Guest Blogger, Donna Cummings: An Interview with My Muse, Endora

I’m turning my blog over to my good friend Donna Cummings today, and her very witty, spectacular, beyond-fabulous guest (you’ll understand all of those lovely adjectives in a minute). This post had me grinning in delight, so sit back and enjoy. Oh—and Donna has an awesome treat for you, too, at the end. ๐Ÿ™‚


An Interview with My Muse Endora
by Donna Cummings

After I read the great post here from C. S. Boyack about the raven Doubt, I received an unexpected visit from my muse Endora. She was quite inspired by Doubt’s work, and wanted to renovate the writing cave to include room for an entire flock of ravens. She argued that it would help with our “job share” arrangementโ€”the one where she takes all the credit and I get all the blame.

I know the best way to distract Endora from such a crazy notion is to interview her. So I’ve set things up here to look like a stage, because she’s quite the diva, and is more likely to “cooperate” if we make a big fuss.

Let me just do a quick check to see if everything’s arranged the way she likes. There’s an extra comfy chaise longue for her to lay on while she waves her hand disdainfully. Wall-to-wall mirrors so she can admire herself while ensuring I can see that she’s ignoring me. An applause machine on the “Never Quit” setting.

Yep. I think we’re good.

Ladies and gentlemen, Endora really needs no introduction, but she would twist my arm into a pretzel if I didn’t talk about her in the most glowing terms. She’s the one who inspires me to keep writing. (Usually by leaving me with all the work.) She’s the one who makes me try harder. (By sniffing at all the work I do produce.) But most importantly, she’s the one who keeps me laughing. (Because I’d spend all my time crying otherwise.)

Please welcome the lovely and talented Endora!

Me: *waves hand and coughs* That appearing in a puff of smoke thing never fails to impress. Are you sure you aren’t using more smoke lately?

Endora: *reclines on the chaise longue and arranges her flowing skirts* I have no idea what you’re talking about. I never do.

Me: Oh. Well. Uh, thanks for stopping by. I know you’ve got a busy schedule. *rolls eyes and speaks to the audience* I actually have NO idea how she spends her time.

Endora: It’s a full-time occupation just to maintain this level of fabulous. *fluffs hair* If I wasn’t so busy, I might be able to help you out more.

Me: Yeah, I bet it takes centuries to achieve that particular shade of orangeโ€”Ouch! I can’t believe you kicked me.

Endora: I was just stretching my leg out. Your chair is closer than I realized.

Me: *grumbles* Well, let’s get started. I’ve got a few questions that were submitted beforehand by audience members. Oh, this is a really good one: “Why are you always so mean to Donna?”

Endora: *sniffs* Pick one that you didn’t write.

Me: How do you know I wrote it?

Endora: Honestly. I’m your muse. I know what you sound like.

Me: I don’t know how. You’re never around. *shuffles cards* Okay, how about this one? “How did you and Donna meet?”

Endora: *speaks directly to the audience in a sugary voice* She was a fledgling writer, and I decided to take the poor darling under my wingโ€”

Me: It was more like a chokehold. Our arrangement actually started when I was struggling with some early writing, and there was this derisive voice in my head that kept comparing my efforts to all kinds of garbage-y trash-like things.

Endora: It’s exhausting coming up with new variations for those terms. I know I make it look easy–

Me: *glares* Okay, next question. “What’s your favorite of all the books Donna has written?”

Endora: She writes books? *yawns* How droll.

Me: “What’s Donna’s best quality as a writer?”

Endora: Oh, that’s easy. The way she keeps giving so much time and attention to me.

Me: This isn’t going quite the way I planned.

Endora: That’s because you’re a pantser. You don’t plot anything out ahead of time.

Me: *grits teeth* Except your demise. I’m always plotting THAT.

Endora: Are we about done? I’ve got a million things to do today. . .

Me: Oh! So that means you’ve looked at the latest WIP? I could use your help with Chapter 5 actually.

Endora: *exhales heavily* Well, apparently I’ve got a million and one things to do now. But I’ve got to work on the important things first. Like figuring out my new theme song. I’ll catch up with you later.

Me: That line is going to be on my tombstone, thanks to you.

Endora: See? I’m always inspiring you. It’s no wonder I’m worn to a complete frazzle. I need to schedule another 52 weeks of vacation just to rest up.

Me: And I’ve got to schedule an optometrist appointment for all the eye-rolling you make me do. Anyway, thanks for showing up today. It was such a surprise. I mean, it was a real thrillโ€”

Endora: *disappears in a huge cloud of smoke*

Me: You can’t even wait until I finish my sentence?! What a witch.

Endora: *disembodied voice* Thank you.

Me: That wasn’tโ€”oh, never mind.


BEK_medAs your reward for enduring Endora, I will be gifting a copy of my latest release, Bad Ex Karma, to each commenter today (up to a maximum of 20). Just let me know what inspires YOU.


Author Bio
I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.

I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

I can usually be found on Twitter, talking about writing and coffee, and on Facebook, talking about coffee and writing.

