Friday, 23 March 2012
The One-Link Lowdown on...Maggie Toussaint
I'm beyond thrilled to welcome Maggie Toussaint to The Lowdown today!
In the list of 'people I'd like to 'write like,'' she's definitely in my top five. Her latest book, Murder In The Buff, has just been released by Muse It Up Publishing, and you can expect more in the same vein soon with her next release, Death, Island Style.
Writer of both romantic suspense and cosy mysteries with a touch of murder and mayhem, Maggie is warm, witty, funny and so darn talented she ought to be illegal! If you think I'm egging the Maggie-pudding a bit, well, dear reader - read on to find out why I adore this lady so much, and prepare to become a fan. Welcome, Maggie!
Okay, lady, here we go! Let's kick off with you telling us three surprising things about yourself, one of which is a fib - and we'll try to guess the fib!
I walked out to the screened edge of the Eiffel Tower and basked in the night lights of Paris.
I nearly cut my big toe off while I was wading in the surf.
My houseplants live for the day when someone else takes them home
Which household chore would you happily give up for ever?
I hate cleaning the grout in the shower. Ugh. Would someone please invent self-cleaning grout?
What talent or skill would you love to have that you don’t have now?
I sing by hearing something and repeating it. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. I’d love to have perfect pitch. Then I’d never sing a sour note. Mostly never, anyway.
Which animal do you think you’re most like, and why?
I’m most like a baby roo, a joey. I like to be warm and comfy and close to my family. And it would be ultra cool to be carried around and be close to all the milk you could ever want to drink.
Doesn't that sound like bliss? On the other hand, though, what drives you seriously nuts?
When food gets between caught my teeth, it feels like there’s a 2x4 lodged in there. I have to get it out right away or I can’t think.
Oh, I hear you, that's so annoying. So maybe apart from a lifetime's supply of toothpicks, what single invention would change your life for the better?
I want one of those meal machines on the wall from the Star Trek Next Generation series. I would love to go stand in front of the wall, tell it what I want, and have breakfast/lunch/dinner pop out ready to go.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Well...it’s in the bedroom. And, um, I’m not sure how to come right out and say this...but...I, uh, like to...no, I LOVE to...take naps. Hah! Had you going, didn’t I? Seriously, nothing I like better than to drowse in a warm puddle of sunshine.
Ah, Maggie, you and me both! I adore napping, so much so I think I must have been a cat in a former life. Now, tell me this - what’s the best review you've ever had?
The last one! Seriously, a fan wrote me today and asked for a sequel to a stand-alone mystery. Asking for more more of my work is music to my ears.
That's wonderful, no wonder you were thrilled! Aside from writing achievements, family, etc - what are you most proud of?
When I was a cancer researcher, my company patented a drug with antitumor properties and named it after me: Maggiemycin. It didn’t make a big splash in the world of cancer treatment as other drugs had better modes of action, but even so, it’s out there, and it’s named for me. If you google maggiemycin, you’ll see. I’m very nearly famous.
That's something to be seriously proud of. Maggie, I could chat with you all day, but sadly it's time for our last question. Tell me - what’s your favourite piece of music?
I love the Louie Armstrong version of What A Wonderful World. And his signature tag at the end “oh, yeah,” hits a marshmallow spot in me that makes me smile from the inside out.
Oh...I hear it now! Beautiful. That will make me smile all day. I'm so glad you've been my guest today, Maggie. I'd love to send our visitors off with that same warm smile to your One-Link, your truly gorgeous website. Oh, but before you go - time to 'fess up on the fib, I think!
My fib was...walking to the edge of the Eiffel Tower. I got off that elevator and hugged the elevator housing like it was my salvation. I have vertigo, and I felt sure I’d fall off even from the safety of the middle of the platform. We went for medicinal crepes as soon as we hit solid ground.
Love it! Great to see you, Maggie. Good luck with all your future projects!