The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
Today's author zips in on a magic carpet. It's Peggy M. McAloon!
Today's author zips in on a magic carpet. It's Peggy M. McAloon!
|Peggy M. McAloon|
Peggy M McAloon is on a mission to inspire kids everywhere to stand up to abuse and bullying. Her “Lessons from Fiori Series” about a young girl from Wisconsin, provides a strong female role model who isn’t afraid to show compassion or hack into a con man’s computer if the need arises. Peggy’s courageous battle with depression, abuse, and a traumatic brain injury has enabled her to identify with both children and adults who have suffered from abuse and bullying.
She’s a retired trainer and speaker in the field of commercial credit. Her first book, “The Art of Business Credit Investigation” was featured in Inc. Magazine. She’s been interviewed by the Associated Press and appeared on news shows in her efforts to protect our water resources.
If you had a store, what would you sell?
Oh my! My mother was an interior decorator who had a gift shop too, and I’m convinced she’s looking down and expecting me to honor her by following in her footsteps.
Instead, I’m a little kid at heart, so I believe I’d have a shop full of fantasy books, fairies, dragons, unicorns, and every type of chocolate you could ever imagine, I’d let kids come in and have a free sample while I’d dress up as Mother Goose and read them the books I loved as a child. My mocha truffles would become famous!
If you had the honor of naming something really big (a country, a spaceship, a planet) what would you want it to be and what would you name it?
I’ve already had that honor. I christened the other dimension in my book Fiori. That is the Italian word for flowers.
My goal in describing Fiori was to make it a place that kids could dream of visiting. A place where there is nothing to be afraid of. It’s a land filled with flowers as large as tractor tires, and the lions lay down with the lambs.
Through book 3, we will remain in the area of Fiori where the winged creatures live who protect children and the Fiume Valley where all the animals live.
We have not explored beyond the mountains and the great waters that border the section of Fiori where the story begins. There is so much more to experience and learn!
Who is your fictional best friend and what activities do you choose to do together?
I’m attached to the Princess and the Pea at the hip. I ponder daily why she could feel that pea under all those mattresses. I’m very much like her in that I feel and experience things others can’t begin to imagine. I have some type of hybrid auto-immune disease that carries all the symptoms of Lupus, but it’s not Lupus. I drive my doctor nuts with my reactions to trauma.
As an example, a dentist down in Mississippi broke a tool off in my tooth while doing a root canal. The man didn’t say a word about it, but told me the tooth had two roots and I needed to come back the following week to complete the procedure in the second root. Within hours, I had huge blisters show up on both legs and cancelled the appointment for the next week. I told them I was having a Lupus attack and couldn’t risk continuing the procedure.
When we returned to Wisconsin, I went to my regular dentist who discovered the metal in the tooth. I think I screamed at the Princess that particular afternoon. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t aware the pea was under all those mattresses anymore than I knew there was a piece of the metal in my tooth, but I’m pretty sure she and I need to work together more closely to figure this stuff out.
I’m convinced the Princess holds the key to all the crazy things going on in my life, so I talk to her all the time to try to figure it all out. She tends to get really tickled when these things happen, and I end up laughing at myself. I recently had a hip replacement. No one wanted to risk hammering a piece of metal down my leg so they sent me to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Those guys love a challenge.
It’s now nearly two months later, and every time I put my pierced earrings in, my ears swell up. The Princess thinks it’s quite humorous. She tells me I’m going to have to wear those clunky pincher earrings like our mothers did. It’s the pea thing again.
This time, I’m not sure I’ll tell the doctors. They can’t figure all this out anyway. That’s why I’m keeping the Princess around. She and I are bound to come up with the answer sooner or later. Besides, who wouldn’t want to boast their best friend is a Princess?
You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why?
I would definitely trade places with Nextra. She was Elle’s Fiorin when Elle was little. I’m truly fascinated by her character because she’s the image of the Guardian Angel I imagined I had when I was a child. Throughout the abuse, I believed my Guardian Angel was protecting me from things much worse than the abuse. I wasn’t beaten and I wasn’t murdered. As an adult, I even painted a picture of her standing next to a reflection pond at nighttime, so I’d have to say I still believe my Guardian Angel is watching over me.
She must be, because when I had surgery last October I stopped breathing and the doctors were able to bring me back again. Nextra is stunning. She has the beauty I always dreamed of. Unfortunately, I seem to have inherited the worst features of both parents. I used to tell people I got Mother’s knobby knees, thin eyebrows, and bony fingers. I wasn’t any luckier with the big nose and hairy legs I got from my father. So, yeah, Nextra is definitely my favorite character. She has a heart of gold to go along with her beauty.
You find a talking animal. What sort of animal is it and what’s the first thing you do?
It’s definitely a Koala bear. I’ve loved them since I was a little kid. We are going to travel and do a walkabout in Australia. I’m taking my camera, and I’m going to record everything. The Koala will by my personal guide, and the journal will become a major Disney movie for 2017!
Tree House or Cave? And why?
I’m not happy with this question! I can’t choose the tree house because I’m too afraid of heights.
I’m guessing it has something to do with that cable car that got stuck when I was seven-years-old, hanging a thousand feet above the Royal Gorge.
That decision dumps me in the cave, where it is cold (I hate the cold) and is full of danger. (I know this because I’ve had to do a ton of research on caves for the third book in my series. At least I know I need to bring along matches, a water filtration system, and layers upon layers of clothing. That’s the thing about authors, we learn a lot of stuff from our research that will keep us safe!
Link to the Royal Gorge to use above so your site will have a link in the post: http://royalgorgebridge.com/
Which natural element (earth, wind, fire, water) do you feel the greatest kinship with?
I am earth. People who know me will tell you I am stable and reliable. My family says I am very logical and practical and always stand on my convictions about everything. My nature is always curious and I learn from experience. As a manager in my real work career, I always preferred to hire people who learned from the “School of Hard Knocks” because I knew they would work hard, accomplish the goals, and provide a perfect atmosphere to work in.
I am a watercolor artist and love to create art objects with antiques and objects found in the woods and on the beaches. I am empathetic to those in need, and I’ve always been a hard worker. Even retired, I am forever creating and doing, like Mother Earth.
You can rescue a fictional character from certain death or resurrect them to live again.
Who do you save?
I didn’t even have to think about this one. I would save Bambi’s mother from the fire. I’ve been haunted by that story since I was a little kid. I cried for weeks.
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it? -- Are the Fiorins Fairies or are they Guardian Angels?
That’s a great question. Fiori is a land in another dimension where winged creatures exist. Their purpose in being is to protect babies from the moment they are born until their eighth birthday. A Fiorin is present when their assigned child is born, and they breathe the first breath of life into the newborn infant to guarantee they have a kind heart. Sometimes events prevent that from happening and that is why we have people in the world who are less than kind.
When I read the reviews on Amazon, some people refer to them as fairies and other talk about them being more like Guardian Angels. Since I am writing only the third book in the series, I can’t exactly give the ending away. What I can say is that the Fiorins are whatever a child needs them to be to inspire them to kindness and empower them to stand up to bullying and abuse. What more can we ask in the life of a child?