Let’s Talk Love with Barbara Morriss

Let’s Talk Love with Barbara Morriss

Barbara Morriss writes relatable romance stories with historic backdrops. Brining readers back to the glory days of courting and romance. But her novels are more than just love stories, she adds a twist of mystery and a pinch of danger. We cannot get enough of Morriss’ work and hope she continues writing these addicting pieces. Her newest book, A Promise in Autumn is releasing soon, we wanted to find out more:

Q. If you could give your book to one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I would love to give my book to Rob Reiner. I think he’d like it.  My book, A Promise in Autumn, is a romance between two likable, and very different individuals.  Rob Reiner seems to understand the complexities of a relationship and what happens as two people explore a friendship and then a romance. Remember “When Harry Met Sally”?

 

Q. Who is your biggest writing inspiration?

I love reading historical fiction and non-fiction.  When I read The Boys in the Boat, a gripping story of non-fiction by Daniel James Brown,  I was inspired to tell stories based on historical facts. I am looking forward to reading his most recent book, Under a Flaming Sky.  His books read like novels. He portrays his characters with so much heart that a reader genuinely cares about them.

 

Q. If could give your book to one singer/musician, who would it be and why?

I don’t know, maybe Adele.  I think she’d like my story.  Maybe she’d even identify with the heartbreak?

 

Q. Give us the scoop on YOUR great love story!

My book A Promise in Autumn is a good love story peppered with an antagonist, stolen jewels, and enough twists and turns to keep you engaged.

 

Q. If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?

For the female lead I would choose, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan to play Keagan.  She would nail the accent and I think she’d pull off the relationship dynamic between an Irish Catholic and an English protestant. Alden Caleb Ehrenreich would make a perfect Raymon, Keagan’s love interest.  I think Saoirse and Alden would have great chemistry like my characters.

 

Q. What’s one secret about you that you’ll share with the world?

I admire and have a fan crush on tennis great, Roger Federer. I’ve seen him play several times, but never was close enough to say hello. I hope one day to cross that off my bucket list.

 

Q. What is the core message you want to deliver to the world through your writing/books/stories?

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin. Mother Theresa

 

Rapid Fire Questions and Answers

Q. Morning person or night owl?

A. Morning person – love the mornings.

Q. Reading or writing?

A. This is a difficult choice. I love to read good books and the creative process of writing.

Q. Kittens or puppies?

A. Puppies –They bring me joy, so do adult dogs.

Q. The beach or the mountains?

A. The beach – I have always chosen to live near one.

Q. Road trip or Cruise ship?

A. Road trip – We love to hit the road with our pug, Dudley. Our itineraries always include hikes, beer tasting, and sidewalk dining.

Q. Tea or coffee?

A. Coffee – We need several cups of caffeine every morning.

Q. Karaoke or bowling?

A. If I could sing, it would be karaoke hands down.

Q. The ability to fly or mind reading?

A. Those are two scary choices. Although I fear heights, I think if I could fly like a bird it would be breathtaking. I’m not sure I would want to know what others are thinking. Although when I write, I have to get in the heads of my characters.

Q. Selfie or group photo?

A. Here’s another secret. I hate having my picture taken – group photo for sure.

Q. E.L. James or J.K. Rowling?

A. J.K. Rowling – talk about creative! The thing I love most about her writing is the vocabulary she invents to tell her stories.

Q. Bacon or Tofu?

A. Bacon, one of my guilty pleasures. I should prefer tofu.

 

Pre-order a copy of her latest book on Amazon!

Meet Your New Favorite Author: Konni Granma

Meet Your New Favorite Author: Konni Granma

The fun and free-spirited Konni Granma gave us the inside scoop to her latest novel “The Lonely Hearts Bar”. The story is a must read for anyone who loves cinema and all things Hollywood. We love Konni’s unique writing style. Her zest for life and adventure is captured perfectly in her stories. We sat down with Konni and learned a little more about what made her tick:

Q. If you could give your book to one celebrity, who would it be and why?

A. Ethan Hawke, because when I was writing “The Lonely Hearts Bar”, as the hero of Mr. BB, I saw him. For some reason it seems to me that he will understand this character like no other.

Q. Who is your biggest writing inspiration?

My mom and dad, and their faith in my dreams.

