George Costanza, Basil Fawlty, Mortimer Brewster, Hyacinth Bucket, Mr. Whipple, or the Maytag Repairman?

George Costanza’s tight-assedness is positively rococo.

25. Phobias?

Won’t even say.

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I feel extremely positive.  Soft, hard, goat, sheep or cow, mild or stinky.

27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”

Oh dear.

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Brains, tripe, tongue.  You know.

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

I’m sure someone else has already said, “on his hair.”

Every generation has its Shaun Cassidy.  I just feel really bad for anyone who blows their fame wad before they can even vote.

*Bonus*

Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”

No idea.  I sense Bill Murray though.  Or possibly Harold Ramis.

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***The lovely Bethanne Patrick was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 1. You can find and follow her at @thebookmaven. http://bookmavenmedia.com/

Bethanne is responsible for #fridayreads on Twitter and the Friday Reads Facebook page. By all means, stop by every Friday and share what you’re reading.

***The charming Caroline Leavitt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 2. You can find and follow her at @leavittnovelist. http://www.carolineleavitt.com/home.htm

Caroline has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 2 weeks in a row now with her book PICTURES OF YOU. Why not buy it today?

***The hilarious Wallace Matthews was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 3. You can find and follow him at @ESPNNYYankees . http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees

Wallace is the Yankees Beat Writer for ESPN New York.

***The adorable Julie Klam was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 4. You can find and follow her at @julieklam . http://www.julieklam.com/

Julie is the New York Times Bestselling Author of You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness and Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead)

***The fabulous Colleen Lindsay was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 5. You can find and follow her at @colleenlindsay http://theswivet.com

Colleen is a former literary agent who is currently part of the Business Development team at Penguin Group (USA).

***The wonderful Veronica Brooks-Sigler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 6. You can find and follow her at @getlit_erate http://www.brookssigler.com

Veronica is the author of Five Finger Fiction. She is working on a sequel. Yay!

***The witty Brett Sandusky was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 7. You can find and follow him at @bsandusky and http://brettlikesstuff.tumblr.com/

Brett is a digital publishing professional, innovator, strategist, marketer and writer.

***The funny Elana Roth was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 8. You can find and follow her at @ElanaRoth and http://www.elanaroth.com

Elana is a literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She’s also second-to-none in quoting Ghostbusters.

***The delightful Gesine Bullock-Prado was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 9. You can find and follow her at @closetmastrbakr and http://www.gesine.com

Gesine is a pastry chef, the owner of Gesine Confectionary, and author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker/My Life from Scratch and the recent Sugar Baby.

***The captivating Laura Strachan was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 10. You can find and follow her at @StrachanLit and www.strachanlit.com

Laura is my literary agent. She represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.

***The talented Joe Wallace was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 11. You can find and follow him at www.josephwallace.com @joe_wallace

Joe is an author of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.

***The sweet Kellyann Zuzulo was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 12. You can find and follow her at www.kfzuzulo.com @kfzuzulo

Kellyann is a former journalist, author of tales, word laborer, stirrer of soup.

***The brilliant Bob Klapisch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 13. You can find and follow him at http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/klapisch/ and http://msn.foxsports.com/writer/Bob_Klapisch @BobKlap

Bob is a baseball columnist for The Bergen Record and foxsports.com

***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at http://erinbried.com/ @NiftyButton

Erin is a pie baker, storyteller, collector of old timey wisdom. Author of How to Build a Fire & Sew a Button (Ballantine). Self mag staff writer.

***The dear Sean Kennedy was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 15. You can find and follow him at http://www.sean-kennedy.com/ @slicksean

Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.

***The darling Pete Caldera was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 16. You can find and follow him at: www.northjersey.com And http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/pinstripeposts and @pcaldera

Pete is the Bergen Record Yankees beat writer and an occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.

***The fantastic David Pomerico was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 17. You can find and follow him at  http://www.bantamspectra.net   and @DelReySpectra

David is an editor at Del Rey and Spectra, two of the biggest SF, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance imprints in–and out of–the world.

***The sweet Jennifer Gilmore was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 18. You can find and follow her at  http://jennifergilmore.net/   and  @jenwgilmore

Jennifer is the author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.

***The talented Allison Winn-Scotch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Week 19. You can find and follow her at www.allisonwinn.com  and @aswinn

Allison is a novelist, NY Times best seller (yeah, I had to get that in), celeb profiler, diaper changer, dog walker, ass-kicker, pop culture junkie, superwoman.

