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50 Random Facts About Me + 25 Random Facts About My Books

Out of sheer boredom and a desire to introduce myself to my many new readers, I’ve decided to waste my time (and yours…) with this list of 50 random facts about me, along with a bonus 25 random facts about my twelve current titles, along with my one work in progress. Although I sound slightly disgusted with myself, I’m actually going to really enjoy this 🙂 I hope that you do too. Feel free to share your own random facts with me in the comments below. I love hearing from my readers!

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50 Random Facts About Me

  1. I was born and raised in Florida.
  2. My favorite snack food is boiled peanuts.
  3. I could not possibly pick a favorite ‘meal’ because I love southern food so much…and Greek food!
  4. My parents divorced when I was about four.
  5. I absolutely love to travel. I have visited 14 states so far- Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Maryland, and Delaware.
  6. I want to see all fifty states- including Hawaii and Alaska.
  7. My middle name is Monte’ (Mon-tay), and it’s a French man’s name, but I oh so love it.
  8. A lot of my friends name me as “Tai” which was my nickname amongst friends as a teenager.
  9. My momma’s nicknames for me used to be “Tader Tot” and “Choosie.”
  10. I’m of Native American and Irish heritage.
  11. With my Native American culture, I am primarily Choctaw and Cherokee.
  12. I’m only 5 foot 2 inches tall, and that is after a strange growth spurt this past year. No, seriously- I grew a whole inch.
  13. Shortness does not exactly run in my family- my own baby sister is over 5 foot 8 inches tall.
  14. I’m superstitious and hate the number thirteen.
  15. I’m an avid reader.
  16. My favorite book genres are fantasy, historical romance, Amish inspirationals, and anything having to do with the south, Native American culture, or football.
  17. I’ve always wanted to learn another language completely, but I’m terrible at sticking with things, although very good at picking them up quickly. I know at least 100 words in a lot of languages- Spanish, Chahta, Slovak, Greek, and Italian…but I don’t know enough in any of them.
  18. I suffer from a severe anxiety disorder, with panic attacks in tow.
  19. I was born with a rare immune deficiency called agammaglobulinemia. Basically, my T2 and T4 cells were retarded and I never built up an immunity to any disease. I had chicken pox five times, mono, pneumonia, walking pneumonia, measles, and so much more- multiple times.
  20. As a child (because of random fact number 19) I was rather sickly. I had asthma, along with the immune problems, and I had stunted growth.
  21. I tend to get along better with guys my age then with girls my own age.
  22. Most of my female friends are at least ten years older than I am…although I have a few who are my own age.
  23. I am 23 years old now… I was born June 4th, 1990.
  24. I have one beautiful daughter, age four. Her name is Vikki Beth.
  25. I have been married for about four and a half years.
  26. When my husband and I got married, I was 18 and he was only 17. He turned 18 two weeks after the wedding.
  27. I have always wanted to be an author…always. I was one of those people who always knew exactly what they wanted to do, although I thought of a number of side jobs I could do: zoologist, country music singer, rock star, marine biologist…
  28. The first time I saw snow I was about 16 years old.
  29. I moved a lot as a child, and even as a married woman (until about 2 years ago when we settled down finally with a good amount of stability). I have lived in over 30 houses, hotels, apartments, trailers, etc.
  30. I have four pets. 2 guinea pigs (Rascal and Leroy), a turtle (Lucky), and a goldfish (Sassy).
  31. When my husband and I buy a house, we want our own farm with plenty of land.
  32. I spent a lot of my childhood roaming about on my Grandma’s farm (my daddy lived with her), in the woods, and in the swamps.
  33. I am more comfortable outside then I am inside. I would choose the woods or a pasture over the mall any day, because I feel very uncomfortable inside.
  34. I am a smart ***. Plain and simple.
  35. I trained myself in SEO, social media marketing, graphic design (I do book covers, graphics. banners, etc.), and a thousand other little things.
  36. My non-alcoholic drink of choice is sweet tea, or coffee.
  37. My alcoholic drink of choice is Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, or Coors Light. I’m a beer kind of girl 😉
  38. I listen to all types of music, but my favorites are hard rock, alternative rock, country, and techno.
  39. As a little girl, I wanted ten children. After I got married, I only wanted eight. When I gave birth, I wanted six. Now we’re down to wanting four.
  40. I was born a strawberry blonde, but as I grew older and with every time I dyed my hair ‘traditional’ blonde, my hair has gotten darker. Now, it’s a light to medium brown with red highlights.
  41. I was actually born with purple eyes. No, seriously. I had them until I was a few weeks old, and then they turned to blue. Now, they’re greenish-gray. I think I might be a chameleon. haha.
  42. I was raised Southern Baptist, but I have a lot of Native American beliefs mixed into that because of the way my mother raised me.
  43. According to Native American tradition, my spirit animal is an owl.
  44. I named my daughter after my momma (Victoria), mother-in-law (Elizabeth), and Mamaw (Anne). Turns out she has the names of three queens, which was totally unintentional.
  45. I have seven ear piercings in each ear, and I did the last five on each side myself. Ouch.
  46. My favorite colors are hot pink and lime green, although I usually opt to not wear those colors. haha.
  47. I am obsessed with football- I root for Green Bay and Tampa Bay.
  48. I write to keep myself sane. It’s always been my creative outlet through which I can live a different life, and get rid of all of my pain.
  49. I believe that religion and culture are important, but not something to judge someone else on, because I was raised by four people with very different beliefs. My momma was a southerner, raised Southern Baptist, who practiced Wicca for her last ten years or so;my step daddy is Greek, and a non-practicing Greek Orthodox; my daddy is a southern mountain man raised Protestant; and my step-momma is a northerner who also happens to be a Jehovah’s Witness.
  50. I never let being shy get in the way of making new friends. A lot of people would be shocked to learn I actually feel very anxious in social situations.