Q. If you could give your book to one singer/musician, who would it be and why?

A. It would be the composer Thomas Newman, because I wrote “The Lonely Hearts Bar”, listening his compositions from the movie “Meet Joe Black”.

Q. Give us the scoop on YOUR great love story!

A. I am 21 years old and the only love story in my life is my crazy love for the characters of my books.

Q. If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?

I believe that this will really happen, and on the cinema screens I will see the inscription “The Lonely Hearts Bar”, and in the main role of Mr. BB I will see my dear Mr. Ethan Hawke in a black T-shirt, dark gray jeans and purple converse. And it will be incredibly cool to watch how, after 30 years, the scene from «Dead Poets Society» will be repeated, only now he will be in the role of John Keating. This is very touching.

Q. What’s one secret about you that you’ll share with the world?

I’m not sure that I have any secrets. After all, I wrote a book and published it, and this story is a huge collective image of my life. I am very honest with my readers. Today, I am saving up new secrets for the next book calling “Pulse” 🙂

Q. What is the core message you want to deliver to the world through your writing/books/stories?

A. I want the world to forever remember the words of Mr. BB, that… there is a beginning of what we believe in. And when it gets scary, “throw everything to the wind.”

 

Rapid Fire Questions and Answers

Q. Morning person or night owl?

A. Early Morning person! J

Q. Reading or writing?

A. Writing

Q. Kittens or puppies?

A. Puppies… and kittens 🙂

Q. The beach or the mountains?

A. The mountains

Q. Road trip or Cruise ship?

A. Road trip!!!

Q. Tea or coffee?

A. Coffee and more coffee!

Q. Karaoke or bowling?

A. Karaoke

Q. The ability to fly or mind reading?

A. To fly

Q. Selfie or group photo?

A. Group photo

Q. E.L. James or J.K. Rowling?

A. J.K. Rowling

Q. Bacon or Tofu?

A. Tofu! Yummy 🙂

Find your copy of The Lonely Hearts Bar on Amazon!

Eric Lefkofsky Talks About Using Data to Improve Medicine

Eric Lefkofsky Talks About Using Data to Improve Medicine

In a recent interview on Bloomberg TV, Eric Lefkofsky talked about data-driven medicine. Mr. Kefkofsky is the CEO of Tempus, a company he founded to provide technological solutions to medical problems.

Throughout his career, he brought technology to industries that hadn’t used much technology before. He became inspired to do the same with the medical industry when he realized how little health care providers were using data in their work. There was a clear need to bring data to medicine, and he strove to fill it.

He founded Tempus with the initial goal of fixing the data infrastructure underlying care for cancer patients. That involved collecting data about who cancer patients were, what drugs they were taking, and how they responded to those drugs. Tempus than analyzed the data to discover patterns that explain why patients responded to the drugs the way that they did.

The process involves sophisticated genetic sequencing. It relies on cutting-edge technology tools to perform complex analyses that would have been impossible or unaffordable several years ago. For example, as recently as 12 years ago, it would have cost a million times more to generate the kind of genomic data that Tempus generates and uses today.

The result has important clinical applications. Physicians use the information Tempus provides to select medications for their patients. The data helps them pick the drug that is most likely to help patients.

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have all recently announced that they are starting to become involved in the business of data mining for health care. Mr. Lefkofsky thinks this is a positive trend. Using more technology in medicine will improve people’s lives, and the health care industry is so big that there is room for all of these companies to thrive in the medical data space.

Although Tempus is a young company, founded in 2015, it already has had a strong impact on the way that cancer is treated. There are approximately 250 hospital systems that are working with Tempus, and data from about 25 percent of all cancer patients in the U.S. is now processed at Tempus.

The technology will have an even larger impact in the future. Mr. Lefkofsky predicts that in about five years, all cancer patients in the U.S. are likely to have their genomes sequenced. He believes the same thing will start to happen at some point with cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, and other health problems. Within five to 10 years, almost everyone in the U.S. will have their genonmes sequenced a lot. The result will be an era where medical treatment can be tailored to individuals in a way that was not possible in the past.

Mr. Lefkofsky said that he has learned from all of his past business experiences. He has a simple formula for success. After each experience, he tries to repeat what worked well and avoid repeating what didn’t. One lesson he has learned from past experiences is to wait longer before taking a company public. He says that when there are huge paradigm shifts in the way things are done, it’s better to wait until everything is solidly in place before going public.