***The clever Kathleen Schmidt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 20. You can find and follow her at   http://kathleenschmidt.tumblr.com  @bookgirl96

Kathleen is a bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.

***The marvelous Mark Feinsand was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 21. You can find and follow him at http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees  @BloggingBombers

Mark is the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.

***The fantastic Georgia McBride was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 22. You can find and follow her at  www.georgiamcbride.com   @Georgia_McBride

Georgia is a YA author of the PRAEFATIO series. She’s represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency. Founder of #YAlitchat. Mom to 2 humans + 3 Chihuahuas. Hopeless Romantic.

***The brilliant Brenda Copeland was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 23.

***The adorable Nichole Bernier was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 24. You can find and follow her at  http://www.nicholebernier.com   @NicholeBernier

Nichole is a writer (Conde Nast Traveler) & mother of 5 trafficking in humor, Twizzlers, occasionally wisdom. Novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, Crown/RH 2012

***The fabulous Ken Davidoff was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 25. You can find and follow him at  http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ken-davidoff-s-baseball-insider-1.1278117    @kendavidoff  

Ken is the National baseball writer for Newsday.

***The funny Jenny Gardiner was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 26. You can follow and find her at  @jennygardiner  http://www.jennygardiner.net/blog/

Jenny is the author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me, & Slim to None.

***The hilarious Laura Zigman was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 27. You can follow and find her at @laurazigman  http://laurazigman.wordpress.com/

Laura is a writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.

***The talented Jerome Priesler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 28. You can follow and find him at @YankeesInk   http://www.yankeesink.com

Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.

***The ultra cool Rich Oliver was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29. You can follow and find him at @RichOliver  and  http://www.richardoliver.biz

Rich is the jingle singer for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom.

***The dynamic Susan Orlean was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 30.You can follow and find her at  @susanorlean and www.susanorlean.com

Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books – The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.

***The hilarious and talented Jane Heller was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 31.  You can follow and find her at @janeheller1  http://www.janeheller.com

Jane is a novelist, screenwriter, blogger, author of Confessions of a She-Fan, a Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, and a pop culture maven.

***The charming Karen Palmer was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 32. You can follow and find her at @karen_palmer  www.karenpalmer.com

Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.

***The incredible Marc Carig was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 33. You can follow and find him at @ledger_yankees   www.nj.com  and http://carig.wordpress.com

Marc is the Yankees beat writer for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com

***The witty Glenn Giangrande was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 34. You can follow and find him at @glenngiangrande and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Glenn is a four-time Emmy recipient, YESNetwork.com personality, on-air talent.

***The clever Drew Sarver was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 35. You can follow and find him at @mypinstripes   http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Drew is a Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

***The brilliant Alyssa Smith was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 36. You can follow and find her at @booksandcorsets and http://about.me/booksandcorsets

Alyssa is an Editor, reviewer, convention organizer, avid costumer. She is always planning something. She Tweets about her interests: cooking, sewing, books.

~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~

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The Twizzy – Game 36 Results

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Hello, readers. Thanks for playing along and having fun with The Twizzy. Here are the results for Game 36. 

This week there were 5 correct answers. The runners-up are: @cassie_jackson, my best friend Millicent, @busybrd, and @pcarlson001.

So who was the winner? It’s @dp57Congratulations, Donna. This is your 9th Twizzy win! Please pick a prize from the list below and leave your choice in the comments section on this page.

Prizes consist of: Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), macaroons or starry, starry nights from gesine.com, $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith.

So who was the Twizzy Star for Game 36?

You know her.

You love her.

You’ve learned and laughed at her Tweets.

The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 36 was Alyssa Smith.  

Great job, everyone. See you Monday morning for Game 37. And remember, speed counts, follow the rules, and NO, YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW THE STARS TO PLAY! Guess right away and every day. You might be the next winner.

The Twizzy – Game 36

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~ You love them. You’ve read their books or articles. You follow them on Twitter. But how well do you know them and their wicked sense of humor? Play The Twizzy and find out. ~

Happy Monday and welcome back to another game of The Twizzy! Thank you for all your responses. I’m glad you’re all enjoying it so much.

Are you ready for Game 36? Remember, you’re allowed 1 guess per day.

I’ll give a recap for those of you who haven’t played yet:

In my quest to keep you all entertained, I thought up a quiz. But not just any quiz. That would be boring. This is a quiz where Twitter Stars answer 30 questions. As you’ll see, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill questions. That, too, would be boring. As far as I’m concerned, this is the first time something of this scope has been done on Twitter. If it isn’t, I’m sure someone will let me know (but I won’t believe them).

