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At Home with Children’s Fantasy Author Victoria Simcox

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Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

  1. Where do you live? Marysville WA
  2. What is the weather like? 21 degrees (cold)
  3. Have you lived there very long? 7 years
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? no
  5. Are you married or single? married
  6. Do you have kids? yes 3
  7. Where were you born? Scarborough Ontario Canada
  8. What was your childhood like? adventurous
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? avareage, hung out with friends
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? my bedroom
  11. Do you have an outside job? art teacher
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? write
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? fiber fruit shake
  14. Do you have any pets? dog, 2 cats , a parakeet
  15. Do you know your neighbors? yes
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi
  17. Favorite time of year? Summer
  18. Favorite color? green
  19. Favorite book? Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  20. Does your car look better than your house? no
  21. What’s on your mousepad? my family on vacation in Mexico
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? I let the recorder get it
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? coffee
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? both
  25. Do you like to drive too fast? no
  26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? no
  27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? CS Lewis
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? don’t drink
  29. What is your zodiac sign? The fish one (not in to it though)
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? writer
  31. What’s under your bed? probably dust
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? full
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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 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!

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.”