Meanwhile, Tempus is growing. The company that started by focusing on cancer patients has now expanded to helping patients with diabetes and depression. Its plans for the future include working with other diseases, including cardiovascular disease.

In addition to being CEO and founder of Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky is chairman and co-founder of Groupon, whose world-famous site changed the way that companies attract new customers. He also co-founded Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, Inner Workings, and Uptake Technologies.

 

The Top 5 Gifts for Your Valentine From the RealReal

The Top 5 Gifts for Your Valentine From the RealReal

The RealReal is there for those who want to go all out this Valentine’s day. You know your beloved deserves to be pampered, so why not let the RealReal do the work for you? Then, all you have to do is choose something rather than stress out about a gift. The following are five gifts to give your wife or partner this holiday.

  1. Mikoh One-Piece

It may be time to admit that the perfect gift for your beloved is a swimsuit piece. It is always hard to find the perfect piece. You need something that makes a statement and looks wonderful. Of course, it is always a good idea to look through your partner’s swim-wear to make sure you get swim-wear that your loved one likes. She might like this Mikoh Hawaii Hula one-piece. It is a classy and colorful piece that is not too trendy. It can definetly be worn a few seasons.

  1. John Hardy Hoops

There are times when the best gift is jewelry. Your loved may like to show off jewelry from time to time, and wearing hoops is a great way to do that. This type of accessory simply does the trick from time to time, especially when she wants to look classy and chic at the same time. The John Hardy Two-Tone Palu hoop earrings are wonderfully designed, and the color could match any outfit. They are definitely worth the trouble, and they should make a great Valentine’s gift.

  1. Gucci Loafers

Gucci loafers could also be the right gift. The Gucci loafers look stylish and comfortable. You want your loved one to walk on air, and why not let your Valentine walk in style, too? These are quite unique and should help make your partner feel special.

  1. Rick Owens Beanie

If your loved one lives in a region that gets cold during the winter, you may want to consider this Rick Owens gift. The Rick Owens 2019 Wool Beanie looks spectacular, yet it is also a simple design that was made to be worn with almost anything. The natural fabric is soft but also warm as can be, making it ideal for any person who wants to stay warm and feel luxurious. You definitely cannot go wrong with this particular gift.

  1. Fendi Bag Charm

Your partner may have a few purses, but there are some nice accessories out there. You can opt for a nice bag charm. These charms have a special way of revitalizing any purse in just one second. Fendi has a beautiful fox fur bag charm that your loved one can use with any purse. It will give all your loved ones bags a new look.

Hopefully, you find the perfect gift in this short list. Of course, you need to make sure you go with your heart when it comes to gifts, so make sure you are listening because it is whispering what your beloved really wants this Valentine’s.

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Find at The RealReal

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, its time to get shopping for something for your loved one. On this special day, you want to give them something that is unique and which they would truly admire. For those who are on the lookout for something truly special, a piece of fine luxury is what you should consider.

Designer goods always have a special appeal, no matter what the occasion. If you are thinking of getting something truly admirable, a good piece of designer clothing or a well-styled accessory is all that you need.

The RealReal is one of the best sites to get luxury goods that are just as good as the ones that are brand new and off the shelves. Because of the lowered price that you have to pay on goods, this is a great place for those who want to make a wise investment and buy something that is worth giving. The wide inventory and range of products also make finding the perfect gift incredibly easy.

Here are some of the products from The RealReal that would make for great gifts this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Louis Vuitton – Monogram Ellipse GM

Louis Vuitton is one of the most well-known luxury brands and going in for a beautiful Monogram Ellipse is a great gift to give your Valentine. The luxury bad comes with the signature brown tan monogram and comes with brass hardware for a superior level of support. The product has a single exterior zip and comes with flat shoulder straps. Moreover, the joy of owning a Louis Vuitton bag is something that your Valentine surely won’t forget.

  1. Burberry – Belted Zip-Front Jacket

Burberry is a luxury brand that is unmatched by most of the newer brands that have been emerging. A jacket from Burberry is not only incredibly luxurious but also something that stands as a style statement in itself. This particular product comes with four front pockets and a blent closure at the waist. If you want to give your Valentine something that is practical and which looks incredibly fashionable, this is the product to go in for.

