Author Interview – Bob Holderbaum

This week’s interview is with first-time Author Bob Holderbaum.

Bob’s debut novel, Trestle of Death: Murder Unpunished was just released in February.

Thank you, Bob, for being my guest this week.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I don’t remember specific books when I was a child. However, I’ve had a life-long penchant for true crime stories—and I know exactly where that started. Magazines. My dad was a barber. On the magazine rack in his little barber shop, he offered an array of reading material. It included several true crime magazines for his in-queue customers, e.g., True Detective and The Police Gazette.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I’ve enjoyed both writing and research since high school. I was on the debate team and loved doing research in the library. I never, ever aspired to be a “published author”. However, in 2017, the facts written in TRESTLE kind of fell into my possession—from a former wife, of all people. Those newspaper articles told me a story. The book relates the crime as it happened but also views that entire tale through the lens of the modern-day concept of hate crimes. That gave the 1985 story an extra twist using that twist. The moral of the story simply “screamed out” to me to be told.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

The late Ann Rule was far and away my favorite true crime writer. I also enjoy Edgar Allen Poe and Hemingway.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing about writing?

As suggested, it combines my favorite area of literature (true crime) with my appreciation for—and enjoyment of—doing research. Having worked the traditional “9 to 5” job most of my life, writing requires intense self-discipline to concentrate on one subject for several hours at a time.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

I have many hundreds of facts in a true crime situation. The “idea part” comes in selecting which facts are most relevant and how do I present those facts so that the average reader will clearly understand what happened those years ago.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

That’s quite easy. I just put “on hiatus” a ten-year musical career. I am a singer; I accompany myself with 5-string banjo or 12-string guitar (having been unable to learn to play the two simultaneously). I began several decades ago as a “folk singer.” However, I have a fairly good vocal range (I love Roy Orbison’s songs, and I love singing them!) so I emulate Neil Diamond, “soft” Beatles music, etc. In 2012 I recorded a CD. So, publishing a book now, I’m proud that I kind of “happen-stanced” my way into having both a book and a CD!

7. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

Within about 72 hours of completing TRESTLE, I realized the great “fit” between Bob and writing. I had remembered a murder case from the late 1980s. I didn’t even know if the case had been solved or not. I learned it took 11 years for an arrest. The individual was tried, convicted and sentenced to life. However, 17 years after his conviction he has the Innocence Project actively involved in trying to exonerate him and gain his release.

A Little More Personal

8. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

I am NOT superstitious. However, I am always interested in (sometimes truly) bizarre coincidences. I also keep an open mind to issues for which humankind doesn’t know all the answers—things like some unexplained phenomena from many centuries ago, possible visits from other parts of the galaxy, demon possession…..as I said: I’m a curious person.

9. What makes you happy?

Simple things like family, continuity in my life schedule (translate: routine), and being able to satisfy my insatiable curiosity.

10. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

I love listening to many kinds of music. It’s often a temptation to listen-while-writing, a battle I have to wage internally.

Bio

Robert “Bob” Holderbaum. Home: Battle Creek, MI. Debuting as a published author. TRESTLE OF DEATH: MURDER UNPUNISHED—the 1985 gay-bashing murder and true to title, it occurred under a railroad. There are several parallels with the renown murder case of Matthew Shepard in 1998. (The book should be released by March 31.) Prior to writing professionally, I was CEO of a local branch of Goodwill Industries, a post I held 22 years. I’m married and I have two sons, one grandson, one daughter-in-law, and an 11-pound rescue dog who sometimes thinks she’s Cujo. I once served four years as a city commissioner in Battle Creek. For five years, many moons ago, I had a weekly, one-hour, LIVE call-in talk show on the local public cable station.

Bob’s Contact Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.bob.holderbaum

Email: Bob@trestleofdeath.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Trestle-Death-Unpunished-Bob-Holderbaum/dp/1797606395

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Mistakes

This week’s photo challenge is hosted by Something to Ponder About. The challenge is to create a post on the theme of Mistakes.

Sophie is ready and waiting. It would be a huge mistake for any bird to look for food in this bird house.

I was on my lunch hour and had just finished feeding the birds as I walked around the park. I still had about half a ziplock baggie of birdseed and was carrying it in my hand. These wild turkeys saw what I had and headed right for me. While I didn’t mind hand-feeding chickadees, downy woodpeckers, and white breasted nuthatches, I was not about to hand-feed these boys. I quickly dumped the bag and they went after the seed allowing me to pass. I would not make that mistake again, and the next time I came across the wild turkeys, I hid the bag inside my jacket.

