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Author Jay Scott interviewed me for his blog. Check it out below (click on the photo) and show Jay some love.

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Today, we’re talking to a promising author who is set to release her first book this November. She’s smart, she’s talented, and best of all- she loves the same 90’s music as me! Sit back, pull out your “to-read list,” and enjoy getting to know the lovely, Erin Albert.

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You’re the author of the upcoming young adult fantasy (November 2013), THE PROPHECY. Share a line/passage with us that the world needs to read.

Geez Louise, we’re starting this interview off with a bang!  LOL!  <goes to scour the  manuscript>

“I see you’re going to be trouble.” He brushed the dirt off his robes.  “You can’t escape your destiny, girl.”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

While my dream is obviously to write a bestseller, I’ll always be a writer.  My self-definition includes the word “writer.”  To not be one would be to remove a part of who I am.  So, I’d choose to write forever but never have a bestseller.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I have lived in both actually. College campuses ROCK…for a season.  I had the most fun living there, but I would choose to ultimately live in a small town and travel.  I would love to see the world!  Though…how small are we talking?  I must have access to a Target.  Haha!!  😉

Okay, how about Spain or England?

Not to be non-committal, but I’d love to go to either one.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)? 

Wow, great question!  For your reading pleasure, I will do a word association with the bands I list.  Some 90’s bands I enjoy:  Hootie and the Blowfish (Yeah the Dolphins make me cry), Savage Garden (I’ll be your dream, I’ll be your wish, I’ll be your fantasy), Green Day (When I come around), Boyz to Men (…this one isn’t G rated…not even PG rated-  LOL), REM (That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spot…light), Dave Matthew’s Band (All the little ants are marching), Cranberries (Zombie, zombie, zombie-ee-ee-ee) and Goo Goo Dolls (I’d give up forever to touch you). 

To pick a “favorite,” I’m stuck between Dave Matthews Band and Hootie. However, the person I have THE most 90’s music from on my iPod is Alanis Morissette. 

We literally like the same music, except Boyz to Men 🙂

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (I love The Office and Seinfeld)?

My favorite comedy right now is Modern Family.  I swear that show has me in stitches every single time I watch an episode.  They did one episode recently that made me cry, and I got a little peeved.  LOL!  Make me laugh…you’re a comedy, for crying out loud!

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Oh yes, I am always working on something.  Right now, I am revising the sequel to The Prophecy (working title–The Outlanders).  I wrote the whole trilogy at once, but I made some changes to The Prophecy that now must be filtered down to the other two.  I’m also putting the finishing touches on a speculative fiction short story to enter into a contest.  And finally, I’m in the process of revising a futuristic thriller tentatively called Number 25598.  Like The Prophecy’s sequel, it’s already written, but I’m doing some major rewrites. 

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

My favorite writer (don’t know if you call him an “author” per se) is Shakespeare. I also act, so maybe that influences my opinion.  😉  For my “question,” I’d say, “Tell me everything.”  LOL!   I want to know his process, his muse(s), all of it. 

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Bananas or oranges? Bananas but only in a smoothie.

Skittles or M & M’s? M&M’s  (always pick the chocolate!!)

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy.  Life is sad.  I read to escape.  😉

Beer or wine? Neither.

Flying or driving? Driving.  I’m terrified of flying.

Mark Twain or Joyce Carol Oates? Mark Twain. Don’t hate, but I’ve never read Joyce Carol Oates.  I can’t really make a fair comparison if I’ve read one but not the other…  😉

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Two things:  Stranded on a Deserted Island for Dummies and a satellite phone

Two people: My two closest friends.  Our families would immediately come looking for us (thanks to the satellite phone), but we’d have a blast while we wait to be rescued.  😉 

Seriously, I’m an indoor girl.  I do NOT want to be stranded on an island without the ability to be rescued.  😉

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

I’d like to talk to George Washington.  I think it would be fascinating to hear firsthand about the Revolutionary War and the creation of this country.  I would go to the White House.  Who knows, maybe some other cool people from that era would be there too! 

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes, what’s it gonna be? 

Lifelong, complete, and total health for my loved ones and me.  I’ve been sick, really sick, and I don’t ever want to be like that again.

Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing.

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Today, we’re talking with the young adult author who has already written two books and a collection of poems. She’s smart, she’s talented, and she’s an English major- just like me. For that reason alone, I already like her 🙂 Enjoy getting to know an emerging star in the literary world.

