Please welcome Justina Prima to The Sword and Spirit. It's been fun getting to know Justina. She's graciously offered to giveaway her new release, The Pawnbroker's Ring. Leave a comment to be entered to win.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m at my desk and wearing a sweater and loose pants. Just got back with my husband from the corner restaurant where we had a cheese and fruit platter. Drizzly rain on our walk home in the dark!
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
One of the most amazing things is that Adams and Jefferson, having signed the Declaration of Independence and been on opposite sides of the issues, died on the same day, same year—on the anniversary of the signing!
What is something that very few people know about you?
I would have to say how much I miss my children and grandchildren. Life is so short and it slips by like ‘a shadow and a dream.’ It saddens me greatly how little time I spend with them.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I have so many favorites, but right up there battling for number one is a large butterfly crystal I hang in the window, east or west. My sister and I went to the Butterfly Pavillion here in Denver one fine day. Such a wonderful time. If you have never had the joy of being there, people have access to a very large room which is high humidity, little streams, trees and bushes that attract butterflies—downright peaceful. There are areas to sit and you won’t be able to leave the place without butterflies landing on you. There are very rare ones also. Now that my sister is with God, I look at the prisms on the wall from this beautiful crystal and think of her.
If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future, when and where would that be and why?
I can’t help but feel I was always meant to be a nurse, as I am now. I would have wanted to be a nurse during the Civil War.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
Pride and Prejudice. I read it every year!
What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?
I have pretty much hidden how very much I miss my two children (not children anymore!) and my grandchildren. They all live in Chicago and I pray that one day we will be closer again. I think of them every day and pray for God’s blessings on them.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Living out on a 1,000 acres in a miner’s cabin for three years—No electricity, no running water (except the beaver-free creek right out back!), and the only amenity was the outhouse.
A ring washes onto Salem's shore in the year 1830, a bottle its boat, a note its blanket. Zachariah has found it and watches as the ring takes part in many lives. He is also keeping a secret. Someone has stolen the ring and only he knows who it is.
More about Justina:
Justina Prima lives with her husband in Colorado, a full-time hospice nurse and writes as much as possible the rest of the hours of the week. She has a son and daughter in Chicago and three young grandchildren. This is her first published novel, now working on the second.