5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About…Sarah Jio
Sarah Jio’s much-anticipated fourth novel,The Last Camellia, is out today from Penguin (Plume). To celebrate, Sarah shared five fun facts about herself.
1. I sneeze every time I eat chocolate, without fail. I discovered this strange thing about myself as a kid, and it’s a quirk that continues today. But it’s just one sneeze, and only after my first bite. (And, another thing about chocolate: I’m a foodie, so you’d think I’d be really into fine chocolate, but no. I don’t care for dark chocolate, and much prefer the cheaper, milk chocolate (even though, yes, I know dark is healthier!) I also think mini-Cadbury candy-coated chocolate eggs are the best things on earth.)
2. I don’t like camping. Believe me, I’ve tried. And it pains me to admit this. I wish I could get into it. I have plenty of friends who love nothing more than to spend a week in the woods. And my husband would love for me to be the outdoorsy gal who hikes into to remote locations with him, cooks dinner over the camp stove and marvels at the stars through the tent. But, I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is not going to happen, probably ever. When it comes to the great outdoors, I love it—from the comfort of a hotel room. See fact #3.
3. I’m (deathly) afraid of rodents. The girl standing on top of a chair screaming at the top of her lungs when a mouse is spotted? That would be me. There have been many rodent incidents in my life, including an aggressive mouse in the campsite on my first real camping trip (see fact #2), and cumulatively, these experiences have left me with a deep-seated fear of anything with beady eyes and a long tail. I’ve already warned my children: There will never be a pet hamster or gerbil in this house. (But spiders, oddly, don’t bother me. So bring on the pet tarantula!)
4. I played the violin as a child. But we called it a “fiddle” and my favorite song to play was titled “Boil That Cabbage.”
5. I love karaoke. While I don’t have a particularly good voice (I’ll be honest, I’m a terrible singer), I still love to sing—in the shower, car, at my desk–everywhere. My husband went on a business trip to Japan last year, where he had is first real karaoke experience. He came home determined to get me to try it, so we bought a system for our home. I couldn’t believe how fun it is—especially the kind where you can compete with another singer in a duet. So, if you drive by our house at 10:00 on a weeknight, and you hear some woman belting out a Madonna song that’s completely off-key, that would be me. Seriously, there is nothing like karaoke for a mood boost at the end of a hard day. Try it!
Sarah Jio is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Blackberry Winter, The Violets of March, and The Bungalow. She has written thousands of articles for magazines such as Glamour, SELF, Health, Redbook, Cooking Light, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day and many other publications. She lives in Seattle with her husband and their three young children.
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