  1. Sharon Khazzam – Diamond Stitch Ring

Jewelry always makes for a great gift on Valentine’s day, and a ring is an even better choice to cement your love for that special person. A Sharon Khazzam ring is something that is sure to grab your Valentine’s attention and is something that they can’t not treasure. If you want to score extra brownie points with the person you love, this is one gift that you should definitely consider choosing.

  1. Roger Muhl – Pierres de Provence

Sometimes, clothing or accessories might not be the best gift to give to the one you love, especially if they are rather picky about what they like. If your valentine is, however, someone who appreciates fine art, consider giving them a beautiful Roger Muhl piece. The Pierres de Provence is one of the more famous pieces by the French Artist, who is particularly known for his landscape paintings and intriguing textures.

 5. Frederique Constant – Slimline Mini Watch

A watch is always a classic gift that you can’t ever go wrong with, especially if it is one by Frederique Constant. The Slimline Mini Watch is designed to look dainty and beautiful and is definitely a gift that is worth giving. The diamond bezel and silver dial are all the more reason why this watch is a statement piece that your Valentine would appreciate. The watch can also make a great gift if you are torn between getting your Valentine a good luxury accessory or a nice piece of jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 

Perform At Your Highest Level: Food, Lifestyle, and Recovery Tips That Can Help

Perform At Your Highest Level: Food, Lifestyle, and Recovery Tips That Can Help

The ability to perform at your highest level whether it is professionally, physically, or mentally can be a huge help in your overall quality of life. Too many people think it is not possible to be working at their highest level on a consistent basis. This is due to them not setting themselves up for success as they do not know what they are capable of. The best thing that you can do is take a proactive approach to your performance daily. The following are tips to help increase your quality of performance in a more regular way.

Eat With What You Are Doing Later In Mind

If you are going to hit a hard workout it is probably wise to avoid a greasy burger a few hours prior. Eat with what you have to do in mind later as this can make all of the difference. Drinking a cup of coffee at the right time can make you perky enough to meet with a boss that is not exactly your favorite or do a squat set that haunts your dreams. Take time to research what foods can be great for what activities at a health resource like Happy Body Formula. You might find that what you are eating actually has a negative impact on your performance.

Recovery Shakes/Supplements

People that exercise in an intense fashion need to be focusing on their recovery immediately after completing the workout. This window of time is optimum for recovery and allows a person to come back even stronger the next day. Chocolate milk has been shown to be great for recovery and many in the track and swimming community use it on a daily basis. Make sure that your recovery shake aligns with your goals as some can be quite high in calories.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is undervalued with some people being able to function with only a few hours of sleep while others need 8 hours or more. Each person differs immensely but knows how much sleep makes them feel great the next day. Far too many people stay up too late doing things that are worthless like binging Netflix when they could be getting their body/mind ready for the next day. If you are not getting sleep although trying seeing a specialist or looking into new mattresses can help.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Nobody performs at their peak when they have a hangover regardless of what people say of their younger days. This does not mean that you cannot have a glass of wine for dinner but do not continue drinking until you finish the bottle. The one aspect that many people forget about drinking alcohol is the immense appetite some people get. Downing a few burritos late at night might impact your performance the next day via stomach problems. Moderate your drinking to see if it impacts your performance and if it does not then you are not drinking too much.

Take the time to see where you want to perform at a higher level and set goals in place that will help you achieve this goal. You are capable of far more than you even think, start tapping into your true potential

Why Cleansing Oils are the Popular Choice for Softer, Smoother Skin

Why Cleansing Oils are the Popular Choice for Softer, Smoother Skin

Members of both genders hope to have better skin and are willing to try anything to attain it. The truth about skin is that it will take work as well as helping supplement natural oils with cleansing oils for the skin. Oils have been used for centuries as cleansing oils have done everything from softening skin to helping keep skin moisturized. Different oils have different benefits so a user could benefit from using multiple over the course of a day. The following are reasons that cleansing oils are the choice for softer and smoother skin.

There are plenty of skincare companies that offer cleansing oils but most have quite simple ingredients. Coconut and olive oil are used frequently to make skin soft and supple. Nut oils like that of the macadamia nut are also frequently used. The best thing that you can do with your cleansing oils is make them yourself as you know there will not be any extra additives that could be harmful to the skin.

