Marsha Canham's Blog

May 4, 2011

The Facts about Jack

Filed under: Caesars Through the Fence — marshacanham @ 5:48 am

As hinted at yesterday, today I’ve invited one of the Loopies in for a guest blog.  Jacquie D’Alessandro, aka Yacquie, aka Princess Shoes, aka….Jack?

Thank you, Marsha, for inviting me to share a caesar through the fence.  Since the important facts that 1) I’m Loopie, and 2) my first single title contemporary book, Summer at Seaside Cove was just released, I thought I’d throw out a few ‘Facts About Jack’ that not many people know.

1) Very few people, in fact, actually call me Jack.  My sister does.  And Kathleen Givens did.  And one of my neighbors.  That’s about it.  I don’t know why so few people do.  It certainly wouldn’t bother me. 

2) No one calls me by my full name, Jacqueline.  Except my mother–when she’s mad at me. 

3) My favorite baseball player is Andy Pettitte (SO sad he retired!) and my favorite tennis players are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.  I don’t have a favorite polo player because I don’t follow polo.

4) I name the bad guys and characters who meet bad ends in my books after people who were mean to me in school.  Heh, heh, heh.

5) If given a choice, I’ll go for a salty, crunchy food like chips rather than a sweet.  Of course, that being said, I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like.

6) Because I don’t like to swim where my feet can touch the bottom, I can tread water for a ridiculous amount of time. Seriously.  Toss me into the deep end of the pool, go away for a few days, and when you come back, I’ll still be treading water.

7) My former dentist was a murderer.  He’s in jail for fatally shooting his wife (tried to make it look like a suicide).  While the police were investigating that crime, they discovered he’d killed his girlfriend 15 years earlier–by shooting her and making it look like a suicide.  If you’re looking for advice on choosing a dentist, I’m probably not a good person to ask.

8) I spent time in a coat closet with Cary Grant.  And that’s all I’m sayin’ about that. 

Now it’s your turn–share some random facts (or even just one) about yourself! Don’t be shy–it can’t be worse than having had a murdering dentist!



  1. Your dentist…I think they made that into a lifetime movie starring Rob Lowe.

    As for the bad guys..that is funny…when I was in High School I had to write a short story. I knew two people were going to die at the end so I used the guy that was blowing me off and the girl he was blowing me off for.

    I read your book..Almost Perfect (the one with Maddie). It was pretty good.

    Comment by Juliet — May 4, 2011 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

    • Hi Juliet:
      Yes–they made the murdering dentist story into a tv movie starring Rob Lowe! I can’t believe that guys fingers were in my mouth (the dentist–not Rob Lowe, LOL!). Ugh! Pa-tooey! He was also my son’s dentist (DH used a dentist closer to his office at the time so he escaped all that). LOL that I’m not the only one who names my bad-guys after people who have done me wrong. Tee hee! As for the book you read–I never wrote a book called Almost Perfect. I did write one heroine named Maddie, but it was for an anthology story entitled Your Room or Mine? in the Double the Pleasure anthology. Maybe you’re thinking of Julie Ortolon? If so, I’m honored to be confused with her!

      Comment by Jacquie D'Alessandro — May 4, 2011 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  2. I could call you Jack if it reminds you of Kathleen. Miss her! She called me Sher. No one else does. I can still hear her saying “Oh, Sher…” with that sympathetic tone in her voice when she used to call and console me about whatever stupid thing was getting me down at the time. She also called me Sherri Baby, usually when we were sharing a laugh. Which was often. And our loopie group friends were the only people who called her Kath. With other family and friends, she was Kathleen or Kathie. Can’t wait to read Summer at Seaside Cove, Jack!

    Comment by Sherri Browning Erwin — May 4, 2011 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

    • As I read your reply I could hear Kathleen’s voice in my head. I miss her, too. When I was a kid, the neighborhood kids called me Jack (we all shortened each others’ names). But then it just somehow stopped. I love that she called you Sherri Baby! xox

      Comment by Jacquie D'Alessandro — May 4, 2011 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  3. Really creepy about the dentist, Jack!

    I miss Kath, too. So very much. And since we’re talking about naming characters, I’ve just decided that the next time I need a name for a wonderful, wise, and lovely friend in a book, it’s going to be Kath or Kathleen. Thanks for that inspiration!

    One of my favorite sports moments — cutting high school to attend the Cubs game on the day when Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run. My husband loves that I got to see that!

    So excited to read Summer at Seaside Cove. Heading over to Barnes & Noble tonight!

    Comment by Jill — May 4, 2011 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • I think it’s lovely that you’re going to name a wonderful female character Kathleen, Jill! And LOVE your Cubs game story! I got to see Andy Pettitte pitch a couple of times–it was a total thrill!

      Comment by Jacquie D'Alessandro — May 4, 2011 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  4. Your former dentist was a murderer? Somehow, I will never forget this fact about you.

    Comment by darkhorsebooks — May 4, 2011 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  5. I went to high school with Gary Kurtz, who produced STAR WARS. He was a band geek, but clearly became a great friend of George Lucas at USC.

    Comment by Phoebe Conn — May 4, 2011 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

    • See? Story of my life–the fabulous Phoebe Conn (having a serious fangirl moment here, people!) goes to school with the Star Wars guy, and I get the murdering dentist’s fingers in my mouth! What the heck?! And I was even a band geek!
      I can’t believe I’m having a conversation with Phoebe Conn! I have to call my mom and tell her!

      Comment by Jacquie D'Alessandro — May 4, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  6. Yes you are right about Julie Orton. Sorry about that. I have three kids (one very young) so usually I am only working with half a brain.
    I think I have two books downloaded by you Jackie (AT Last and Mine at Midnight). I will start reading them soon. Have a fabulous day.

    Comment by Juliet — May 4, 2011 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

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