Just Ask Susan?

Where in the world is Susan?

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Susan (15 years) and best friend Theresa Palmdale, California
Susan (15 years) and best friend Theresa Palmdale, California
Baby Susan with Mom
Baby Susan with Mom
Graduating from The Academy of Learning
Graduating from The Academy of Learning

The River (Piano)

Susan served up her hot stuff here!

Source

Overboard

Susan's Favorite......

  • Wildlife artist ----------Robert Bateman
  • Beverage-----Beer
  • Card Game-------------Euchre
  • Authors--------------Stephen King, Nora Roberts
  • Season-------------- Autumn
  • Holiday---------------Thanksgiving
  • Class in School----English
  • Poet----------------------Van Morrison
  • Junk Food-----------Doughnuts, chips, nacho's
  • Actor---------------------Johnny Depp
  • Actress---------------Jodie Foster
  • Director/Producer--Quinton Tarantino
  • Sandwich---------------Bacon and Ketchup on Toast?

Favorite Quote:

"If we weren't all crazy we would go insane." Jimmy Buffet



Yes, I Did!

You won't believe this hub world, but I have wormed my way into the life of yet another HubPages writer! Little did Susan know, that one morning while she was probably popping around the kitchen in Canada, making raisin bread, listening Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Joan Jett or Lynard Skynard - occasionally singing her loudest, I was sitting in my Midwest kitchen, sipping Espresso, just wondering how I was going to get to interview this writer. I am the inquisitive type. Really.

Susan writes about food and it's widely unknown uses, like salt, pepper or garlic. It is amazing what we don't realize about food products that we use everyday, or its packaging. That's one of Susan's pet peeves, over-packaging. Also, another thing I am in total agreement about. Now everytime I find myself struggling to open something....Just Ask Susan pops into my head!

Susan's articles are about everything! She writes about anything from hanging drywall to poetry. She writes about how to make things better. Like how to properly merge in traffic or about how the ladies in Canada will not be calledsluts! Now, who hasn't been enraged by those things from time to time? Another thing you can probably count on, is that you won't go away from one of her articles without learning or laughing. Not only is she beautiful and multi-talented, she is tough as nails and is a 20 year cancer survivor. I contacted her by email and with a little prodding I talked her into one of my interviews! Lucky you, so without further adieu lets....

Just Ask Susan!

Hi Susan! I am so excited to interview you and I know everyone would like to see what it is like to step into your life for a minute - who is behind that profile picture? You live in Canada where areas are divided into provinces, right?

Yes. In Canada the country is divided up into ten provinces and three terriotories. I live in Ontario, which is the largest province by population and the second largest in area.

Can you tell us a little bit about who lives with you?

I live with my husband of almost 24 years, 2 of 3 sons and 2 Newfoundland dogs. I have twin boys, one lives at home and the other lives with his girlfriend in Toronto. The youngest and third born is still in school and my second born twin works with his dad so having them all at home is convenient for everyone. But yes, (laughs) I do look forward to having all three boys out and living on their own.

Where were you born?

Montreal, Quebec in 1957.

I know you have lived in the United States and Canada. What is the major difference you noticed between them?

People are people, now matter where you go. I really didn't find the United States to be very different from Canada except maybe that our milk comes in bags and our beer is a tad bit stronger.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?

I am not really sure where in the world I would rather live because I haven't found that place yet. If I had my druthers and the finances to do so, I would love to travel, spending six months here or there. I would go to so many different towns, cities - countries!

What was your first job?

Aside from babysitting, my first actual job was working at Taco Time across from Alki Beach in West Seattle. I worked there for about four or five months.

What other jobs have you done in your life?

I have had many jobs. I have worked as a secretary, bartender/waitress, various jobs at a dog kennel and Farmers Life Insurance Company on Mercer Island in Washington. I sold Tupperware and Childs Play Educational Books through home parties.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

I was a telemarketer. I sold pizza and frozen food items. I really sucked at that job!

Which were your favorites?

I would have to say working at the Academy of Learning because I got to teach the students how to use various Microsoft programs. It was wonderful when the student would get that look on their face like, "Ah! Ok, now I get it!"

The second would be working at the dog kennel. I love dogs and got to interact with them. I learned how to groom various breeds and how to tattoo a dog. I helped with the new litters of puppies and did some dog training. I loved working with dogs that the kennel rescued. It was quite rewarding when these particular dogs would start to trust and get excited when they saw me.

Why did you begin writing? Was there anyone special who encouraged you to write?

