Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Mary Calmes. Thanks, Mary.

To know more about Mary Calmes, check out her website here or her blog here. Her latest release is Sultry Sunset and is available at Dreamspinner Press.

Forging The Future


1) Best Halloween costume as a kid?

I used to watch Emergency! when I was a kid, (which tells you exactly how old I am), and I wanted to be a fireman so bad and live at Station 51 with the guys that I dressed up like a fireman three years in a row.

2) Sweet or unsweet iced tea?

It depends on the restaurant I’m in. If they serve flavored tea, raspberry, mango, peach, then I would probably get that but as a rule, unsweetened is what I chose 9 times out of 10. It’s funny though, now that I live in the South, I’m spoiled with tea as an option. When I was in Orlando for the DSP workshop back in March, I asked for tea at a restaurant and nope, they had none. That’s crazy. I’m so used to my options being sweet or unsweet that I take it for granted.

3) High peak observation deck or cave tour?

Before visiting Mammoth Cave last summer I would have said observation deck but now I’m definitely a cave tour person. Interestingly enough, Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world and it’s in Kentucky where I live now. It was incredible, we were hundreds of feet underground, with lanterns, and in the fall you can take a boat ride on the underground river. I’m a cave geek now, it’s wild.

4) What is your favorite word?

Splendid. It’s a great word and not used nearly enough.

5) You get to design your dream beach house. Which beach will this house front, and what has to be inside?

My dream beach house would be on the island of Capri on Marina Grande harbor and therefore would be technically more villa than house. I’d need my family, my cats, friends to visit, my computer, all my books, WiFi, NetFlix, wine (red), my Keurig, my electric kettle for tea, and a fabulous interior decorator who would make the whole place look good enough to be in Architectural Digest. Sounds fabulous, I’m ready to go. 🙂


Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. Mary[1]She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into her work.

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