An interview with suzettenaples - a Hubpages writing challenge

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The Challenge

Well, this is a first for me; interviewing myself for a Hubpages challenge from availiavision. I hesitated at first to take on this challenge because I find it difficult to write about myself. I am from that generation that believes you are not supposed to brag about yourself or your accomplishments. The accomplishments are suppose to speak for themselves. I find it easier to write about someone else and/or review someone else's books than to write about me.

But, after reading availiavison's and Tillsontitan's entries in the challenge, they both inspired me to write my own interview.

I found availiavision's questions from the PBS television interview program, "Inside the Actor's Studio," to be so timely and interesting. I have watched this interview show many times when my favorite actors were interviewed. Now, it is time to tell you a bit about myself, and answer the same questions posed to actors, "Inside the Actor's Studio."

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A bit about myself

I write here on Hubpages under the name, suzettenaples. I retired from teaching about five years ago and decided in my retirement I would become a full-time writer. I had written a bit in college, but I had never had the confidence to take on writing as a full-time occupation for myself.

I majored in English and Spanish, but my degree is in Secondary Education. So, I taught both subjects for thirty years, although I taught more Spanish classes than English, and my focus was on teaching a second language to my students. My focus also included studying, living, and working overseas and I have lived in Mexico, Spain and Germany during my adult life.

During those thirty years, my inner voice kept nagging at me to write, but I had a difficult time writing anything. Although I had written a bit in college, and my professors said I definitely had writing talent, I basically had writer's block for thirty years. The entire time I taught, I just could not write a thing. I guess I was so focused on teaching and living my life overseas that writing took a back seat for that time in my life.

Finally, when I retired, I became determined to write full time. My first two years in retirement, I spent in Naples, FL, hence the name suzettenaples. Because I was relaxed and living in a beautiful spot of the world, I finally found the inspiration to write.

I decided to begin writing by finding some freelance writing jobs on the internet and in my search I stumbled onto Hubpages. It was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time. Here was a community of writers I could come to know, and here I could write content articles, short stories, poetry - really write anything I wanted to. Here I could stretch my imagination and my writing craft. And so, three years ago, I began writing on Hubpages and it has been the best decision I have ever made.

I have enjoyed writing for the different writing challenges over the years. And, this one has caught my interest today. So, here goes!

Jane Fonda today.
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Hanoi Jane on the lecture circuit.
Hanoi Jane on the lecture circuit. | Source

Q: In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?

A: Jane Fonda. I actually met Jane Fonda when I was a sophomore at the University of Akron where I attended to study for my undergraduate degree. She had just returned from N. Vietnam and was on a speaking tour. I know that many people, especially those that fought in that terrible war, do not like or respect Jane Fonda, but after hearing her speak I had to say I admired her. Whether you admire her or not, you have to agree that she did not just accept the canned information that came from our government about N. and S. Vietnam; she went to find out the information for herself. I may not have agreed with all she said that day, but at least she had had the courage to go and find out some answers for herself. After her talk, I went up to introduce myself to her and I spoke with her for a few minutes. She was honest and direct and looked me straight in the eye when answering my questions. I don't remember what questions I asked her that day, but whether I agreed with her or not, she took the time to answer my questions fully and truthfully. She never wavered. I have always admired her for that. Her approach to life was similar to what mine would become. To seek and see the world for myself and draw my own conclusions about that world out there. Hence, I was determined to spend my life learning and living in other cultures to get a new perspective on life. And, that I did.

I have followed Jane Fonda's career throughout her life and watched her grow as a human being and actor through the ups and downs she experienced and I have admired her approach to life. From her marriage to Roger Vadim where she learned not to be just the appendage of a man and his movies, to her marriage to Tom Hayden as they advocated for political causes, to her changing roles in her films, to her aerobic exercise videos that encouraged women to be fit, to finding the novel, On Golden Pond, and bringing it to film so that she and her father could act together in a film, to her work in Georgia helping teenagers cope with their teen pregnancies, Jane Fonda has evolved not just as an actor, but as a humanitarian and advocate for those less fortunate than herself. I have always admired her for that.