I have always loved to write. I took a few classes in high school that were pretty amazing. One was an entire semester devoted to Edgar Allen Poe. For the final exam we had to write a short story using his style of writing. I aced it and was quite proud of myself.

Christy, my sister-in-law, read some of the stuff I had written over the years. She encouraged me to submit a true, short story related to real estate. I wrote about a bat that had gotten into our home and I sent it off just so I could say that I did it. I was shocked when I got a reply back saying that they would be sending me a check for $100.00! Since then, I started writing more and more and I really do enjoy it. I have a blog but I am such a hubaholic it doesn't get as much attention as it should.

I noticed recently that you are now HubPages Elite! How exciting - is that a promotion or have you been playing footnotesies with someone over there on the HubPages Team?

HupPage Elite is something that I volunteered to do. I saw an advertisement in one of the HubPages Weekly emails and I responded, silly!

Many of your hub articles are focused on food or cooking. It seems like you really enjoy cooking, do you? Who taught you how to cook?

Yes! Cooking is one of my passions. I started cooking when I was about ten. Both of my parents worked so it was one of my chores to make salads or get the vegetables ready before my stepmother got home from work. By the time I was thirteen or fourteen I was cooking the entire meal. I didn't really start to enjoy cooking until I moved out on my own at eighteen. I suppose my stepmother taught me a little but for the most part I learned to cook by reading cookbooks and through trial and error.

You also write about art a lot - do you paint?

(Susan laughs, "do I?" she asked.)

Yes! I notice lots of writers seem to always have either a passion for music or art - you seem to love it all!

I paint walls, if that counts. I love to refinish furniture. I like taking an old dresser or table, sanding it down and repairing and staining the piece. I also do stained glass but I haven't made anything in quite a while. I seem to be doing a lot of writing lately.

Who are your favorite musicians?

There are so many......Jimmy Buffet, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, The Rolling Stones, CSNY, Lynard Skynard, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels, AC/DC, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Heart, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Dave Brubeck, the list could go on and on forever. I also enjoy listening to a good fiddle player such as Natalie McMaster.

So you listen to a wide variety of music is there anything you don't like?

I like rock, country, country rock, rock, jazz, blues, Celtic, Folk and just about anything except Rap. I'm not very fond of Rap and I need to be in the mood to listen to classical but I love to listen to anyone playing the piano.

What was your most memorable concert?

Seeing Bruce Springsteen at the Air Canada Center which is now called The Rogers Center in Toronto when he toured for The Rising album.

Do you play any musical instruments?

When I was fourteen, my cousin gave me his old guitar. I learned to play a few songs that were simple, Blowin' in the Wind, House of the Rising Sun, Leaving on a Jet Plane and a few Cat Stevens songs. I taught myself a few chords with books but I was never really musically inclined. I gave it up after about eight years.

Does anyone else in your family play an instrument?

Two of my sons play guitar and the other plays bass. They are all quite good.

You have been writing an excellent series, New in Town. I find it really entertaining and it has kept me guessing. Do you ever plan to write a book?

New in Town has been really fun to write. Other than the Edgar Allen Poe story from high school, this is the first time I have ever tried my hand at fiction. I am not sure I have what it takes to write an entire book but I would love to try.

You are a great writer! Do you have a process?

I don't really know that I follow any certain process. I get an idea and then I just go with it. I sit down, open word and start typing.

What are your plans for the future?

To become rich and famous, of course!

"Stop the wars and fighting! Can we just learn to get along?" Just Ask Susan


Fargo - Yeah!

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Comments 62 comments

Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

what a great hub. such a good idea.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

What a great idea. You picked a great one to interview. I admire people who are so well versed on so many things. Maybe I'll interview you kiddo!

jim


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lesley and thank you so much! These are really fun to do!

Hi Jim! Thanks! I love choosing the videos and asking the questions - super fun! If you interviewed me - well it would probably make your score go down - I curse a lot! Lol.


Website Examiner 5 years ago

Thanks for an insightful hub. You and Susan are both very special as far as I'm concerned.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Great interview. Real, you always keep my attention!

TMWNP - do it!


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thanks RealHousewife. And, thanks JustAskSusan. I'm interested in other interviews here. I have read a couple just recently. They are fun and exciting to read. Great job of the process. Now, your article gave me some info on Susan I need to ask her.