Originally it was just to be the published authors I interact with but this plan grew and grew. Everyone I asked said yes! So what you have here is a lovely mix of writers – from New York Times Bestselling authors to newly published ones. From sportswriters to freelance journalists. I didn’t stop there though. I asked literary agents and editors, and then it extended to all aspects of publishing – from business development to public relations. I’ve even been lucky enough to snag two British celebrities.

Below is the list of the participants with their Twitter bio and handles. While you go through, you may consider following them, and buying their books or newspapers. These people are awesome, truly. As busy as they are, they took time out to play “The Twizzy” and they answered the questions with such flair that I was laughing each time a new email came in.

Once you’ve gone through the list, take a look at the question and answer session below. You will laugh. The questions will be the same every Monday. Your job is to figure out who from the list answered the questions that week. Include your guess in the comments section here on my blog. I will not post your comments until the winner has been announced. This is because I want you to guess on your own. If by Thursday there is still no correct answer, I’ll give 1 hint. The first correct answer wins a prize. Yes, a prize. They consist of: Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), macaroons or starry, starry nights from gesine.com, $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith. You will have until Friday to guess. Then I will reveal The Twizzy Star of the Week. If you’re not on Twitter, you can still play because you’ve likely read their books or articles, and, as the weeks go on, the list will narrow.

If you have any questions, Tweet me at www.Twitter.com/SunnySoCal and please use “#TheTwizzy” in your question.

Have fun and good luck!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 36 (Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list and biography of previous Twizzy Stars. Believe me, I’ve hit the jackpot. They’ve all been AWESOME! Check them and their answers out!)

Catherine Delors @CatherineDelors: Writer, historical fiction (For the King, Mistress of the Revolution.) Loves Paris, history and the 18th century.

http://versaillesandmore.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

Alyssa Smith @booksandcorsets: Editor, reviewer, convention organizer, avid costumer, and owner of several demanding parrots. Non-official feed. Tweets about her interests: cooking, sewing

The Twizzy – Game 36

1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?

I had a lot of lucky breaks early on, which helped immeasurably when landing my first “real” editorial job.  I landed an internship at NIST’s e-book conference while in high school, which allowed me to meet-and-greet some giants in the field at a very young age.  I ended up with two more internships immediately out of college, and one of them turned into my first full-time gig.  

As for the second part of your question, a definite yes—I’m certainly not in it for the money!

2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?

Be enthusiastic.  If you love what you do (or want to do) it shows, and will give you an edge over someone with the same amount of experience.  

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

I have lots of nicknames as a result of my gaming name (which is still my Xbox ID).

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

An instrumental version of Greensleeves is sure to make me feel terribly mournful.  It played in the background while I read a very sad part of a book as a child, and songs that are tied to a memory (especially one when I am reading) resonate very strongly with me. 

In case anyone was wondering which book: it was Lloyd Alexander’s The High King, and the part in particular was when Fflewddur cast his harp into the fire.

5. Do you like capers?

Does anyone not?  (***Note from Denise: One of the many reasons I adore you.***)

6. Any food you must have?

My morning coffee is terribly important during the work week.  

7. Pet?

Although I have no pets currently, in the past I’ve been the owner of several parrots and I intend to adopt another when the time is right. 

8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?

The word itself is awesome in the same way that melancholy, troglodyte, and sasquatch are.  Carbuncles themselves are not as sexy.  

9. Favorite stroll?

The path home is nice.  I get into a rhythm walking in the city, and sometimes when I reach my destination I take loops around it by the block so I can finish my thoughts.  

10. Most embarrassing memory?

I am prone to being injured at places where there should be no possibility of accidents.  For example, I managed to fracture my ankle going into a Starbucks to get a coffee—the Friday before starting a new job.  There’s no way you can’t NOT show up on your first day of work, so I arrived on crutches and slippers.  

11. Biggest pet peeve?

Poor grammar!  

12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?

This was a question I was asked during my college interview, and I wanted to meet Alexander the Great. I still do – I think he would just exude charisma. (***Note from Denise: Yes.***)

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Anyone who is oblivious to the amount of privilege they enjoy.  (***Note from Denise: Great answer.***)

14. Favorite book?

Sunshine, by Robin McKinley.  

15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?

I’m a bit musically-deaf, so no, not really.  It sounds very much like everything else being played.  