I finally got my chance to sing!  That's me in the dark hair and glasses.
I finally got my chance to sing! That's me in the dark hair and glasses. | Source

Q: What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

A: I would have to say singing. Growing up I was told by my elementary and junior high chorus/choir teachers I could not sing, did not have any talent in that area, and I could not carry a tune. So, I watched from the sidelines as my classmates sang in choirs, at Vespers every Christmastime, sang in musical plays put on in high school, and always wishing I could take part. But, I had been told, I had no singing talent, so that was that.

Many years later, I taught at the high school I graduated from and because I had missed out as a participant on all those musical plays, I was determined to at least help direct those musical plays now that I taught there. I worked with the choir director and helped from a directing standpoint, not a musical one. One day the musical director said to me, "Why where you not in the Acapella Choir in high school or any of the musicals we put on?" My answer was," because I was told I could not sing, so I never tried out for Acapella choir." He smiled at me and said, "I am so sorry to hear that, because anyone who tried out for the choir got in. If you had just tried out, you would have been in the choir."

I was stunned and that taught me a great life lesson. Never let anyone tell you you can't do something. Always have the confidence to try out for whatever it is you want to do, because you never know, you just might make it anyway. I realized that by not just singing out I had missed the fun of the Acapella Choir with my classmates and being in the musical plays our high school put on. Never again, would I listen to anyone tell me I couldn't do something.

So, when I spent my time in Naples, FL, I joined the Voices of Naples premiere choir. I tried out for the choir and lo and behold I made it! I learned how to cultivate my voice and sing in tune and sing out I did.

Today, I wish I had taken some voice lessons when I was in high school and even though I might not have been the best singer in the world, I certainly would have had fun singing in our high school musicals.

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Q: Who is your favorite fictional character ever?

A: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I could always identify with the character of Dorothy because I always yearned for what was Over the Rainbow. I loved her gumption of running away to save the life of her dog, Toto, from Miss Gulch. When in the land of Oz, Dorothy sought out the truth of her mission, and always was seeking how to return to her beloved "home." Even though I have lived overseas, I always returned "home." ( Note to Tom Wolff - you can return home!)

Dorothy also helped those around her. She helped the Scarecrow to find his brain; she helped the Tin Man to find his heart; and she helped the Cowardly Lion to find his courage. That is what I hoped to do as a teacher; to help my students find in themselves, their intelligence, their hearts, and their courage.

So Dorothy's courage and the courage of her Oz friends in fighting the Wicked Witch of the West, brought her to the Emerald City. Aren't we all looking for that Emerald City in our lives?

And, the lesson Dorothy learned from her experiences in Oz? She was able to confront the Wicked Witch of the West and defeat her and learned that she always had the ability to return home. That's why I have always loved the character of Dorothy.

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Q: If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

A: J. K. Rowling. I admire Rowling and her Harry Potter series of novels. I especially have always admired those who can capture the imagination of children. And, Rowling did so beyond hers or anyone else's wildest dreams. To write a series of novels as she did and then watch them all turned into films that would charm, engage and delight the children of the world must be the most wonderful accomplishment and experience to have. To bring so much interest and happiness to children is amazing. She literally has encouraged and inspired children to leave their video and computer games behind and pick up a book to read instead. And, that has to be the greatest single accomplishment of her wild ride in writing the Harry Potter books. Should I as a writer be so fortunate to accomplish what she has.

I also admire her for pulling herself up by the bootstraps after her divorce, when she was penniless, but still believed in herself so much, that she picked up a pen and began writing her fantasy series for children. Her rags to riches story (she is today a billionaire) is an inspiration to all me as well as many other writers.

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Q: What inspires you?

A: Anything in nature: a beautiful sunny day, a simple leaf, a rose, a rose petal, a ladybug, the ocean/sea, seashells, a walk along the seashore, a walk in the park, a meadow full of wildflowers, a chipmunk gathering nuts, a snowy day in which to ski, the sky at dusk, the sky at dawn. You get the idea.