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I love your interviews!! Just ask Susan was an amazing person for you to pick and she deserves a great deal of credit for her greatness, but you managed to make it entertaining and interesting (as always) which also shows your greatness! Great job!!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love the whole interview hubs... it really lets us get to know the writer behind the picture so much better. Well done, as always!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

RH, All I can say is WOW! I feel like a celebrity. I am amazed at the fact that you remembered the comment I made to you one day about FARGO. That Taco Time picture is awesome. They must have added the drive through since then as it was 1975 when I worked there. Boy do I ever sound old. Great videos of Bob, Van and Bruce too :) Thanks so much for this great interview and making me feel so special.


marellen 5 years ago

Hi Real....great interview....now I know more about Just Ask Susan.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

WE - Wow! Thank you so much! It is great to learn and write about you all. I am just going down the list - coming to your town soon! lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austinstar - thank you! Now that is a huge compliment! I do think it is super interesting to learn more about how others live...the music you like...what kinds of jobs you have done. Fascinating! I'll thank you again too:)!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

tsmog - why thank you so much! And you are on the right track - Susan is the one to ask if you do have a question:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Myth - thank you very much! It is fun to take the information and just start digging for things that it makes me think about. I really get a lot of laughs while I am putting them together - I like to try to leave some surprises for the 'interviewee' and they never really see the whole thing until I hit the publish button.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan! Ha! The commenter of honor:) Yep - I love Fargo and right after we were chatting about that I bought the movie. I just watched it again a couple of weeks ago. I was also wondering if you guessed which of your hubs I was going to link in! LOL

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this - I enjoyed it so much - and now so is everyone else!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Barbergirl - I knew you would like it! The two of you have lots in common too - playing guitar - love of music and the arts, family. I love that you guys allow me to have a personal peek into your very interesting lives. Oh - btw - I was watching a video of Bella (dancing) hilarious and way cute! She is living a musical life too!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Marellen! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Susan is really fun and interesting to know isn't she!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a fun hub! Great writing and reading!! Congrats to you AND Susan!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sally! Ha! Thank you! I was just reading one of your hubs last night and found myself in a whole mother world by the nights end:) It all started with a click to WB's hub then...click click click! I've got my heart set on talking you into an interview!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Just Ask Susan is a very interesting person. I enjoyed the interview. You had a good idea for a hub.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I have a new title for you, Kelly, the Grand Inquisitor. You did a bang-up job with your interview of Susan. Is she still talking to you? Just kidding.

This was entertaining and well-written, m'dear, and a tribute to both the interviewee and the interviewer. Brava.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Moonlike - thank you so much! I knew everyone would love to know more about her too!

Drbj - haha! Yep - I think she's still talkin' to me! Thank you so much! I knew Susan would make a great interview! There's a bunch of you I'd love to get more info out of:) lol


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hey Susan!

RealHousewife, you have done what so many of us wondered about doing. There are some truly great people here on HP that we would like to get to know better. You have made Susan so much more real for us. Thank you. And Thanks to Susan for agreeing to do this.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....great tribute here - I will post this remarkable hub subject to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - I know the lovely Susan from Facebook as a friend and she is a valued fellow Canadian and I value you too for all that you do for us here at the Hub .......

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

A great interview that allows us to connect with the person behind the recipes. Thank you RH.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Epi! Thank you so much! Susan is my Facebook friend as well, you should look me up! It's also great to see you all there;). Hey - thanks for all YOU do on hub....keeping us entertained with your wicked beautiful poetry!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

SW - it makes people so much more REAL to us don't 'cha think? Lol. Thanks for reading and leaving your fun comments as always!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Just ask Susan! What a catchy title and great hub RHW! Thoroughly enjoyed!Rated up, funny and awesome!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Chatkath - you're so cool! Thank you so much!!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

RH, I just can't wait to see who your next victim will be :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha! Susan - it's someone you know and love!


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jimmythejock 5 years ago from Scotland

It's great to have a peek into the real lives of fellow hubbers, thanks for Sharing this one Realhousewife and ofcourse Susan.....jimmy


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Chuck 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

Kudos for a very professional interview and very interesting Hub. It was a great read.

The Saturday/Sunday edition of the Wall Street Journal prints a lengthy interview by one of its reports with a notable business, political or academic professional and your Hub, in terms of style, quality and reader interest, is as good as the best of these WSJ interviews.

Thanks again for producing a great Hub.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Jimmy the jock - thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed this!

Chuck - Wow! Thank you very much! That's an awesome compliment! I really appreciate that! Susan was so easy to work with and gave me lots of info to work with as well.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kel and Susan,

This was great. Always wonderful to learn more about those I admire.

Kel ~ how are things going? How's your uncle? Hope all is progressing well!

