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At Home with Mystery Suspense Author Gale Laure

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International selling author, Gale Laure, is a native Texan.  She was born along the coast of Texas in an area referred to as the “Golden Triangle”.  She spent her young adult years in Tyler in East Texas, and Houston, Texas.   She has resided in a small suburban town in the Houston area for more than 20 years with her husband and family.

As mysterious as her mystery-suspense thriller book and novel, Laure writes under a pseudonym.  She is very adamant about maintaining her privacy and the privacy of her family as a mystery!

With an attitude that “you can do anything you set your mind to”, Laure travels forward in life fulfilling all of her dreams.  She credits her huge imagination and true love for research for taking her to this career decision to be an author.  She also credits some special people in her life which offered encouragement to become a mystery writer.

She has gained her experience for writing from her careers including owner of a business service, marketing and consulting company, owner of her own travel agency, employment in the medical field including office manager, a short stint as a legal assistant, a paralegal, and employment in an insurance office and CPA’s office.

Gale Laure enjoys her career and life as an author.  She finds inspiration from her readers, friends and family.

Laure’s hobbies include genealogical research, movies, creating stories for the children around her, involvement in her church and people watching.  By watching people she obtains ideas for the characters in her books.  So watch out!  You may see some of your own traits in a character in her mystery, romance, and suspense-thriller books.  She loves the “human being” and everything about them, both good and bad.

Gale Laure is known for her informal Southern style of writing.  Books written by Gale Laure include her current debut, mystery-suspense thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman.  It is selling internationally as an ebook download, Kindle and as a trade softcover paperback.

You can visit Gale on the web at www.galelaure.com or www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

Where were you born?

I was born in the Golden Triangle along the coast of Texas in the refinery belt.

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

I had wonderful teenage years.  Lots of romance filled my moonlit nights.  There was a recreation hall where all the teens gathered for dancing and socializing.  We danced the night away to actual band music.  We always went on the drag at night cruising like they did in American Graffiti. Football games filled our Friday nights.  It was a wonderful era and a wonderful time in my life.

Evolution of a Sad Woman by Gale Laure

My bedroom is my favorite room.  I love to sleep in my comfy bed or read a good book.  The sunlight pours through a large window.  It is warm and alive.

Do you have an outside job?

No.  My only job is being an author.

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

I love to either go to a movie or curl up in my wing back lounge chair and watch old movies on Turner Classic Movies.  The old movies have such great drama and such great stories.

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

I love a smoothie.  I make my own.  It is quite a concoction of blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries and cherries mixed with whey protein powder, soy milk, two tablespoons of steel cut oatmeal, two tablespoons of ground flax seed, a little ground sesame seed and some apple juice.  It really is good.  But it looks really awful!

Pepsi or Coke?

Well, I no longer drink soda.  However, when I did I was definitely a coke girl.  I even took the challenge once and could tell the difference.  I met my husband at a coke machine.

Favorite time of year?

Summer.  I love the sunshine.  As a teen I loved days in the sun at the beach.

Favorite color?

Blue.  Although, I do look the best in the color red.  My bedroom is painted blue.

Favorite book?

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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

Usually I only let it ring twice.  However if I am writing, I screen my calls.  So I may not answer at all.  It breaks my concentration.

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

What day is it?

Chocolate or vanilla?

I do like chocolate.  But I love vanilla.

Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

If you count my husband the answer is yes.  Sometimes he is pretty stuffed and is definitely an animal.

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

I would love to meet Agatha Christie, my favorite author.

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

For the first time in my life, I can say I have the job I want.  I am an author.  However, I do not think of it as a job.  I think of it as a career.

What’s under your bed?

Under my bed are two sweater boxes loaded with sweaters.

Is the glass half empty or half full?

My glass is always half full, but I want to fill it all the way up!

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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!!

Home Sweet Home with Mainstream Fiction Author Lisa Lipkind Leibow

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Lisa Lipkind LeibowLisa Lipkind Leibow
Double Out And Back
Mainstream Fiction
Link to where we can pick up your book: http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=402

Born and raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, Lisa had a flare for drama. As a child, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered on any given day anything from airplane pilot to zookeeper. She left her home town in 1984 to attend George Washington University in Washington, DC. She studied radio-television communications where she loved writing, directing, and performing, as well as public policy and regulation of mass media and telecommunications. After college she sought a “practical” career by going to law school.

Prior to pursuing the literary dream of novel writing, Lisa practiced law for over a decade, drafting legal briefs and memoranda much like the young attorney in her debut novel. This professional environment was the inspiration for the characters and settings in Double Out and Back.

After being stuck at her office on 9/11, a month-long siege on metro Washington, DC by a sniper, and discovering that the other parents at her twins’ preschool thought her au pair was her sons’ mom, Lisa could hear these words echoing in her ears. “If I knew this was what it was going to be like to have it all, I would have settled for less.” (Lily Tomlin: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe)

Lisa didn’t really settle for less. She settled for different, and traded the billable hour lifestyle for fiction writing. Making up stories is much more fun than negotiating contracts, attending hearings, and deciphering statutes and regulations for clients. More than that, it has given her an excuse to pretend to be anyone from airplane pilot to zookeeper!