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You’re the author of two different novels and a collection of poems. Share a line/passage with us that the world needs to read and your favorite piece of work.

November Snow: I saw something I could never forget. I saw lifetimes of acknowledgement, fear, wisdom, questioning, and understanding in a child’s eye. It was the worst thing I would ever witness.

Minutes Before Sunset: One moment of true happiness was worth all the moments of pain.

My favorite piece of work: “The Stranger” by Albert Camus

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever but never have a bestseller. Writing is what I do, and it’s an intrinsic part of my soul. It allows me to express myself and enjoy the world. I couldn’t stop writing even if I wanted to. I’m too passionate about it to give it up.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town but be able to travel. I love traveling, and I have since I was very young. I’ve already moved over 15 times, so I’m used to a change of setting often. I’m not sure how to stay in one place for too long. I want to see the world.

 I feel ya! 🙂

Okay, how about England or France?

England unless it was like the movie “Midnight in Paris.” That would be my dream.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I generally listened to country in the 90’s like Shania Twain or Toby Keith, but in regards to bands…I really liked Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Yes, I love the Goo Goo Dolls!

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (I love The Office and Seinfeld)?

I don’t watch a lot of television, but I enjoy The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is my favorite, and I’ve loved Penny since 8 Simple Rules.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on the editing process of “Seconds Before Sunrise” (Book 2 in a Timely Death series.) It’s scheduled to be published this fall, but I’m also writing more books. 

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Right now I have an obsession with Cassandra Clare, but I’ve always loved Meg Cabot. If I could ask them anything, I would ask them what their favorite piece of writing they’d done was and why. I’d also love to find out how their imagination works. In regards to more adult writing, I love Kazuo Ishiguro. I really respect his way of revealing characters without ever saying what you’re thinking, and I’d love to ask him how he came up with such a graceful way of writing as if from an in-depth subconscious manner.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Depends on what ocean and what mountain.

Strawberries or blueberries? Strawberries

Skittles or M & M’s? Skittles

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Preferably happy—but sad can be the right one.

Beer or wine? I’m a wino.

Flying or driving? Driving (unless I’m literally flying like a superhero!)

Mystery or fantasy novel? Fantasy

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You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Objects: Journal and camera, so I can record my life in the hopes others will grow from it one day.

People: My dad and brother, because family means more to me than anything else.

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

Lincoln, because I find it interesting how he was so hated by the people from his time but loved from people of our time. I’d like to hear his thoughts on that, because of the basics of philosophy. And I’d rather meet up in the White House, because I’ve never been inside although I’ve seen it in person.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes!), what’s it gonna be?

To be successful at inspiring others to follow their dreams and spread happiness through that. 

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At sixteen, Shannon A Thompson became the young-adult author of “November Snow.” In 2012, Shannon became a published poet. Both of her published works are dedicated to lost loved ones, her mother and her roommate. Her latest novel, “Minutes Before Sunset,” released May 1st by AEC Stellar Publishing. The young-adult, paranormal romance is the first novel in A Timely Death series, and the second book is expected to release in Fall, 2013.

Currently, she’s finishing her senior year at the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.

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Today, we’re sitting down with the talented, ambitious, and incredibly clever, Tanya Taimanglo. She recently released a romantic comedy and was kind enough to swing by for an interview. Sit down, take off your eyeglasses, and put them back on if you require them for reading.

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You’re the author of SECRET SHOPPER. Share a line/passage with us that the world needs to read.

“I was too preoccupied with my family and being home, that Thomas was really a small blip in my thoughts. Well, okay he was more like streaming classical music that played softly in the background every minute of my day, but my heart and mind could only focus on dad now.” –Phoenix Lizama

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

This is so easy. Best-selling author…just kidding. I would have to say I want to write forever, but not have a bestseller. Writing is as important to me as eating my multi-vitamin. And a one time bestseller is honorable, but equivalent to a one hit wonder, yes?

Ummm, I’d say yes 🙂

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I’m 39, college is a distant, boring memory. I’d rather be in a small town (which is my reality now and I love it) and be able to travel.

Okay, how about Scotland or Iceland?

I’d say Scotland. I’d like to learn more about kilts and sip tea in J.K. Rowling’s castle, talk shop with her perhaps and dance to some Celtic jams.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I have so many, but it’s the Stone Temple Pilots. In fact, it was a goal to see them in concert before debauchery and excess ended any of them. Happily I did that in 2010 in California.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (I love The Office and Seinfeld)?