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25 Random Facts About My Books

  1. I began writing ‘A Severing of Ties’ when I was only 16, although I didn’t publish until I was 19.
  2. I designed all of my own book covers.
  3. My work-in-progress, ‘I Found My Heart In West Virginia’ will be my first romance.
  4. I have put a piece of myself into all of my main characters.
  5. Beau, from ‘A Severing of Ties’ and ‘A Gathering of Sorrows’ is my dream man. To me, he really is the perfect man.
  6. My sister-in-law, Cory, is co-authoring ‘I Found My Heart In West Virginia’ with me.
  7. ‘The Southern Dictionary’ was originally a concept my momma came up with. I renewed it and actually put the ideas to paper years after her death.
  8. ‘Traditional Southern Recipes’ was written with 75% of the recipes out of my momma’s own cookbook. I saved the secret ones out though 😉
  9. I published ‘A Rose Amongst Thorns’ in memory of my mother because she was a fantastic writer who never got to see any of her work published.
  10. I wrote ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ and ‘Personal Growth’ as a way to shed light on the circumstances many Native Americans still live in today.
  11. The idea behind ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ actually came to me during a lesson in Chahta Anumpa– the Choctaw Language.
  12. It took me less than a month to write ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ although ‘Personal Growth’ took me about three months.
  13. Some of the poems in ‘The Eloquence of A Child’ are from as far back as the age of thirteen.
  14. My mother originally came up with the title of ‘The Eloquence of A Child,’ although she didn’t know I would end up publishing. (She never got to see any of my works published.)
  15. ‘A Severing of Ties’ was almost named ‘A Separation of Ties,’ but people convinced me to name it what it is today.
  16. ‘A Severing of Ties’ has sold the most copies out of all my books.
  17. If you take into consideration the amount of time it has been out along with the number of copies sold, ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ would be my best seller.
  18. ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ was the #2 best selling English written book in Germany for almost a week.
  19. Spike from ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ would be my second idea of the perfect man, flaws and all.
  20. ‘Southern Jokes: Funny But True’ was a group effort between myself, my husband, my sister-in-law, and my sister.
  21. None of my novels have a specific place mentioned in which they take place because I prefer to have imagination over facts.
  22. ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings’ and ‘Personal Growth’ take place primarily in Oklahoma, although it doesn’t specifically state where.
  23. I wrote the sex scene in ‘A Severing of Ties’ while I was still a virgin— haha!
  24. The main characters in ‘The Benson Family Chronicles’ and ‘Growing Roots’ have fairly similar names- Willie and Willow. I’m not sure why, but there is also a Willy in ‘I Found My Heart In West Virginia.’ I think I must like that name. haha.
  25. All of my books take place in the south, because that is what I know and love. 🙂

