Interview with Author Laina Turner
Welcome back, Laina Turner, on her
Necklaces & Nooses blog tour!
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When Presley’s boss is found hanging she thinks its suicide until the police discover its homicide. Who would want to kill a the owner of a high end women's boutique? Presley's not sure but she’s determined to find out.
Interview with Laina
What is the best dish you can cook?
My lasagna is world famous. Ok, maybe not world famous but my friends and family love it.
Can you fake any accents?
Not and be believable. I need to stick to my normal voice.
You wouldn't be caught dead, where?
In a minivan. My fiancé drives one and they are super versatile but I won best car of my high school senior class and I have to be in a hot car. You know, like a Buick.
Do you have any hidden talents?
None at all. Unless you count…nope. None.
What do you have in your pockets?
Right this minute chapstick and lint.
Most hated chore on the household chore list?
Grocery shopping. I despise grocery shopping. I love to eat but I wish the food would magically appear.
Which bad habit drives you crazy?
My son refuses to put the toilet seat down. Drives me nuts and I think of creative punishments all the time.
Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at.
Household logistics. When I first had kids I was paranoid I’d forget one in the back. Now I juggle 2 kids, school, multiple sports, and their social calendars. Being a mom is the hardest job there is.
Name one thing you totally suck at.
Cleaning. I wasn’t meant to clean.
What was least favorite job that you had?
Kentucky Fried Chicken at 16. I did enjoy making biscuits but I hated smelling like chicken.
What is on your bedside table?
Nail file, reading glasses, pad of paper and pen, and usually a glass of wine.
If you could play any instrument, which would you play?
I play the guitar but not very well. I’d love to play well.
If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?
Speedy Gonzales. He cracked me up as a kid.
Alcohol or coffee?
Yes. Oh, was I supposed to choose. I wish I could.
Are you a morning or night person?
I would prefer to sleep until noon and stay up until 3am but with kids I’m up at 5am and in bed by 10pm.
Name a singer you can't stand the sound of.
If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?
I would totally be a trapeze artist. How cool would that be.
Name one thing you remember about your high school prom.
My dress which at the time I LOVED but now I am like “what was I thinking.” Got to love the 80’s.
What was the last thing you watched on TV?
Flip or Flop on HGTV.
What was the last photo you took on your phone?
Of a glass of champagne I was drinking at my bridal shower.
What's your favorite holiday?
Christmas by far. The decorations, the food, the pumpkin pie, and Chevy Chase in The Christmas Vacation.
When was the last time you fired a gun?
I was probably 10-11. My dad took me target shooting. Though it’s something I’d love to do again.
As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.