Welcome Author Annika Perry #wouldyourather

“Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?”

This is only one of the fun albeit tricky questions that Jill Weatherholt posed to me in her renewed childhood game of “Would You Rather” feature on her blog!

I was hooked by the series since its inception in September 2019 and I am delighted to be featured last week. Please click the link to find out more!

Jill Weatherholt

Today I’m excited to welcome our friend and writer, Annika Perry. For those of you who know Annika, I’m sure you’ll agree she is one of the kindest and most generous bloggers you’ll ever meet. We connected many years ago, and now I feel as though we’re old friends. I was excited when she expressed an interest to play “would you rather.” I think you’ll enjoy her answers as much as I did.

Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

Without a doubt, I’d rather travel in time! Ever since reading ‘The Time Machine’ by H G Wells as a child I knew here was the perfect way to travel although I realised it came with its own inherent hazards. Avoiding these I would visit various eras across time. The major world events, whilst of interest, would not appeal to me as much as seeing…

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89 thoughts on “Welcome Author Annika Perry #wouldyourather

    • Annika Perry says:

      Kathy, so that’s the sound I heard!😀 I honestly thought I would answer very differently for this, the trickiest of questions, but thinking about it practically the answer wrote itself. Having suffered an illness where I was too sick to read, write, watch TV etc, when I finally regained strength to read even a little the world opened up for me once again … an ability I would hate to ever lose again.

  1. Miriam says:

    What a fun set of questions and a great post Annika, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I agree with a lot of your answers too, though there were a few tough ones in there. Big hugs my friend. xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Miriam, it is tricky to create a fun but tough set questions – Jill manages with great aplomb! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my answers … I love the enticing nature of this interview format and had a fantastic time taking part! 😀 Lovely to see you here and hope you and your family are safe from the horrific fires in Australia. Been thinking of you. love & hugs xx❤️

      • Miriam says:

        Thanks so much Annika for your kind words and well wishes. We’re all fine and safe here and thankfully we’ve even had some much needed rain, which is a godsend. Big hugs xx ❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jina, thank you so much for your comment here as well … and great to know your answers would be so similar! Apart from the one! I always ‘answer’ the questions in my head as I read these interviews and love to compare and contrast! Hope you’re having a great week!😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Debra, thank you so much! 😀 Jill’s interview format is inspired and the questions terrific and manage to elicit the best from those being interviewed!😀 Time travel allows endless possibilities .. including revisiting the best moments over and over! Haha… the reading/writing question had me worried but was surprisingly easy to answer once I came to it!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Teagan, thank you so much for your lovely visit here as well – and your wonderful comment on Jill’s! 😀 It is an instant classic interview format and one I can see being widely adopted … it draws out the most interesting answers – I’ve been a fan since her very first one last year! Hope you’re having a good week, my friend! xx 😀

  2. Mahesh Nair says:

    Such lovely answers, Annika. Hello! Your writing has so much clarity and flow that one feels associated with your POV. Netflix subscription is a must 🙂 And one can’t really live without a dose of city life no matter how pristine the cottage by the lake is. And what really struck me about your answers is when you time travel you’re more interested to be among the ordinary population than around the world events.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mahesh, thank so much for your thoughtful comment and it means a lot that you can associate with my POV … I always hope to bring people along with the answers … and imagine they are answering themselves too! Netflix has turned out to be the only TV we watch in our house! And I’m definitely with you on a dose of city life, but I know I could never live in one! It is only as I was later reading my answer to the time travel that I also realised what you noticed … although the big events are interesting I would love to join the ordinary people of the past … listen to their stories, experience life as they do. Lovely to see you here and hope all is well with you!

      • Mahesh Nair says:

        You’re welcome, Annika! “…hope to bring people along with the answers…” is totally what I felt and how I associated with your POV. Your posts are always a lovely read. Take care 🙂

  3. Janice says:

    Congratulations for navigating the creative and challenging interview questions so gracefully. I felt a tinge of suspense before reading each of your answers 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Janice! 😀 It was a joy to answer the questions, and they were all so varied and imaginative! I love how you felt a tinge of response before reading each answer … lovely!😀

  4. Erica/Erika says:

    Hi again, Annika, Oh my goodness! I just glanced back at the original post on Jill’s site. 179 Thoughts. Supportive connections. 🙂 I didn’t read all of the comments, although I am curious as to which three languages you speak? I also have on my list this week to write an Amazon review. All glowing thoughts and 5 stars, of course! 💕 I was not aware how reviews can make a difference until Pam (Roughwighting) discussed this in one of her posts. My granddaughter, Abby, comes over on Mondays and Tuesdays. We read “Oskar’s Quest” a few times this week. I keep part of the story blank and she fills in the words. A challenge for her, yet fun!💗

    • Annika Perry says:

      Erica, thank you for taking the time to come here and comment as well … you’ve done so much already and I appreciate it more than you know. My week of being on friend’s blogs has not gone unnoticed! 😀 Ahh … I am overjoyed that ‘Oskar’s Quest’ has become a feature of Abby’s visits to you and wow, she knows the story so well she fills in the ‘blanks’! You are helping to instil the love of books early which is wonderful.

