Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
Please join me in welcoming my first Meet and Greet guest of the new year, Gina Conroy! Gina is a fellow Twitterite who shares many mutual friends with me. When she announced the news of her debut novella, I was excited to jump on the bandwagon! So without further ado, let’s learn the basics about her.
Gina Conroy is president and founder of Writer…Interrupted where she mentors busy writers. Knowing how difficult it is to raise a family as well as a career, she chronicles her triumphs and trials on Defying Gravity, hoping to encourage those on a similar path. She’s co-authored two nonfiction titles Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms and Reach for your Dreams, Graduate. She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, and her first novella, Buried Deception, in the Cherry Blossom Capers Collection, releases from Barbour Publishing in January 2012. Gina loves to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter, so don’t be a stranger!
Welcome, Gina! Let’s get to the fun, shall we?
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Seven words hmmm…Choleric, Introvert, Passionate (which is just a subtitle for soooo many things…if you’re curious, ask me in the comment section! ) Insecure, Complicated, Driven, Stubborn…I know some of those words contradict each other, but I admitted I was complicated!
1) Maui or London? Maui. I’ve never been to London and while I’m a big fan of their accent (and of Dr. Who,Go David Tennet!) I have to choose Maui. Beautiful, tropical, paradise!! I’ve been once and wouldn’t hesitate to go back!
2) Chocolate cake or carrot cake? Chocolate. I’m not a huge cake fan, though since my son has taken to baking and decorating (and winning the state fair junior cake competition two years in a row,) I’m liking it more and more. So I’d choose chocolate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Though I do enjoy a great carrot cake with cream cheese icing! Yum!
3) Indoors or outdoors? I’ve always been an indoors girl, not sure why, but as a kid I remember doing crafts inside when my sister would be playing in the neighborhood. Yet, if the weather is perfect (between 70-80) and I’m on vacation, I do enjoy sitting outside by the pool or on the beach with a good book and a cold drink!
4) Gourmet chef or Chef Boyardee? Gourmet chef and finding, no question about it. My kids eat the other stuff, but as an Italian who makes her own sauce, I can’t bring myself to calling the stuff out of a can Italian food.
5) On the move or home sweet home? There’s a time to travel and a time to stay at home. I LOVE both! My favorite destinations have been Nigeria, Africa where I lived for eight months, Italy where I spent a summer when I was 15, Maui, Cancun where I got to scuba dive, and my three and a half week MidLife road trip I took by myself across the MidWest and down the west coast! Remind me to tell you about it some time!!
6) Sweat pants or dress pants? Sweat pants, though I don’t mind dress pants if I have to dress up for school or a writer’s conference, but once I’m home I quickly change into sweats!
7) Dogs or cats? I’m not really an animal lover (please don’t hold it against me!) I grew up with a cat and now have a dog. If I had to choose (which I guess I do) I’d choose a dog, BUT it has to be MY dog. A King Charles Cavalier which I picked out for my kids because he was the sweetest, most obedient small breed dog I could find!
Your dog secret is safe with me, Gina! I’m not a big dog person either. I tend to prefer dogs that aren’t too jumpy or slobbery, which pretty much eliminates, well…almost all of them! I’m dying to know your Italian sauce recipe, by the way. And wow, am I ever jealous of all your travels! I’ve got a serious travel bug myself and hope to see more of the world once my kiddos are a little bit older.
Thanks for being my guest today! I loved getting to know you better!
Four townhouse neighbors encounter romance and mystery near our nation’s capital. In State Secrets, White House assistant chef Tara Whitley and FBI agent Jack Courtland stop a plot to sabotage a State dinner—and find love still hidden in their hearts. In Dying for Love, attorneys and opponents Ciara Turner and Daniel Evans uncover love while searching for justice. In Buried Deception, archaeologist Samantha Steele and security guard Nick Porter dig up love while uncovering a forged artifact. In Coffee, Tea and Danger, amateur sleuths Susan Holland and Vince Martini find love while investigating a string of mysterious accidents.
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you much of a traveler? Where’s the most exotic place you’ve visited? Or how about a boring place that turned out to be funner than expected? Do share!
*Giveaway Details: Gina has offered to give a copy of Cherry Blossom Capers to one lucky commenter! (For extra entries, you can Tweet or share this post on Facebook…I’ll add an extra entry for each. Just make sure to mention it in your comment.) Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post. Good luck!
**The winner of last week’s Amazon giveaway is Lacie Nezbeth! I’ll contact you this week to coordinate delivery.