Author Interview – Don Oestreicher

Please welcome, Author Don Oestreicher, as this week’s guest.

I hope you find Don’s answers as interesting as I did. Becoming an author and a substitue teacher when you are dyslexic is truly inspiring.

Thank you, Don, for participating in my author interview.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I came late to reading. As a dyslexic, I experienced most of my education as a non-reader. Fortunately, many compensating strategies got me through graduate school. Once out of school, I discovered reading. The first book I recall was Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. This was my first recreational read, and I never looked back.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I always wanted to be a writer even when I wasn’t a reader. As a spectator in a world of literary achievements, I revered books, libraries, and bookstores. In college, I took writing classes and wrote a ream of poems and short stories. I had a poem published in my college literary magazine and sold a short story. Then life intervened. I returned to writing after I retired.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl, Jared Diamond, Jasper Fforde… Almost anything that’s not too nasty or violent.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

I love the research behind the writing. It is such a good reason to indulge my indiscriminate curiosity. I don’t like marketing.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

I write with my spouse. Our ideas come from science and travel.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

Whether writing is my talent, remains to be seen. I’m good at engineering, designing and building things. Before retirement, I managed many research and development teams in Silicon Valley.

7. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

Both. Our characters are a composite of people we’ve known, famous and historical, and often include the strengths and flaws of family members. We have few villains, and mostly honest, hard-working heroes.

8. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

The working title of our WIP is Kaaktagut (we are hungry): A possible future for our planet (Pandemic Mysteries Book 3). This is a story set in the latter part of the 21st century that follows families in the U.S., Nunavut, and China, as they work to solve the problems of a changing climate.

A Little More Personal

9. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

I would like to see my grandchildren graduate from college. I want to see the northern lights and controlled fusion.

10. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

When we visited Spain, I took charge of everything and held all the passports, tickets, and money. I didn’t trust my wife or daughters with anything. So…when my pocket was picked, we lost everything. I ‘d like to think I learned my lesson, but maybe not.

11. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

My favorite vacation spot is planet earth. The climate is great, and the natives are welcoming. We never go to the same place twice. There is too much to see. We like deserts, archeology, and history. We’ve been to all continents but Antarctica. We use our travels in our books.

12. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

After I retired, I returned to school to get my teaching credential. I am a substitute teacher.

13. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

I have never met anyone famous, but when the Internet started as the ARPAnet with only four nodes, I was responsible for one of those nodes and used that tiny network to do my research.

Don’s Links

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/D.-R.-Oestreicher/e/B00U4BMZ4Y/

Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DROestreicherAuthor/

Visit on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13556756.D_R_Oestreicher

Omega Cat Press on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SpaDMN

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B00U4BMZ4Y

Historical: Kitane, Bull Jumper, Courting and Catastrophe in the Bronze Age https://amzn.to/2K4yj4J)

Science Fiction: Legends of AZUREIGN – An orphaned girl and her big dragon have a big problem. Will he ever fly? https://amzn.to/2IQhLRS)

Friendly Friday – Climate Change

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I have missed this photo challenge the last couple of weeks so I made sure to post tonight.

Here are the rules for this week’s photo challenge:

So… this week, for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, I’d like to challenge you to post a photo (or several) with the theme Climate Change.

I hope you don’t find this topic too difficult or intimidating. It can be anything – your imagination is the only limit! (And I know you guys are a creative lot!)

If you feel you need to write something to accompany the picture, please do so, but you can also just let the visuals tell the story.

Iceberg off the east coast of Newfoundland in the last week of July 2017.

When I first spotted this iceberg, we were in our car driving along the coast and it was just a little white speck in the ocean. We got a closer look at it as the road we were on brougth us into a small town closer to the edge of the Atlantic and there it was.

Author Interview – William Breen Jr.

Poet, author, and artist, William Breen Jr. is this week’s Author Interview guest.