I’m very into New Girl with Zooey Deschanel. I love, love Schmidt and find myself sounding like him when I’m scolding my children, which is frightening. But I also dig Jake Johnson’s characterization of Nick. He represents the awkward kind of guy I find endearing.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Is there anything I’m NOT currently working on. Story lines invade my mind constantly. But, when I finally focus and get some quiet time (usually when the entire house is asleep), I write. Two projects are undergoing construction, one is a YA level novel I drafted during NaNoWriMo 2012, 50,000 words in 30 days deserves some follow through. It stems from my love, well obsession for Wonder Woman, entitled Wonder Summer. Another is a third of the way completed, another romance. Keeping the storyline under wraps for now.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Jane Green. She wrote Jemima J. It was the first time I felt connected to a character, one who was curvy, who wanted or thought there was only a good life for the thin. My question: Was her character, Jemima based on herself? (Mainly because Jane Green is a lovely, slim lady…okay, I really want to know if her thighs were ever fluffy enough to rub).

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Oceans. I’m a Chamorro from Guam, a lovely tropical island-Google it folks. Always, oceans.

Peaches or plums? Peaches when they are firm, but sweet.

Skittles or M & M’s? Peanut M & M’s (I cheated there).

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, which is why I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks novel lately, he broke my heart one too many times, so I just watch his books on film.

Beer or wine? Sweet wine (Moscato d’asti) or none at all.

Flying or driving? Driving, until safe teleporting is invented.

Mystery or fantasy novel? I hate surprises, so fantasy.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

I would take my journal and a pen. Two people? Sorry husband, but I’d take my two kids, they still need their mommy.

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

Abraham Lincoln. He’s my 8 year old son’s favorite. We would talk about his family life and how it made him the man he is/was. I would rather be in the White House, but not the 1800’s version, the 2013 version.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes)! What’s it gonna be?

Financial freedom.

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Secret Shopper SUMMARY:

After moving to California from the tropical island of Guam, Phoenix Farmer’s marriage to her high school sweetheart, Bradley unravels. Forced to find a job, she retreats into the world of SECRET SHOPPING and thrives. As Phoenix discovers her true self without Bradley, she becomes an unwilling goddess with the help of her best friend Rachel. She snags the attention of Thomas-the creative, handsome and persistent target she has been assigned to evaluate. Can she hold off Thomas’s charm until her divorce becomes final? What will she decide when her father falls ill unexpectedly and pulls her back to Guam?

This romantic comedy will have you cheering for Phoenix as she rises from the ashes and becomes a shinier version of her former self.

 

Author BIO

Tanya Taimanglo is a Navy wife and mother of two. Originally from Guam, she’s freezing her buns off in Washington State, but adjusting well—now having an excuse to wear fancy scarves. A former high school English and Creative Writing Teacher, Tanya now enjoys writing up a storm for herself. She had a stint as a Secret Shopper for 4 years. Tanya loves Wonder Woman and Bruce Lee equally and hopes to attend San Diego Comic Con for the third time. Taimanglo also published a children’s book, Sirena: A Mermaid Legend From Guam and short stories, Attitude 13: A Daughter of Guam’s Collection of Short Stories.

Today, we’re sitting, standing, and even taking a pleasant stroll with the lovely PJ Adams. Lately, I’ve been meeting so many great people from the UK. Polly is no different 🙂 Sit down, take off your slippers (it’s summer time), and enjoy getting to know this talented writer.

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You’re the author of many different romance novels. Share a line/passage with us that the world needs to read.

“I stepped back, found the door, turned, and then I was running back along that corridor, tottering in my Jimmy Choos and intensely aware that I was in this stranger’s vast home, running from him, in very high shoes and no panties.” (from The Object of His Desire)

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I’d write forever, and hope for at least a steady audience if I can’t manage bestsellerdom. It’s hard to imagine stopping writing: I’ve been published by big multinational companies, sold stories to the movies, but also been dumped from publishing lists and been badly treated by publishers and agents. Writing is an incredibly up and down business for most of us! One key thing I’ve learned is that I always keep on writing, regardless of whether I’m on an up or heading back down.

 Great advice 🙂

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town, definitely. I’m more of a small town kinda girl, anyway. I love visiting the big cities, and I love the time I’ve spent at campuses, but I prefer the sense of scale of the small town. And I’d hate not being able to travel.

Okay, how about Scotland or Iceland?