Cleansing oils can also help remove makeup which can dry out the skin and become caked on. Keeping the skin moisturized in imperative when a person wants softer skin. Check out different brands of cleansing oils to see which has the purest ingredients and which can be made personally from home with just a few simply ingredients!

Capsaicin, Capsimax and Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) Activation

Capsaicin, Capsimax and Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) Activation

Hot peppers may seem like a fairly run-of-the-mill ingredient, but it could be the key to unleashing your brown adipose tissue (BAT) and getting rid of all that excess, unwanted fat.

Capsaicin (or Capsicum and industrially known as Capsimax) is the active ingredient in hot peppers and we’ve known about the fat burning power of Capsimax for years. Now though, we are starting to understand why in more detail, as more and more information becomes available about brown fat and its role in weight loss.

  • What is Brown Adipose Tissue (Brown Fat)?

It’s understandable if people interpret the word “fat” as a negative thing. Sure enough, too much white fat is definitely a bad thing – known as obesity, and one of the single biggest health problems currently scourging the entire globe, most notably in the United States.

Actually too little white fat is a bad thing as well – after all, we need the stuff for a lot of metabolic functions and necessary processes all the way down to basic survival.

On the whole though, the amount of people without enough fat is a tiny number compared to the pandemic of obesity.

Brown Fat, on the other hand, we might want to stick around for our entire lives, and even keep growing if possible.

Why would we talk such utter profanity? – Because brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, or BAT, if you like acronyms – burns white fat…and white fat is the stuff that makes us look like wobbly pudding if we let it get out of hand. You see, brown fat has close family ties (i.e. stem cell lineage) with muscle tissue, which a lot of people could do with at least a little bit more of.

Found around our neck, shoulders, chest and spine, brown fat is incredibly powerful stuff considering we only have a few ounces of the stuff over our entire body.

When we were babies, it was essential for increasing our core temperature when we got cold – real survival stuff! Babies can’t shiver, and shivering is one of the methods by which we heat up as youngsters and adults. Therefore BAT acts as the radiator in lieu of a shivering mechanism.

  • Shrinking White Fat

The heat comes from the mitochondria of cells – the little engine houses – as they kick up a few gears to warm the baby. By using fat to fuel the process they are essentially converting matter to energy and the stores of white fat shrink in the process.

As we get older we have less need for the system (because we can shiver) so the quantity of BAT doesn’t really grow. A few ounces to a baby was worth a lot more relative to the adult’s size.

The thing is, brown fat still can be activated – sleeping in a room at about 19 degrees celsius is one proven way – and it still burns other fat. It’s been found that people who naturally have more brown fat stores are generally leaner in body composition. And that’s why we want more of it, or at least, we want it to DO more!

  • So Where Does Capsaicin/Capsicum Come In?

This ingredient is linked with lower levels of obesity in parts of the world where it is a regular addition to peoples’ diet. Clinical studies support this. Capsaicin has several effects which causes weight loss:

  • Increases energy use through the activation of Brown Adipose Tissue
  • Improves/increases lipolysis if taken before exercise
  • Increases satiety (feeling of satisfaction from food) thereby acting as an appetite suppressant
  • Sensory effect improves mood, reducing need for comfort food

There is still room for more study on Capsaicin but the evidence so far is piling up in its favour as an excellent and healthy fat loss ingredient.

Eating a whole lot of peppers might help get some of the effect but it probably isn’t the most practical method. Instead many supplements contain a refined extract which you are able to take in much higher concentrations, and there won’t be any hot-pepper burn either.

  • What are the Best Capsaicin/Capsicum Supplements?

The trademarked industry standard extract is called Capsimax Most supplements containing that in a decent amount should give the desired effect. However, some products that have additional – synergistic – ingredients might tip the balance in their favour. More fat-burning for the same price, as it were.

Empowering Women to Rise-Up

Empowering Women to Rise-Up

A one-on-on with Raye Mitchell, author of How Women Negotiate From a Position of Strength.

Raye Mitchell, author How Women Negotiate From a Position of Strength, is on a mission to inspire women.  Mitchell is committed to helping women, particularly, young black women and girls, assert their power and better themselves.  For far too long the voices of women have been muted, their stories ignored, and their experiences dismissed.  Mitchell wants to help women find peace and common ground based on mutual respect and equality.