Thank you will for participating in the interview. I enjoyed your answers, particularly the answer to question 14.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I didn’t read much as a kid, only what I had to for school. In one ear out the other. Drivers Ed book was the first book I read cover to cover like my life depended on it, to pass quiz to get my licence. After. that I remember (The Man Who Fell to Earth) Only because I was a big—big David Bowie Fan who I saw twice play live. First time at Boston Garden in 1978 May after graduating high school.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Not for a long time –I was just a common labor normal guy working, going to college nights at NECC—what I was writing for home work my teachers wanted published –which happened twice (From the Edge) my first book, and (The Rivers Still Flowing) my second book. Not until I was writing (Black Hearts) did I enjoy what I was writing I love that book the most to date. I wanted to write a novel, and tried many times, but failed only being able to write short stories, and poetry. My fifth book (Vanity’s Diary Obsession) made me a true Author and it took two years to write. I found it to be a long hard process.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Jack London

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

Well that’s a lot I think—- Is it good enough comes to mind a lot. I write for myself, no deadlines, no pressure. I have to feel it; my first three books were like a river I couldn’t shut off dealing with PTSD. It ran threw me night and day, working full time I wrote down as much as I could long hand typing it up late at night after not sleeping for days at a time. I found it amazing what was coming out of me. I never knew I could go that deep inside myself –that I could be that dark that honest –could look at life from so many different sides. I wrote so much I threw away after writing it –sorry now –it’s gone for ever—thinking I can’t give that to my publisher –some she has –I love my publisher Melanie Fountain –she gets me, has read all my works, but the ones I threw away—I find I need distance at times –it’s great writing, but stop let it rest –go back to it maybe years later to finish it– don’t throw it away. As my first four books I put my soul into each book. A lot of my writings are intents. So intents that I asked my publisher to pick her favorites to put in a book called (The Very Best) wanting something lighter, but not to rip off my books –each to be a gold mind after reading the Very Best. I still work a full time job-will until I retire –I am very world famous for my poetry –but get people who say to me I hope you make it big someday –I post from my page on Facebook ,Tweeter, LinkedIn ,Tumblr and Instagram and have reached millions from the groups I am in on Facebook –They read it for free as I was writing it –my publisher stopped me from doing that. I don’t look at it as having a lot of money as making it big. They do– The millions I have reached and touched on Facebook and Instagram is amazing. That they read it commented on it, E mailed me about it—one poem at a time as I was writing it that’s success– that money can’t buy. Not trying to be famous I find myself to be –Not caring what others thing I continue to write successfully. You have to please yourself first and not care what others think. So many people I have found want to put you down belittle what I have done, only to find I am getting bigger all the time.—well you wanted an interview and I am a honest guy I hope you like my honesty.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

Life experience’s – it’s that easy an answer for me.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I am a published Artist and did my own cover on Vanity’s Diary Obsessions. I also am an Auto body Painter by profession, and I am color blind. I see things very differently.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Odd question—had to think about this one for a while –the book I am writing is doing that. Plus, I have to be all the characters. That’s where I add to it move things around. I guess I do it all the time.

8. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

This could get people in trouble as a question—I am not going there –so I will say it’s all fiction for me.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

No, but I like to go places and sit and listen to what people have to say, the way they say it, walk, talk, facial expressions.

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

My first three books all have a poem by the name of the title of that book—From the Edge –The Rivers Still Flowing –Black Hearts. I like this question a lot. My first book From the Edge was to be Logic. My second book The River Still Flowing started off as Heaven’s Gate. Black Hearts is two books put together, Black Hearts and Poet to Poet. Keeping Black Hearts as the title when it came out, it was the only book by that title –now so many have used that title that’s how many people are watching me and will steal my ideas. God’s Sins So My World Beginswas to be A Conversation with God. Everything was ready to go when–A person asked me if this was my book out on presale—finding hundreds of books by that title –told publisher had to change it –I was pissed. Melanie, my publisher, said it happens all the time, you can have that title for your book –after two years it took to write it, I wanted my own title. When it went out on presale, I had to come up with something fast –the working title was August the leavingalmost to the end when I changed it. On a Saturday morning just days from going from presale live I came up with God’s Sins, and Melanie having read it only, said ‘and second line’ So My World Begins – I said, great let’s go with it. I have found out it’s a title that put people off. I only have two reviews – by the way all my reviews are real. But people don’t like it having emailed me, messaged me, wanting to fight with me about such a title. God doesn’t Sin—it really upsets a lot of people –I say to them did God create everything –they say yes –then God created Sin if by using man –he created it. It’s his sins. And it goes on from there –they buy the book like it, but I get no reviews. That brings as to The Very Best I wanted the very best, but not what I thought was the very best I told Melanie to pick her favorites – it’s sort of a review in a way, by my biggest fan. That bring us to Vanity’s Diary Obsessions – I love that title, it was started out as Vanity’s Diary what Comes Out. As you see things change a lot with me –not until its out do I have the title and the cover makes me feel like a rock star having a new album out. New titles for two new books I’m working on are— working titles Train Club Telling Souls Vanity’s Diary two and A Bridge to the Fog.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

Train Club Telling Souls Vanity’s Diary two and A Bridge to the Fog

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

No– want to give one –I’ll take it. I was entered by my teacher at NECC in all the colleges in the USA, but got published not an Award. I think being a Published Author, Artist, and Poet is an award that can’t be topped myself.

