ACHUKA Authorfile: Colin Thompson

ACHUKA Authorfile #30

Joan Bauer

My hair colour: Auburn.
My eye colour: Deep, meaningful brown.
My shoe size: 9 medium.
My favourite book when child: Two stand outs—Grandpa Bunny Bunny; Harold and the Purple Crayon.
My favourite fictional character: Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird.
Books that inspired me to become a writer: Max Shulman’s comic novels and Garrison Keillor’s work.
My favourite author: For humor—P.G. Wodehouse.
My ideal reading position: Scrunched in bed with three pillows, milk with Ovaltine (malt flavored) at my left hand so I don’t have to reach far for it, perfect room temperature 68 degrees—no sound except for my contented breathing.
My usual means of marking a place in a book: Kleenex-unscented.
My favourite time of year: Love spring and fall equally.
My favourite time of day: Morning.
My best time for working: Morning.
The first piece of work I was paid for was: If you count payment as a large basket of fruit, nuts, candy, and a few veggies—then my poem, "Lima Bean Blues."
My favourite TV show: Waiting for God.
My favourite song: 'American Pie'.
My favourite actor: Robert de Niro.
The creature comfort I would most unwillingly relinquish: My English tea pot and Harrod’s #14 Breakfast Blend.
My favourite sweet food: Coconut layer cake with too much frosting.
My favourite savory food: Anything Indian.
My typical bedtime is: 11ish.
My favourite year of childhood: Found them all, sadly, fairly tough.
My mousemat design: Hot Aqua. No pattern. I’m a purist.
The tidiest place in my home is: Not my office.
The untidiest place in my home is: My husband's office.
The working tool I would least like to do without: My computer. Simply couldn’t function without it.