Monthly Archives: August 2009

At Home with Creative Non-fiction Author Jason M. Kays

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  • Jason Kays is a sassy, irreverent and frustrated artist working by day as a lawyer to pay the bills.  Since childhood, he has taken pleasure in expressing himself through the written word.  An accomplished musician, he has played jazz trumpet for 35 of his 45 years on this planet.  The two artistic endeavors are symbiotic.  He defines himself more as writer/musician than he does as an attorney.  Formal education:  bachelor of arts in English Lit with a pre-law option.  He took a good deal of art history courses, as well.  As a young attorney performing appellate work, he represented the convicted Copycat Killer, Veronica Compton, in the infamous Hillside Strangler case.  That experience was followed by seven years of work in entertainment law during the 1990’s, the height of the Grunge music explosion in Seattle.   This decade of professional and personal misadventures provided the author with enough material for several books.

Title:  Virtual Vice

Website:  http://www.VirtualVice.net

Blog:  http://www.VirtualVice.us

1. Where do you live (city, country)?

Port Townsend, Washington. United States

2. What is the weather like?

Kafka without the sunshine.

3. Have you lived there very long?

Ten years.

4. Would you rather live somewhere else?

I spend part of the year in Boston, which is a nice balance. So, no.

5. Are you married or single?

Single, but please don’t tell my mistress.

6. Do you have kids?

No. Nor have I ever met Kathy Lee Gifford.

7. Where were you born?

Port Angeles, Washington

8. What was your childhood like?

I’m uncertain, as I was born into an Episcopalian family, where childhood is strictly forbidden. It was kind of like Benjamin Button, without the residuals, hypnotic cheekbones and Angeline Jolie.

9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?

Given an ill-timed absence of motor skills, my teen years were relegated to the high school computer lab, hacking DoD networks to plot worldwide domination. Unfortunately, Bill Gates and Megan Fox beat me to it. And here you thought she was dumb as a box of hair. Acting, my friend, acting. And that is why she is the greatest thespian of our time.

10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house?

That depends on the company I keep at any given moment. During prêt-à-porter in February and September, when my significant other is touring the salons of Paris on my book royalties, my walk-in humidor; flaunting my vast and diverse selection of smokable phallic symbols to the young and impressionable Megan Fox. When those royalties have been exhausted and “she who must be obeyed” has returned to the hearth, the anechoic chamber/home recording studio.

11. Do you have an outside job?

Yes, I have a license to practice crime: attorney by day, bon vivant and writer by night.yes(a) cover

12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Bribing politicians.

13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Let’s not bring the au pair into this. I never dine and dish.

14. Do you have any pets?

Yes, two cats: Donatella and Consigliere. Because every good entertainment attorney needs a consigliere.

15. Do you know your neighbors?

Yes, but my accountant pays them monthly to disavow any knowledge of me and any and all alleged crimes of moral turpitude.

16. Pepsi or Coke?

Coke. After two nose jobs, I’ve switched to the beverage.

17. Favorite time of year?

Winter, of course. It’s much more difficult for the authorities to dig up the bodies.

18. Favorite color?

Purple

19. Favorite book?

Richard III by William Shakespeare. He always gets the woman, if not the horse. A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe

20. Does your car look better than your house?

With what my mechanic charges, it should.

21. What’s on your mousepad?

A Logitech G9 gaming mouse sporting the logo of my overclockers’ enthusiast website, Asus Independent.com.

22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?

Three times if it’s Megan to impart an air of insouciance. Otherwise, I let Consigliere answer the phone. Particularly if it is “she who must be obeyed”.

23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

That all depends. But it’s not the au pair. Promise.

24. Chocolate or vanilla?

Warmed, dark chocolate ganache overtop vanilla ice cream.

25. Do you like to drive too fast?

Most definitely.

26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

Please! Megan has feelings too.

27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

While the dead are less likely to complain about the wine (and leave more for my enjoyment), I would say legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?

A big fruity Syrah, Burgundy or Merlot.

29. What is your zodiac sign?

Cancer
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be?

Business development for a record label.

31. What’s under your bed?

That all depends. But it’s not the au pair. Promise.