      I must admit before I started blogging I rarely reviewed books and like you, did not understand their importance! I’m touched that you are going to review ‘Oskar’s Quest’ and it means a lot to me … heartfelt thanks! Also, I’ll contact you early next week via your form about a couple of things

      The comments on Jill’s have me overwhelmed with the warmth, generosity, support and kindness … such a massive boost to what can be, at times, lonely world of writing! I feel incredibly lucky and blessed!

      Finally, as to the languages, I speak. Fluently these are English, Swedish and German. (A German and Swedish version of ‘Oskar’s Quest’ will be published soon.) I’ve also studied French, Spanish, Russian, Latin and some Greek.

      • Erica/Erika says:

        Hi Annika, Please feel free to contact me. I may not get back to you immediately, although I usually try within 24 hours. My daughter is expecting a baby over the next few weeks and I will be her labour coach. We all know how babies can be unpredictable.

        Good for you on the languages, Annika. You likely have an affinity for languages and you have a gift with words. Nice to hear from you!

        • Annika Perry says:

          Ahhh … how amazing to soon have another grandchild and wow, I love how you are her labour coach. Will you be there for the birth? My mother was for mine (as was my husband) and I’m sure I couldn’t have done it without her, her support and at one stage literally reaching out to a doctor as he was about to dash out again! Good luck to your daughter and what an amazing exciting life changing time for her, for you all! Wishing you a heavenly Sunday, my friend! ❤️

          • Erica/Erika says:

            Thank you Annika, She has one little boy under 2 and my husband and I were there for the birth. We have a sort of plan for this baby and we will likely get a phone call one morning telling us this baby has already arrived. You, too have a great what is left of this Sunday and the coming week. You have a lot of irons in the fire right now and you are a busy lady. I don’t know how you juggle it all. 💕

    • Annika Perry says:

      Curt, so glad you enjoyed reading the interview with a difference! 😀 It’s been a lot of fun to answer these unusual questions and then to follow the wonderful discussion through the comments! Oh, you put in a quandary with your question and after a lot of thought and pontificating, I think it would be amazing to travel back to ancient Greek times … with so many huge advances made during the era, I wonder what it would have been like to live through the changes.

  5. Clanmother says:

    An excellent question, especially for writers who must integrate these two concepts within their work. Books allows us to do both – stop time and go back in time. But in so doing we use present time, which is in scarce supply. In our existence, time is inflexible, moving forward even as I write these words. Books allows us to play the “game” and for brief moments escape time’s force. Congratulations on your book Annika. I know it will bring joy to many. Hugs!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Wow! 😀 Rebecca, I love your philosophical comment here and your reflections strike a chord with me! When I was younger I worried how the present really never existed … as soon as I thought of it, it had already become the past. Is this freezing of time and stepping back in time (or forwards) one of the main reasons books are so tantalising, always having a hold of us!?

      Love your comment and have a feeling this discussion could go much further! Xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Pam, I’ve had such a great time with this game and it’s rightfully a hit with all writers and the readers of the posts! I remember you featuring not so long ago! 😀 It set the benchmark! Hugs xx ❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Robbie, it is terrific fun and I’ve had such a great time answering the questions and then connecting with so many over on Jill’s blog, many new faces to me! See you there!😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lavinia, us tea-drinkers have to stick together! 😀 I love how so many places now even offer herbal teas and I often try new ones if possible when out! I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview and I’ve had a fantastic time with this ‘game’! It is rightfully a huge hit! Yeah … great to know you feel the same about the last question – the most daunting of them all!😀

  6. Mike says:

    I have just read your answers on Jill’s blog and am most impressed with your replies. It couldn’t have been easy with some of these questions – I certainly couldn’t make a choice between reading and writing. I’m also with you about coffee. Give me tea every time!

    Mike

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mike, it is funny how people seem to be either tea or coffee drinkers … and emotions run high on these beverages! 😀I like teas and particularly herbal ones!

      Thank you so much for reading and your comment … I’m glad you enjoyed my answers and some were definitely tricky. In the end, the final one wasn’t as difficult as I imagined … the answer was there for me all the time!😀

  7. Mae Clair says:

    What a cool idea for a blog post. I loved it!
    And Annika, I would have chosen the exact same answers you did. The last one is the hardest, but even if I couldn’t write, I could still imagine stories in my head, so I’d have to go with read, too..
    Absolutely fun post!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mae, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I sense the same excitement at the questions that I always feel! It is fun to play along in one’s head, imagining one’s own answers. The read/write questions almost had me backing out from Jill’s kind invitation but the answer was there all the time! Glad you feel the same … and isn’t it amazing to ‘write’ stories in one’s head – time would pass so slowly otherwise!😀

  8. equipsblog says:

    Fascinating answers and questions. I love to write but agree that not being able to read would be more terrible. I’ve never gotten into Netflix so it would have to be Starbucks for me–particularly the chai lattes in winter and skinny iced vanilla lattes in summer. Their ice tea is also nice and a lower calorie way to enjoy a chilled beverage.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much for your terrific comment and it is unimaginable to think of not being able to read. A close friend had a cornea disease (thankfully operated and seeing well now) but at one stage she could not see to read and it was so tough for her – she missed it dreadfully.

