Hero Interview from Bluegrass Easter by Allie Pleiter

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This week I’m hosting Ronie Kendig with Dead Reckoning and Allie Pleiter with Easter Blessings. If you want to enter the drawing for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to
leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Mar. 7th) evening.

Paul’s Interview from Bluegrass Easter by Allie Pleiter:

1.Paul, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I’ve had this secret desire to write spy novels. For years I’ve been meaning to start one. Then, when my wife was dying, she made me promise I’d go out and really do it. So now I’m a veterinarian on a spy-novel sabbatical. I don’t know if that’s interesting, but it sure is odd.

2.What do you do for fun?
All the fun in my life comes from my daughter, Lilly. She can make fun out of a grilled cheese sandwich. She’s the light of my life lately; my source of fun. I’ve been a bit of a sourpuss, as Lilly puts it, but I’m trying to lighten up.

3.What do you put off doing because you dread it?
You know, my greatest gift from my late wife Caroline was that I don’t put anything off anymore. I drink chocolate milk, because life’s too short to drink white milk when you can have chocolate. Caroline’s life was too short, so I want to spend the rest of my life–and Lilly’s–making the most of every moment.

4.What are you afraid of most in life?
Forgetting my wife’s laugh. The feel of her hand in mine. I dread I won’t remember how to be happy again, that this big dark hole in the middle of my chest won’t ever leave. I know faith is supposed to take that away, and I pray that it does, but my heart doesn’t believe it yet. I don’t want Lilly to spend her days with only the shadow of her father’s former self.

5.What do you want out of life?
Life. Does that make sense? I want every drop out of life, every inch of happiness I can gather back for Lilly and me. It’s too early to know what that really looks like, but with our new home in Middleburg, and all these nice people around me, I’m starting to get a glimpse.

6.What is the most important thing to you?
Lilly’s happiness. That she learn the world is not a dark place where everyone dies too soon. That her mama is best friends with Jesus right now, and Lilly feel she has her whole wonderful life ahead of her.

7.Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
As you might expect, I’ve read every spy novel I can get my hands on. Oh, and lately I’ve been reading a lot of kids books about sheep, since Lilly is completely fascinated by my next door neighbor’s sheep farm. Sheep in a Jeep is really funny, about 10 times. It looses a little bit of it’s charm on the 15th reading, but that’s parenting.

8.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d get out of this grumpy mode and start to see life as an adventure again. I’m tired of days being something to endure. Lilly deserves better.

9.Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
After dealing with animals all day long, I sort of like the non-pet household we have right now. Since we just moved, I’m glad we didn’t have to factor an animal into the mix. Lilly seems to really need something to love, however, because she’s spending every spare moment with those sheep next door. And no, I don’t want to buy a sheep.

10.If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back in time to when Caroline was still with us. But you can’t do that, can you?