At Home with Real Estate Expert Eddie Godshalk

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The Missing Keys to Thriving in Any Real Estate MarketEddie Godshalk bought his first investment houses in 1987, where he was a licensed agent in the Eastern U.S. From those humble beginnings, Eddie has gained more than 20 years of real estate investment, business development and mortgage experience. Eddie received his MBA from San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a focus on building automated valuation models (AVM’s) and real estate finance.   What began as a graduate school project quickly turned into an obsession that has inspired for the past several years.  After collecting more than four years’ worth of micro block data, Eddie and a team of SFSU and Berkeley PhD’s tested and back-tested algorithms and built the Home Value Predictor™ system.   Eddie is committed to bringing the most accurate, reliable and relevant information to the real estate market Home Value Predictor™ is poised to redefine the way we think of real estate in the 21st century.

Title:  The Missing Keys to Thriving in Any Real Estate Market

Website: www.HomeValuePredictor.com

Blog: http://homevaluepredictor.com/blog

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EddieGodshalk and http://twitter.com/valuepredictor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Eddie-Godshalk/655477353

Please answer the following questions (at least 15):

1. Where do you live (city, country)?

I was born in Washington D.C, and currently live in Silicon Valley, in San Jose, CA.

2. What is the weather like?

Most of the time the weather is very enjoyable and sunny, here in San Jose, CA.

3. Have you lived there very long?

I have lived in California for over 10 years, and in San Jose for over 6 years.

4. Would you rather live somewhere else?

Well when I was biking on my chopper some 10 years ago, traveling cross country from Maryland to California, I heard their were beautiful women in New Port beach. And when I arrived, I called my friend in San Diego, and complained that the weather was cloudy and cold.  He asks, where are you?  And I told him I was in Newport Beach, Oregon.  (Just missed by 2,000 miles or so).  So really I like the sun and beach, so I have always had a fondness for Honolulu and PB in San Diego.

5. Are you married or single?

Currently I am single.

6. Do you have kids?

Nope.

7. Where were you born?

I was born in Children’s Hospital, in Washington D.C.

8. What was your childhood like?

I grew up in a fairly nice family, in Olney, MD, and have four brothers.  Mom was very loving, and Dad was more a military style.

9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?

Growing up in Olney, MD was a great time and place.  A good mixture of people in suburban Washington D.C.   I was fairly active in sport and surfing in my youth.  Go Beach Boy!

10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house?

Hum, I guess my extra room, since I have a small guy and sauna there.

11. Do you have an outside job?

Not at this time.  I am focusing on getting my web site launched, www.HomeValuePredictor.com

12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Hang out with friends and go to different places and events, where we have not visited before.

13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Fresh fruit.

14. Do you have any pets?

Nope.  Used to have a Rhodesian Ridgeback though, and will again, once I re-settle.

15. Do you know your neighbors?

Yes, we talk a bit, since I like to exercise and walk outside.

16. Pepsi or Coke?

Cold water please.

17. Favorite time of year?

The longest day.

18. Favorite color?

Well, I’d like to say blue, and be the norm, but it is really lavender.   Painted my first car with a brush in bold lavender, back in my wilder days.

19. Favorite book?

The Art Of Thought By Graham Walla, and learning in Film School at California State University – Long Beach, that there is really no such thing as creativity, there is just absorbing all the information available about a subject, then blending different ideas, to come up with a better service and product.  Since I know this, this is why I have spent so many years learning what the missing keys in real estate, really are.

20. Does your car look better than your house?

Nope.  I currently own an old Volvo.  Looking forward to trading it in soon, in the new Cash for Clunkers program.

21. What’s on your mousepad?

Nothing, I currently do not use one, just a very nice desk.

22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?

Two to five, depends upon what I am up to at the time…funny question.

23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

Usually what I was last dreaming about, and I edit my daily goals and schedule then too.

24. Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate, I hear it is healthier.

25. Do you like to drive too fast?

Yes, for me it always seems a lot safer.

26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

Nope.  Have not tried that either.

27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Huh?  I did not know dead people could talk, unless in the movies… Probably Tony Robbins.

28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?

