25 quickie facts about M. S. Spencer
Favorite color? Coral
Favorite animal? Snake. I know, I know, but they’re so beautiful and sinuous—and they’re very affectionate.
Siblings? Brother and a sister, neither well-adjusted.
Favorite drink? Champagne
If you were a jelly bean flavor, what flavor would you be? If I were a Bertie Botts Any Flavor bean, I’d be Black Pepper; if a plain old jelly bean—Cinnamon.
Favorite author? Jeepers, depends on my mood—Shakespeare; Christopher Buckley; Jane Austen; Margery Allingham; Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes).
Favorite dish? Big juicy hamburger with blue cheese, bacon, and extra lettuce (Bibb).
Ice cream flavor? Fudge brownie
Favorite Season? Autumn—crisp and cool with a sense of new beginnings.
Plotter or pantser? Both—I’ve learned that no matter how much you think you’ve planned, the characters and the plot just waltz on by without so much as a by your leave or “Have an apple.”
Hobbies? Bird watching, swimming, making lists.
Dream vacation? Tuscany. No, wait. The Galapagos Islands.
Favorite TV show? Monk
Musical preference? Opera and Country.
Pet peeve? Paying for parking.
Favorite place to write? In my study—looking out at the fox- and deer-infested park.
Favorite song? Just in Time by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, in the movie Bells are Ringing.
Odd family fact? My grandmother was a pioneer and principal of a logging camp school in Oregon at age 18. In 1918 she rode the trains to New York for graduate school.
Unforgettable moment? Galloping across the desert under what would be the nose of the Sphinx on my stallion Farid.
Favorite Superhero? Ben Grimm—the Thing in the Fantastic Four. He’s so sweet.
Spicy or not? Spicy!
Cat or dog? Cat—they’re snugglier and dogs always make me feel guilty.
Favorite candy bar? Heath Bar
Favorite guilty pleasure? So many choices, so little space: I guess skinny dipping.
Summarize your book Twitter style – 140 characters or less:
Set on the Florida Gulf coast, Mai Tais and Mayhem features sea turtles, true love, Russians, parrots, murder, and money, not necessarily in that order.