      The Starbucks drinks sound delicious and my son is trying to convert me to coffee … he might change me yet. Their ice tea would be delicious! But Netflix would still win! The house would be overrun with unironed clothes otherwise! 😀

  9. Yeah, Another Blogger says:

    The questions are intriguing. Your answers are terrific.

    As for the language question, I guess I’d pick being able to speak all human languages. I have a friend who speaks a dozen languages, and life is very interesting for him because of that.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Wow! Neil, what an astonishing ability, to know a dozen languages. A true linguist and you’re right, it makes such a difference when travelling abroad to fully comprehend the people around, pick up on the nuances. Does your friend work with his languages?

      So glad you enjoyed the interview and answers … it’s been a delight to share here!

  10. Anne Mehrling says:

    What thought-provoking questions! I loved your answers and the thinking behind them. Your language skills are most impressive. My daughter knows English, French, German, Farsi, and Danish. I claim to read only one other language — music.

    The reading or writing question hit me differently. I never find time to read, other than reading blogs. I have a compulsion to write. Phrases tumble about in my head, and I am compelled to play with them and write them down. Even a bad cold couldn’t stop that!

    I enjoyed the questions and answers so much. Thanks for sharing that.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Anne, wow! Your daughter is fantastically multi-lingual and I love how she speaks Farsi. Is she working with her languages? Danish is quite similar to Swedish. I had a brilliant time answering these questions and you’re right, they were surprisingly thought-provoking and I became quite reflective as I considered my answers. I love how your other language is music! That’s wonderful and universal – what else do you need?! 😀 Oh, your tumble of phrases, writings, sounds amazing … driven by an unknown force and compelling themselves to be noted down. You keep writing, my friend – if this desire is with you even when ill you must never stop! Happy Writing … and hope you’re all recovered from the bad cold. xx

      • Anne Mehrling says:

        Daughter Lise found that languages came easily to her. Her ex-husband was from Iran, and his parents would come to visit them in the US for months at a time. They didn’t learn English, so she picked up Farsi. She could write a little of it. Blows my mind! She has just passed the language test to become a permanent resident of Denmark. She finds it hard to speak Danish, so her friends speak Danish to her, and she replies in English.

        I was totally surprised to find that I would give up eating and sleeping to write! Who in their right mind would do that? It is a total delight to play with words, shutting out the world completely when you’re deeply into it. I snatch a few minutes here and there to write when ideas are fresh.

        Do you set aside particular times to write? I know lots of disciplined writers do. I could envy that, but I’m not sure it would work for me. I guess it doesn’t have to work, since it is not work, just retirement pleasure. I hope you find pleasure in writing, too.

  11. Norah says:

    I really enjoyed your interview, Annika, though I must say they are all rather difficult choices to make – especially reading and writing. They go so much hand-in-hand. It’s good to have another opportunity to promote your lovely book Oskar’s Quest too.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Norah, how true that the choice in real life would be difficult … and trust I never will have to make this one! I have been so ill at one stage in my life when I couldn’t even read … the joy when my strength returned and I could read even a bit is indescribable. At that moment hope returned and worlds opened up for me once again.

      Oh, I truly appreciate this wonderful opportunity to mention my latest release again … Jill is an amazing and supportive friend here on WP!

      Thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment … wishing you a great week!😀

  12. markbierman says:

    I enjoyed the interview. Some tough questions, though. ‘Would you rather be able to read or write?’ Yikes! I’m impressed by your ability to speak 3 languages, Annika! Thank you for sharing this, Jill.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mark, thank you so much for great comment … it was a fabulous interview and I was overjoyed to take part in Jill’s teenage game brought to life again on her blog! 😀 The last question was one I dreaded but the answer to this one came much easier than I expected. Now some of the others were tricky but a lot of fun! I think once you know a couple of languages, they become easier and I love learning them, travelling, using the languages in the actual country!

  13. delphini510 says:

    So very worth a re-blog on your site. Jill’s “Would you rather” is both entertaining and revealing 😊. Yes, I read the original version and enjoyed it thoroughly.
    Love you new book “Oskar’s Quest” already.

    Miriam

  14. michnavs says:

    Wow this is so good ..its wonderful to read something about you (adults in particular) kids mostly are asked to answer…and who would not want to travel in time?…

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