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hai Sharyn! Thank you! Susan was a hoot to work with:)

My uncle is doing excellent! He's waiting for me now so I can do his speech therapy. The hit on the head made him a little cranky and less tolerant but I'll whip him into shape:)!!! Or I'll just whip him! Lol. Thanks and I hope all is well with you!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

A very interesting interview with Susan....I really enjoy reading your enthusiasm for fellow hubbers.....great job of letting people see a behind the scenes look at Susan...voted up.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Cogerson - I enjoy doing these a lot and I learn more every time I do. It's fun to gather the info and then goof around with pictures and video. Thanks so much!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Just ask Susan-do you say next victim?

This is a wonderful interview. I'm happy to know more about Susan.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

FloraBreenRobinson! LOL good point!! Too funny!

Thanks so much for reading commenting and giving me a great laugh again!


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

wonderful stuff


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Jesusmyjoy - thank you so much!


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kimh039 5 years ago

This was interesting and fun - very conversational. And a lot of comments too! Nice, RH.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kimo39 - thank you! The interviews are so fun to do - and I love getting to know more about everyone and it's so awesome that there are people writing on hub from all over the world. I just never know what the answer to a question might be when I ask - while I'm writing them I actually have a blast too!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

You couldn't have picked a finer writer to interview. I had the pleasure of becoming a friend of hers on the Hubs as well. We both grew up in Montreal and not to far from one another, actually within walking distance of each others suburb.

She shares one of my favorite writers Edgar Allan Poe, he is one of the many writers that have influenced her as well as my own style of writing. I am pleased to call her friend and so happy to see that she is part of the ELITE TEAM at the hubs, congratulations Susan you deserve every word written here about your many talents. You go girl:-)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Thanks for sharing some insight into the life of Susan...I feel I know her much better now. She certainly is a supportive reader here on the Hub and she brings a lot to the writing community here. Thanks for featuring her! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Saddlerider - thank you so much! I found Susan pretty quickly after joining hub - she helped me a lot and I learned a lot by following her. I am so glad you are a big fan of hers too - I'm going to have to look in on you now;). You grew up in Montreal too huh? It just seems so I treating. Thank you too - for leaving your awesome comment!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

WB - you are so welcome! Susan is very supportive here - and as I commented earlier she helped me a lot when I was trying to figure out how HubPages worked. I have been grateful to her many times:)

Now when you gonna give in and let me interview you Wayne? Now that would be another super interesting and fun hub! Ill talk you into it sooner or later;) lol


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Real Housewife....Wonderful interview! Look out, Babara Walters and MOVE OVER. Both you and Susan are very interesting women. Voted "up"


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Fpherj48 - thank you so much! I will say I think Susan is super interesting -she has lived all around the world, she's successful and just a wonderful person. I'm so glad she let me interview her! Thank you so much for the votes too:)!!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

It was wonderful to get an insight into Susan's life thanks to Realhousewife :)

Cheers!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good tribute to one of the best hubbers. Susan is my favorite too. Thanks for share your interview with her and share with us. Very inspiring hub. Well done, my friend. Vote up!

Prasetio


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Pras! Thank you so much! I know you are a big fan of Susan's as well:). Thanks for the up votes too, my friend!!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

RH, this is such a fun and informative interview! I do really feel like I know Susan better now, thanks to your interviewing skills. Both of you are favourites of mine! Way to go! Voted up, awesome and interesting.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Prairie Princess! Thank you so much! Susan is admirable isn't she? She just keeps up and jeeps writing quality articles - I just don't know how she does so much all the time - AND she's so nice! Thank you again - I really appreciate that!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I just wanted to thank you for this hub on a favorite writer of mine!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi AudreyHowitt! Thank you - I know - Susan is tops! She is a really great person, friend, writer - and she is hilarious. I am so glad you already know her! I don't even have to tell you how cool she is:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi loued51 - I have done a few interview hubs - and yeah I was totally hoping that I could gain some kind of upper vantage point with Susan being Elite! lol Like maybe hub will allow me to enrol in the 401K????? Or maybe - maybe I will win for HUB OF THE YEAR!!! Ya think?

Thanks so much for the comments:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh dear loued51 - I couldn't possibly be interviewed! If I told you all my secrets well then I'd have to...hahaha! Just kidding, I have stage fright:) thank you so much though! Lol


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

A wonderful read..


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nancynurse 4 years ago from Southeast USA

Great idea . Not sure I would have thought of doing an interview. Good work!!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

H nancynurse - thank you!

I always wonder about other writers and how they live...so I just knew lots of other people would be interested too! Susan is really cool and very well versed in all things HP- and a very talented writer!

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