A good glass of red wine.

29. What is your zodiac sign?

Not sure, must be a cusp of something…

30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be?

Bartender in the Caribbean or something, so I could be around music and fun people all day and night long.

31. What’s under your bed?

Nothing, I hope.  Let me go check.

32. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Absolutely half full at least, isn’t there 60% in there?

At Home with Mystery Author JD Seamus

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JD SeamusAfter decades of working in the world of retail finance, e-commerce, and venture capital, JD Seamus began writing a series of novels based in Manhattan.

With a keen eye for detail, Seamus takes to heart the old adage to “write what you know.” Borrowing from real life experience, Seamus delivers highly entertaining tales full of sparkling wit and dark humor.

Whether pondering life’s most absurd or most wonderful moments, or showcasing a character’s foibles or triumphs, JD Seamus is dynamic new voice in the world of fiction. Seamus may make you blush, he may make you cry, but he will certainly leave you entertained.

Today, Seamus is happily at work on his sixth book in South Florida and dividing his time between his family and Braves and Jaguar games. You can visit his website at www.jdseamusbooks.com.

  1. Last CallWhere do you live (city, country)? Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
  2. What is the weather like? Hot. Low 90s today.
  3. Have you lived there very long? No. Five years.
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I live here and midtown Manhattan. I’d rather live in Venice or Amsterdam.
  5. Are you married or single? Married.
  6. Do you have kids? No. Gene pool way to shallow.
  7. Where were you born? Belfast, Ireland.
  8. What was your childhood like? Rough. My brothers, father and all my uncles were in the IRA.
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I illegally came to the US at 8 and lived in the 5 Points section of NY. I was in one gang or another until I went away to college.
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? Master bedroom.
  11. Do you have an outside job? No.
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? I’m retired, every day is a day off. I love to travel.
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes.
  14. Do you have any pets? 2 dogs.
  15. Do you know your neighbors? Yes.
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Coke.
  17. Favorite time of year? Fall.
  18. Favorite color? Blue.
  19. Favorite book? Pope of Greenwich Village.
  20. Does your car look better than your house? Both look great.
  21. What’s on your mousepad? I use a lap top.
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Sometimes forever. Generally 3.
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? My writing project.
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? Either with nuts and coconut.
  25. Do you like to drive too fast? Yes.
  26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Sleep with a real animal.
  27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Sam Clemens.
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Beer.
  29. What is your zodiac sign? Cancer.
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be…..writer.
  31. What’s under your bed? posters
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Always half full…….

At Home with Personal Growth & Writing Author Jill Jepson

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Jill JepsonJill Jepson is a traveler, professor, and transformational life coach, and the author of three books and over 60 articles. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago as well as degrees in writing, psychology, social science, and Asian studies. Using her extensive travels to places as diverse as Guatemala, Syria, Siberia, and Afghanistan, her writing explores spiritual traditions, history, culture, personal growth, and the writing process. Through her business, Writing the Whirlwind, she offers coaching and online workshops for writers, activists, and others. You can visit her website at www.writingthewhirlwind.net.