I must say I have had two cups of coffee and a pack of smokes so far answering the questions need another cup of coffee before continuing on. Started at 10:30 pm its 2:37 am now.

A Little More Personal

13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

Write a big hit rock song.

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

Well I look a lot like Bill Murray—I’ll give you just one—It was a hot August night a Friday night after work I said the hell with it, I am going to Foxwoods –it’s about two hours to get there from work. I parked my car in the five-level parking garage on the bottom level. I can wear shorts to work and I wear a cap so it only adds to the Bill Murray look. Any way a young man very well dress followed me to the elevator. I pushed the button to go up and the door opened we both got on—he started smiling at me and it weird me out I thought I was in trouble. A lot of guys– big tuff guys have tried to pick me up before. I freeze in my shoes can’t move. Not that they are bad people just don’t know what to do or say. Any ways we get to the casino level and the door opens, he never says anything to me just has this shit eating grin on his face smiling at me. From there you have to walk down a long hall to get to the casino. I say to him are we going to win tonight? He says I hope so –have a great night Bill!!!!!!! –He starts walking in front of me and as he does, I think to myself how does he know my name? Then I think to myself O Shit he thinks I am Bill Murray.

Ok one more. It was a Friday night Had free tickets to go see John Fogerty I got stuck in traffic in Worcester MA going after work, over an hour stuck when I got there it was just about to start I thought to myself I am going to get the shittyest seat in the house, I took the ticket not looking at it –it was so late there was no line to get my ticket –I go into the MGM concert hall and look at the ticket –it’s in the VIP section Third row center stage. Its dark already and I have to ask the man where I have to sit, he walks me down front. In the VIP section they gave you free drinks I don’t drink, but the people there that night drank a lot. As I was walking through the people to get to center stage the girl a very young Black girl, I was to sit next to scream out its fucking Bill Murray. I almost died everybody was looking at me. It was so late that it was about to start and when John came out, he looked right at me and smiled.

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

Many times, I meet people I have met in dreams. I have had visions of a friend lost long ago to cancer –he comes to me from time to time – I miss him a lot.

16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

No

17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

I eat once a day, very fussy eater.

18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

Foxwoods Conn—I like the slots

19. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

Sorry don’t like this one was a loner –rode the ten-speed bike a lot by myself.

20. What makes you happy?

Having dealt with PTSD for years – getting a full eight hours sleep is heavenly.

21. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Working full time, same place twenty-one years—just a job I am no one there it’s great. Keeps me grounded.

22. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

I walked into Cha Chee at the Peabody Mall. He almost head butted me.

Will’s Book Links

God’s Sins So my World Begins

From the Edge

The River still Flowing

Black Hearts

Vanity’s Diary Obsessions

The Very Best

Flower of the Day Challenge – Spring Flowers

It has been a while since I participated in Cee’s FOTD challenge. And seeing the photo of the crocuses in her post reminded me of my spring flower photos.

This winter has been a long one, and it seems weekly weather statements, watches, and warnings has become the norm. Right now we are under a special weather statement for some high winds tomorrow. Anyway, I can’t wait for spring and since it is still a couple of months away, I thought I’d share some of these spring flower pictures from a few years ago.

Author Interview – Avril Borthiry

I am happy to have Avril Borthiry as this week’s Author Interview guest.

Avril is a historical fiction author and I was fortunate enough to meet her at Kalicon 2018.

Thank you, Avril, for participating in the interview.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

The first book that had a real impact on me was Jane Eyre. I loved the tragedy and romance of it. To this day, it remains my favourite book. I must have read it a dozen times.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I’m not sure I ever realized it, to be honest. It’s just something I’ve done for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I would write poems for my Mum. I have to say that Mrs. Taylor, my English teacher in High School, encouraged me to ‘keep writing’, which certainly motivated me.

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Hmmm. I have a few – nay, I have many!!!. My genre preferences, like my musical ones, are wide ranging! I love George R R Martin, Sharon Kay Penman, Stephen King, Ken Follett – and so many others, including some of my author friends. Really, I just enjoy a good story, strong plot, and characters that stay with me afterwards.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

Favourite thing are the highs I get when I’m on a roll and the words flow like honey. Least favourite would be the opposite situation, when I’m sitting there, staring blankly at the computer screen like a zombie!