The great hub writers I have met here on Hubpages have also provided inspiration for me. Just to name a few: Nell Rose, Faith Reaper, Jackie Lynnley, Sunshine 625, Eiddwin, Martie Coester, Maria Jordan, billy buc, mckbirdbks, Will Starr, vocal coach, teaches12345, tobusiness, Daisy Mariposa, DDE, Alastar Packer, Hyphenbird, epigramman, Amy Becherer, Bobbie Purvus, jhamman, jodah etc. Each one of you have added a richness to my life. Thank you for being you!

They and many more here, but too many to list, have all inspired me to become a better writer.

The hub challenges, especially in the last couple of months, have inspired me to write some short stories when I have been through a "dry spell." I feel like I am "back in the saddle again." LOL!

Cuyahoga Falls High School (Ohio) from where I graduated.
Cuyahoga Falls High School (Ohio) from where I graduated. | Source

Q: When did you first realize you were a writer?

A: When I was in the fourth grade, then in high school, and then in college. I wrote my very first short story when I was in the fourth grade. I earned an A on the assignment, and was amazed when my teacher read my story to the class. The feedback from her and my classmates was so positive that I thought this was something I might be good at. I continued to excel in writing assignments during my school days.

In high school I sat through Expository Writing class, Intermediate Composition class, and then Advanced Composition class. It was during my Advanced Composition class that I had my favorite writing teacher. She really taught me the fine points of expository writing, persuasive writing and creative writing. It was during the creative writing phase of the class that again my short story writing rose to the top. We had to write a mystery story so that we would learn to lay out a case and make sure that all the ends were tied up in the end.

Again, I earned an A on that mystery story and my teacher read only my story to the class telling eveyone mine had risen to the top and was the best one she received. She was amazed that my mystery story was so well thought out, presented, and so humorous - she was cracking up as she read it to the class. Again, I thought, I might have some talent in writing in the area of short story writing.

It was in college, though, during my creative writing class, that my professor helped me hone my short story skills. She told me I was definitely a talented writer, but my sights were set on teaching at that point.

I also thought these were just professors at the University of Akron telling me I could write. It wasn't like I was attending a great university or an ivy league school, so I tended not to believe I could be a serious writer or do it as a living. Wrong, again. And, I have learned life lessons from that kind of thinking also.

While I do not regret my teaching career at all because it has been so full filling to teach others, I often wonder what 'could have been' had I been brave enough to start a writing career while in college.

Fast forward to retirement, and this time there is no 'could have been.'

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Thanks Suzette.

Glad you took the challenge. So much here! I like your approach to Jane Fonda and for some reason, she became immediately likeable to me. Perhaps she supports the underdog; perhaps she fights out against injustice.

Naples, eh? Nice. I like Spanish tambien. Never did as much as you, but hey, there's still time, eh? You managed your singing in the end.

Well-written article and interesting story. Much peace.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

What a wonderful self-interview, Suzette! You've really put your heart out there and given us a glimpse of your life from then 'til now. You've learned some valuable lessons and pass them on to all who read this post.

Indeed, there is no 'could have been'. You're grabbing the bull by the horns and going for it.

I really enjoyed reading this and getting to know you. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I so enjoyed learning about you. Direct and all out. Positive and very enlightening thoughts here. You certainly are full of life and a very true person.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Suzzette, I always love reading your wonderful articles here on HubPages because you are certainly one of the finest writers here and I also learn so much! I am thrilled that you have participated in this challenge of interviewing yourself and I have learned so much more about you that I found to be so very interesting. I, too, just loved Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and it has always been one of my favorite movies ever. What you have revealed here in this personal interview, reminds me a lot of myself. I am so happy that you are realizing your dream as a writer, for you are truly gifted.

I am blessed that you chose to write on HubPages and I do hope you continue on and who knows what the future holds for you. When we put ourselves out there, wonderful things happen, even miracles.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

I am humbled that you even mentioned me here.