I’ve never been to Iceland, but would love to visit, but if forced to choose I’d go for Scotland – one of my favorite places in the world. The scenery is stunning, the people lovely, and I’m particularly partial to haggis and Speyside single malts.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

The 90s were great for bands over here in the UK: the running battles between Oasis and Blur for attention, Sleeper, Echobelly, and earlier, the Stone Roses. Forced to choose, I’d probably go for Pulp if only for one standout TV performance where rather than lots of camera angles that the other bands had gone for, for the whole of ‘Common People’ there was a single camera trained on Jarvis Cocker, zooming in, pulling away, swinging around him; he completely commanded that performance. Brilliant.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (I love The Office and Seinfeld)?

Cheers is hard to beat, for me, for its performances and for the funny, tight scripts.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’ve just started a new serial called The Winner Takes It All, which opens in a storm when a stranger turns up at a bar in a drenched tuxedo, with a roll of fifty dollar bills in his pocket and that’s all he has in the world.

Most recently finished is The Object of His Desire, my romantic suspense novel which was published on 1st July. It’s the story of a young American woman who gets involved in murder and scandal centered around an aristocratic English family. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written, and I was delighted when it was picked up for the Insatiable Reads summer promotion, along with top romance authors including Sara Fawkes and Julia Kent.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I love all kinds of fiction, from crime and horror through romance, chick lit and thriller, but I always come back to Charles Dickens. I love the layers of story in everything he wrote. If I could ask him something I’d probably be starstruck and ask something dumb like “Are you really Charles Dickens?” and then I’d realize I’d used up my one question…

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean (from the shore – I get seasick).

Peaches or plums? Plums.

Skittles or M & M’s? M&Ms; although here in the UK I’d go for Smarties.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, but with the possibility of either held open for as long as possible.

Beer or wine? Wine. A nice big glass of Pinot Noir, thank you.

Flying or driving? Flying. And a window seat, please.

Mystery or fantasy novel? Mystery.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Assuming I’m not allowed a cruiser as one of my things and two crew-members as my people, I’d go for: a well-stocked Kindle (with an endless power supply!) and a chaise longue so I can sit or lie in comfort; for the people, I’d bring my husband, and as long as neither of them would get jealous, Gerard Butler.

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

Nixon would be fascinating, but I’d have to go for Kennedy in the hope that I could test out his charm and pry out some inside stories from him. My place, I think; get him away from his normal environment and he might just relax and drop his guard a little.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes)! What’s it gonna be?

Avoiding all the world-peace-like alternatives (an end to disease, poverty, etc), and the obvious materialistic ones (a big lottery win), I think I’d go for the option of living my life how I’d want to: writing, traveling, seeing my friends and family. As I said at the start, a writer’s life is full of ups and downs, and I’d really like the current up to last!

Thank you Polly for your honest and insightful answers. Connect with Polly below and find out more about her recent release.

Writing under other names, PJ Adams is a successful novelist, with several novels published by major publishing houses and optioned for movies. As PJ Adams, she writes in the genre closest to her heart, erotic romance – love stories with that added heat, including The Object of His Desire and Four Temptations.

The Object of His Desire by PJ Adams

When Trudy goes to her estranged brother’s wedding, the last thing she expects is one of those moments: a handsome stranger, their eyes meeting across a crowded room… a tempting, but dangerous stranger. Determined to find out more, she discovers that dark secrets bind him to her brother; she also learns that he’s the kind of man who gets what he wants, and what he wants right now is Trudy.

Introducing her to the world of the super-wealthy, he showers her with designer clothes, shoes, and diamonds, whisking her off to dinner dates by private jet… what more could a girl want?

But as she finds out more about him, Trudy begins to wonder if she can ever love a man she can never fully trust. A man involved in murder and blackmail, who may just be using her as an alibi. Should she run or let herself fall for him? And will he give her a choice?

A passionate erotic romance, where scandals buried away in the past lead to murderous intrigue in the present, in the intensely steamy world of the super-wealthy and powerful.

Available for Kindle:

The Object of His Desire on Amazon US

The Object of His Desire on Amazon UK

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Today, we’re talking to an author who has grabbed my attention. She just released a book and is taking the social media world by storm. Her genre is similar to mine and as a reader and writer, I can’t wait to read her book. Sit back, lock your windows, and enjoy getting to know HMC.

 

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You’re the author of WHITE WALLS and the cover is brilliant! Share a line/passage with us that is particularly special to you.

Damon tried to stay calm in the face of Sam’s wrath.

