Five "Fun Facts"
- I’ve ridden atop a Rose Parade float, blowing bubbles, smiling, and saying “Happy New Year!” to 16 million people worldwide.
- I learned to read at age four and, because of this, was a reclusive child at family re-unions (no one missed me from the throng – I was actually reading a book on the couch the nearly-fifty the others crowded in front of).
- My father was the school’s principal while I attended school. I obeyed all of the rules until I discovered ‘talking to your neighbor’ in fourth grade. There wasn’t a boy willing to date me in high school… but when I got to college, it was ‘all good.’
- My first exercise was belly dancing, long before Jazzercise, Zumba, and workouts at the gym. I’ve always been a crafter, with an ever-evolving list, including jewelry making. Writing captured my full attention in 2010 and I’ve not flirted with another hobby since.
- I met my beloved husband at a chance meeting at the beer keg in a Grad House party at Purdue University. It was the Internet dating site of the mid-‘70s.
I live in Southern California, where seasons seldom matter, where any promise can be conjured and fulfilled. I write while my husband watches TV sports—often. He’s glad that I didn’t choose to play the French Horn as a post-career hobby.
Writing is a silent sport.
My genre is commercial women’s fiction. I wrote a series titled Faith, Family, Frenzy! about the small town & rural Midwest. I know the characters and settings very well and my fertile imagination creates the plots. None of the escapades I create have happened to anyone anywhere, not even me.
Perhaps my series is a form of memoir…
I write humor and satire with a literary bent. Besides the four novels, I’ve published two short story anthologies and have a third in mind … I’m available to speak to your group or book club. I’m eager to engage with other writers and readers of my books.
I am having a blast!
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Get to Know Author PJ Colando
What is it about the art and craft of writing that you most enjoy?
What, to date, has been your richest or most fulfilling writing experience?
What will you be working on next?
Do you have a guiding credo or ‘north star?
Who, or what, inspired you to pursue writing?
Do you recall when you became a Writer?
I also know my acceptance into a newly-formed Honors at Purdue University, known as a largely male agriculture-and engineering college. I am the student you hated because I didn’t labor over the papers required in college curriculum and always got an A.
Ha! I am also the Girl Scout who sold the most cookies, sold door-to-door back in the day.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Are there any genres you’d like to attempt that you’ve not yet ventured into?
“PJ Colando has a natural gift for characterization and a very good ‘dialogue ear’.”
– Mike Foley,
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