Monthly Archives: October 2009

At Home with Historical Fiction Author Douglas W. Jacobson

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Douglas JacobsonDouglas W. Jacobson is an engineer, business owner and World War Two history enthusiast. Doug has traveled extensively in Europe researching stories of the courage of common people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. His debut novel, Night of Flames: A Novel of World War Two was published in 2007 by McBooks Press, and was released in paperback in 2008. Night of Flames won the 2007 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Wisconsin Library Association. Doug has also published articles on Belgium’s WW2 escape organization, the Comete Line; Poland’s 1st Armored Division; and the liberation of Antwerp. Doug has just completed his second novel set in Europe at the end of WW2. You can visit his blog at www.douglaswjacobson.blogspot.com.

Night of Flames

Night of Flames (click on cover to purchase at Amazon)

1. Where do you live (city, country)?
Elm Grove, WI
2. What is the weather like?
Wait five minutes and its different
3. Have you lived there very long?
Over 20 years
4. Would you rather live somewhere else?
Sure, but I can’t decide where, or what I want to be when I grow up.
5. Are you married or single?
Very married
6. Do you have kids?
Two
7. Where were you born?
Milwaukee, WI
8. What was your childhood like?
Great memories. I came from a very modest middle class family. We never had any money but I never felt like I missed anything.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?
Chased girls
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house?
Several would be tied . . . My office where I do my writing, Our porch where my wife and I have a drink in the evening, and our den where I watch the Green Bay packers
11. Do you have an outside job?
Yep, Can’t quit the day job yet.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
I love to write, play tennis and go boating
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Everything that’s not good for you
14. Do you have any pets?
Did have, don’t now
15. Do you know your neighbors?
Yes, they’re all nice folks but we’re not close friends
16. Pepsi or Coke?
Iced Tea/Lemonade, The famous “Arnold Palmer”
17. Favorite time of year?
Early Fall
18. Favorite color?
My 3 year old granddaughter always answers this one, “pink and purple” so I’ll go with that
19. Favorite book?
Pillars of the Earth
20. Does your car look better than your house?
No, definitely not
21. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?
Depending on which phone I may not answer at all
22. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Going to the bathroom
3. Chocolate or vanilla?
Strawberry
24. Do you like to drive too fast?
I used to, then I got not stupid
25. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
No, we have three of them
26. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?
Winston Churchill
27. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?
A very good Pinot Noir
28. What is your zodiac sign?
No clue
29. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be?
Tiger Woods
30. What’s under your bed?
I’m afraid to look
31. Is the glass half empty or half full?
Hey, c’mon, its always half full!!

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At Home with Children’s Author Carol Zelaya

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Carol Zelaya photo.Carol Zelaya is a former nurse, recently widowed, and mother of two grown children. She grew up in the Chicago area, where she eventually met and married her husband and where they raised a family. Having relocated to Oregon in 1996, Zelaya began her love affair with nature and its beautiful creatures.  Inspired by her surroundings, she started taking pictures and writing. Writing poetry led to writing three children’s books, of course, in rhyme.  Zelaya’s Emily the Chickadee books are the true story of the special bond between a tiny bird and a little girl and the true meaning of family. 

Carol is now moving to the San Diego area to be near her children.  You can visit her online at www.emilythechickadee.com

Title:  Emily Waits for Her Family, Caring for Emily’s Family and Emily’s New Home

Website:  www.emilythechickadee.com

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

Oregon City, Oregon, just outside of Portland, but am moving to the San Diego area in October.

2. What is the weather like?

Beautiful summers, but lots of dreary dark wet days in the other months. The climate is mild and we do have 4 seasons. Everything up here is green year round.

3. Have you lived there very long?

I’ve lived in Ashland Oregon for 3 years, and the Portland area for the past 10 years.

4. Would you rather live somewhere else?

I think the climate and sunshine in San Diego suits me better, and that’s why I’m moving there next month, that and to live near my daughter.

5. Are you married or single?

I am widowed since November.

6. Do you have kids?

Yes, a daughter 33 years old and a son 29 years old.

7. Where were you born?

Chicago, Illinois

8. What was your childhood like?

Pretty ordinary, attending Catholic schools and living in the city.

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

Movies and bowling, and dating of course.

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

My bedroom where I keep my books, family photos and personal little treasured belongings. It is where I read and find relaxing peaceful moments.

11. Do you have an outside job?

No, just writing and publishing my children’s books.

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

Relaxing with my 4 little dogs.