You are beautiful inside and out!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Suzette, an excellent interview! I now have a much more rounded impression of the real suzette, the person beyond the pages of those incredible articles. Although I can't really see myself doing an interview, I think this is a wonderful vehicle for getting to know our fellow writers. I'm so glad you got to sing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This was great Suzette. Good getting to know you better. Thanks for the mention too, much appreciated. I am tossing up whether or not to accept this challenge. Like you I find it difficult to talk about myself. If you can do it...well..we'll see. Voted up.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

manatita: Thank you so much for your comments and for taking the time to read this. This challenge was very different for me and I am pleased you enjoyed reading this. I have always liked Jane Fonda and I am glad you are seeing her in a different light. You have many more years to accomplish your goals and dreams - go for it! Yes, I finally got to sing - God works in mysterious ways!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

bravewarrior: Thank you for your kind comments. This was a new experience for me. I have never written about myself like this in a hub. It took me several days to about a week to get the gumption to write this. This was outside my comfort zone, so this was truly a good challenge for me to accomplish. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I appreciated your enthusiasm and support. Much appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Devika: Thanks so much for reading this. I find it easier to write about you than myself. It took me several days to a week to get up the nerve to write about myself. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this and it is fun to discover one another her on HP. I am so glad you asked me to write about you, because I learned so much about you and now I feel like I have a new friend. Thanks so much for your support and comments. Most appreciated.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

This challenge will continue to lead to greater understanding of the wonderful folks here on HP! Some always sure of themselves, some shy or uncertain...this was really great Suzette. You attacked those questions personally and answered them beautifully. Your choices were top notch and now we know a little more about this lady, Suzette! Who couldn't admire Dorothy and J.K. Rowling! Jane Fonda is an excellent actress.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Faith: You are so kind with your comments. There are many fine writers here on HP, YOU being one of them. Thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm. Faith, I know I don't write much personally - I tend to be a bit shy about that, but I want you to know that you and your writings have always inspired me. You helped me to find faith in my life. You never know how you can influence a person and so I had to mention you in my interview. Thanks so much and I am pleased you enjoyed reading this. You, too, are beautiful inside and out.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jo: Hi there and thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you feel you know me a bit better. I couldn't see myself writing this challenge either for about a week, but then I decided to go outside my comfort zone and give it a try after reading the two I mention my hub. I also added your name to the list of those that have inspired me. I can't believe I forgot your name. You are one of the fine writers here on HP and I am honored your read and follow my hubs. There are so many great writers here on HP and I am so glad to be associated with HP. Yes, I finally got to sing - it is never to late to do anything you want in life!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jodah: Thanks so much for reading this and I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Your poetry and articles are wonderful and I always look forward to reading them. Go for it and write your own interview. This was definitely a challenge for me because I had to go outside my comfort zone to write this. I have never done anything like this before so it is wonderful to get the feedback I am getting. This was harder for me to write than a short story. LOL! Thanks again for your support and comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you so much, Mary. Your interview was wonderful and inspired me to do my own interview. This write is definitely out of my comfort zone, so this challenge was actually more difficult for me than writing a short story. LOL! Thank you so much for your comments. Dorothy,J. K. Rowling. and Jane Fonda are all strong women and I admire them all, even the character, Dorothy. Thanks so much for your visit and I am pleased you enjoyed reading this.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love this challenge, and I'll be doing it next week. It's always interesting to learn more about the people we spend so much time with online. Thanks for this glimpse into Suzette....and I've always liked Jane Fonda as well.


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Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I enjoyed this interview, Suzette. Perhaps you were hiding behind actresses Judy Garland (Dorothy) and Jane Fonda just a little? Nevertheless, you did put in your viewpoint on both.

I agree with you whole heartedly as nature being a source of inspiration. I think we all have a very intimate relationship with nature, if we allow it.

It's unfortunate you were thwarted from others about singing, and I am so glad to learn you overcame this and are now singing! Singing feeds the soul, doesn't it? And, I don't think you need formal lessons. Keep singing and let the heart open. It will come.

Funny how you took up education instead of writing. I think you made a wise choice, though, because the teaching experience undoubtedly has given you loads of material and information from which to base countless writing projects. As for me, I told myself I never wanted to be a teacher when I was very young for fear of ruining someone's life during their youth. I love learning, though, and children, too, but I tend to be one-on-one.

Thank you so much for sharing. Voted Interesting.

