If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Doug: Most certainly the future.
Elyse: Most certainly the past. I would like to experience the silence and stillness of NYC before electricity and cars were invented.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Doug: Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams and St. Teresa of Avila.
Elyse: Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Mary Oliver, William Butler Yeats, and Richard Wilbur.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Doug: A lot of Balance Power bars, The Bhagavad-Gita and Emily Dickinson’s poems.
Elyse: Assuming I had enough food and water, I’d go for the complete works of Shakespeare, a big, fat notebook, and enough pens to last a lifetime.
What is one book everyone should read?
Doug: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Elyse: The essay What I Believe by E.M. Forster.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Elyse: The ability to inculcate compassion.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Doug: Definitely vanilla. It’s smooth, it’s simple, it’s easy to eat.
Elyse: Doug has sung the praises of vanilla ice cream for so long that he’s made me a convert. But of course, I top it with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, walnuts, and cookie pieces.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Doug: A big ole New York City Bagel.
Elyse: Peach pancakes with real maple syrup and lots of butter.
Night owl, or early bird?
Doug: I can hoot or tweet. Hooting is more natural.
Elyse: Definitely a night owl.
Doug: Bad music pumped into TV news, restaurants, TV ads and retail stores.
Elyse: Bad food prepared badly. That includes most fast food.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Both: Definitely M&Ms
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Both: The Astrologer’s Daughter has strong characters, is a fast enjoyable read and includes astrology, presidential politics, love and sex.
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Genre – Romance
Rating – PG