5. Where do your ideas come from?

All over! Song lyrics, news stories, poems, places I visit. Sometimes, they just arrive unannounced at the most unexpected times, and … BINGO!

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I’m a good knitter. I used to knit toys and I love knitting baby clothes. But I rarely have time anymore.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Probably Here Be Dragons, by Sharon Kay Penman, just to see all those wonderful historical characters.

8. When you create characters, are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

I’m sure traits of people I know work their way into my characters, although I’m not sure I purposely set out to do that. The beauty of writing is that an author can create and mold a character to her/his specifications. I find that quite powerful, actually. That said, many of my characters then surprise me by rebelling and disobeying me entirely!

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

No, I can’t say I’ve ever done that. I have created some characters that I would love to meet in real life, I must admit. One is Alexander Mathanach, from my book ‘The Cast of a Stone’. I fell in love with him as I wrote the book. He is wonderful!

10. How do you come up with titles for your books?

It varies. Sometimes it’s symbolic to the subject matter, or I might find them as I write – a single line in the narrative, perhaps, or a dialogue comment that leads to a title. That said, on my trad books I had to come up with a title right away. The reason I don’t like doing that is because my plots rarely stay true to the original idea, so I had to be careful to choose a title that would ‘generally’ work, and also endeavored to stay on track with my original plot.

11. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I am currently working on two books.“Gabriel” is the second book of my series, ‘The Sword and the Spirit’, which tells the tale of three Templar knights who find themselves in exile after the dissolution of their order in 1307. The Templars were, quite literally, warrior monks; a combination of military prowess and spirituality that I find fascinating. I am putting these men back into secular life, where they have to face the temptations that go with it, the main one being, of course, women. I am also working on my second book for the Pirates of Britannia publications, which is run by authors Kathryn Le Veque and Eliza Knight. I LOVE the challenge of these stories, which are a little out of my comfort zone, but so much fun to write! This next pirate book of mine is called ‘Red Cutlass’ and focuses on a wild, Irish pirate captain of that same name. The plot is still being worked out, but I guarantee the man, his crew, and the heroine of the tale is going to be a blast to write!

12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

Not recognizable awards, no, though I have won prizes on writing websites for my short stories and poetry. I also garnered a ‘Crowned Heart’ review from InD’Tale magazine for my book, ‘The Sentinel‘.

A Little More Personal

13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

To drive from one side of Canada to the other, taking my time to see this beautiful country.

14. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

Well, I could. But that would be SO embarrassing!

15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

A few things. One night I was out with the dog when I saw something strange flying over my house. Whatever it was made no noise at all, was not travelling very fast, and looked like three very large tv screens in a row, but all dimly lit. It flew quite low over the roof and then disappeared. The hair stood up on the back of my neck. I have asked myself again and again what it might have been, but have no answers.

16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

I’d probably say I’m not, yet I love the old superstitions and beliefs and often use them in my stories. But I take life as it comes. That said, I have had many experiences that felt totally fated – meant to be. All fodder for a writer!

17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

I was raised in the UK, and my dad was a butcher by trade, so there aren’t many parts of an animal that I haven’t eaten. Tripe, for one (the lining of a cow’s stomach) and a lamb’s testicles. My tastes, as I’ve aged, have changed, however. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat those things today!

18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

Southwest France (the Basque country). I have family there. It is a glorious area. I love it.

19. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

Being Maid of Honour (myself and my best friend) to the Carnival Queen in our village’s annual carnival! Princess dresses (made by my mum), a ride in a decorated pick-up truck, and taking our place next to the queen on the stage!

20. What makes you happy?

So many things! But especially my granddaughters. I cannot tell you how much I love those little girls. I’m someone who loves to laugh. I enjoy jokes and puns and (wouldn’t you know it) word-play! I try to find something to laugh at every single day. It’s healthy, I think!

21. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

I love to read when I can find the time. I enjoy a good movie (again, my preferences are extremely varied). And I like walking my little dog.

22. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

Yes. I’ve met celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, I’ve met Alice Cooper and John de Lancie (the latter is a very lovely man!). In the UK, I met all the members of Status Quo, Billy Connolly, Gary Glitter, The Goodies, Bob Monkhouse, George Hamilton IV, Jill St John (a Bond girl) and several members of the Coronation Street cast, who frequently stayed at the hotel where I worked.

Avril’s Links

Website: www.avrilborthirty.com

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/Avril-Borthiry/e/B006RNN04W