I would like to welcome author, Frances Aylor to the blog this week for #ThisorThatThursday!
A few of your favorite things: Pictures of my family & friends, my travels, fun things I’ve done. These connect me with past and present and inspire me to plan interesting experiences for the future.
Things you need to throw out: Old textbooks. I keep thinking I’ll reread them some day to keep my mind sharp, but the odds of revisiting Latin or intermediate accounting or my Spanish-language version of Don Quixote are pretty slim.
Things you love about writing: Talking to book clubs, having them discuss my characters as real people and not just something I molded together from imagination and memories.
Things you hate about writing: Struggling to get my ideas on paper, working much too long to get a sentence, a paragraph or an image just right.
Favorite music or song: Anything by Jason Mraz. He’s from my hometown and sings upbeat songs about happiness and love. I especially like “Have It All.”
Music that drives you crazy: When rock song I’ve loved get turned into the background for TV commercials. They’re messing up good memories!
Something you’re really good at: Music. I play the piano and organ and was even a church organist many years ago.
Something you’re really bad at: Singing. I can’t hit high notes anymore. I’m always singing an octave below everyone else.
Last best thing you ate: Salted caramel ice cream. Terrific mix of sweet and salty.
Last thing you regret eating: Escargot in a restaurant in a Mexican airport. I was trying to be adventurous. My stomach rebelled.
The last thing you ordered online: Dryer sheets. I now have enough to last ten years.
The last thing you regret buying: An online rug. It looked bright and crisp on the website, but was a muddy burgundy when I rolled it out in my den. Really heavy and awkward to roll back up and return.
Things you always put in your books: I like happy endings: for the good guys to win and the bad guys to receive justice.
Things you never put in your books: Excessive violence.
Favorite books (or genre): I love mysteries, suspense and thrillers. In the Woods by Tana French is a favorite. Books you wouldn’t buy: Books that are too scary, violent or gory.
Things that make you happy: Being with my family, traveling to new places, meeting fun people.
Things that drive you crazy: People who are so focused on their own opinions that they won’t listen to other points of view.
Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my high-school sweetheart. He’s kind, supportive of all the crazy things I do, and even after all these years still tells me how much he loves me.
Biggest mistake: Investing in rental property. It seemed so easy when we read the book. We bought 3 houses and sold them within a year when collecting from tenants became too much of a hassle.
Most daring thing you’ve ever done: Jumping off a 4,000 foot mountain in Switzerland to go paragliding.
Something you chickened out from doing: Scuba diving. The thought of being hundreds of feet underwater and getting nudged by a shark terrifies me.
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Website and blog: https://francesaylor.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Frances-Aylor
Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel (she has visited over 30 countries) in her financial thrillers. Money Grab is her first novel. She has also written several short stories, including "The Girl in the Airport" in the Deadly Southern Charm anthology. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and is currently the president of Sisters in Crime - Central Virginia.