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‘Off the Cuff’ with Author, Kristen Heitzmann

COLORADO, ROCKY MOUNTAINS—Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of two historical series as well as ten contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels. She lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with husband, Jim tand sogether with sundry family members and pets. My secret pleasure is … thin crust pizza with weird ingredients. My first job was … babysitting every little scalawag I could get my hands on. My most annoying habits are … finishing other people’s sentences with something better than they meant to say. A clear childhood memory is … catching over two hundred tadpoles to hatch into penny frogs. What makes me really nervous is … making mistakes. The best advice my parents gave me was … Advice? Was that advice? If I wasn’t an author, I’d be … crazy. I’m most thankful for … grace. My favorite meal is … almond crusted tilapia with asparagus roasted on the grill. I know it’s good for me, but I hate … taking vitamins. A book I love because it took me by surprise with devastating …

“Off the Cuff” with Ceramic Mosiac Artist, Jane du Rand

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA―Ceramic mosaic artist, Jane du Rand’s breathtaking artworks adorn the walls of numerous homes, hotels, spas and public spaces across South Africa and in distant locations such as Chile, The Netherlands, New York and the South of France. JournoNews was fortunate to catch-up with her for this week’s “Off the Cuff”. My secret pleasure is … my morning cuppacino with a piece of Lindt dark chocolate. My first job was … working as a photographer’s assistant, I thought it would be glamorous, but all I did was code negatives. My most annoying habits are … being single minded and obstinate. A clear childhood memory is … spending hours and hours in the swimming pool with my sister. What makes me really nervous is … month ends! The best advice my parents gave me was … to always give of my best in everything I do. If I wasn’t an artist … I was going to be an architect. I’m most thankful for … my wonderful family. My favourite meal is … I really love fresh pasta with …

“Off the Cuff” with artist Mike McMeekan

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—Durban-born, Adelaide-adopted artist, Mike McMeekan shares a lighter side of his life as well as some of his favourite art pieces with JournoNews. My secret pleasure … I try to avoid secret pleasures – they often have a way of coming out into the light. My first job was … The clerk to a teller at a notorious two man agency of the Standard Bank in Point Road which had been robbed many times. We both had to wear side arms, and I, an 18 year old novice was given one. I felt like Dirty Harry. My most annoying habits are … As a sufferer of post nasal drip I need to clear my throat constantly, sometimes I need to spit and whilst I am cautious about the where and when; sometimes I have limited options. It can be embarrassing. A clear childhood memory is … Family sing-a-longs around the upstairs piano. What makes me really nervous is … Letting my family down. The best advice my parents gave me was … My father drilled …

‘Off the Cuff’ with author, Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author of the best seller book, Submerged which was #1 on Barnes & Nobles Bestselling Nook Books on 4th January 2013. Her second book, in the Alaskan Courage Series, Shattered, will be available in February 2013. Dani is JournoNews.com’s ‘Off the Cuff’ guest this week. My secret pleasure is … dark chocolate mochas. My first job was … a babysitter. My most annoying habit is … I’m easily distracted. A clear childhood memory is … cracking my head open when I was three. I was in a rocking chair on the second story of our home in front of a bay window and I was told to stop rocking. Didn’t listen and rocked right through the window with my head. Definitely learned my lesson. What makes me really nervous is … heights, but I climb them anyway. The best advice my parents gave me was … Love deeply. If I wasn’t an author, I’d be … a travel agent, perhaps. I LOVE to travel and to learn about new places. I’m most thankful …

