Name Your Top Three: Everybody Likes A Good List

I wanted to share my “top 3” of a few different things in life, and would like to hear about yours as well. So, after you take a peek at mine, comment with any additions you’d like to make.

Food

Cheese Pizza

TGIF Wings

Cheese Sticks

Authors

Joyce Carol Oates

Sherman Alexie

Mark Twain

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Trailblazers

Professional Sports Teams

Portland Trailblazers

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Falcons

Places To Go With The Kids

Park

River

Ocean

TV Shows That Are Still Making New Shows

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show

The Profit

California

States To Spend Some Serious Time In

Oregon

California

Washington

Okay, now it’s your turn…

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Getting to Know Chrissy Lessey, A Novelist with a Purpose

Enjoy getting to know, Chrissy Lessey:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Poignant, humorous, relatable

Your book, “Crystal Coast: The Coven” is set to release on 4/30/2014. Share a passage (a paragraph or less) that you’d like for us to see before the rest of the world.

Stevie watched Charlie as he scooped a handful of sand and let it sift slowly through his fingers. Golden ringlets of hair fell around his face, hiding his pale blue eyes. Just a few years ago, those eyes shone bright with curiosity. Now, they were clouded by a need for routine and a lack of connection to the world around him. His dimpled cheeks were overshadowed by a furrowed brow, evidence of the countless fears and worries tormenting his young mind.

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?

Having a bestseller would be a dream come true, but giving up writing is unthinkable. I’d have to keep on writing and pass on the bestseller.

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

I’d live in a small town and travel, which is pretty much what I’m doing now.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

Definitely an amusement park. I’m a huge fan of roller coasters!

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Scotland. I think I’d find a lot of inspiration there.

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

The Black Crowes and Pearl Jam.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Possibly the band Fun. There’s tremendous talent there and lead singer Nate Ruess reminds me of Freddie Mercury.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

Big Bang Theory never fails to make me laugh.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on the next installment of the Crystal Coast Trilogy.

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

I’d love to ask Anne Rice about her choice to bring Lestat back after all of these years. Specifically, I’d ask if her perception of the character has changed since we last saw him.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream

M & M’s or Skittles?  M & M’s

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Daily Show

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Flying

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

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?

My practical side is going to show through on this answer. I’d bring a knife and a ball of twine. I’d leave my family safely on the mainland and bring survival expert, Bear Grylls. I’d also ask Anne Rice to come along, so she can tell me stories while we wait for rescue.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

I’d meet with Abraham Lincoln at the White House. We’d discuss his plans to go see that play.

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

Time. I’d love more time with my family and more time to write.

  

Chrissy Lessey is an autism advocate, a coffee junkie, and an avid reader. She lives on the coast of North Carolina with her husband, two children, and their ill-mannered dog. Her debut novel, The Coven, and her short story prequel, The Secret Keepers, will be released in April from Pandamoon Publishing. For more information, visit her website.

Meet the Author of Southbound, Jason Beem

Enjoy getting to know, Jason Beem:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Therapeutic, funny and hopefully entertaining. 

Your book, “Southbound” is set to release on 3/31/2014. Share a passage (a paragraph or less) that you’d like for us to see before the rest of the world.

This is a sentence from the first chapter with the main character Ryan McGuire talking about his love of horse racing. 

“Horse racing gave me almost everything I have. It put food in my mouth, and afforded me opportunities that nothing or no one else has. However, it’s also taken away just as much. Horse racing will always break your heart at some point. But I don’t know if that’s such a bad thing. I mean, at least racing made me feel something. I’m someone who doesn’t feel much; but racing made me feel. I’ve never rooted for anything in my life as hard as I’ve rooted for horses to get up and win races. Sometimes, I didn’t even have any money invested; and sometimes I had all my money invested. Horse racing made me feel.”

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?

To be honest, I’d probably take the best seller and never write again.  Writing isn’t my occupation and I love my career as a horse racing announcer and hope to keep doing that forever.  So I suppose I’d rather have some success with one book and just have that be one little part of my life. 

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’d rather live in the small town whether I could travel or not.  I’ve always lived in cities and while I love having the city close, I like quiet more.  I’m so old now (33) and I go to bed at like ten.  If I lived on the college campus, I’d be the old crabby guy screaming at all the kids to keep it down! 

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

I’d probably live in the airport, especially the one here in Portland.  It has great food options (Elephants Deli!) and a Powell’s book store!  And free wifi.  I mean, it sounds better than where I live now! 

And how about Ireland or Brazil?

I’d go with Brazil.  I’ve always been fascinated with South American culture and food and think it would be great. 

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

Not just my favorite 90’s band, but my favorite ever band is Alice in Chains.  They were so dark and brutal and melodic I connected with them instantly.  They were a huge reason I picked up a guitar and started writing my own music.  Other 90’s faves are Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, Blind Melon and Tool. 

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I don’t think so, but not because there aren’t great bands.  Because there are now so many artists who only focus on singles and not good albums.  People used to line up at night to buy albums and that doesn’t happen anymore.  Ironically, the modern day rockstars that get people to line up at night are video game makers LOL

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

My favorite of all time is Larry Sanders Show that was on HBO.  It was a mocking of late night talk shows and is just so smart and so funny.  Seinfeld, The Office and Coach are probably next three. 

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I actually just started working on a new writing project.  It’s set in the world of hockey which is a sport I really enjoy.  It’s more of a father/son book than anything else.  But I literally just started it last week, so not much to report. 

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

I’ve actually met my favorite author and have asked him questions!  In fact he supplied a blurb to my book!  His name is Willy Vlautin and he writes great novels about everyday folks who are struggling in their lives.  I once asked him “why do you write about people who are having such a tough time and seem to be such everyday characters?”  He said “Because to be honest, I find them the most interesting and the most relatable.” 

 

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?   Yogurt

Snickers or Milky Way?   Snickers

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report?  Colbert!

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  I don’t drink 🙂

Flying or driving?  Driving for sure

Hemingway or Twain?  Ernest!

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’d bring my mom and my great friend, Amanda.  Amanda is a doctor so she can take care of us and my mom is the coolest, so she’d be fun to hang out with!  I’d bring my laptop and my acoustic guitar. 

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house, or meet at their place of royalty?

I’ve always been fascinated with World War 2.  I think I’d want to talk to Franklin Roosevelt at the White House and get his opinions on so many things as I think he was one of the most influential figures in our country’s history.  I’d also want to know his thinking when Pearl Harbor hit and when he found out what exactly Hitler was doing. 

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

Health for my family and friends. 

Jason’s debut novel, “Southbound,” is set to release on 3/31/2014.

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Cover Reveal for Southbound, by Jason Beem

I’m excited to show you the cover reveal for “Southbound,” by Jason Beem. Jason is an up-and-coming writer from Portland, Oregon. His novel is set to release on March 31, 2014 from Pandamoon Publishing.

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Michelle Bellon’s Interview of Jackson Paul Baer

Thank you so much to the talented, Michelle Bellon, for hosting me on her blog. Michelle is an award-winning author and you should really check out one of her books. Click on the photo below to read the interview:

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