LisaLipkindLeibow.com

1. Where do you live (city, country)? I live in Vienna, Virginia.

2. What is the weather like? We have four seasons. The winter weather doesn’t last too long though.

3. Have you lived there very long? I have lived in Vienna for thirteen years.

4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I am happy to live in the DC Metropolitan area. I love the diversity. It is as close to the ideal I dreamed of when I thought about where I wanted to raise my family.

5. Are you married or single? I am happily married to a wonderful guy.

6. Do you have kids? Put it this way: My license plate reads 4MY3SNS. Note: “SNS” stands for SONS not SINS.

7. Where were you born? I was born in the same town that Johnny Appleseed was born, Leominster, Massachusetts.

8. What was your childhood like?
My childhood was very boring from a literary perspective. Although, I had a very vivid imagination and I talked way too much. My mother once told me the doctor vaccinated me with a phonograph needle. This upset me, as I worried I would never be able to stop talking.

9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I enjoyed my teenage years. As for what I did for fun, here’s the G-rated version: I spent most of my winters skiing and my summers as a camp counselor on a pond.

10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? I love the family room we added to our house in a renovation. It has red walls, and a comfy leather couch. It’s a great place to curl up with a book, my computer, a good movie, and my husband.

11. Do you have an outside job? I’m a recovering attorney. So, now I only have two, full-time jobs, writing fiction and raising my children.

12. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Fresh berries with yogurt, a chocolate croissant, and a cup of good, strong coffee. I don’t indulge in the croissant too often, though, because they make my clothes shrink. It’s the strangest phenomenon!

13. Do you have any pets? Yes. A clumber spaniel named Bosco. He keeps me company while I write by snoring at my feet. I also have two red-eared slider turtles named Speedy and Dino.

14. Do you know your neighbors? Yes. Not only do I know my neighbors, we’re great friends!

15. Pepsi or Coke? Coke. I even have a circa 1950s Coca-Cola vending machine that I fill for parties, and a Coca-Cola bullet sign that hangs on the wall in my house.

16. Favorite time of year? At the risk of sounding like a kid answering that his favorite subject at school is recess, I’m admitting here that my favorite time of year is vacation-time.

17. Favorite color? I love red. It makes me feel warm and cozy.

18. Favorite book? When I try to rank them, so many titles are tied for my favorite. But this month, I have to choose the one I wrote, Double Out and Back. I am so proud of it for making its big debut.

19. Does your car look better than your house? No way! My car could be the after model for Mom-My-Ride. (It’s a spoof of Pimp-My-Ride, where they take a nice car and trash it.)

20. What’s on your mousepad? I don’t have a mousepad because I have an aversion to rodents. …Just kidding! I don’t have one because I use the touchpad on my notebook.

21. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Two-and-a half—approximately.

22. Chocolate or vanilla? Never thought this would be a tough question. Honestly, I usually order a twist at the soft-serve window.

23. Do you like to drive too fast? No. I usually stay within the speed limit – boring, I know.

24. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Once in a while, my husband is a stuffed animal if he has overeaten and then been in the mood. Oh…did you mean a toy or a teddy bear? That’s different. No, I haven’t slept with Pinky the stuffed pink elephant since I was in elementary school.

25. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Grey Goose Martini straight up with olives. I have no preference as to whether it is shaken or stirred. Bartender’s prerogative.

26. What is your zodiac sign? Cancer is my sign. You might be interested to discover I have been known to read yesterday’s horoscope to see if it happened.

27. Is the glass half empty or half full? Definitely at least half full, maybe more. I am an eternal optimist.

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 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 Writer, Editor, Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book Promotion and Reviewer Cheryl Malandrinos

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Cheryl_websiteCheryl C. Malandrinos is a contributor for Writer2Writer.  Her articles help writers increase productivity through time management and organization.  A member of Musing Our Children, Ms. Malandrinos is also the new editor of Musing Our Children’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book Promotion and interviews authors and editors at her blog, The Book Connection.  She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and three children.  Visit Cheryl’s website here.

