How did you decide to live where you do?
I moved south to Atlanta thirteen years ago. I was tired of cold weather and Atlanta seemed perfect. It has four distinct seasons, but much less of the cooler weather. The Olympics had spawned a lot of new technical jobs and employers competed to hire technically competent employees. It was the perfect combination. Last summer, we moved to Memphis. It’s still a warm climate, with better air quality and a lower cost of living. We’re enjoying the smaller city and a lot less traffic.
Do you like risks, or do you avoid them? What major risks have you taken in your life?
Depends on the type of risk. You wouldn’t catch me playing russian roulette or investing in high risk stocks. I prefer a calculated risk where my own efforts will strongly influence the outcome.
I’ve made three major relocations in my life, one as the single parent of a small child. It takes a fair amount of courage to pick up and move 400 miles away from family and friends. My career success made the risk worthwhile.
Currently, I am nine chapters into writing my first novel, Convictions. I post a chapter each week. So, I risk a bit of egg on my face, if I don’t finish writing it. But I don’t plan to let that happen..
If you had to choose, which could you live without: TV, the internet, a telephone or friends?
Easy, I’d dump the TV. I can still watch shows from my computer. I’d even ditch the telephone. I’d rather communicate via e-mail than on the phone.