BIRTHDAY BLOG #1: Get to know MAURA JORTNER

First up in our week-long series of Get to Know… Birthday Blogs, we’re putting the spotlight on MAURA JORTNER. Author of Amazon top 25 bestselling YA thriller, THE LIFE GROUP.


NAME: Maura Jortner
AGE: Older than I look. Thank you, special facial cream!
OCCUPATION: Professor
WHERE WERE YOU BORN: New Hampshire
KIDS: Two daughters—one 10 year old, and one 5 year old.
PETS: One ornery cat
FAVORITE FOOD: Hmm… m &ms? Do they count as food? If not, shrimp.
FAVORITE DRINK: White wine
FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER: The X-Files
FAVORITE SONG EVER: Whatever’s playing
BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION: New York City
AND WHY THE ABOVE: Because of the bagels. Is there any other reason?
FAVORITE ANIMAL: Red pandas
AND WHY THE ABOVE: Have you seen them? Oh my gosh, those tails! Those cute little grins. I just want to hug one. Sure, it would claw my eyes out, but I still want a cuddle.
SPIRIT ANIMAL: Otter
TATTOOS: Three frownie faces across my ankle. Yes, there’s a story there. Let’s drink some white wine together and I’ll tell you all about it.
PIERCINGS: None now, but I used to have some. 😉
FAVORITE ROOM/PLACE IN YOUR HOUSE: My kitchen table.
AND WHY THE ABOVE: Because that’s where I write.
FAVORITE TIME OF DAY: You know that time in the evening when the sky turns from Dodger blue to Majorelle blue? That’s it.
LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED: Right handed
WHAT CAR DO YOU DRIVE: A Toyota
DOGS OR CATS: Cats
KETCHUP OR MAYO: Salsa. I realize it’s not a choice, but still. I’m a Texan. I don’t think I could choose mayo or ketchup and keep my state residency.
MORNING OR NIGHT: Morning
OUTSIDE OR INSIDE: Inside
MILLION BUCKS OR ABILITY TO FLY: Million bucks. Always. I can buy flight.
YOUR HERO: Suzanne Collins
FAVORITE WORD: Indubitably
MOST HATED WORD: Camouflage—mostly because I can never spell it right.
USUAL BEDTIME: Early
LAST PERSON YOU TOLD YOU LOVED THEM: My husband
ANY PARTY TRICKS: I can juggle! (Thank you, degree in Theatre!)

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