June 14

50 Fun Facts About Me

  1. I love ghost hunting and have, so far, been to the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Eastern State Penitentiary, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, and Mansfield Reformatory (three times).
  2. I have actually written and published two novels and one non-fiction book that is now out of print.
  3. I’m currently working on another novel and a non-fiction book.
  4. I have 2 dogs, four cats, and a rabbit. I used to have 4 dogs, two of them Saint Bernards, but the Saint Bernards both had epilepsy and passed away. I am a true animal lover.
  5. I was born in Ohio and have lived here most of my life, but lived in Chicago for a year and felt more at home there than I ever have in Ohio. Someday I will go back.
  6. When I’m not writing my own books, I work as a freelance editor, ebook designer, and freelance copywriter.
  7. I’m the oldest of 5 kids but am unable to have kids of my own.
  8. I’m a natural redhead and have blue eyes. And, yes, I’m Irish.
  9. My favorite book of all time is The Lord of the Rings. It’s also my favorite movie.
  10. Another of my favorite books is The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. I’ve read it 6 times.
  11. I love motivational books like See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar.
  12. My favorite TV show is The Profit.
  13. I have a Facebook account, but I don’t use it very much.
  14. I also have several Twitter accounts and rarely use any of them.
  15. I’m lactose intolerant but LOVE ice cream. I’m also gluten sensitive.
  16. I’ve never smoked, never even tried it. I also don’t drink or use drugs.
  17. I prefer cool weather. Fall is my favorite season.
  18. I think snow is beautiful and don’t have a problem driving in it.
  19. My favorite city is Chicago.
  20. I’m only 5’3″ but it gives me a great excuse to flirt with tall guys in grocery stores.
  21. I love Hot Tamales candy and chocolate.
  22. I rarely read one book at a time. I usually have 8 or 9 going at once. Sometimes more.
  23. I know how to play the drums.
  24. I’m a good dancer.
  25. I can juggle. Not very well and not for long, but I can do it.
  26. I can’t sing at all. If I try, one of my dogs will howl until I stop.
  27. My favorite room in the house is my family room. Three of its 4 walls are all windows and it’s always bright and cheerful in there.
  28. I like to crochet in the winter and have won prizes for some of the afghans I’ve made.
  29. My grandmother passed away many years ago. When I bought my house in 2007 and contacted the phone company to have new phone service installed, the phone number assigned to me was the phone number that had belonged to my grandmother from before I was born until the day she died. I still get calls for her from charities she used to donate to.
  30. My dream car is a Lamborghini Murcielago.
  31. I dream of winning the lottery someday but rarely remember to play it.
  32. One of my closest friends is someone I’ve never met in person. I’ve known him for 18 years only through letters, emails, and phone calls.
  33. I lost touch with my very best friend from high school after her mom died and she moved away. She found me by fluke 18 years later and it’s as if we were never apart. She’s still my best friend.
  34. I’m a great cook but hate cooking.
  35. I have nothing on my body pierced. Not even my ears.
  36. I have no tattoos but love to see interesting tattoos on other people.
  37. I’m allergic to NSAIDs and cannot take Motrin, Advil, aspirin or any other medication of that type.
  38. I’ve had three major surgeries, several minor surgeries, and a Pulmonary Embolism in my lifetime. I’m also a cancer survivor.
  39. I have a college degree and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
  40. I am terrible at public speaking.
  41. In college, I got a B in speech class the first time I took it. To keep my 4.0 GPA, I took the class again and got an A the second time around. I often wonder if I earned the A or if the professor gave me an A because he was tired of me throwing up in his trash can after every speech and was afraid I’d take the class again.
  42. My favorite colors are black and white.
  43. The car I currently own is red.
  44. My house is an ugly beige color and needs to be painted. I’m thinking of painting it sage green but can’t think of a good accent color to go with it. Got any suggestions?
  45. I love art but have no art talent myself. I can’t draw or paint. Words are my art.
  46. I wear glasses because contacts bother my eyes.
  47. I’d like to get laser vision correction but the thought of doing it scares me.
  48. When I had my Saint Bernards, I would go through at least 3 vacuum cleaners a year. They’re great dogs but they shed like crazy.
  49. I don’t like hot weather and hate humidity, so I keep my A/C cranked up all summer long. Friends and family refer to my house as “the refrigerator.”
  50. I’m an extreme introvert with an INFJ personality. I also suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder and am a Highly Sensitive person. I “talk” a lot in writing, and very passionately as well, but I am very quiet and shy in person. Crowds terrify me.

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