Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: My Dead True Love by Kim Pierce

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for My Dead True Love by Kim Pierce. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: My Dead True Love
Author: Kim Pierce
Publication Date: October 15th 2022
Print Length: 398 pages
Genre: Paranormal Women's Fiction
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When a newspaper reporter’s fiancĂ© dies abruptly, she questions how he could just cease to be.

Dogged by unbidden thoughts, odd coincidences and unexplained phenomena, Ann Stewart becomes obsessed with finding out what really happens after we die and whether her beloved Gregory is still out there. She finds her answer, which takes her and a close-knit coterie of women to the edge of the cosmos—and the core of their own hearts.

Based on a true story.

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EXCERPT:
“It was definitely Gregory,” Connie declared, forcing herself to return to the vision. “As clear as if he were standing next to me. Smiling.”

“If you saw him”—and I still wasn’t believing—“did he see you? Did he see me?”

It made no sense, but I had to know more.

“I don’t know. I tried to un-see him. I really did,” she said, turning to me, something akin to terror twisting her face. “This ‘seeing’ is a part of me that triggers so much shame—and reactivates the trauma. Like shell shock.” Red mottling crept up Connie’s neck and onto her cheeks.

She saw him. The words slid off my brain as if she were speaking in tongues. What did that mean?

“Could it have been your imagination?” I offered wanly, not wanting that to be the case.

“Yes, I suppose it could.”

Neither of us believed it.

I waited.

“What would it mean for you to ‘see’ him?” I pressed.

Tell me. Even if it makes no sense.

“That there’s something wrong with me,” came her acrid reply. “Deeply, terribly wrong. At least that’s what my father would say. And a lot of other people who make judgments about what I can do.” She slammed the car into park a little too aggressively.

“There’s nothing wrong with you,” I said, getting out of the car.

Connie shut down.

“I need to go home for a while,” she said.

Tell. Me. More.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kim Pierce is a former Dallas Morning News writer and editor who completed the Writer’s Path fiction program at Southern Methodist University. My Dead True Love is her first novel, inspired by events surrounding the death of her fiancĂ© in 1998. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her partner and three cats.



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GUEST POST:
My Editing Chair
by Kim Pierce


Outsiders and novices don’t understand just how much rewriting goes into good writing. In fact, I think you could say good writing is 90 percent rewriting.

Your first, rough draft acts as a scaffolding, something to build on. That’s why, when you sit down to write, you shouldn’t agonize over the first draft all that much. Just get words onto the paper.

My waste basket is filled with marked-up drafts. First, second…tenth. Each one has fewer editing marks than the last—like going from cloudy water to clear. Eventually I like what I see.

How do I get there? One of my tools is my editing chair.

Across from my desk and computer is a little midcentury modern number that I sit in with a printout of whatever draft I just finished at the computer. I like to work in short segments—no longer than a chapter. But sometimes I’m writing a piece that’s longer. The process works for both.

I make a printout because the words will read differently on a physical page than on a screen.

Then, I edit with a red pen. Like a closet schoolmarm.

When I sit down in my editing chair with the printout on my lap desk (yes, I have one of those, too), something clicks in my brain. I think there’re probably actual studies on this: My brain has a writing mode and an editing mode. They are different. My eyes and ears see and hear different things in each mode. I can’t do both simultaneously. I’m either in one or the other.

I sit down, switch into editor mode, bring out my delicious red pen and edit away. If a passage needs recrafting, I just mark it with a squiggly line. I don’t do much rewriting when I’m in editing mode.

Write. Edit. Repeat.

You don’t have to use a chair per se. It might be a couch, a set-up in an entirely different room, a place on your porch. But your editing area should be separate from where you write; it doesn’t work to just put the printout on your desk and mark it up there.

Sometimes the chair has an extra benefit: One of my cats will decide to nestle in beside me. Pausing to pet him or her gives us both a rush of happy brain chemicals. This works whatever your animal companion of choice might be—even an alligator like WallyGator. Look it up.
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GIVEAWAY:
Kim Pierce will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Raffflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

417 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. I hope you go on to read the book. A lot happens after Connie first "sees" Gregory at the memorial service.

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  2. I'll try this again: Thanks for the hosting the tour.

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    1. You're very welcome. =) Thanks for stopping by my blog. =)

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  3. Id like to know what she comes up with!

