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And in case you’re curious as to who am I and what I’m about, I have collected some fascinating facts for your reading pleasure:
The A – Z of ME. 😀
Age: I plead the fifth. 😀 However, I will say that with three children, the oldest of which is now 24, it’s getting harder and harder to convince people I’m 29 and holding.
Bed size: King size Tempur-Pedic Cloud. My husband calls me the princess and the pea, since I notice every wrinkle, spring, divot, and pucker. After sleeping on a queen size pillow-top mattress for years, feeling every toss and turn, I cannot begin to tell you how awesome this bed is! I miss it and think of it longingly when I’m away. I love this mattress. When we were purchasing it, we were torn between the Tempur-Pedic and a competitor. The sales rep said, “Go ahead. Take it home, try it out for a couple weeks, and if you’re not completely satisfied bring it back and I’ll return your entire purchase price. You don’t even need to buy another mattress from me.” When I remarked on his supreme confidence, he assured me once I slept on it, I’d never let it out of my house. Dude was so right!
Chore that you hate: Oh, let me count the ways: cooking, cleaning, laundry…. When we were dating, I warned my future husband-to-be that he better not marry me for my domestic skills.
Dogs: I love all animals but happen to have a beautiful golden retriever named Razz.
Essential start to your day: If you’ve read these fun facts before, you may recall I gave up coffee and became a tea drinker. I would pour a cup of green tea (usually with some kind of sweetness added–I’ve been known to use maple syrup since a good friend got me hooked on it). But I’ve tossed away my tea bags and am once again on the bean juice. I only manage decaf at the moment, but I sense the winds may be a changing, and I may be upgrading to full caffeine in the near future.
Now, coffee cannot be consumed alone. Oh no. I must have a wee treat with my morning cuppa. At the moment, I’m all about chocolate chip gluten-free cookies to aid and abet that sweet tooth of mine. Then I sit down on my IKEA Poang chair and answer emails, check my Facebook, and generally waste time until I wake up. 😉
Favorite color: You know what? I don’t have one. I love deep wine burgundies and striking azure blues, soothing tranquil greens and bright cheerful yellows. I gravitate to colours depending on my mood.
Gold or Silver: I love them both, but at the moment I’m wearing white gold.
Height: 5’2”. I used to be 5’ 1 ¾”, but since taking and teaching yoga, I’ve gained that extra ¼ of an inch, which when you’re this vertically challenged, every fraction of an inch counts!
Instruments you play: I used to play the piano, and I can still tinker now and then, though I only remember three songs. I played flute in band.
Job title: I’m the author of some amazing books. Hot in Aruba: An Unabashedly Sexy Contemporary Romance dropped December 1st, 2017. I have also written book one and two in the Avelynn series—a sultry historical romance set in 869 Anglo-Saxon England and 871 Wales, respectively.
Kids: Love the little suckers. Happen to have three of them. All boys: 14, 19, and 24. I swear I’m 29. Really.
Live: In Ontario, Canada.
Mother’s name: Carol.
Nicknames: In high school, I used to go by the nickname Marc, and my darling hubby is sometimes too exhausted to utter the final ‘a’ and I get Mariss, but I’m not a big fan of nicknames. In fact, when we were picking the names for our children, I had to find ones my husband couldn’t shorten.
Overnight hospital stays: When I was young, I had pneumonia and had to hangout in an oxygen tent for a while. As a teenager, I got my eyes operated on, which was both freaky and cool knowing my eyeballs had been plucked out of their sockets and placed on a little table in front of me while they diced and sliced. As a young mom of three little boys (my youngest was only two years old at the time) I was misdiagnosed as having a life-threatening, cancerous tumor, which resulted in emergency abdominal surgery and the biggest scare of my life. Upon further inspection, they discovered it was merely a cyst which ruptured when they opened me up. I continue to count my blessings.
Pet peeves: Picking on an underdog. Bullying of any kind. Judgments.
Quote from a movie: From the movie The House with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler:
She says, “I really hope that I don’t die before you because I don’t know how you’re going to make it without me.”
He says, genuinely concerned, “I know, I think about that all the time.”
My hubs and I rofl at that one. Honestly, I don’t know what he’d do without me either. 😉
Right or left handed: Right handed.
Siblings: One brother who lives near Boston with his beautiful wife and my adorable niece and nephew.
Travel: Despite my vehement avoidance of airplanes, I have indeed been on a few trips. My first ever vacation was to Cartagena, Columbia. Hubs and I went there after watching Romancing the Stone and thought, ‘Wow, what a cool place to visit!’ The reality: the plane was small, the turbulence was insane, and armed militia prowled the airport. Plus, I got deathly ill. I could tell you how many tiles there were in that bathroom in our hotel room–I got to know them intimately. After that delightful experience, it took twenty years to get me back on a plane. Since then I have been to Aruba (my favourite) Curacao, and Bahamas.
Underwear: Big fan of them, though (perhaps this is TMI) I only wear thongs, which my husband calls ‘nonederwear’ since you can’t see any VPLs and they are as nonexistent and thin as silk. I teach yoga, so… lots of yoga pants.
Vegetable you hate: Kind of like the cleaning question earlier. Not a big fan. I once went to a hypnotist to try and get hypnotized into liking them…didn’t really work. Years later, however, I can munch on lettuce (not arugula—blech) and baby spinach covered in tasty salad dressing. I can also now enjoy cooked sweet peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower, and carrots—provided they are made at a restaurant because they don’t really taste like normal vegetables. The chefs do something magical with them in their kitchens that make them almost pleasant. Everything else is pretty much a no go.
What makes you run late: EVERYTHING. Time and I have a unique relationship. I think there’s more of it than there really is, and it goes way faster than it really should. 😀
X-Rays you’ve had: Brain, wrist, back, and a CT scan of my abdomen (hence the misdiagnosis).
Yummy food: Now we’re talking! Cakes, pies, cookies, tarts, squares, bread, pasta…I’m an all white flour, all white sugar kind of girl. *BUT* I am now gluten free, which breaks my poor white-flour heart. I’ve learned to make some pretty kick-ass gluten free cakes, cupcakes, and cookies though. So, it’s still all about the dessert. 😉
Zoo Animal: For my husband, it’s always got to be about the baboons. He loves their cute little pink bottoms. He’s a boy. It makes him giggle.
My Official Bio:
Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Her debut historical fiction AVELYNN, was published through St. Martin’s Press, September 2015. Look for the second book in the AVELYNN series, releasing Fall 2016. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writers’ Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7. When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!
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