Learn some little-known and completely trivial facts about the Chicks. Then share one about yourself in the comments below!
All-time favorite TV show: The X-Files. I’m sooo geeked out there will be 10 new episodes! I know some purist X-philes are saying, “You can’t recapture the magic.” Blah, blah, blah. Don’t rain on my government conspiracy/paranormal parade, OK?
Favorite food: If you’ve ever talked to me for more than five minutes, you probably already know it’s BBQ. And I’m pretty picky about it, too! It has to be Memphis-style—smoky, moist, falling-off-the-bone tender, slathered in sticky, sweet sauce—pork ribs.
First book that made me cry: My own. Seriously, it was Charlotte’s Web. My 4th-grade teacher read a few pages to us each afternoon. When Charlotte died (pardon the spoiler), there was much weeping.
A classic novel I’ve never read: Billy Budd by Herman Melville. I did start reading it. But I figured if Melville didn’t finish it, why should I?
Who is my favorite among the Chicks on the Case? I adore them all equally. But if I were forced to choose, I’d pick… Eggatha!
First mystery ever read: The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport. I ended up reading a zillion of them. I loved The Greek Hat Mystery. Weirdly, I ended up editing this series for Simon & Schuster when I grew up.
Current fave TV show: Santa Clarita Diet. I’m not usually into zombies, but Drew B. is irresistible. As an added bonus, her character is an ever-optimistic Realtor.
Favorite J. Garner: It’s a tie. Jennifer and James.
How many words I’ve written so far at Camp NaNoWriMo toward this month’s goal: I don’t want to brag or anything, so I’d rather not say. All right, fine. Not very many.
Go-to karaoke song: I generally do my best to avoid public humiliation, but just cue up I Think I Love You. I may be even better than David Cassidy.
Last book I read: Folly, by Laurie R. King. It was the first book I’ve read from her, and it was terrific!
How many states I’ve visited: 28, although I’m planning to add 6 more next week during my Great American Road Trip!
Random coincidence of the week: I was offered a travel-writing assignment writing about Salem, Massachusetts, and I already had plans to go there next week!
Favorite ice cream flavor: Secret Breakfast at Humphrey Slocombe in San Francisco. It’s made with cornflakes and bourbon!
Go-to karaoke song: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ by Nancy Sinatra. Or if I’m feeling ambitious, Me and My Bobby McGee — the Janis Joplin version.
Favorite Way to Waste Time: Target. I used to make up excuses to go but now I’m just like, “I’m bored. Let’s go spend money at Target.”
Favorite Current TV Show: Tiny House Hunters. I could never go on it because 1) I don’t know a local “friend” who is a realtor and 2.) I don’t have a friend with land to park it on.
Favorite Awards Show: The iHeartRadio Music Awards. I may be a bit biased though since I work there.
Most Recent Vacation: I’m trying to wrap up Detective by Day Book 2 so I took the week of the Fourth of July off work. I live in New Jersey but rented a hotel room in Manhattan for a few days. It surprisingly wasn’t super expensive and I was ridiculously productive.
All-time favorite song: Get Down Tonight, by KC and the Sunshine Band. I think it’s the best pop song ever written, and you will never get me to think otherwise.
Book I just finished reading: Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams. I’m researching a stand-alone inspired by my grandfather, who was low-level Jewish mob and disappeared in 1933.
Place where I’d love to own a second home: South Louisiana. (Big surprise there, huh?)
Favorite chocolate: Anything by See’s. But particularly their Coconut Special, Scotchmallow, and Butterscotch Squares.
Number of pounds I’ve lost since rejoining Weight Watchers in November for the millionth time: One. Maybe. (See above Fun Fact.)
Last book I read: Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes, an academic mystery set at Oxford. Loved it.
Favorite food: a giant salad, made by someone else.
Number of shoes owned that are not flip-flops or clogs: One (pair).
Favorite natural landmark: Niagara Falls, via Maid of the Mist: that moment when the boat pauses midway between the American and Canadian falls is simply indescribable–both overwhelming and moving.
Current favorite show: Orphan Black. Tatiana Maslany should win All The Awards, Everywhere.
Readers, now let’s hear one about you!
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