TBR Tuesday, Personal Trivia Edition

winfieldpiratesI keep seeing these 5 Things about Me on Facebook (and never do them), so today I’ll do one, seeing as nothing other than I’m heading off to the day job in about ten minutes after a three-day weekend. See if we share any traits:

  1. My high school mascot was…you’ll love this…the Winfield Pirates. Our school colors were black and (Jean Lafitte’s favorite) gold.
  2. One of my favorite games as a kid (there were no computers so we actually had to use our imaginations) was…you’ll love this…”Pirate.” The boy who lived next door and I would brandish “swords” of big sticks and duel atop the wood pile, which was our ship. If we only had one ship, we obviously were on the same side so I am not sure why we were sword-fighting each other.
  3. A friend and I founded our high school literary magazine when we were juniors. We called it AXOLOTL, which is a type of lizard. We thought it sounded like a cool name. Yes, we were the weird, nerdy kids. Funny thing is, it’s still being produced and is still called AXOLOTL.
  4. My favorite Thanksgiving occurred when I lived in Houston. A friend (same one who co-founded AXOLOTL) flew down from where he was living in Tennessee. We bought wine and cheese and pate and bread and drove down to Stewart Beach in Galveston, sat on the deserted boardwalk, and fed the seagulls….until a bazillion of them gathered round for a bite, I had an Alfred Hitchcock moment (“The Birds” being my scariest movie to date), and we decided to leave.
  5. Prettiest places I’ve been: Austria (Salzburg and Innsbruck); Sunset Cliffs in San Diego; Cedar Key in Florida; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Oberammergau in Germany. Or at least those are the five that occur to me today.

For a shot at a TBR win, tell me some trivia about you!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

24 thoughts on “TBR Tuesday, Personal Trivia Edition

  1. Thanks for sharing your ‘trivia’! It is fun learning more about you.

    My first memory is when I went fishing with my father and grandfather at 17 months. I fell in and Dad said Mom was going to kill him!

    I hate horror films and movies!!

    The first book that made me cry was Where the Red Fern Grows.

    I was named Dawn because that is when my Mom went into labor. Thankful she didn’t name me Dusk because that is when I was delivered.

    My blood type is B positive. I think that is a great way to look at life!

    • LOL. I think I have some water-related early memories (not good ones) too. I liked horror films when I was a teen and in my early 20s. Now, no thank you. And I love the way of looking at your blood type!

    • I know–isn’t that funny? I hadn’t thought about it until I saw my high school pirate logo on something last week, then remembered playing “pirate” on the woodpile (yeah, it was a VERY small town). All preparing me for an encounter with Jean Lafitte 🙂

  2. I am a descendant of Henry Morgan. I get no money from sales of his rum ;(
    My high school mascot was Charlie Buffalo.
    “Charlie Buffalo, you’re my guy,
    Charlie Buffalo, how I sigh,
    When I see a Romeo in Gold & Blue,
    Charlie Buffalo—it’s YOU!”

  3. hum
    i hate horror film
    i always loved water and swimming( quiet normal for a pisces)
    little i loved to play with my dog as a partner, that wonderful fellow answered to all teh names i could come with for new characters^^
    when i was at my grandmother’s place i was ” wild” since she didn’t really care for me i spent the day playing alone, eating from the garden and i was nearly all teh time outside ( so different than now)

  4. I’ve always loved reading, ever since I learned how. There is no such thing as a school mascotte in Holland, so I can’t share it with you. I have always hated gymnastics and did my best to get out of it (uch uch my astma is too severe today …).
    I don’t watch many movies, but I do love those superheroes! Thor!

    • I always loved reading too; I practically grew up in my small-town library. Gymnastics! I was good on balance beam, oddly, but sucked at volleyball. In fact, I was so bad, my gym teacher let me be a line judge so no one would have to have me on their team. Fine with me! LOL. I don’t have time for movies these days, unfortunately.

  5. I am proficient in sign language.

    I can just swim enough to save myself if necessary. I hope!!

    I can’t remember a time when I could not, did not read.

    My father had the most wicked sense of humor. Only close family got his jokes. I think I inherited this humorous trait.

    • I also don’t remember a time when I couldn’t read. I had trouble reading aloud in first grade because, according to the evil Miss Lucy, I read a lot faster than I could talk. I love that you got your dad’s wicked sense of humor!

  6. I was raised by my dad…miss him and the awesome lemon meringue pies he made
    the library was my after school babysitter while growing up.

    I don’t have a smart phone…drives everyone insane!

    I’m a mountain biker and I have a motorcycle.

    • Ah, I also had the library as a babysitter until I was deemed old enough (teens) to stay by myself after school. I love that you ride a motorcycle and mountain bike…and my life would probably be a lot simpler if I didn’t have a smart phone. i might as well have it surgically attached!

  7. I worked 3 jobs at the same time while travelling/living outside of the US.

    My marriage was the result of a super-secret office romance while I lived abroad.

    One of our best dates involved munching on freshly fried fish and chips and discussing dreams of the future.

    I have been a bookworm all my life but was particularly ribbed for reading romance. Friends who were detractors of the genre always argued that I was setting myself up for deep disappointment.

    • Well, your life sounds romantic and suspenseful! I don’t think I ever read romance per se–no Harlequins or anything like that. Maybe that’s why romance is so hard for me to write!

  8. My love of books started as a toddler when I would pull all the books out of my mom’s bookcase. She finally had to turn it around when she tired of picking up her books.

    My dad called me Yogi Bear and my sister BooBoo bear because we loved to watch the cartoon.

    When my husband and I started dating, we had no money to go out, so Saturday was spent watching the original Muppet Show on TV.

    • Hm….Bert and Ernie as date viewing. I’m going to have to think about that one! And too funny that your mom turned the bookcase around–I bet you were frustrated!!

  9. That’s nice,

    I will always remember when I was 4, and we were speaking with family about how we would name my little brother and I wanted Lucky Luke, well he took luke as other names. lucky him.

    I’m happy that in high school I tried to read English books, I wanted to because Janet Evanovich wasn’t published in France anymore.

    I remember at the first wedding I went when I was little that I didn’t get any cake, lol even so many years after that it’s the only thing I remember about it. I was not happy!

    • It’s interesting that quite a few readers I’ve “met” have learned to read English because the books they wanted weren’t available in their language. Perhaps if I’d read books in French, my French would be better! (It’s the only language in which I have actually taken classes, except the largely useless Latin). Instead, I listen to French-Canadian music. Guess I’d be better suited to Montreal than Paris, which is good because if certain candidates get elected president this November, I have sworn to move to Quebec or Montreal. Although it will be very cold.