  1. Writing as a Sacred PathWhere do you live (city, country)? Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  2. What is the weather like? It’s Minnesota. Summers are short. Winters are long. It’s cold.
  3. Have you lived there very long? Eight years.
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I love it here, but I miss the ocean and the mountains, sometimes painfully.
  5. Are you married or single? Married.
  6. Do you have kids? No.
  7. Where were you born? I was born in the rural farmland of Central California.
  8. What was your childhood like? I grew up in a small, hot farm town surrounded by dairies and orchards, with the rolling Diablo Mountains on one side, and far to the east, the Sierra Nevada. It was California, but unlike anything people think of when they think of California. It had more in common with a small town in the Midwest than with the Bay Area, which was only 80 miles to the west. It was very religious, very conservative, very small town. I found it excruciating.
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I was a bit of a misfit. I managed to alienate a lot of the kids at school, just by being a little odd, and a bit arrogant. I loved the arts and science and hated sports and, for the most part, school. I played the piano and the guitar and acted in school plays. I spent my adolescence praying for high school to end so I could start college. Once I did, my life blossomed.
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? I have a little nook on the third floor of my house. It’s where I go to meditate, to think, to be alone. But I like every room in my house. My husband and I bought our home just a few months ago, and we’re both in love with it.
  11. Do you have an outside job? I’m a college professor–I have a Ph.D. in anthropological linguistics. I also run a business that offers workshops and transformational life coaching. I work with writers, activists, and caretakers to help them live the fullest, richest, most satisfying lives they can.
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Read.
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Every morning, I have a “monkey smoothie”: banana, peanut butter, soy milk. Delicious!
  14. Do you have any pets? Four cats and two dogs.
  15. Pepsi or Coke? Mineral water with pomegranate juice.
  16. Favorite time of year? Autumn.
  17. Does your car look better than your house? My car’s an ancient beater with stickers all over the back bumper advocating animal rights and a vegetarian lifestyle. My house, on the other hand, is spacious and full of light. My house looks way better than my car.
  18. What’s on your mousepad? My mousepad is designed to look like a miniature Persian carpet, with a complicated design. It even has a fringe. It came with a label that didn’t say “mousepad” but “mousecarpet.”
  19. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? I let the answering machine pick up. If it’s not someone asking for money, I call them back.
  20. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Which cat is sleeping on me?
  21. Chocolate or vanilla? Definitely chocolate.
  22. Do you like to drive too fast? No.
  23. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? I sleep with two of my cats and my husband. There’s no room for anything stuffed.
  24. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Jane Goodall. I have a deep admiration for her. The way she’s lived her life, the work she’s done for animals and the environment. I’d love to meet her someday.
  25. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? I’m already doing it: writing and coaching.
  26. What’s under your bed? Cat toys and huge dust bunnies. More like dust hippos.
  27. Is the glass half empty or half full? Definitely half full.

At Home with Women’s Fiction Author Randy Sue Coburn

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Randy Sue CoburnRandy Sue Coburn is a former newspaper reporter whose articles and essays have been published in numerous national magazines. She is the author of Owl Island and Remembering Jody, and her screenplays include Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, the critically acclaimed Cannes Film Festival selection that received five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. Randy is also the author of the brand new women’s fiction novel, A Better View of Paradise. She lives in Seattle. You can visit Randy Sue Coburn’s website at www.randysuecoburn.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)?
A: Seattle, Washington.
2. What is the weather like?
A: Usually cool, gray, and cloudy—highly conducive to writing, and the climate of my soul. Much of Owl Island is a love letter to Pacific Northwest weather. A Better View of Paradise 2Too many days of straight sunshine actually depress me. Of course, like most Pacific Northwesterners, I’m dreaming of Hawai`i come February. A big part of how A Better View of Paradise came to be set there.
3. Would you rather live somewhere else?
A: There is no other U.S. city where I would rather live, although I would dearly love to have a waterside cabin on the Puget Sound for regular writing retreats and fun times with friends and family. I miss the little floating shack that I used to escape to, but it was quite rustic and now I’m grown up enough to require electricity and indoor plumbing.
4. Do you have kids?
A: Much as I love children, I’ve never underestimated how much energy they take to raise, nor the fact that I’m a lousy juggler. On the days when I believe in past lives, I think that I must have had loads and loads of children, but everything I wrote got stuck in a drawer somewhere.
5. Where were you born?
A: Chicago, but I was raised in South Carolina.
6. What was your childhood like?
A: Very free and independent, with woods to explore and wild strawberries to pick and horses at a nearby barn to ride. Still, as soon as I could read, I spent a lot of time with my nose in a book.
7. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?
A: Apart from reading, I loved to dance—performing in Little Theatre musical productions and working as an assistant teacher at a neighborhood dancing school.
8. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house?
A: My bedroom, where I often write. There’s an expansive view of Puget Sound, and all that water is inspiring for me when I work.
9. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: Dutch babies, also known as Hawaiian pancakes. They’re eggy and poufy and absolutely delicious with sour cream and preserves slathered on top.
10. Do you have any pets?
A: Yes—Binx, a smart, comical, affectionate floppy-eared terrier named for Binx Bolling, the narrator of a favorite Walker Percy novel, The Moviegoer. I was going to name him “Walker,” but thought that might get confusing at walk-time, and Percy just didn’t suit his personality. When I write in bed, his head is often on my feet, and if he has to go out, he raises a paw over the keyboard in a threatening gesture.
11. Do you know your neighbors?
A: My apartment is in a building with 74 others, just next-door to Seattle’s Pike Place Public Market, and I have the pleasure of knowing many neighbors. Quite a few are avid readers and very supportive when a new book of mine comes out.
12. Favorite time of year?
A: October. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I was conceived in October because it always seems such a romantic, sensual time of year to me.
13. What’s on your mousepad?
A: The Chinese symbol for “love.”
14. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Whatever dreams I can remember. As Mike Nichols says, the great thing about the subconscious is that it has exactly your sense of humor.
15. What is your zodiac sign?
A: I am a classic crab—emotional (I cry at card tricks), home-loving, food-loving, tenacious, and picky enough to prefer the astrological designation of “Moon Child” over “Cancer.”