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You can purchase all of Donna’s books, including her ROGUES GALLERY of three wonderful novels at:
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62 thoughts on “Guest Blogger, Donna Cummings: An Interview with My Muse, Endora

  1. Iโ€™m sure, Donna, your museโ€™s name comes from โ€œendureโ€.
    Your muse, as well as mine, has to endure endless reproaches when we have a writerโ€™s block, and when they arenโ€™t prompt in delivering us with the best and most desired words to fill the pages. We blame the lack of enthusiasm or the blank pages on our poor, hard-working, talented muses. And we never honor their hard work when our books get acknowledgement. But we never fail to criticize their hair color,(orange indeed), or not being at our beck and call at every single moment of the day.

    (Whew). My muse has just left the room after she checked what I was writing to you. She kept watching over my shoulder to make sure Iโ€™m giving you a piece of โ€˜myโ€™, I mean โ€˜herโ€™ mind on the interview.

    I laughed so hard I needed a handkerchief!

    Best of luck with โ€˜taming Endoraโ€™!


    • Carmen, I never thought of that connection between “Endora” and “endure”. I like it! And I know just what you mean about that constant watching over your shoulder thing. I guess maybe they want to make sure we’re not misquoting them. LOL I almost dedicated a book to Endora, but figured she’d be even more uncontrollable if I did, so I changed my mind just in time. Whew! Now I’m off to make some coffee for me. Er, us. It keeps us working hard (well, at least one of us. LOL)

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  2. Mae, thanks so much for having us here today. Endora knows you’re a big fan, and, well, she can’t stop preening. (She’s a professional preener actually.) And thanks for the fantastic intro to my post. Now *I* can’t stop preening. LOL

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    • It’s always great to have you and Her Magnificence drop by ๐Ÿ™‚

      And what a treat you’re offering. I’ve already got my copy of BAD EX KARMA from Amazon but I think a lot of other readers are going to be delighted to discover your particular brand of light-hearted, witty romance!


  3. A fun post. It was nice to meet Endora. As for my inspiration, it is usually the simple things, a birds song in the morning quiet, a butterfly flitting from bloom to bloom, a flash of thought as I read or watch TV. Thanks for sharing, Donna.

    sherry @ fundinmental


    • Thanks, Sherry! I’m glad you enjoyed meeting Endora. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those are lovely inspirations you have. I’m always amazed at how those flashes of thought work — usually when I’m despairing of fixing a plot hole. And it’s while I’m looking at or reading something that has NOTHING to do with my story, but somehow my brain sees a connection and gives me the insight I’ve been looking for. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I love when my muse appears in quiet moments like that. We have wonderful sources of inspiration all around us. Thanks for checking out Donna’s post, Sherry….and for braving Endora ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Daisy, I’m glad you enjoyed The Endora Show. LOL I wonder if most writers have that sense of the muse over the shoulder — I hope so, only because I won’t feel so odd. ๐Ÿ™‚ I worry that it takes away some of our fearlessness, though, so we have to keep moving them back with one arm, telling them they can take a look later. LOL

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      • I’ve been doing a lot of that “not now, you can look later,” thing, Donna. They are an impatient, pesky sort when they don’t like something though, aren’t they? LOL!


  4. I think this is the first time I’ve seen a muse interviewed. I could Endora much like another Endore I knew of once. How fun to interact with her as you do, Donna. Thanks for inviting her to visit.

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    • Ali, I’m so delighted to see you here again, especially when I roll out the red carpet for Endora. She so likes to make an entrance, and I’m thrilled to have so many friends welcome her!


  5. Mae, thank you so much for all the kind words about Endora, and for making her feel like the royalty she believes she already is. LOL Plus I’ll be able to garner more sympathy from everyone now that they’ve seen her in action. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I was a nervous wreck having her visit my blog, so worried whether or not it would measure up to her lofty standards. I’m so humbled that she found it acceptable, LOL!


  6. What a great post! I love it! It’s so neat to meet other writers’ muses. Endora’s such a diva! Donna, I feel for you. Makes me even more grateful my Muse is more ranch foreman than egomaniac. And, I hear him coming. Gotta go! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Amazing interview.

    Endora makes me think of a glamorous film star, reclining on that chaise longue, fluffing her golden locks and stretching those gorgeously enticing legs.

    Hey has she invaded my mind!

    No no. Physics assures me that it must be the skill of a brilliant word magician to conjure such images ……. err I think! LOL


    • Hi, Quantum. Many thanks for visiting my blog during Endora’s visit. i know how much you enjoy Donna’s stuff. I think she totally nailed it with this interview! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Oh dear. Now I know where Endora will be hanging out when I can’t find her. LOL She’s going to be stalking you, so she can hear how you weave magic with your descriptions of her. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve created a monster!


    • Hi, Kev. Glad you enjoyed the interview. ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently did the 777 challenge, but I’ve got more than one project I’m working on so I’m sure I can throw something together. Thanks for the nomination!


  8. Pingback: Endora is Back! Bad Ex Karma by Donna Cummings | From the Pen of Mae Clair

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