Today I’m with Staci Troilo

Today I’m with Staci Troilo on her blog. We have another excerpt from Eternal Road – The final stop. Come on over. Here’s the link

https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/eternal-road/

A little about Staci in her own words

“I grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in my free time, so no one was surprised when I became a writing major in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, I went on to get my Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and I worked in corporate communications until I had my children. Now I’m a freelance writer and editor and even work under a pen name or two.

Bonus! Ten (Little Known?) Facts About Me

  1. In addition to being an award-winning author, I’m an award-winning recipe developer. I think I got that skill from my grandmother. We both love cooking and baking, especially for family.
  2. When I had my wisdom teeth removed, the surgeon insisted I’d feel like my cheeks were sewn to my gums but assured me they wouldn’t be and the feeling would pass. My parents grew increasingly frustrated with me over the week I was recovering because I couldn’t open my mouth. They thought I was “being overly dramatic” and I should just deal with the pain and use my mouth. Guess what… my cheeks were in fact sewn to my gums. It’s unheard of, but if it could happen to anyone, it would happen to me.
  3. Speaking of teeth…I’ve never had a cavity. Ever. Baby teeth or permanent teeth.
  4. I adore my pets. I know; most pet owners do. But it might interest you to know I never had a pet until we got first Casey, then Max, and finally Lucky. I had a pet-free childhood. Not even a goldfish.
  5. I can still do a split. Enough said.
  6. I play the clarinet, although I’m pretty rusty right now. (Use it or lose it, and I haven’t been using it lately.)
  7. I taught myself how to type. You can’t really be a writer hunting-and-pecking the keys.
  8. While most of my work is inspired by my Italian heritage, I’m also part Irish, Scottish, German, and Swedish. (All from Dad’s side. Mom is full-blooded Italian.) I’m working on integrating more of my dad’s side into my work. (My serial Laci and Del series focuses on the Irish heritage, but I haven’t explored those roots too much yet.)
  9. I could spell “Valentine” by the time I was three.
  10. The first time I earned four-figures from freelancing, it was actually a ghost-writing job, so my name isn’t even on the project.”

Her Books:

79 comments

  1. Wonderful, John. I was there an hour ago! Enjoy your tour!

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    1. Do you ever sleep, Miriam?

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      1. Different time zone so I was still up.

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      2. I scheduled your post tonight. It’s all set to go live on September 29 at 8:00 p.m. PST. I had problem with the WP block editor, but I’ll survive.

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      3. Hahaha. Sorry about the block. I’m still classic, but I feel your pain. I will be announcing your post at 12:30 AM on the 30th. This is so there is not conflict with the post scheduled to run on the 29th. Thank you, Miriam. 😁

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      4. The way I understand is there’s a classic editor which is newer than the old classic. WP switched me to that somatically. Them there’s the block editor which I don’t want to use at all. I don’t like either. Let me see if I have the option to switch to the original. I know eventually WP will retire the original classic. I don’t understand the reason at all.

        12:30 am Central Time? Perfect, John. 😀

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      5. I’m going to fight the switch.

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      6. I’ll spend a little time when not under pressure to figure out how to get around it.

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  2. I hit send too quick! It’s a pleasure to know another musician, John. Go ahead and play your clarinet once in a while. I played a little piano. I’m a singer, took voice lessons for about 10 years, and used to do solo performances at churches or weddings. I’m retired from solo but I still sing in a chorale.

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    1. I so admire people who can sing. I always wished I had a voice like an angel, but it’s more like a toad. Lovely that you still sing in a chorale.

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      1. I dmire people who sing as well. I’ve been told to keep it to myself a number of times. 😁

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      2. The opera tenor Placido Domingo was my hero for years. At 70+ years old, he still sang new operas in that he sang baritone in the operas in which he sang tenor previously. It might not be too difficult for him because singers remember the other parts as they rehearse and perform. I thought if he could keep up with his voice, others could do the same.

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      3. I have a Three Tenors CD. I could listen to them for hours.

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      4. That’s a good one, Staci.

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  3. A lot more to you than meets the eye, Staci… just thought I would say hi before popping over to see John!

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    1. I’d forgotten I’d even written those things! All true, but I totally forgot they were on my SE author page. This was quite a surprise. Thanks for the greeting!

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      1. Old stealth, John. 😊

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    2. Thank you, Jaye. 😁

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  4. Great to learn all these things about Staci. I’ve known her a while now and a few of these are new to me. Thanks for sharing, John. Off to visit with you at Staci’s place now 🙂

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    1. Funny how you can know someone for so long and still learn new things about them, isn’t it? So glad you visited, Harmony.