P.S. I saw Jane Fonda in GOLDEN POND. She did a great job in that story.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Bill: I will look forward to your entry to this challenge and I shall link it to my entry. This was a new experience for me - writing about myself. You all seem to be so much better at it than me. But, I thought I would give it the 'old college try.' LOL! I have always liked Jane Fonda and I have pretty much seen all her movies. What a career and life she has led. Thanks so much for stopping by to read this.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Marie: I not quite sure what you mean by my 'hiding behind' Garland and Fonda. I do admire both women and I have loved the characters they have played in their movies. I love the character of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and I think I have seen that movie about 100 times. I only read the book once, though. LOL! I did so enjoy teaching and as I said it was so full filling for me. I guess it doesn't really matter when in life I write, just so I do it! LOL! As for singing, better late than never, I say. Thanks so much for your visit and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

What an impressive self-interview! I'm also in the group of "prefer not to talk about me" people, unless I am inspiring or teaching the listener, or reader something. I also admire JK Rowling, what an amazing woman. And Jane Fonda, I remember back in the day doing aerobics with her...well, she was on the TV! I enjoyed getting to know you a little bit more.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thanks so much Linda. This was a first for me and really out of my comfort zone, so I thought this is one challenge I really should take as it really was a challenge for me. I am glad you enjoyed reading this and I feel I know so much about you and your family that it was about time I spoke about myself. LOL! Thanks so much for your comments.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Yay, so I inspired you and you impressed me! We make a good team! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

So delighted to read your interview. You have expressed many points that coincide with my own points of view, especially as regards not listening to others not telling you "you can't." To that I say, "Watch me!" (But, it has to, at that, be something I'm really motivated to do.)

Voted up and interesting!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

DzyMsLizzy: Thank you so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. I know, everyone told me when I applied to the Dept. of Defense to teach overseas that it would "never happen." I just smiled and went about my business and lo and behold I was invited for an interview in the spring and that summer I moved to Germany to teach off one of the army bases. Everyone was stunned, including my family. Ya justa do what ya gotta do! LOL! "Can't" was a word that never existed in my classroom when I taught. It used to confound my students all the time because they would try to tell me they 'couldn't' do something and I would just tell them they couldn't say that in my classroom. Most of my students learned they 'could' do anything if they put their minds to it. LOL! Glad to hear you are like that also.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi suzette, what a great interview! And yes I totally agree with the fact that just because others told you that you couldn't do this or that at the time you believed it, same here, but you succeeded and lived in all those different countries doing the things that you loved, teaching, but now you can sit back and write, and what a writer you are! Wonderful!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Linda: You have always inspired me - yes we are a great team! LOL!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you Nell. You and all your writing has inspired me so much. I marvel at you and all you have done during your life and writing all about it and being published in so many different media. When someone tells me no, I usually do the opposite, but so many music teachers told me I couldn't sing, silly me, I believed them. Never again! LOL! It is so much fun to write here on HP where we can laugh and learn at the same time.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL--I had a music teacher in college (recorder, not voice), whose favorite expression was, "I can't means I won't."


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Exactly! LOL!


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Kathryn L Hill 2 years ago from LA

- loved this interview! Very inspiring. You are truly a great writer, as writing comes from thinking.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

This is wonderful Suzette and you have certainly inspired me now. I took up my first challenge last week and this one is going to become my second. I need to give my self a great big mental shake and what better way than to interview myself., Great work and I loved this. Voting up and sharing.

Eddy.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Nice to learn more about you. You've done a great job in sharing the lessons you learned about courage and fortitude. Singing in the high school chorus was among the highlights of my education. I'm glad you found your voice later and joined a vocal group.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello suzette, this is a nice interview. You have had such a venturous career with your travels. You have built a writing forum here on Hubpages and have entertained us and brought much to our attention. I agree with those Akron professors you are a writer.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

