Welcome author Candace Colt for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday
What is one fun fact about yourself very few people know?
I love the reaction when I tell people I was a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Most people assume I must have been a nuclear scientist (I wish!). I transitioned from a public-school teacher to this high-tech medical imaging field with really no idea what it was, either. It was a fantastic privilege to be a part of it.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing outside with the neighborhood kids with the only rule to come home when the street lights came on. BTW we could play without any adult supervision. In fact, the adults got a break when we were all outside.
What is your favorite smell and why?
Lemons! They always pick up my mood no matter what’s going on. And they remind me of being a kid and watching my mom pick lemons in our backyard to make homemade lemon meringue pie. She always made a little individual pie just for me. And I grew up with zero baking skills!
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Hands down, the first two-wheel bicycle that I got somewhere around fourth grade. Riding all by myself gave me the feeling of independence and freedom.
What is the one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
See my answer to my favorite scene. I would so love to have the ability to levitate and fly. But after you read my response to number 15, you will wonder how I could say that!
What is your favorite scene from a movie, and why?
The swordfight scene when the opponents float and fly over the bamboo trees in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The effects were excellent, and you totally thought they were actually flying.
How far away do you live from your birthplace?
I was born in Inglewood, California, and now I live near Clearwater, Florida. As the crow flies, the cities are 2500 miles apart.
What is the one thing you wanted but never got as a kid?
I always wanted a big brother. I was an only child at a time when “onlies” were rare. Maybe one other kid in my elementary school class (I went K-6 with most of them) was an only child. I suspect we would have feuded and fussed like all siblings, and a lot of my friends are estranged from their grown siblings. All that said, I still wish I’d had that brother.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Pick only one? That’s not fair. But if I must, it would be Amsterdam. I’ve been three times, and I’m always amazed at how cosmopolitan yet steeped in history it is at the same time. You can walk or take mass transit everywhere. I could spend hours in the art museums or shopping in the outdoor markets. And don’t believe anything about Dutch food being bad. It is delicious. Though I never acquired the taste for raw herring, it was in Amsterdam where I fell in love with Pannenkoeken. These are not your IHOP pancakes, trust me! They are delicious with a hot cup of coffee and best eaten in an outdoor café. If I could, I’d book a flight right now and stay at my favorite place, the Hotel Estherea.
If you could write yourself into any TV show, which would you choose, and why?
I would love to be a character in the British series “Midsomer Murders.” With my dogged determination to get to the truth, I’d be an excellent Detective Chief Inspector and a great asset to the team—though they might get a little weary of my constant nosing into things!
Would you rather wear combat boots or heels?
Combat boots for sure! I had to wear heels for way too long, and at this point in my life, it’s about comfort. And anybody in combat boots has to be a badass, right?
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Years ago, my husband and I were talked into training for a 26.2-mile marathon. I was a plodding runner—well, walk-runner. So, guess which one we decided to do first? London! I know. Crazy, right? Yes, it was. We finished but looking back now, I have no idea how. We started in Greenwich, a town in south-east London. The race goes over Tower Bridge and finishes at Buckingham Palace. Amazing experience, but would I do it again? Nope.
What film or book gave you an intense emotional reaction?
I’m a sucker for classic movies. One film that really gets me is “The Way We Were” with Streisand and Redford. It doesn’t air often, but once it starts, I’m glued to the screen until the end. It hits all the marks for me. Period piece. Totally unlikely opposites who attract. Strong story. Flashbacks. Impossible odds. Romance. And Streisand’s clothes were amazing.
Are you related to (distantly or otherwise) to anyone famous? Who? What is his or her claim to fame?
My 9th great-grandmother was Rebecca Towne Nurse, accused and hanged as a witch in 1692 in Salem, MA.
What is the one thing you covet?
This might be the most challenging question. I guess I covet people who are not afraid of heights. I don’t know why, but I just go stupid when I get in high places. I won’t sit by the window on a plane. I hate driving over bridges—Sunshine Skyway in particular. Ladders above two steps? Not a chance. Outside glass elevators? Oh, that is not happening.
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Florida author Candace Colt always “believed she could” write, so after retiring in 2014 “she did!” She’s published nine contemporary paranormal romance novels (don’t worry–not gory or scary). Why paranormal? Because she thinks they are fun to write and besides even shifters, elves, psychics and time travelers deserve their happily ever after. Love’s a trip so hop on for the ride!