Yippee! A new interview with me. I’m very honored to be interviewed by Fiona Mcvie on “authorsinterviews”. This is exciting! Thank you very much Fiona!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello Fiona, My name is Aurora Jean Alexander, AJ in short. As of my age: I’m like so many other women and don’t like to talk about it. Let’s say, I’m a bit older than I look like but young enough to consider everyone else my age looking a lot older than me. LOL
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from South East, preparing to move to the West.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up in a family involved into politics and was blessed with an excellent education in several countries, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in BA. I was very lucky. I’m living by myself with three cats, working a full time job and I am an author.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m working on a Paranormal Romance series of thirteen books and just completed book number 6. All books are in different states of “complete”. My first book is currently with my copyright lawyer and I hope he’s got good news for me. I would very much like to publish it.
London Heathrow… the biggest mess since aiports exist. It is horrible! There is not even one second a tiny bit of piece and silence, not even in the restrooms, since whenever and wherever I use them, you can be sure, exactly there and then the cleaning staff is going to show up. There is a lounge you can pay to use… of course everyone who can afford to fly can afford that particular lounge which means, it’s as loud and messy as it is outside.
Using London Heathrow as a transit airport, I had to undergo another round of security. Generally I don’t have problems with that since they’re also trying to make sure I am going to be safe. I appreciate that, unless of course, I clearly realize and understand they have not the slightest clue what exactly they’re doing.
The front lady says: Only laptop need to be removed, Kindle reader, cell phones, tablets can stay in the bags. The back lady says: “Who told you that? Of course you have to remove everything! That can’t be true! – Christina – Christiiiiiinnnaaaa!” – and takes off leaving me there with a dumbstruck look on my face. (Not that I don’t always look like that, but that story is for another blog post.)
After this pretty demoralizing demonstration of London Heathrow safety, you try to find the tiniest spot for you to relax, but there is none. London Heathrow is literally as busy as an anthill. It’s frustrating… you’re actually trying to get somewhere, but there’s no chance. So you’re just flowing with the stream and hope it’s getting you somewhere. And it does. You’re ending up in front of that black-orange board where they display when exactly they’ll inform the passengers about their next flight gate. Of course they’re waiting with that until the last few seconds before boarding, and then you have to run.
While waiting for the gate announcement you end up at Starbucks, waiting area, Terminal 5. There I found out something very interesting: I think someone screwed me over. I’m not in London Heathrow… I’m outer Galaxy somewhere. Because all over the world, I mean, whenever and wherever I checked they serve Mocha Frappuccino. But not at that particular place I’m currently waiting for my flight. Here they serve “Café”-Frappuccino.
When you order a Venti Café Frappuccino you get a staff member in a really bad mood – ordering for you the smallest possible cup – and, GOD BEWARE don’t even THINK to tell them your name is AJ. Because if you do, you’ll get that:
At least I got on the plane. The flight was okay, the food was acceptable, the movies quite good, the flight attendants a little arrogant… but it took me where I needed to go. Mission accomplished.
Today I was asked: Do you prefer to be called Aurora or Jean or both? It wasn’t the first time I heard this question, but it made me chuckle since it gave me the idea to this blog post.
My full name is Aurora Jean Alexander. From what I was told, since there is no hyphen between the two first names I cannot ‘demand’ to be called Aurora Jean. This is no tragedy since I prefer ‘AJ’.
Do I mind being called ‘Aurora’? No, of course not! Many do that. Do I mind being called ‘Jean’? Yes. Unfortunately it does remind me of denim and I don’t feel like turning around hearing someone yell “Jeeeeeaaaan” after me like I’d be a wet pair of pants.
But let’s start at the beginning: the origins of my names:
The origin of Aurora is Latin. The name means ‘dawn’. (which reminds me: Isn’t ‘Dawn’ a female name as well? I admit: I don’t think I’m a ‘Dawn’. But never mind that now.)
The origin of Jean is Hebrew and means “gift from God” (Or it’s related to the Scottish name Jane, it depends on which page you’re looking for.)
I like the origin of Aurora and I like the sound of Aurora Jean together. But what I still like most is AJ. – So, call me Aurora, Aurora Jean or AJ, they’re all good.
Just promise me: never ever call me “my little sunrise”, as a buddy of mine did – before he didn’t talk anymore for quite some time. His jaw surgery went well and he carefully started eating oatmeal last week. (LOL – Just kidding!)
After almost exactly 4 months of blogging I found the most amazing and flattering gift yesterday:
I got 100 followers and 500 likes on my blog.
I am so grateful and honored to have you all visiting my blog, permitting me to re-blog your voice, your work, your posts and be part of the huge family of blogging authors. And of course, every single time you are visiting “Writer’s Treasure chest”, please, feel welcome and know, you are my very much appreciated guest, sacrificing your time!
Writing, blogging, keeping up with friends, working, work out, duties, supporting, helping, volunteering. I do have an extraordinary but busy life which I enjoy. But even I once in a while need a break…
What is there to say? – I’m going to be on vacation from Saturday, May 9, 2015 for about a week.