Tell us a little about yourself!
Piper Doone hates filling out bios and makes up, like, 90% of what she puts in them. She was born on a pirate ship in the year 1723 and raised by Vikings in a small village off the coast of Liechtenstein. Her goals include taking over a small country and bribing the people who give out Oscars to retroactively award several to the cast of the 1996 comedy classic Down Periscope.
She has a mad passion for mid-century and Polynesian design, New Wave music, and Hayley Mills movies.
Her favorite bands are toad the wet sprocket, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Rolling Stones, but when no one's around, she's rocking Spice Girls like it's 1998. She also has a soft spot for Canadian folk god, Gordon Lightfoot.
She'll try to name some obscure indie movie as her favorite, but it's really The Mummy and she'll have a crush on Brendan Fraser forever.
Her TV weaknesses are Law and Order: SVU reruns and randomly finding terrible Australian and Canadian kids' shows from her childhood in the 90s.
If she could eat only one type of food for the rest of her life it would be Cuban food.
Her favorite books in the whole world are The Princess Bride by William Goldman and Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde.
She once was an extra on the mediocre 90s Sci-Fi show Seaquest DSV and was robbed of an Emmy that year for best .5 second cameo on a television show.
She left a terrible career in professional sports for a more reasonable career in sports marketing because she can have her own spinny chair in her office.
She is a proud Southpaw and a Scottish, ginger archer who has heard every Brave joke you can imagine. She has a weird, long-standing crush on Kurt Fuller (of Wayne’s World, Supernatural, and Psych fame) she can’t and won’t explain even though he's not only old enough to be her dad, he's older than her dad.
She is married to a curly blond haired French-Canadian guy who looks good in a tie and suspenders. They have two kids, a dog, a cat, and three hedgehogs.
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In Thirty Things, Nate and Finn check of a list of 30 things to do before Finn turns 30. What would be on your list?
My bucket list before 30 (just passed it not long ago) had a lot on it.
For awhile it was to survive. I lived in a rough situation growing up. I was abused and trapped in a horrid place where I learned to check the trees for snipers and the cars for bombs before I learned to ride a bike. It was dangerous and damaging to grow up like that and I don't wish it on anyone.
Then it was to run away and get to safety, which I did. I ran to my grandparents and lived with them throughout high school.
Then it was to go to college! And work for Disney. It was always a happy and safe place for me, so I wanted to be able to give that to someone else.
Then in my 20s, when the storms of '04 hit, it was to be back on our feet before I hit 30. We lost everything in those hurricanes and we are still rebuilding even today.
My number one goal was to just be able to keep coming back when crap hit and finally be able to live the life I wanted instead of the life that was handed to me.
Of course, there were little things like "learn to accept that I just don't like wine and that doesn't make me any less of a grown up" and "meet my favorite band" and I did both of those things!
Tell us about something you've already checked off your list. Was it everything you thought it would be?
When I was old enough, I marched down to Disney and got myself a job. I always wanted to make someone as happy and safe as I felt when I was there. It turned out that it was a crap job with little pay, but we found ways to make the best of it. By the time I got there, the price was so high that a lot of people were shut out, so at the end of the year, some of us would get together and find families who were about to drop money they didn't have for a day at Disney to give to their kids and we would comp them in and give them our company issued coupons for half off a meal. Management hated us, but we loved watching these families' reactions. That alone made the job for me.
While traveling the country, Finn and Nate visit some amazing places. Where have you been that has stuck with you?
I once got stuck in San Francisco for a few days by myself and I had NEVER been anywhere on my own before (I was 20). It wasn't so much the city as much as it was the freedom to explore and learn how to do things by myself and not be scared that I was going to be attacked or worse on my own. It was something I needed then.
If you could only do one of the things on your list, which would it be?
Make my life my own and not let others dictate how it's going to go.
For the first part of my life, I had to take care of everyone else because my mother is mentally ill and my father was abusive and eventually bolted. I had to make sure everyone got to work and school on time and, sadly, commit my mother a few times after some...episodes. It took me a long time to realize that my life was just starting and I had to make MY life and not be stuck fixing others'. When I finally made that decision, I found my husband.
What items would be on your writing bucket list?
I want to write something as profound and witty and self-aware as The Princess Bride. That book changed my life. I love the tongue-in-cheek story behind the story and William Goldman's 4th wall breaking asides.
Which books are on your TBR Bucket List?
Right now? I desperately want the Labyrinth prequel, that has apparently been stuck in some kind of release hell, to come out already! It was announced in, like, 2011, and has been on my Amazon wishlist ever since and it was supposed to come out every year in April since 2012 and never did!
Piper has a new novel from Dreamspinner Press called Something To Die For!
Josh Tucker lives a blessed life—great job, great family, perfect husband, and two wonderful children—but a mysterious man named Adam who haunts his dreams and soon his waking life threatens everything when he stirs doubt as to whether any of it is real. Adam makes Josh question the world he’s taken for granted—as well as the origins of Adam himself.
Even if Adam's claims are true, Josh has nothing to live for beyond his fabricated life—except the possibility of a real man out there somewhere who can love him. Josh is left with an impossible choice: stay in his delusion where he's assured some happiness or take a great leap of faith for a chance to make a life with Adam.
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