How Women Negotiate From a Position of Strength is an easy to follow, quick read. Complete with a step-by-step guide and an interactive work journal so the reader can instantly begin to blend thoughts and observations into an accountability plan with the insights captured in the book.

The book focuses on how to enhance negotiations with personal branding. Whether you are a woman making a decision early in your career, a mid-level manager, or a rising executive, How Women Negotiate From a Position of Strength helps you to master your rise-up in leadership.

Raye Mitchell inspired us, making us wanting to learn more.

 

Q. Why should people read your books?

A. I write about useable knowledge drawn from our common experiences as women, women of color and Black women.

Q. What is the core message you want to deliver to the world?

A. We are connected by our ability to build peace, find equality and be prepared to overcome set-backs and disappointments.

Q. What advice do you have for young black women and girls?

A. You are highly regarded, above average and brilliant contributing leaders designing a more better human condition of excellence. To beat the odds, be agile, be fair and be prepared to build bridges outside your comfort zones.

Q. What was the most rewarding part of doing what you do?

A. I love the prospects of helping someone get unstuck, breakdown barriers and personal obstacles to their personal success. I am a champion for hope and opportunity for all.

Q. Recommend a book from another author. Why should people read this book?

A. Standing Up After Saigon: The Triumphant Story of Hope, Determination, and Reinvention. Sharon Orlopp and Thuhang Tran.

This book inspires us all to hold on to what makes America work-diversity, inclusion, empathy and respect and not division, separation and isolation.

 

Rapid Fire Questions and Answers

Q.  Meat or Veggies?

A. Veggies

Q. The beach or the mountains?

A. BEACH

Q. Formal attire or yoga pants and a hoodie?

A. Yoga Pants

Q. Kittens or puppies?

A. Puppies

Q. Ninja or pirates?

A. Ninja

Q. Coachella or Broadway?

A. Broadway

Q. Selfie or group photo?

A. Selfie

Q. Alice in Wonderland or Lord of the Flies?

A. Alice in Wonderland

Q. Beyonce or Selena?

A. Beyonce

Q. Hardcover book or Kindle?

A. Hardcover book

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Steampunk is all the Rage

Steampunk is all the Rage

Gabbing with author Laurel Anne Hill about her steampunk novel, The Engine Woman’s Light

Laurel Anne Hill is the author of the award-winning steampunk novel, The Engine Woman’s Light. The story is set in an alternate 19th century California where steampunk and spirits are the new norm. A young Latina spiritualist is given a mission by her ancestors to save the lives of unwanted passangers on a train headed for misery.  Mysticism and adventure, the alternate reality of the novel incorporates Mexican and Native American cultures with steampunk enchantment.

 

Laurel drew inspiration for the novel from her own love for family, brushes with death, and belief in a higher power.  Step onboard the locomotive as we gab with the author of this exciting tale.

 

Q. What is something interesting/cool/unbelievable you discovered while researching your book?

A. I learned that my paternal Mexican great-grandmother, Hipolita Orendein de Medina, had been politically active, even in her teens. I also learned how to run a steam locomotive.

Q. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?

A. I’m not sure about classical ghosts, but there are spirits out there. The spirit of my deceased husband, David, has made himself known to me upon a number of occasions.

Q. If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?

A. Hollywood isn’t known for its plethora of young Latina stars. Can anyone figure out how to call up the spirit of Selena Quintanilla-Perez? She might have some suggestions.

Q. Tell us something about you that no one else knows.

A. As a young child, I used to torture ants when they invaded the bathroom. Then I’d cry and apologize to their dead bodies.

Q. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but are afraid to?

A. For many years, I wanted to try sky diving. Fortunately, I grew out of the impulse before I grasped the opportunity to break every bone in my body.

Rapid Fire Questions and Answers

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

The beach or the mountains?

The beach

Marvel or DC?

Marvel

Zombies or aliens?

Aliens

Alice in Wonderland or Harry Potter?

Harry Potter

London or Istanbul?

London

Selfie or group photo?

Group Photo

Kanye West or Taylor Swift?

May I ignore both of them?

Evening gown or yoga pants and a hoodie?

Evening gown

Cats or dogs?

Dogs

Find your copy of The Engine Woman’s Light on Amazon.