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    1. Oh, you'll have to read the book. Seriously, I hope you do and like it.

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  4. I enjoyed reading about your Editing Chair, Kim, and I enjoyed reading the excerpt, My Dead True Love sounds like a read for me!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular day!

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  5. thanks for the giveaway, this sounds interesting

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    1. The real events on which this was based were amazing in their own right. If you do read this, remember that there's a thread that links back to what really happened in almost every paranormal/spiritual incident.

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    1. Some folks who have read it tell me they have trouble putting it down, wanting to learn what happens next.

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to take the whole ride - and it is a ride.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. So glad it caught your eye.The designer will be pleased.

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  10. Sounds really interesting. Love the title.

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    1. Ha. My writers group did NOT like the title. But somehow it seemed right. Glad you like it.

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  11. This is such a cool book. Thank you

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    1. Thank you! HAve you read it, or are you just intrigued?

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  12. Are you glad when a book is finished?

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    1. Yes and no. It does take a weight off. But then it's also like saying goodbye to a good friend.

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  13. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover!

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    1. I know a designer who will be uplifted by you compliment.

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  14. And you! I'm planning on getting a start to cooking. You, too?

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  15. sounds sooo good

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    1. Hope you can't resist checking it out!

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    1. Yes. But most of them are journalists. So this may not be what you mean. Still, many of them are also book authors.

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  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. My pleasure. I hope they give you glimpse of so much more to come.

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  19. What do you do for the holidays?

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    1. OUrs was small this year - just a foursome with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli-grape salad and a pear-gorgonzola crostada. Today, in a few minutes, one of my grandsons and his fiance come over for turkey waffles and gravy.

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  20. This sounds like a good book and I’ve added it to my list. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. So glad to hear this. Hope it exceeds your expectations.

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  21. Thank you for sharing the excerpt & guest post.

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  22. Sounds Excellent getting to the bottom of things. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Hope it lives up to your expectations - and more.

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  24. do you have a celebration after finishing writing a book

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    1. My writers group did crack open a nice bottle of growers champagne. But we all know the finish is only the beginning.

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  25. Happy Friday!

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    1. Small and sweet. Just four of us, but that included my partner and my daughter, who was the prototype for Olivia in my book.

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  27. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Two things come to mind. First, get to a creative writing class to learn the basics of fiction writing - as close to what you want to write as possible, ie novels, short stories, memoir (non-fiction), etc. I cannot emphasize how strongly this will help you set your course. Then second, write. Every day. Like it's a muscle. You don't have to write full chapters. You can start with scenes, character descriptions, even work from writing prompts. Bonus advice: To start your book, write the last chapter first. Counter-intuitive! But do it - it gives you a goal for your narrative.

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  28. I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. No snow here. In Dallas, we get very little, especially in a La Nina year. How about you?

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  30. Do you like the cooler weather?

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  31. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. Not anymore. When I was first writing my grief journal that became My Dead True Love, I listened to sad, mournful Celtic music dashed with a little Kitaro.

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    1. Patrick Stewart. I am in love with Jean-Luc Picard.

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    1. Not a lot. My degree is in experimental psychology. But over the course of my career in newspaper journalism, I learned a lot on the job. A college fiction-writing program helped me learn the fundamentals of that skill. It's very different from non-fiction.

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  34. Happy Sunday!

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  35. Do you have any promtions on your books for Cyber Week?

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    1. I do not, as you probably discovered.

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  36. do you have other authors in the family

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    1. No one well known. I do have a couple of modestly well-known Texas painters in my family tree.

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  37. Do you ever get headaches?

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  38. Do you ever work with new writers?

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    1. I have in the past, especially in my capacity as an editor.

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    1. Probably my favorite of all time is Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon des Sources. Among American films, To Kill a Mockingbird. You?

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  40. I want everyone on this blog to know that this has been the most rewarding give-and-take I've participated in in a long time. You all sound like wonderfully curious, interested readers. May Santa leave many provocative books under your tree.

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    1. I wish you a warm blanket and a cozy fireplace fire.

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  42. What was your favorite subject in school?

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    1. Great question. In high school it was definitely choir and music in general. Our school even offered a college-prep music major. In college, it was psychology.

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  43. Happy Wednesday!