Home Sweet Home with USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Bretton

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Barbara BrettonBarbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. Her most recent title, Laced With Magic, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries. Barbara lives in New Jersey with her husband but has many online homes.

Website: www.barbarabretton.com

Personal Blog: http://bmafb.blogspot.com

Knitting Blog: http://romancingtheyarn.blogspot.com

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BarbaraBretton

Facebook: BarbaraBretton

Ravelry: wickedsplitty

  1. Laced with MagicWhere do you live (city, country)? Central New Jersey, a few miles north of Princeton. Our area is a cross between farmland and horse country with a touch of suburban sprawl beginning to creep in.
  2. What is the weather like? Dark and warm and humid. I’m not a fan.
  3. Have you lived there very long? We moved here in late August 1986, back when some of the local roads were still unpaved.
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? Absolutely not. Somewhere along the way I turned into a Jersey girl and I love it.
  5. Are you married or single? Very married. Extremely married. Practically married since birth.  I was 18, he was 19 and they said it wouldn’t last. (It’s been 40 years . . . )
  6. Do you have kids? No, we don’t.
  7. Where were you born? New York City, the borough of Queens, town of Elmhurst. Right across the street from the railroad and down the block from a dye company and a diaper factory.
  8. What was your childhood like? Despite the railroad and the dye company and the diaper factory, I’d say my childhood was close to idyllic. I was loved, encouraged, and cherished every step of the way. Both of my parents came from wildly dysfunctional backgrounds and how they managed to create an oasis of their own is a mystery to me, but they did. My husband often refers to my childhood as Disney World Queens and in many ways it was.
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I was thirteen when the Beatles first came to America in 1964, the perfect age for a full-blown case of Beatlemania. My friends and I were there at JFK Airport (I think it was still Idlewild then) when they landed and we were lucky enough to see them in concert later that summer. I spent most weekends roaming around the city with my friend Pat Durkin, hoping for random sightings of Beatles or Searchers or Rolling Stones. It was an innocent time, maybe a little bit crazy, but that was to be expected. President Kennedy’s assassination the previous November had marked the end of our childhood. Bad things happened to good people and they often happened without reason or warning. For a few happy months, John and Paul and George and Ringo helped us to forget.
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? We live in a ten room house but we all seem to gravitate to the great room in the back.
  11. Do you have an outside job? I haven’t worked an outside job since 1982. I made the classic new author mistake of quitting my day job five minutes after signing my first contract. Fortunately for me it all worked out and I’m a full-time working writer who is grateful for my good fortune.
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? I love to drive down the Shore with my husband. I knit. He drives. We talk and laugh and plot  my books. It’s a great life!
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Rye toast with peanut butter and sliced jalapenos.
  14. Do you have any pets? Three brilliant parrots of varying ages. Walter is a handsome Double Yellow Head Amazon of 35 years. Groucho is an equally handsome Amazon Yellow Nape of 22. Squirt is an adorable sociopathic Timneh African Grey of 15.
  15. Do you know your neighbors? Not very well. I’m a writer. I don’t get out much.
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi.
  17. Favorite time of year? Autumn. No contest.
  18. Favorite color? Sunshine yellow.
  19. Favorite book? Moving On by Larry McMurtry is tied with Family Happiness by Laurie Colwin.
  20. Does your car look better than your house? My car is definitely neater, that’s for sure.
  21. What’s on your mousepad? Dust. Lots of dust.
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Infinity. I decided long ago that phones are there for my convenience and I choose whether or not to answer accordingly.
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Maybe this will be the day . . .
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla, preferably in the form of Crème Brulee.
  25. Do you like to drive too fast? I’ll take the Fifth on that one.
  26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? I used to sleep with a stuffed cocker spaniel who was named after Mickey Mantle. (And yes, I still have him.)
  27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? John and Abigail Adams. They were so close I think of them as a single unit.
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Now this is embarrassing. I’m not much of a drinker but I’ll admit to a weakness for pina coladas served from a giant pineapple complete with paper umbrellas and maraschino cherries.
  29. What is your zodiac sign? I’m a classic, stereotypical Cancer: home-loving, sensitive, thin-skinned, loyal, moody, emotional.
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Oh, that’s easy. The one that I have: full-time writer. I’m living my dream.
  31. What’s under your bed? A stack of Interweave Knits, one pink and yellow bunny slipper, and a copy of last year’s Mary Higgins Clark.
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Full to overflowing!

