Wednesday, February 8, 2012

5 Easy Questions with P.M. Kavanaugh!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming…P.M. Kavanaugh!
I met Patrice through Maumee Valley RWA a few years ago, and we instantly hit it off. She is really unique—a highly respected professional in the world of corporate branding, a down-to-earth, coffee-drinking devotee of yoga, and an incredibly gifted writer! Patrice and I work together as president and vice-president of MVRWA, but we also are each other’s support team. If you don’t have a trusted accountability partner, I urge you to find one! I’m so, so blessed to have Patrice in my life.

Let’s get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Mornings: Decaf grande non-fat no-whip mocha, courtesy of Starbucks. Once a week, usually on Mondays (when I need extra motivation to tackle life), I “upsize” to a venti!
Afternoons: Diet Coke, or if I’m being healthy, water.

2. Any pets?

One cat, Maximum. He also goes by: Max, Maxie, Maxie-pie, baby boy (me), big boy (husband). No wonder he’s a little spaz. How many names does a 10-pound cat need?
3. Dream vacation?

Six months at a villa somewhere in Italy. Close enough to a fantastic city like Florence or Venice or Rome to take in museums, shopping, people-watching and delicious Italian food. Far enough from a big city to be “forced” to speak Italian to the locals. I studied the language in college soooooooo many years ago and still think it’s one of the most beautiful languages in the world. I’m sure I was led to that point-of-view by my Italian teacher, whose long-ish blond hair, brown eyes and high cheek bones inspired the looks of the hero in my novel. Bellisimo!
4. What are you listening to right now?

Max’s non-stop meowing. I like to imagine he’s offering helpful plot ideas for my newest novel, suggesting clever lines of dialogue or, at least, memorable metaphors. More likely, though, he’s just saying, “Can I have another Pounce treat? Please? Isn’t it time for my next Pounce treat? Please? A cat could starve to death around here for lack of a Pounce treat! Come on. Have a heart. Please?”
5. What's for dinner?

Chili leftovers from Super Bowl Sunday! Even better, since it’s Wednesday and we’ve made it through the middle of the work week, my husband and I will open up a bottle of red wine. Maybe a nice Chianti. So I can dream about that dream vacation in Italy!
Patrice, if it's a weekday, I would always go with a venti! I don't know how people function without major coffee in the morning. Have you tried Coke Zero? I really like it. And I just want to give your Maxie a big hug! Ten pound kitties are right up my alley. Well, any pound kitty will do. I love cats. By the way, get that baby a Pounce treat. He deserves it. :)
Italy sounds wonderful! My sister lived in Ferrara for a while, which sounds like the ideal location for you--it's close to all three cities you mentioned. If you happen to see anyone who resembles  your Italian teacher, all the better! Hey, it's research. It's all research! Enjoy your chili and wine and thanks so much for being my guest today!
As a writer of thrillers spiked with romance, PM Kavanaugh loves to create stories that challenge her characters to open their hearts while they fight, shoot and run their way out of danger. Her novel, DIE RUN HIDE, placed first in two RWA chapter contests and finaled in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She’s a member of RWA and President of her local chapter. She blogs about her experiences and perspectives as a writer, marketing consultant, yogini, cat-lover, wife, sister, friend on her chapter blog:

For more information about P.M. Kavanaugh, head to her NEW website, follow her on Twitter, and "Like" her brand new Facebook page!

Did you eat any special foods for Super Bowl Sunday or was it Sunday as usual at your house? (We had nachos and hot, mm!)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Good morning! Patrice, thank you so much for sharing your answers with us today!

  2. I'm a whip-mocha kind of gal. And I bought all I need to make my chocolate & beer chili within the next week.

    These interviews are fun.

    Oh, speaking of beer. On Super Bowl my DH and I suffered through some bad beer that I bought at Trader Joe's. Sadly, this isn't the first time I picked out that brand of beer.
    ~ Wendy

  3. First of all, Jill, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Glad to meet a new friend and have a fun new blog to read. :)

    Patrice, so fun to get to know you!

    My Super Bowl Sunday was about the unhealthiest day ever...onion rings, fried mushrooms, cheese balls. I can feel my arteries clogging just thinking about it. :) But ohhh so good!

  4. p.s. I just became your 400th follower! Fun!!

  5. Your kitty sounds adorable!!! And your vacations sounds lovely. *sigh*

    I too am devoted to Starbucks. *grin*

    Thanks for the interview ladies, and best wishes with your writing!

  6. Am I kicked out of the club if I admit I don't drink coffee? Love the smell, hate the taste.

    It was Sunday as usual at our house. Hubby watched part of the Super Bowl while I did paperwork and watched The Help.

    Fun interview! Thanks for sharing. Going to Italy is on my someday list too.

  7. Our two cats have oodles of nicknames, too, and they "talk" all the time just like Max. =)

  8. Another thriller author I best check out. Thanks, Jill! I think Ms. Kavanaugh deserves that venti today for doing this. :)

  9. Thanks Jill and Patrice!

    Italy sounds heavenly right now.

    In high school, I had a Siamese cat named Max. He was such a good cat. He lived to be pretty old.

  10. Wendy: Chocolate and beer chili? Is it like a Mole? I'm guessing I would love it! Don't feel too bad about the beer. I've gone skunky on accident too. :)

    Melissa: Cheers!! Thanks so much for helping me hit that milestone--woo-hoo!! I'm glad I found your blog too. Miss Jessica P. knows all the fun people. :)

    Jessica N: I know, don't they sound fabulous? :)

    Lisa: Ha! Paperwork--yuck; The Help--yum! I'm a football fan, so I actually watched the game. Woo-woo!

    Keli: I think we should schedule a kitty playdate. :)

    August: You're right--she does!!

    Loree: We had a Siamese when I was in high school too. Ours was Mindy and she was demanding. And loud. And sooo lovable. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. Oooh, Italy. I'd like to go too.

    And the Super Bowl brought us to the grilling gods. My son cooked, and I use that term lightly, because he didn't cook the hamburgers enough. I dislike pink hamburgers...

  12. I've always wanted to go to Italy. For years, I've gotten a new calendar that features pictures from Italy. Six months in a villa there sounds way fun!

  13. We're having left over chili tonight too - from the Superbowl! :)

  14. Elana: Eeww! I don't like pink hamburgers either! But gotta love him for trying, right? :)

    Stacy: Nice! I have a Kitty of the Day calendar. Italy. Cats. Same thing! :)

    Laura: Yum! Love those leftovers...

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  15. I love writers with cats who eat leftovers and want to go to Italy. And you can never have too many names for a cat!

    These interviews are wonderful! Thanks for having them!

  16. How nice to meet you, Patrice! I'm with you on that vacation in Italy, although I haven't yet managed to study the language. Your Max sounds wonderful. I think I need to skip out for a quick pet fix now :)


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