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

Cereal or 0atmeal with blueberries and soy milk.

14. Do you have any pets?

4 little chihuahuas

15. Do you know your neighbors?

Yes.

16. Pepsi or Coke?

Diet Pepsi

17. Favorite time of year?

Summer

18. Favorite color?

Green

19. Favorite book?

Gosh, no favorite…how can I ever pick just one?

20. Does your car look better than your house?

Not necessarily…they both look equally nice.

21. What’s on your mousepad?

A picture of a chihuahua

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

One time if I’m nearby, but if I’m not, I usually have to let it ring 4 times to get to it.

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

My plans for the day.

24. Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate

25. Do you like to drive too fast?

Faster, but not too fast.

26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

No

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

Oprah

28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?

Pina Colada

29. What is your zodiac sign?

Virgo

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

Rescuing dogs.

31. What’s under your bed?

Maybe a little dust

32. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Always half full!

Home Sweet Home with Horror Writer Ruby Dominguez

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Ruby DominguezThe author, Ruby Dominguez is challenged by the conflicting complexities of the past and future. Undeterred, she strokes with pen the somber and bright hues of her visions. She currently resides in San Francisco and works in the field of property management/leasing. She has been a recipient of the “Editor’s Choice Award,” by the National Library of Poetry in 1999 and 2007 for her published poems in the SHELTER OF SHADE. Visit her website at: www.outskirtspress.com/theperukemaker, and blog at www.salemcurse.wordpress.com.

  1. Where do you live (city, country)? San Francisco, open your Golden Gate…la…la…la…la…la…la…la….
  2. What is the weather like? Today’s forecast is sunny and breezy.
  3. Have you lived there very long? 18 year itch may kick in at any moment.
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? My adventurous spirit is in gear! Salem, MA why not?
  5. The Peruke MakerAre you married or single? Just put my boyfriend of eight years to the test. I asked for a ring. Will he step up to the plate? Stay tune, folks!
  6. Do you have kids? Proud mom of three boys. People always wonder how and where I got them. (lol)
  7. Where were you born? Manila, Philippines
  8. What was your childhood like? With eight other siblings, it was a riot!
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? A bit restrained. Focused on school. Loved dancing, swimming, reading.
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? Living room… it use to be the bedroom…(wink ; wink ; lol)
  11. Do you have an outside job? Yes, I am a licensed Real Estate Agent
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Book research & shopping.
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? I don’t cook, so whatever is served.
  14. Do you have any pets? Yes, Jag, Hawk & the Good Girl. (otherwise known as The Gay, The Blind, and The Toothless) They’d do a good remake of the The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. (lol!)
  15. Do you know your neighbors? I invited them to my house warming party.
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Don’t drink, can’t drink, other than Coke. It’s my water. I am living testament that Coke quenches your thirst and does not make you fat!
  17. Favorite time of year? I am happiest in summer. Light affects my mood.
  18. Favorite color? From black to mauve.
  19. Favorite book? A book is like a love affair. Once you are done with it, you can’t hardly wait for the next one that’s coming to sweep you off your feet.
  20. Does your car look better than your house? I think I look better in my car than in my house. (lol)
  21. What’s on your mousepad? A mouse
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? As I please.
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? God and then pray.
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla is boring, chocolate is a fling!
  25. Do you like to drive too fast? Only if I want to arrive still looking fabulous!(lol)
  26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No, but I’d rather sleep with my pets than my boyfriend. Please don’t tell him that. (lol)
  27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? My father, I missed him a lot.
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Dom Perignon Champagne
  29. What is your zodiac sign? Libra, stands for justice, balance & harmony. I don’t know about that…it’s been a full moon lately! (lol)
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? It would be a combination of being the head of a dachshund rescue foundation, a famous screenplay writer and an occasional dance performer.
  31. What’s under your bed? You don’t want to know. Actually, I don’t know. Hmmm… time to check it out. Nope, no critters, no Boogey man… Aha! Found my boyfriend’s boxers, I thought I lost that one! (lol)
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Come on… Let’s get real…It’s like standing still. Like humpty dumpty waiting for his great fall!