16. Favorite movie?

The Empire Strikes Back, closely followed by Stranger Than Fiction.  (***Note from Denise: LOVE Empire. My favorite one.***)

17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?

I enjoy marmite, but if it were made out of marmosets, I would like it far less.  

18. Favorite quote?

“Tomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays. No more than that. And no less.” (Robin Hobb)

19. Favorite swear word?

While I’ve never used them myself (my accent is all wrong) the curses used in Firefly are all sorts of awesome. 

(If you want to link, here: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/11/fireflys_15_best_uses_of_chinese_profanity.php )

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

I’ve lived with guinea pigs in the past, and capybaras are their larger, cuter cousins.  Not nearly as adorable as mini-giraffes, though.  (I am on the waiting list.)  http://www.petitelapgiraffe.com/

21. Guilty pleasure?

Costuming at a convention.  (Yes, I’m one of those people.)  

22. Favorite character?

Javan Haldane.  I love a tragic hero, and somehow when they are entirely unsuccessful

23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?

It depends.  Are they saying it with a widdle accent?  Then yes.  

24. Which character would win this smackdown: Peter Venkman, Jack Donaghy, Stay Puft, Dwight Shrute, George Costanza, Basil Fawlty, Mortimer Brewster, Hyacinth Bucket, Mr. Whipple, or the Maytag Repairman?

Dwight Schrute would win, hands down.  He’s half Renaissance man, half extreme survivalist, half crazy.  (Math is not one of my skills.)

25. Phobias?

Driving.  I dislike the experience of being in a car very much.  I’m a tremendously nervous passenger at best.  

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

At about age 5, I hid a glass of milk in her room to find out if it would turn into the deliciousness that is cheese.  Note: It didn’t, and in fact I had entirely forgotten about the experiment until my parents went hunting for the source of the smell. 

I adore all kinds of cheese—from the super-fuzzy and green gorgonzola to the classic Jarlsberg.  There’s nothing like a good stinky cheese.  However cheese is one of those foods that make you wonder about the first guy who tried it.  

27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”

Is it terrible that I have no idea?

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Eggplant. I’ve tried it in many forms, but I just can’t stomach this vegetable.  Its texture is just too much like cow’s tongue.  And olives—though I use ample amounts of olive oil when I cook.  

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

(Is the real question where do I stand on Justin Bieber’s FANS?) 

I think the guy has a lot of growing up to do.  I give him poor odds on making it into adulthood without a serious entitlement complex.  

*Bonus*

Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”

A major appliance.  (I have this one!  Also, you seem to have an obsession with 1980s comedies!) (***Note from Denise: Yes. I do. It’s because I’m OLD.***)


________________ Past Twizzy Stars ____________________

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Bethanne is responsible for #fridayreads on Twitter and the Friday Reads Facebook page. By all means, stop by every Friday and share what you’re reading.

***The charming Caroline Leavitt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 2. You can find and follow her at @leavittnovelist. http://www.carolineleavitt.com/home.htm

Caroline has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 2 weeks in a row now with her book PICTURES OF YOU. Why not buy it today?

***The hilarious Wallace Matthews was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 3. You can find and follow him at @ESPNNYYankees . http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees

Wallace is the Yankees Beat Writer for ESPN New York.

***The adorable Julie Klam was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 4. You can find and follow her at @julieklam . http://www.julieklam.com/

Julie is the New York Times Bestselling Author of You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness and Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead)

***The fabulous Colleen Lindsay was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 5. You can find and follow her at @colleenlindsay http://theswivet.com

Colleen is a former literary agent who is currently part of the Business Development team at Penguin Group (USA).

***The wonderful Veronica Brooks-Sigler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 6. You can find and follow her at @getlit_erate http://www.brookssigler.com

Veronica is the author of Five Finger Fiction. She is working on a sequel. Yay!

***The witty Brett Sandusky was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 7. You can find and follow him at @bsandusky and http://brettlikesstuff.tumblr.com/

Brett is a digital publishing professional, innovator, strategist, marketer and writer.

***The funny Elana Roth was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 8. You can find and follow her at @ElanaRoth and http://www.elanaroth.com

Elana is a literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She’s also second-to-none in quoting Ghostbusters.

***The delightful Gesine Bullock-Prado was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 9. You can find and follow her at @closetmastrbakr and http://www.gesine.com

Gesine is a pastry chef, the owner of Gesine Confectionary, and author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker/My Life from Scratch and the recent Sugar Baby.

***The captivating Laura Strachan was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 10. You can find and follow her at @StrachanLit and www.strachanlit.com

Laura is my literary agent. She represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.