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      1. It is funny, Staci. 😁

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    2. Thank you, Harmony. 😁

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  5. John, this was such a surprise to me. Thanks for sharing my ten weird things. I’m glad I kept the most embarrassing ones off the list! lol

    In all seriousness, it’s a pleasure having you at my site today. Wishing you all the best with your latest release. And again, many thanks for the wonderful intro here.

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    1. My pleasure, Staci. I appreciate the help and feel those helping should be recognized. 😁

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    2. I try to do the same, but you went above and beyond. I feel like such a blogging slacker!

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  6. Thank you, John, for spotlighting Staci. Lots of smiles and warm fuzzy feelings! Some of the ten points hint at a story. Fingers crossed that Staci shares more. 😀

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    1. Sometimes I think my life is a farcical comedy, sometimes a gothic tragedy, but never anything interesting enough to write about. Glad you got the warm fuzzies, though. Those are my favorite kinds of fuzzies. 😊

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      1. They do beat cold pricklies for sure. 😊

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    2. I agree with you, Gwen. Maybe we can weasel more out of her. 😁

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      1. I assure you, I’m not that interesting. I’d much rather hear about everyone else.

        And not even a peep (bark?) from Lucy and Twiggy today. Sigh.

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      2. They are resting up to welcome Wednesday

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  7. Oh my word! You poor thing, Staci. I cringed reading about your wisdom teeth experience. Did that instill a permanent fear of the dentist?

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    1. Actually, no, though I’m not overly fond of the hygienist. I’m pretty sure those people are sadists. lol

      You don’t have to cringe anymore, Jill. It was a long time ago. (So, so long ago. Sigh.) Think happy, pain-free thoughts. 😃

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      1. I have to agree with you about the hygienists. 🙂

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      2. Hahahaha. Good one, Staci.

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    2. That episode caused me to remember Marathon Man and cringe.

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      1. No cringing on your happy day, John! (But I get it.)

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  8. It’s good to meet Staci!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Nice to meet you!

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      1. You’re welcome, Staci.

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    2. She is a very talented writer and editor. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. I’m humbled, John. Thank you. 😊

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      2. You’re welcome, John.

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  9. It’s always nice to meet someone else from western, PA.

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    1. Ah. A fellow Keystoner! The pleasure is mine, Dan.

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  10. I loved this top ten. It’s almost a blog swap, and I haven’t seen one of those in years. People should do more of them.

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    1. I think he pulled this from my SE author page. Or my own site’s bio page. It was definitely a surprise to me when I saw it here. A delightful one, to be sure. But this is supposed to be about John today, not me.

      You’re right about blog swaps; I haven’t seen one in ages. They are kind of fun, though.

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      1. Hmm. So many of us have new books, or will have quite soon, that maybe some of us should consider it.

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      2. Yes, I pulled it from your blog’s “about” page. I grabbed the photos from the “books” section

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      3. It was super sweet of you to do, John. And I’m incredibly grateful. But I wanted today to be about you.

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      4. I know, but I like to do a little more than a reblog. Part of this is to get others to learn who some of the terrific bloggers are out there. This tour is made up of some of the best.

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      5. You certainly have a long list of friends/fans who stepped up for you. I’m honored to be counted among them.

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      6. Thak you, Traci. Such a nice thing to say. 😊

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    2. I remember those. Dark ages of blogging. Thanks, Craig.

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  11. You sure seem to be having fun, John. I’m on my way over there…..

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    1. Yes it is fun, GP. Thanks.

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    2. He’s been keeping us all entertained, GP.

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      1. I believe that!! (psst… he’s a little bit nosy too. He keeps checking up to see what I have to say about him behind his back. Don’t let him know I’m on to him!)

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      2. Hey, GP. Whats up. 😁

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      3. Hey, I’m only one pea in a pod of people giving you compliments. To stand out from the crowd, I chose to give you a hard time about your talent!

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      4. An excellent idea. I support that concept. 😁

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      5. He found out, GP. But I didn’t tell!

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      6. Nope. She did not.

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  12. How wonderful to learn more about Staci! I find it pretty amazing that she could spell Valentine by the age of 3. Wow! I’ve visited your blog on her site, John. Another great excerpt!

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    1. Thak you, Jan. You are a trooper.

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    2. Aw. Thanks, Jan.

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  13. I love your bonus ten, John. You can really do a split?? You must need plenty of help getting back up off the floor. Haha!

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    1. I’d love to see John do a split. But I’ve got to claim the ten trivial things. Unless you want to attempt it, John?

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      1. Um. if I did a split it would be my last move. So you go right ahead. 😂

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    2. Thank you, Jennie. I think she can do it all herself.

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      1. Hahaha! All I could think of was you doing a split, me trying to help you get up, and Tiny rushing over with a shot of Willett Bourbon to help. We might need Lucy and Twiggy, too. I’m cracking myself up, John! I hope this makes you laugh. 🙂

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      2. Yes, this whole thing was pretty funny. 😂

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