1. Where do you live (city, country)? Wilbraham, MA USA
2. What is the weather like? Right now, in the 80’s and rainy. We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain this year.
3. Have you lived there very long? For over nine years
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? The Outer Banks of North Carolina, which is where we vacation each year.
5. Are you married or single? Very happily married.
6. Do you have kids? We have three, ages 22, soon to be 8 and 5.
7. Where were you born? In a hospital like most people I know.  Springfield, MA.
8. What was your childhood like? I can’t remember, I’ve blocked most of it out. 
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? It was tough. My mom died when I was 14 and I grew up very quickly. For fun, I got a job and started saving to travel on class trips to Montreal and Bermuda.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? That’s a tough one. I turned our formal living room into a playroom/reading room and it has my two large bookshelves sagging with books. I also love the bonus room above our garage, which I have great plans for once it isn’t filled with so many toys. I also spend a lot of time in my office, which is decorated in a nautical theme and has a painting created by one of my virtual book tour clients that reminds me of the Outer Banks.
11. Do you have an outside job? I work from home as a writer, virtual book tour coordinator, a wife and mom.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Honey, as a wife and mom there are no days off. Only moments when the rest of the family is occupied and I might get a chance to read.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toast and tea.
14. Do you have any pets? We have three beautiful cats: Tiger, Killer and Stubby. I had no hand in naming any of them.
15. Do you know your neighbors? Yes, all 24 sets of them and most of their kids.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Definitely Pepsi. Coke is just so, yuck.
17. Favorite time of year? Fall. There is nothing like fall in New England. My writing desk faces the backyard and gives me a great view of the leaves changing colors.
18. Favorite color? Red. When I was much younger I dreamed of owning a candy apple red corvette.
19. Favorite book? The Stand by Stephen King.
20. Does your car look better than your house? A little bit. I’m a neat freak so I try not to let things get too out of hand, even when I’m working on deadline.
21. What’s on your mousepad?
Nothing, it’s just a plain dark green.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Only three, or the answering machine picks it up. Actually, if we didn’t have a phone, I would be very happy. I prefer email.
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? I’m hungry.
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Is that even a valid question? Chocolate, of course.
25. Do you like to drive too fast? Not anymore. Those were my pre-kid days.
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Only if you consider my husband a stuffed animal.
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love reading about and researching the time period in which she grew up and I am admirer of her Little House books.
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink. I’ve just never really enjoyed the taste of alcohol.
29. What is your zodiac sign? Cancer
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? I have it. I’m a writer, book reviewer and virtual book tour coordinator. Being a wife and mom is pretty cool too!
31. What’s under your bed? Cat fur.
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? This might surprise people, but it’s always half empty. It takes a lot of effort to curb my pessimistic side. I can encourage others to be positive, but on a whole I’m not like that.

At Home with Short Story Writer J.W. Nicklaus

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the-light-the-dark-and-ember-betweenAuthor’s Name: J.W. Nicklaus
Book Title: The Light, The Dark & Ember Between
Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Bedside Books
Page Count: 196 pages
ISBN: 1589825055
Pick up your copy here

Author’s Bio:

J.W. Nicklaus resides in a place not entirely fit for human habitation about five months of the year. No pets to speak of, only the apparitions from which all romantics suffer.

An Arizona native, he’s been from one coast to the other, and a few places in between. College brought an AA in Journalism with a minor in Photography, and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications. His work experience has run the gamut from Creative Director for a small advertising firm in Tucson to a litigation support bureau in Phoenix (and assuredly some awkward stuff in the mix).

Snow has been featured prominently in his stories, perhaps because of the seasonless cli-mate he lives in. Nature was meant to be enjoyed and experienced, not hidden from the senses. So to that end, he hopes someday to live amongst those who are able to live through four true seasons, and not just blast furnace and warm.

He enjoys the occasional Arizona Diamondbacks game with his son, as well as watching him grow up. The experience of being a single dad has taught him far more about himself than he ever thought possible.

Within the expanse of every waking moment, he hopes his guardian angel keeps its arms open wide and heart ever watchful, for there but for one true Hope goes She.

For more about J.W. visit www.avomnia.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)? Phoenix, Arizona USA
2. What is the weather like? Temperate to Hell-ish (summers). It’s very arid most of the time.
3. Have you lived there very long? Native born
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? Yes, preferably somewhere with lots of green, and rain.
5. Are you married or single? Single
6. Do you have kids? One great son; loves baseball, does very well in school
7. Where were you born? Phoenix, AZ
8. What was your childhood like? Apparently too short, but otherwise normal.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? School, lots of bike riding, skateboards, music, and the routine litany of unrequited crushes.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? Living room—it has my television, stereo, and PC.
11. Do you have an outside job? I work full-time, yes.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Spend time with my son.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Eggs, bacon, hash browns. If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll make crepes.
14. Do you have any pets? None
15. Do you know your neighbors? No. I’ve said hello, but can’t say I know them.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi, most assuredly.
17. Favorite time of year? Any month when the weather is cooler—so that leaves out summer.
18. Favorite color? Used to be red, but now I’m more an earth-tones kinda guy.
19. Favorite book? I can’t honestly pick a favorite.
20. Does your car look better than your house? Not even close.
21. What’s on your mousepad? My mouse pad at work has Bugs Bunny on it. The one I use at home is black with a wristpad.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? 2
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? It really depends on what my last dream was like.
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
25. Do you like to drive too fast? Typically within 5mph of the posted limit.
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Just me, myself, and I.
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Perhaps the most clichéd answer, but genuine: Jesus Christ. I would love to meet any number of our founding fathers, but how fascinating would it be to meet the man who gave us Christianity?
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Perhaps a beer called Hardcore Ale. I very rarely drink, but once in a while it just sounds really good.
29. What is your zodiac sign? I’m a textbook Virgo.
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Something creative that allowed me to travel.
31. What’s under your bed? Blankets and a couple of tall folding chairs.
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Most of the time, it’s half full.

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