***The talented Joe Wallace was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 11. You can find and follow him at www.josephwallace.com @joe_wallace

Joe is an author of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.

***The sweet Kellyann Zuzulo was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 12. You can find and follow her at www.kfzuzulo.com @kfzuzulo

Kellyann is a former journalist, author of tales, word laborer, stirrer of soup.

***The brilliant Bob Klapisch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 13. You can find and follow him at http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/klapisch/ and http://msn.foxsports.com/writer/Bob_Klapisch @BobKlap

Bob is a baseball columnist for The Bergen Record and foxsports.com

***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at http://erinbried.com/ @NiftyButton

Erin is a pie baker, storyteller, collector of old timey wisdom. Author of How to Build a Fire & Sew a Button (Ballantine). Self mag staff writer.

***The dear Sean Kennedy was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 15. You can find and follow him at http://www.sean-kennedy.com/ @slicksean

Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.

***The darling Pete Caldera was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 16. You can find and follow him at: www.northjersey.com And http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/pinstripeposts and @pcaldera

Pete is the Bergen Record Yankees beat writer and an occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.

***The fantastic David Pomerico was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 17. You can find and follow him at  http://www.bantamspectra.net   and @DelReySpectra

David is an editor at Del Rey and Spectra, two of the biggest SF, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance imprints in–and out of–the world.

***The sweet Jennifer Gilmore was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 18. You can find and follow her at  http://jennifergilmore.net/   and  @jenwgilmore

Jennifer is the author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.

***The talented Allison Winn-Scotch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Week 19. You can find and follow her at www.allisonwinn.com  and @aswinn

Allison is a novelist, NY Times best seller (yeah, I had to get that in), celeb profiler, diaper changer, dog walker, ass-kicker, pop culture junkie, superwoman.

***The clever Kathleen Schmidt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 20. You can find and follow her at   http://kathleenschmidt.tumblr.com  @bookgirl96

Kathleen is a bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.

***The marvelous Mark Feinsand was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 21. You can find and follow him at http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees  @BloggingBombers

Mark is the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.

***The fantastic Georgia McBride was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 22. You can find and follow her at  www.georgiamcbride.com   @Georgia_McBride

Georgia is a YA author of the PRAEFATIO series. She’s represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency. Founder of #YAlitchat. Mom to 2 humans + 3 Chihuahuas. Hopeless Romantic.

***The brilliant Brenda Copeland was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 23.

***The adorable Nichole Bernier was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 24. You can find and follow her at  http://www.nicholebernier.com   @NicholeBernier

Nichole is a writer (Conde Nast Traveler) & mother of 5 trafficking in humor, Twizzlers, occasionally wisdom. Novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, Crown/RH 2012

***The fabulous Ken Davidoff was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 25. You can find and follow him at  http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ken-davidoff-s-baseball-insider-1.1278117    @kendavidoff  

Ken is the National baseball writer for Newsday.

***The funny Jenny Gardiner was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 26. You can follow and find her at  @jennygardiner  http://www.jennygardiner.net/blog/

Jenny is the author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me, & Slim to None.

***The hilarious Laura Zigman was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 27. You can follow and find her at @laurazigman  http://laurazigman.wordpress.com/

Laura is a writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.

***The talented Jerome Priesler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 28. You can follow and find him at @YankeesInk   http://www.yankeesink.com

Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.

***The ultra cool Rich Oliver was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29. You can follow and find him at @RichOliver  and  http://www.richardoliver.biz

Rich is the jingle singer for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom.

***The dynamic Susan Orlean was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 30.You can follow and find her at  @susanorlean and www.susanorlean.com

Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books – The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.

***The hilarious and talented Jane Heller was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 31.  You can follow and find her at @janeheller1  http://www.janeheller.com

Jane is a novelist, screenwriter, blogger, author of Confessions of a She-Fan, a Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, and a pop culture maven.

***The charming Karen Palmer was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 32. You can follow and find her at @karen_palmer  www.karenpalmer.com

Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.

***The incredible Marc Carig was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 33. You can follow and find him at @ledger_yankees   www.nj.com  and http://carig.wordpress.com

Marc is the Yankees beat writer for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com

***The witty Glenn Giangrande was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 34. You can follow and find him at @glenngiangrande and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Glenn is a four-time Emmy recipient, YESNetwork.com personality, on-air talent.

***The clever Drew Sarver was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 35. You can follow and find him at @mypinstripes   http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Drew is a Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~

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