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    1. What a great question! These days, I don't honestly know. I write to what is needed - the deadline. I'm not working on anything right now except getting this book out there where people can find it.

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  45. have you started your christmas shopping

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    1. Yes, barely. I usually have a lot more done by this point.

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  46. Happy Thursday!

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  47. have you started your holiday decorating

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    1. We have the ornaments ready to add to the tree tonight.

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  48. Do you like Christmas?

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    1. She is part of my writers group - and edits books and manuscripts for a living. But if I were looking cold, I'd go to Reedsy.

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  50. are you a morning person or a night owl

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    1. About halfway between. Definitely not a night owl. In the words of any old boyfriend, an "early crasher."

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  51. I am adding this book to my to be read soon list!

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  52. Happy Sunday!

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  53. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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    1. A bit of both. It's energizing to get something on the page you're happy with, but sitting at a computer for long stretches exhausts me.

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  54. Will you be hosting a holiday party?

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    1. No. Just a small Christmas celebration with family.

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    1. Only if I can't avoid them! I'm a confirmed introvert.

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  56. Do you like Christmas?

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    1. Again, a mixed bag. I think the whole present thing is overdone. But I'm a sucker for the nostalgic stuff. Like I'll never watch "It's a Wonderful Life" too many times.

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  57. Where do you get your ideas from?

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    1. Thinking, discussing with others, from things I read, things I and others experience. Fiction is all about ideas, and they don't come easy to me. My psyche is anchored in non-fiction.

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    1. I really love Vanessa Diffenbaugh (The Language of Flowers) and Octavia Butler. I get spiritual inspiration from Suzanne Giesemann.

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  59. What is your favorite book?

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    1. Not sure I have a clear favorite - except Pagoo (Holling Clancy Holling) from when I was a child. Wore it out reading it. As I look back, it's kind of a nerdy kid book about ocean science. I was fascinated.

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    1. I hope you'll give it a try - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  61. What is your favorite book to re-read?

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    1. Every good book I read. I ALWAYS reread at least once to dig a little deeper into the structure and development.

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  62. do you have any other books started

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    1. No. This is really the only novel. I co-wrote a cookbook many years ago about plant-centered cuisine which still holds up, I think, today: The Phytopia Cookbook.

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  63. Do you enjoy being a writer?

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    1. I have enjoyed it very much as a lifetime career. I also enjoy editing. I wish I had another lifetime to hone my skills.

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  64. do you have any big plans for the holidays

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  65. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

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    1. Plastic "bricks" that were the forerunner of Legos. Spent endless hours with one of my playmates building houses and acting out dramas with our little rubber animals.

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  66. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. Usually not, but when I first was writing my grief journal, I listened to sad Celtic music. I can write in a room with three different TVs going in the background (a newsroom), but I find music distracts. Go figure.

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  67. Happy Friday!

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    1. Hope you get to pick it up and that it exceeds your expectations.

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  69. hope you are having a wonderful Saturday

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  70. Happy Saturday!

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  71. Have you ever used a typewriter to write?

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    1. So, so long ago, I briefly wrote on an IBM Selectric. But I was overjoyed when we moved to computers. I love going back and noodling with what I've written. Cut-and-paste was sheer hell.

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  72. hope you are having a wonderful Sunday

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    1. I am! Hope you are, too. I'll say it again: This is the most amazing group of blog followers I have ever encountered. Gina, you've got some great magic going on.

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  73. Do you like the holidays?

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  74. have you ever lost your writing because you forgot to hit the save button

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    1. I lost a whole story once when I was at the Dallas Morning News. But not because I failed to save. I think I accidentally deleted it - permanently. No recovery. Had to start over. Respect "save" even more now.

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  75. Happy Monday!

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    1. Only water skiing. I can't take the cold for snow skiing.

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    1. Spectator sport, not so much. I do love swimming.

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  78. Do you enjoy the rain?

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    1. Mostly yes. It does put the damper on my daily walks with my partner. But hey, I live near a great mall. Never thought I'd say that.

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  79. who is your favorite football team

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    1. I don't really have a favorite. At least, not at this minute.

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  81. What do you like about writing?

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    1. I like the process of doing it. I like that I'm pretty good at it. And I like being able to impact people's lives, hopefully for the better.

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  82. Do you ever get discouraged in your writing?

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  83. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  84. What have you learned from this year?

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