Home Sweet Home with Bob and Kaye- Authors of ‘Football is For Lovers’

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Football is for Lovers• Authors’ Names: Bob and Kaye (Bob Brooker and Kaye O’Dougherty)
• Book Title: Football is for Lovers
• Genre: humorous non-fiction
• URL: www.footballforlovers.com
• To Buy Book: www.footballforlovers.com

Bob is an old saloon singer who, as Bobby Brookes, recorded for RCA Victor and Capital back in the day; Kaye has trouble carrying a tune in a bucket. Nevertheless, after they met at a recording studio on 42nd Street (yes: that 42nd Street), they began a decades-long partnership as Brooker and O’Dougherty, collaborating on a variety of theater, film, TV and video projects, performing, writing, directing, managing, and producing. Football is for Lovers, which can be found at www.footballforlovers.com, marks their debut as book authors.

1. Where do you live (city, country)? We’re perched atop the New Jersey Palisades, where we share the view across the Hudson River to New York City with a local family of red tailed hawks. Not to mention a veritable army of pigeons.

2. Would you rather live somewhere else? If we ever do move – and we’ve been thinking lately of checking out some sunnier climes – it would have to be near water. After decades of being delighted by sunrise over Manhattan, the reflection of city lights on the water, the boats drifting by like stars in the nighttime darkness, and the lights of the George Washington Bridge stretched across the river like a strand of diamonds . . . well, we’d at least have to have a puddle to look at.

3. What was your childhood like? We were both born back in Radio Days. Literally. It’s a time that no longer exists. When people start telling you how they acted when they were your age . . . well, really, they never were. It was a whole other world back then. No video games. No FaceBook. Just long summer vacation days of playing punchball in the street, maybe going over the hill to the baseball field . . . cutting across the neighbors’ backyards to make it home before the nighttime curfew . . . Sweet.

4. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Since we mostly work from home these days, we have no official ‘day off.’ But when time permits, we like to drive down by the river, sit with our coffee mugs, and watch the ducks and geese and assorted boats go drifting by.

5. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? We probably shouldn’t admit this, what with today’s emphasis on healthy eating. But the truth is, we’re IHoP fans. Bob likes the Big Breakfast with bacon or ham and eggs over easy; Kaye’s into the corned beef hash, and, of course, both breakfast come with a stack of hotcakes. Hey, it tastes good!

6. Favorite time of year? Autumn. Some people see autumn as a season of ending . . . sort of the dying of the year. For us, it has always seemed more like a beginning. We met in October. But it’s not just that. There’s something about the new crispness in the air, the scarlet and gold of the leaves against the background of a sky more intensely blue than at any other time in the year. To us, it feels like a signal to begin – well, something!

7. Favorite color? Kaye’s favorite color is red. Which probably means she’s hot and passionate. Bob’s favorite color is black. We worry about that . . .

8. Favorite book? Actually, this is kind of funny. Sort of goes with our favorite colors. Bob’s favorite book is Taylor Caldwell’s Captains and the Kings. Kaye’s is Utopia.

9. Does your car look better than your house? Absolutely!!! The car is dusted and washed and shined to a fare-thee-well. The apartment, on the other hand, looks more like a warehouse with a bed in it. Files, books (hundreds of them), and boxes compete for air space with office equipment, piano, electric keyboard, bongos, guitars . . . and who knows what all else? With so much stuff piled up around here, we really can’t be sure.

10. What’s on your mousepad? Unlike the apartment, our three mousepads are wholly unadorned. They are a very basic – and, we like to think, classic – grey.

11. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Kaye invariably rushes to the phone and grabs it up as quickly as it can be grabbed. Bob let’s the phone ring until it gives up in exhaustion.

12. Do you like to drive too fast? This is something like the ‘favorite breakfast’ answer. Of course we know we shouldn’t. But yes, we do. Bob even raced cars for a while. Which may qualify us as professionally fast.

13. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Given how far apart we’ve been on colors and books and like that, it surprised us that our answer here was the same: Jesus. There are so many different interpretations of what Jesus said that the words are often used to justify division. Which seems unlikely to have been their original intent, wouldn’t you say? Anyway, we’d both like to ask.

14. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Bob’s favorite is Jack Daniels on the rocks, soda back. Kaye likes Kettle One with a splash of grapefruit juice (for the vitamin C).

15. What is your zodiac sign? Seems we were born to lock horns. Bob is Capricorn, the Goat. Kaye is Aries, the Ram.

16. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Bob has been a singer for most of his life, and remains a singer at heart, so if he could, he would. But since his stroke a few years back, that ain’t gonna happen. Other than that, though, being a writer ranks as the New Number One. And for Kaye, it’s Old, New and Always.

17. What’s under your bed? Dust. And plenty of it.

18. Is the glass half empty or half full? Full. And much more than half!