 ‘That’s it! That’s all you’re going to tell me? That we’re going to be all right? What am I supposed to do? Just sit here and wait ’til something else happens? If you don’t tell me what this is about, right now, I’m going to tell Jade everything!’

Damon held his breath for a few seconds before speaking. ‘And who do you think they’re going to believe?’ He was good at being politely poisonous. ‘Yes, they may think both of us are crazy, but whose story sounds the craziest, Sam, yours or mine?’ He hated treating her this way, but it had to be done, and the guilt passed faster than he thought it would. It was for her own good. The more she knew, the deeper the trouble.

 ‘You bastard!’ Her eyes shone with angry tears.

George was sitting quietly in the corner and had obviously had about enough of this; he moved to leave. But before he could make good his escape, Sam caught him. ‘Where do you think you’re going?’

 ‘I’m going to make my presence known in the common room so that Anne doesn’t become too suspicious. Calm down before she hears us. You want to be the boss, fine – but stop being such a bitch, will you?’ Then he nodded at Damon and strode back to the safety of his guard chair.

Samantha Phillips surrendered. ‘Okay.’ She sat down on Damon’s bed.

‘I’m sorry,’ he said. ‘I’m sorry I can’t tell you what you want to know.’

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to live forever on minimum wage or till you’re fifty but extremely rich. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Oh no … now you’ve started something. We could be here all day!

Both of those options are terrible. Not because one is poor and because one dies, but because both options limit one’s opportunity to reach for more. The first option limits one’s ability to make money, and the second takes away one’s ability to use their talent, in order to make money.

Life is a game, money moves in and out of our lives, either with or without resistance, and abundance is something we all deserve. I believe in my own abundance, and that’s why I am where I am. To mess with fortune would take away a freedom that goes with the law of attraction, and in my opinion, the very nature of the universe. HA! Yep … hippy. I own it.

If I had to choose one, I’d wholeheartedly choose number two. I’ve been poor before, dirt poor, and it wasn’t so bad, but I can’t imagine living forever in the same body with the same life. I believe in reincarnation, and nothing is permanent. I’m not afraid of change … I’m more afraid of stagnation. 

That’s a better answer than the original question 🙂

If you could live on a college campus or in a small town, which one would you choose?

I’m an Australian. I’ve never experienced a college campus. We do have them here, but I have a choice of three universities (colleges) in a 30km radius of my house, so it’s often not necessary for us – unless, you come from overseas, or, live rurally.

So, I’d choose a college campus … just for the experience. 

Okay, how about Ireland or Spain?

Spain first! My family on my father’s side is Spanish. I have it down as one of my places to go. Ireland is on the list, too. I love the green, the countryside and the cold, so Ireland is a definite.

My wife and I went to Ireland last year. It was beautiful!

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

None of the above. Salt and Pepper and Boys to Men, all the way. I love metal, classical, rock, punk, RnB, Indie music – all of it. If you suck you suck, though.

And what about your favorite crime show (I love Law & Order: SVU & Criminal Minds)?

Right now it’s Breaking Bad, and Sons of Anarchy. They’re crime shows, right? Let’s say, ‘yes’.

I love Breaking Bad. I do need to catch up on this past season though 🙂

So, is there anything you’re currently working on?

Of course! Robert Mumpkin Myer and the Wish Makers is my childrens’ fantasy novel. It’s about to go to my editor. Also, I have two short stories on the go.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Bryce Courtenay. He was a brilliant Australian Author. He wrote the Power of One and many other successful books, my favourite being, ‘Jessica.’ I would ask him, ‘how did you write so well from the perspective of a woman?’  

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

Kiwi or oranges? Kiwi

Sweet or sour candy? Sweet

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy!

Beer or wine? Spirits

Flying or driving? Driving. (Insert cuss word here) flying.

Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper? We don’t study those authors in Australia, however I’d choose Mark Twain, because of ‘Tom Sawyer.’ Did you have to read learn about them in school? We study a lot of English authors, such as George Orwell. However, we did a big unit on F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Yes, though I didn’t study either of them until college. Most high schools, I believe, study Twain and possibly Cooper/Fitzgerald.

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You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only one thing with you and two people as well. What and who are you bringing?

Two strangers and a machete. That way if I were desperate … I’d prefer my husband and daughter to be out looking for me.

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

I don’t know enough about your presidents to answer that one well. I’d probably say Obama, though. That guy is rad. At the White House, of course. Fly me to America, kids.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

I wish I could remember that my happiness is my job – all the time. 

Thank you for your candid answers 🙂

 

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