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Did you actually read through all of those? If so, you must be stronger than I am! No, I’m just kidding. But seriously, feel free to share some interesting facts about yourself in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what y’all come up with!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. oscar ramirez
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:13:29

    I love how one of the names of your Guinea pigs is named leroy lol 🙂

    About me:
    1. I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas
    2. I’ve only been in two states total (Texas and Oklahoma (quite sad actually)).
    3. I prefer college Women’s basketball mens and professional.
    4. My favorite TV show on right now is Pretty Little Liars.
    5. My favorite genre of music is pop but i enjoy all kinds almost.
    6. I’m a manager in training at Burger King
    7. I can’t draw…
    8. I’m 5’6″ (i think)
    9. I actually like to watch golf, especially during majors play from both the PGA and LPGA.
    10. I’m barely bi lingual but i can understand Spanish a lot more than i can speak it.
    11. My birthday is January 23, 1988.
    12. My fav beer is Dos Equis but i hardly drink anymore..
    13. My favorite actor is James Franco
    14. My favorite actress is Rooney Mara.
    15. I said i wanted to be an author when i was little but I’ve only written one book… 😥
    16. I like to play video games.
    17. I don’t have any kids.
    18. I like to go to the movies.

    Pardon me for cutting this short. I’m super tied at the moment.. Lol

    Reply

    • oscar ramirez
      Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:13:58

      Tired

      Reply

    • Dixie's Ranter
      Jun 18, 2013 @ 11:43:56

      haha, why thank you. 🙂 Leroy just looked like a Leroy… I’ve always actually liked that name. lol.

      Very interesting facts! You’re only 5″6? aha! So I’m not the only short person in the world! No offense, of course. Not sure if you’re prickly about being short…I used to be. lol. Oh ick…I could never watch golf. I like to play it, but I definitely don’t like to watch it. My daddy does though. haha. Dos Equis? I’ve never heard of it. The only beer outside of the basic party beers I’ve ever drank was Modello. lol. Oh, and about the whole ‘one book’ thing…we all have to start somewhere, dear, and at least you’ve written one!!! You’re only like, 25ish? There are many people out there debating over whether or not they will write their first! SO be proud you’re a step ahead of them 😉

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      • oscar ramirez
        Jun 18, 2013 @ 23:59:24

        Nah. Being short doesn’t bother me at all.

        But i had to put writing on hold until idk when. The lack of a computer makes it difficult. I was writing three different books at once. Thankfully i have them saved on a flash drive.

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        • Dixie's Ranter
          Jun 19, 2013 @ 00:22:51

          Being short used to bother me, because my little sister is so much taller than I am. Now, I’m happy to be short, but I wish I could reach the top shelf in my kitchen!!! 5’2 is just not tall enough for that. haha. Oh, I know what you mean. Have you tried old fashion pen and paper writing? I did about 2/3rds of my first novel that way between computers. I remember that about three years ago, I thought I had saved this fantasy novel I had finished on my flash drive. When my computer crashed, it wasn’t there! I cusssed, screamed, and even cried!!! I keep looking for random hard drives in my ‘I was once a teenager’ junk in my closet, to this day, thinking it might be saved on one of those…. it was finished, and it took me months! grrrr… never make that mistake again… lol

          Reply

          • oscar ramirez
            Jun 19, 2013 @ 15:37:00

            I have considered the old fashioned way but I’ve already started electronically and i don’t remember where i left off. 😥

            Yeah it’s been that long..

            Reply

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