1.) Avid Reader / Reviewer / Aspiring Author – I am absolutely crazy about reading. My favorite authors are Christine Feehan, Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling. I love all of Christine Feehans books, especially the ones about the Carpathians. Stephanie Meyer is a creative genius who has captured my heart and got me to thinking about vampires in a new and sparkling light. J. K. Rowling is brilliant! The Harry Potter series cast a spell on me and I have yet to escape, nor do I want to. I love to read books and I love to tell everyone about them. Over the years, I have had dreams of writing my own books since I love them so much. Well, with the help of a friend and a gentle nudge (foot to the butt, shoulder shoving push actually), I submitted my very first short novella to Forbidden Publications. My book, The Ordinary Housewife, was released on December 22, 2006. I write under the name of Kaycee M. Jett. Can you believe that there is another author out there with the exact same name as mine and she writes books geared for the pre-teen/young adult. I chose another name so children looking for her books, would not stumble upon mine by mistake (the absolute horror of it).
by Christine Feehan
by Kaycee M. Jett (aka Teresa Toten)
2.) Collector of Sorts – I collect nutcrackers of all kinds. I have about 200 or so of them in my vast collection. Each year, I strive to get at least one more to add to it. This year I got four. I also collect books (surprise, surprise). I have enough books on my shelves and in storage to start my own library or book store… the only problem is that I can’t bear to part with them. And since ebooks have come out, my computer houses about 5,000 of them now… I so LOVE to read!!!
3.) Lover of Music – I absolutely love music. My very favorite artist would have to be Yanni. His music touches the very deepest recesses of my heart and soul and soothes my mind. I was able to travel to New Orleans to see him in concert. He put on a fantastic show. I also love Blackmore’s Night. They have one song that has inspired me to write a book based on the lyrics. I also love Mediaeval Baebes, Enya, Nils-Ole Finbak, Blue October, Faun, etc… I just love all music. I would love to learn to play the violin / fiddle and the mandolin too. The only problem there is that I can’t read music.
4.) Dancer – well, I would love to be a dancer. I dance when no one is watching me. When I was a much younger adult, I took ballet, tap and clogging. Now that I am older, I would love to learn to belly dance. I have corresponded with many wonderful ladies who have provided me with a lot of great advice on the beautiful and graceful art of belly dancing. Maybe one of these days I will come out of the closet and dance so everyone can see me.
5.) Clown – Many years ago, I was a clown. Yes, I said a clown. I performed in parades, at parties, on television shows and did face painting as well as other comical acts of the trade. My name was Corky. I performed with my clown partner, Gomer.
6.) Outlook in Life – I live in Mississippi and as you know, we were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Katrina here in Mississippi. This event caused me to look around and observe the wonders that are in nature and in everything else around us. Gas prices soared when the trucks finally made it to the area. Grocery prices went up, food stocks went down…. I felt like there was so much more to learn. I am quite content now in my little niche and am happy with who I am and with the world around me. I am pro-choice. I think all people have the right to worship and live their lives in the way that suits them best. I do and feel like I am a better person because of it. I walk a different path in life now and I love it.
I love winter. If you look at myspace page, you can tell. I feel at home in the winter. I love everything about it. There is so much beauty in the Winter. Yes, I love Autumn when the trees are turning their brilliant shades of reds, oranges and gold. I love the crisp edge of the approaching winter in the air. But my heart delights when the nights dip low, frost covers the ground and the grass crunches beneath your feet. I love the dreary, dark, gray skies. I love to hear the wind howl outside my windows as I curl up in my chair by the fireplace, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket , sip on a steaming cup of tea and read one of my favorite books. I love the barren trees which stand out boldly against the foggy skies…. I love to breathe in deep as you see your breath on the air, the cold as it seeps into your lungs… very refreshing.
7.) College – After my older boys left home and my two younger boys started school, I came to the decision to start back to school myself. I enrolled in college and an happy to say that I have about 1 1/2 years left on a Criminal Justice degree. I have always been interested in photography and would like to turn that into something for me to do if I can. I would love to be a Forensic or Crime Scene Photographer. Who knows what I will do once I get my degree. I may do nothing. I really just wanted to go back to school for me.
There you have it… 7 facts about me.