DzyMsLizzy: Good for your music teacher. That phrase is so true. Thanks again for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Kathryn: Thank you so much for your visit and I am pleased you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Eddy: I am so glad to hear you are going to take up this challenge. Sometimes I need these challenges to shake me up a bit too. This one was definitely out of my comfort zone and so I am glad you enjoyed reading this. I look forward to reading your soon. Thanks for the visit. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Peg: Thank you so much and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Mike: Yes, I have had some great adventures. Thank you so much for your kind comments as I do appreciated them. Well, if you say so, then I must have some writing talent! LOL! I thank you because coming from a writer such as you that is a real compliment. Thank you.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi suzettenaples thank you for the kind words I so agree with you. I too feel I have a friend. All my best to you and take care.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Suzzette - this is so interesting and I feel formally introduced to you now. I'm in awe of these self interviews, I don't quite know why but I'm not up to the task. I found myself connecting with you, with Jane Fonda, the beauty and silence of nature, the singing story made me smile. I cannot sing, and this has been pointed out to me many times. Oddly, I sound ok to myself. At least you conquered it. Thank you for this and the accompanying photos. Best wishes Maj


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Devika: You are welcome and I appreciate your kind words also.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

travmaj: At first I was intimidated by this challenge, but after reading several of them, I became inspired and did my best on this one. I am glad you could connect with my interview and some of my life experiences. No one should ever tell anyone they can't sing. You probably can sing well, but when others tell you you can't you think well maybe I can't. Terrible to think that way. LOL! thank you and I am so glad you enjoyed reading this.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Suzette, I enjoyed this interview with all of my heart. Your dedication to children, your passion for teaching (and now for writing), your tendency to put others first and yourself last, and your humbleness, make you a very beautiful and attractive person.

How I envy J. K. Rowling! Lady Luck is on the side of people 'who try everything out'. Writing the right story at the right time... how will we ever know what and when 'right' would be?

Voted up to the stars!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I enjoyed learning more about you, particularly your discussion of meeting Jane Fonda and your connections to Ohio. I used to teach Psych 101 and Small Group Behavior Dynamics at University of Akron when I was a grad student there. Small world, eh?


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Martie: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this. It is hard for me to write about myself and write outside my comfort zone. I have learned so much from the writers here in HP, but none as much as I have learned from you. I admire your courage in overcoming your trials and I have learned fortitude in facing challenges from you. Thanks so much for reading this and I appreciated your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Flourish: Yes, it is quite a small world. What years did you attend and teach at the Univ. of Akron.? I attended in the 70's so I'm older now, but do I ever remember taking Psych 101. At that time we took our lectures on TV by the eccentric professor (I forget his name now) who swooped in (in his cape) for a personal, live appearance one time during the quarter. What a hoot that was, but I have never forgotten Psych 101. Thanks so much for reading this and I am pleased you enjoyed it.


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DrBillSmithWriter 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Suzette, I'd love to see your movie starring Jane Fonda! I've followed her closely, as well. Suppose it is that rebel within us! Thanks, so much, for sharing this part of your story! ;-)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Dr. Bill: Thank you so much for reading my interview. I have just read yours (quite interesting) and added your link to this hub. LOL! Yes, there is a bit of rebel in me so Jane Fonda would play me best. I have learned as she has from life experiences both good and bad so I identify with her the most. Thanks so much for your visit and I so enjoyed reading your interview.


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rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

Wow! This is so inspiring and interesting to get to know you :) Thank you for sharing :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very enlightening hub about you as a person. I believe we can understand a person through his/ her writings. So most of it was on expected lines, since I keep on reading your articles. You are a very positive person and a true teacher.

You took the challenge in a great way and did full justice to it.

Thanks for sharing more about you!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very inspirational hub! Thank you for contributing to the challenge and letting us get to know you. I'm glad that you're able to work full time at writing.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

So very nice to meet you! A real Joy it is to read what a neat soul you are! Great advice about "not letting anyone tell you, you can't do something".

Just beautiful to read! A great choice with Jane Fonda. And I just loved the movie the Wizard of Oz!

"There really is no place like home".

Up, shared! Thank you for taking on this challenge. :-)

You really did a great job! :-)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

rdsparrowriter: Thanks so much for reading this and I am so glad you enjoyed it. Had it not been for the challenge I would have never written this, so the challenge was a good one. Thanks so much for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Chitrangada: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. It was a real challenge for me and I appreciate hearing your comments. The feedback has been good and I really appreciate that. Thanks so much for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

AliciaC: Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. I am glad I took the challenge too, because I rarely write about myself. Yes, now is the time in my life I can write full time so I am enjoying it. Thanks so much for stopping by to read this.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jo: Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this. This was a challenge for me, but it turned out well. I appreciate your visit.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

So good to know more about you! I love this challenge!!