‘Off the Cuff’ with Suzanne Kuhn

Suzanne Kuhn is the owner of SuzyQ, a full-service author promotion and retail development firm. She works with authors, publishers and retailers, helping to coordinate events, train staff and authors in reader engagement. She also helps develop promotions for increased sales and reader/customer loyalty. Suzanne is a speaker and columnist and enjoys leading workshops at both writers‘ conferences and retail trade shows. My secret pleasure is … Krispy Kreme donuts. My first job was … cashier at KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). My most annoying habit is … I’m a coffee snob. I won’t drink coffee more than 15 minutes old. A clear childhood memory is … eating grape jelly right out of the jar with a spoon. What makes me really nervous is … public speaking. Although once I get started, I find my groove and absolutely LOVE it. Yes, public speaking and I have a love/hate relationship. The best advice my parents gave me was … always tell the truth. If I wasn’t an author promoter and retail development coach, I’d be … a bridal consultant at Kleinfeld, a bridal shop in …

‘Off the Cuff’ with artist Shena Macdonald

Talented Durban artist, Shena Macdonald answers this week’s ‘Off the Cuff’ 20 questions. My secret pleasure is … Indian shawls and Bollywood songs. My first job was … an art teacher in a girl’s high school. My most annoying habit is … being absent-minded. A clear childhood memory is … being in a play pen in a garden with my sister where bright orange ‘Flame of the Forest’ flowers had fallen and laughing at each other as we tried them on like bonnets … I can still feel the stickiness of the nectar of the stamens in my hair. What makes me really nervous is … being stuck in a queue. The best advice my parents gave me was … find out what your passion is and build your life around it. If I wasn’t an artist, I’d be … a film maker. I’m most thankful for … my identical twin sister. My favourite meal is … vegetarian North Indian curries. I know it’s good for me, but I hate … sit ups. A book I …

‘Off the Cuff’ with Helen Perry

Helen Perry is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, practising at Psychology Consultants, Newmarket, Brisbane and is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Health, University of Sydney. She was instrumental in establishing the first CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) Diploma in the Southern Hemisphere at Massey University, NZ. She has a particular interest in working with clients with complex/comorbid mood and anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic, Social Phobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Phobias and Complicated Grief. Helen has a passion and commitment for delivering high quality training and supervision for mental health professionals. My secret pleasure is … talking to my friends on Facebook while sort-of-watching family TV. My first job was … working in Scotts (fashion store) as a saleslady. My most annoying habits are … (allegedly) slurping my tea and snoring gently. A clear childhood memory is … going for a Sunday bush walk with my Dad in Kitwe, Zambia and coming across some hippos wallowing in the river. What makes me really nervous is … writing about myself. The best advice my parents …

‘Off the Cuff’ with Surfschool Teacher, Leighton Higgo

Born and bred in Durban, South Africa, Leighton Higgo is the owner of Sunshine Coast Surfschools in the state of Queensland, Australia. Since relocating to Australia in 1986 he has devoted his energies into a number of ventures – working in middle management (retail), for a non-profit community organisation focused on people with a disability, lecturing in Health and Fitness, running his personal and group training business, and doing what he loves best … teaching people the wonderful sport of surfing! My secret pleasure is … close to white sand and salt water My first job was … check-out chick while still at school My most annoying habits are … using too many pots when cooking A clear childhood memory is … resigning from Scouts aged 8 What makes me really nervous is … conflict in the workplace The best advice my parents gave me was … whatever makes you happy If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be … a very bad actor I’m most thankful for … my family time My favourite meal is …

‘Off the Cuff’ with Sue Segar

Sue Segar is an accomplished Cape Town-based freelance writer.  Prior to freelancing, she worked as a political reporter for many years and is now a sought after contributor to a variety of South African newspapers and magazines as well as JournoNews. My secret pleasure is … reading flaky magazines at the hairdresser and seeing if I can tear the pages I like out and keep them … My first job was … as a cub reporter on the Natal Witness in Pietermaritzburg, during the varsity holidays.  My most annoying habits are … biting my nails, smoking, breaking bits off rusks to pretend to myself that I am not eating the whole delicious buttermilky thing … A clear childhood memory is … running along paths in the Drakensberg mountains with my beloved friend Lois and my brothers and dad. What makes me really nervous is … the thought of being old and lonely with my kids living in Australia or something. Thank goodness for dachshunds. The best advice my parents gave me was … enjoy your …