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!

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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!

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 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…….