Laced with Magic

At Home with Christian Fiction Author Jimmy Root, Jr.

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Jimmy RootJimmy Root Jr., has served as an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God since 1982, including service in Nebraska, Missouri, and a seven year term as a missionary in Colombia, South America. Jimmy is the lead Pastor of Family Worship Center of Smithville, a growing suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Married to his wife Jean for twenty-nine years, the Roots have three grown children.

Root is a 1981 alumnus of Central Bible College of Springfield, Missouri where he majored in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Theology. He is also an alumnus of Southeastern University, Lakeland Florida, where he majored in Intercultural Studies.

A lifetime student of Biblical prophecy, Jimmy is also the Professor of Eschatology, The Study of End Times, for Berean University through the Northern Missouri District School of Ministry. He is a featured speaker at Churches and other venues, and is the host of “The Bible Uncensored” radio broadcast heard on radio stations around the country.

His writings, both in book form as well as his blog, are purposed to be a wake-up call to a sleepy American church that seems to be losing a truly Christian World View. Distant Thunder and its sequels, A Gathering Storm and Then Comes Lightning, will reveal to the adventure/thriller aficionado the reality of the coming fulfillment of Biblically prophesied events. You can visit his website at www.lightningchronicles.com or his blog at www.prophecyalert.blogspot.com. Connect with him on twitter at www.twitter.com/JimmyRootJr and Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimmyrootjr.

Distant Thunder1. Where do you live (city, country)? Smithville, Missouri
2. What is the weather like? Unseasonably mild.
3. Have you lived there very long? Ten years.
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? No
5. Are you married or single? Happily married.
6. Do you have kids? We have three grown children.
7. Where were you born? Topeka, Kansas
8. What was your childhood like? Filled with fun and frivolity.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I was at teen during the 70’s and had a blast. I played every sport possible, fished and hunted, and worked a gas station in the summer. That was back when an attendant actually pumped the gas and washed the windshield.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? The living room.
11. Do you have an outside job? Yes, I am the Pastor of a vibrant congregation.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Write.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? My wife makes a wonderful, low fat omelet.
14. Do you have any pets? I have a psychotic Jack Russell Terrier named Harley.
15. Do you know your neighbors? Sure do.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Diet Coke.
17. Favorite time of year? Fall…for football and hunting.
18. Favorite color? Blue
19. Favorite book? The Bible
20. Does your car look better than your house? No way.
21. What’s on your mousepad? Planet Earth.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Depends on who shows on the caller ID.
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? “What a great day to be alive!”
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
25. Do you like to drive too fast? Yes
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Abraham Lincoln
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink at all.
29. What is your zodiac sign? Aquarius…but I don’t care.
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? I love what I’m doing now…it’s my true calling.
31. What’s under your bed? A box of my wife’s winter clothes.
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Half Full.