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

you did well on this hub. Nice to know you better. Never expect that you became a writer at such an early age.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: I did enjoy doing this challenge and interviewing myself. I think we all learn about ourselves a bit more as well. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this and thanks for stopping by.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

peachpurple: Thank you for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed this. I was a bit surprised to when in the 4th grade my story made such an impact on the teacher and class. Who knew? LOL!


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

It was really interesting to read about your life. I find it hard to write about myself also. and I related to working, not writing for decades even though writing is what I always wanted to do. at least you are following your dream now. I am glad you met the challenge.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Pamela: Thank you so much for your kind comments. I did have a hard time writing about myself at first, but it got easier as the article went on. I love writing and I am glad and fortunate to have the time to do it full time now. You seem to be following your dream also here on HP. Thanks so much for your visit and I appreciated your comments.


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The Examiner-1 24 months ago

That was beautiful Suzette. In a way it almost sounds like an interview of myself - almost. Yours was very interesting to read and I enjoyed it very much. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin


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easylearningweb 24 months ago

Wonderful interview, Suzette. I never thought of interviewing myself. I'm on day 8 of my 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. After I complete my challenge, I would welcome an interview from someone, but you have a good idea about writing about yourself. Hats off to you!


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MelRootsNWrites 23 months ago from California

Suzette, thank you for sharing your interview! It was interesting to read. I felt a bit sad reading of your love for singing and how you were discouraged at a young age. Adults don't always realize the power their words hold. I'm glad that you found your singing voice and are enjoying that pleasure!


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Suzette. I am not seeing you around the neighborhood so I am stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy hoilday. Cheers.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England

I missed this one; sorry I haven't visited already, especially as you read mine. I know what you mean about teaching not giving you time for other things; it's all-consuming isn't it?

Great choice of actors and authors. This was a fascinating read and it's good that you can now focus on your writing. Retirement's a great thing; at least getting older has some benefits!


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you Mike. I have been substitute teaching and this past weekend I was out of town - our family celebrated Christmas early this weekend because everyone is going somewhere else on Christmas Day. I need to get caught up on my comments and get to your Chocolate Girl story. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy!


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Kevin: Thank you for reading this and I am pleased you enjoyed it. We must have much in common if it sounds like you too!


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

easylearningweb: This was a challenge for me as I usually don't like to write about myself, but since it was a challenge I thought I would go for it this time. I have never done the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge so I admire you for taking on that one. That is monumental! LOL! Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments. I will check out your hubs soon.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Oops, I took down The Chocolate Girl, where did you leave off? I can put it back for a little while.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Mel: Thank you for reading this interview and I am pleased you enjoyed it. Yes, when we are young, we believe and take to heart what adults tell us about ourselves. It was silly of me to believe I couldn't sing - of course, I should have just gone for it! LOL! I think, better late than never!


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Yes, ann, I am enjoying retirement and writing. I finally have the time to really pursue writing. Thanks so much for your visit and comments.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

That's okay Mike - I only missed the last one! LOL! Sorry to be so tardy! It is a wonderful story and the favorite of the Betty and Quinn mystery stories for me. Great job!


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Suzette, the end of the Chocolate Girl has been republished, I'll leave it up for the rest of the week.


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ladyguitarpicker 23 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

You did a great job and being a 60's girl I can see how it would be hard to write about yourself. They should have encourage you about your singing, not tell you you can't sing. I think we forget that some people can change and improve with time.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Thanks Mike. I will read it.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

ladyguitarpicker: Thanks so much for reading this and your enthusiasm. It is hard to write about myself and I did finally become a singer. LOL! Better late than never, I say.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Where are your book reviews? Where are your travel guides? Where are your artist Bio's? There is a big whole in Hubpages!


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Mike: Your are so kind. I am doing some substitute teaching and so I don't have as much time to devote to writing right now. I also have been doing more writing on my personal blog lately. I guess I just have to wait for some inspiration. I haven't read a good book in a while - at least one about which I want to write a review. I'll get back into the swing of things soon. Another mystery Quinn and Betty mystery story in the works?


