Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday - James W. Hall

Happy Friday my friends. I'm on the road so my usual chit chat will be a little brief today. I didn't want to miss out on sharing our Five on Friday, though, so let me get right to introducing our wonderful guest.

James W. Hall is a professor, a poet and a thriller writer. Oh yeah, he writes non-fiction and short stories, too. But his most recent release is the fourteenth book in his Thorn thriller series, THE BIG FINISHwhich came out December 2nd. He's an Edgar and John D. Macdonald Award-winner, was a Fulbright professor in Spain and founded the creative writing program at Florida International University. Whew! Pretty impressive resume, don't ya think? But I have to admit I'm rather fascinated by the fact that he once dug post holes and built a fence for Robert Redford.

I'm very excited to have him on the blog today, so let me turn it over to James W. Hall:

James W. Hall from his "first, and hopefully not last, trip to Venice."

If I could tell my 16-year-old self one piece of advice, knowing what I know now, it would be: Use your floss and sunscreen, and don’t fret so much about making every sentence sound so damn poetic.

The best gift I ever received was: a British racing green MG Midget for my 18th birthday. My dad was having an unusually good year in the real estate business, bless his heart.

A skill I’ve always wanted to have, but don’t is: Tuning a carburetor.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, the first thing I would do would be: Fire my parsimonious financial planner.

The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: Win a couple of rounds in a 65 and older tennis tournament.

Well an MG Midget IS a pretty great gift, I'd say! And we'll keep an eye out for that tennis win. Many thanks to James Hall for this fun peek into his life. Be sure to catch up with him on Facebook and Twitter. And you can learn more about him, his books, and his book tours at his website.


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