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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 Children’s Author Kathleen Crawley

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Kathleen Crawley has been an advertising executive for over fifteen years. She resides with her husband Ronald Thomson in Redondo Beach, California. She is a native Californian having graduated from UCLA with a B.A in sociology. Colonel Trash Truck is her first book. About writing for children, Kathy says, “I have a number of books I want to write for kids because I think children are fascinating. They are open, creative, and interested in everything and they bring out the kid in me.”

Kathleen’s book, Colonel Trash Truck can be found at: http://www.coloneltrashtruck.com/

Title:  Colonel Trash Truck

Website:  http://www.coloneltrashtruck.com/

Colonel Trash Truck is available at http://www.coloneltrashtruck.com/ and Amazon.com

1. Where do you live (city, country)? Redondo Beach, California
2. What is the weather like? Sunny most of the time; average temperature is 70 degrees
3. Have you lived there very long? 20 years
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? No
5. Are you married or single? Married
6. Do you have kids? No
7. Where were you born? Lynwood, California – not far from where I live now
8. What was your childhood like? Chaotic but adventurous – I have seven brothers and one sister and they are all very funny.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I was a cheerleader and loved to dance.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? The living room, where I sit with my computer and my dogs.
11. Do you have an outside job? I’ve worked in advertising for over fifteen years.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Walk on the beach
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Yogurt and berries and oatmeal
14. Do you have any pets? Two beautiful basenji dogs – Frodo and Strider
15. Do you know your neighbors? Yes, my neighbors, Edith & Al, take care of me and my husband. They make me feel safe.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi
17. Favorite time of year? Fall
18. Favorite color? Blue
19. Favorite book? Too many to chose but To Kill a Mockingbird is one of them
20. Does your car look better than your house? Yes
21. What’s on your mouse pad? Bugs Bunny
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Depends on who is calling.
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? How much longer can I sleep?
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
25. Do you like to drive too fast? yes
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Snoopy, when I was growing up but now he sleeps at the end of my bed.
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Jesus Christ
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Red Wine
29. What is your zodiac sign? Gemini
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Writer…and I’m doing it.
31. What’s under your bed? Books
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? HALF FULL

At Home with Children’s Author Gina Browning

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Gina C. Browning is a creative, independent thinking, married mother of 2 adopted children and has been living her dreams for as long as she can remember. She is from Texas, but due to her husband’s job, moved to Australia with her husband and 17 month old son, Ryan, in 1989. Since then, they have moved internationally (because of her husband’s work) 4 more times, with a few domestic moves thrown in for good measure. In 1997 she and her husband adopted their daughter, Raechel, from China.

Having graduated from North Texas State University in 1979, with a BFA in “Metal craft and Jewellery”, Gina has been a professional jewellery designer/maker for the better part of 30+ years, and has written poetry, on the side, since she was a child. She is currently living in Australia (for the 3rd time), with her husband and daughter, where her dreams continue to inspire creativity. Her son, now 21 years old, no longer lives at home.

Gina’s book, Moonbeam Dreams, can be found at: http://www.eloquentbooks.com/MoonbeamDreams.html.

Title: Moonbeam Dreams

Website: http://www.eloquentbooks.com/MoonbeamDreams.html 

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

At the moment, Alice Springs, Australia.

2. What is the weather like?

The seasons are reversed to the US, so it’s VERY hot and dry right around Christmas-time, and actually cool and lovely in July and August.

3. Have you lived there very long?

We’ve lived here on 3 different occasions and all total, it’s now been 13 years.

4. Would you rather live somewhere else?

No. We lived in Thailand for 3 years and loved it! But it has its own challenges. I’m pretty happy here, and there is more to keep me occupied here. I.e.: I can’t sell my jewelry in Thailand because I can’t compete with their prices.

5. Are you married or single?

Married to one wonderful man for 26 years.

6. Do you have kids?

Yes, 2 adopted kids.

7. Where were you born?

Fort Worth, Texas

8. What was your childhood like?

Secure, happy, well provided for, with lots of extracurricular art classes and a couple of creative writing classes.

9. Do you have any pets?

Yes, 2 Bengal Cats and 1 Jack Russell Terrier.

10. Do you know your neighbors?

No, we’ve just moved.

11. Pepsi or Coke?

Coke! ONLY Coke!!

12. Favorite time of year?

Springtime or Fall, I can’t decide……

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

“Is it morning already?”

14. Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate, but sometimes it’s too rich, and vanilla is better.

15.  Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

No, but I have several in my bedroom.

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

Jesus Christ

17. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?

Amaretto Sour

18. What is your zodiac sign?

Gemini

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

I already have the job(s) that I’ve always wanted. (i.e: Jeweler, poet, author, illustrator.)

20. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Half full, or maybe the glass is just too big for the drink.

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.