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ocfireflies 22 months ago from North Carolina

Suzette,

As you noticed (THANK YOU), I have been submerged (lol) and thus not available on HP as I would have preferred. Having read your auto-bio was a real treat for it is so nice to get to know someone (you feel is a kindred spirit) all the more enjoyable. Looking forward to a hub where you share an audio. I have a friend who makes money as an audio book narrator. I bet you would be awesome, and since you can speak more than one language, I bet you would have even bigger market options. Now, that I have read more about you, I am hoping I will have the courage to take on this challenge, too.

Lots of smiles and hugs,

Kim


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Kim, Thank you so much for reading this and I am pleased you enjoyed it. I have a difficult time writing about myself so this was a real challenge for me. I have never thought of doing a hub with an audio. Frankly, I don't really know how to do it. LOL! But, your suggestion is a good one. I have never thought of being an audio book narrator - that is an interesting suggestion from you. I guess I could do readings in English and /or Spanish. I am sending Lots of hugs ((((()))))) your way! Suzette


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

"Getting to know you...getting to know all about you...getting to like you...hoping you like me too..." la, la, la. Just singing to you, beautiful Suzette. And speaking of singing, I'm going to get you on skype video and see what we can do about your voice. It's never too late.

What a joy to read about one of my favorite writers on HP. And thank you for my being on your list. Wow!

You've done a great interview which is no easy accomplishment when the one you're interviewing is yourself.

Voted up ++++ and sharing.

Big hugs,

Audrey


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: You are so sweet! I know it is never to late for anything - that is why I write and sing! I am so glad you enjoyed reading this 'interview.' It was certainly out of my comfort zone as I find it so hard to write about myself. But, I had to take on this challenge because it was difficult for me. Thanks so much for stopping by and for you inspirational message!


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ZeldaMes 20 months ago from South Africa

I enjoyed reading your interview with yourself, and a very interesting new perspective on Jane Fonda. We share a teaching background and I see you have done a hub on Montessori which I look forward to reading next.


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suzettenaples 20 months ago from Taos, NM Author

ZeldaMes: Thank you so much for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed reading this. Interviewing myself was something new for me as I don't always feel comfortable about writing about myself. Thanks for your support and for reading this. It is nice to meet a fellow teacher here on HP.


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Pamela99 20 months ago from United States

Excellent self interview. I think that is difficult for many of us, but you really gave us a great overview of your adult life and your goals. I enjoyed it very much.


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Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very interesting and awesome hub. Your writing style is so great. And I learnt many new things from this hub. I am also passionate of writing and I realized it only at my retirement. And I started with commenting on news articles and writing on instablogs.com which later closed. Then started my blog on lifestyle tips in 2012. Then found hubpages which is a very great platform for writers.


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suzettenaples 20 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you Pamela, and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 20 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Venkatachari M: So glad you stopped by to read this. I am glad you are writing in your retirement. I find I finally have the time to write at this time in my life. I also have a blog on blogspot and your blog sounds very interesting. I am so glad to meet you here on HP.


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Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I loved reading your interview about yourself and will read the others from the links you have included. What a wonderful idea writing your own interview so to speak. I keep telling myself that I must write another hub article, but many other tasks keep me very busy. Now I know what my next post will be about!


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suzettenaples 20 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Nadine: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. It is quite a challenge to write about yourself. There is a fine line about giving information about yourself and bragging. I hope I found the right balance. I would love to read an interview you do of yourself!


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GmaGoldie 19 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Delightful and very insightful! It made me stop and take note about who I am who I would like to play me! Never thought of these questions ever before.

Love the moral of your story about singing. So very true!

Always enjoy your work. Thank you so much for being here on HP - you always brighten my day.


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suzettenaples 19 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Thanks so much for reading this, GmaGoldie, and I am glad you enjoyed it. This was out of my comfort zone to write, but I am glad I did so. It made me stop and think about myself and some of the good things that have happened to me and some lessons I learned in life. Glad to share them with all of you.

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