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Introverted computer engineer Charlie Forrester has coded an algorithm for love, a nearly flawless matchmaking program. But then she's challenged to prove its accuracy - on herself. With her dream job on the line, Charlie has thirty days to forge a romantic relationship with her "perfect" match...her ex-friend and now-nemesis, Daniel Shawn. Since her dating experience is expressed in binary, she'll need more than flirting lessons and a wardrobe overhaul to pull it off.
After falling victim to the same online matchmaking con he was investigating, reporter Daniel Shawn's professional reputation went up in flames. Now he suspects someone has rebooted the scam, and he's determined to expose the fraud and rebuild his career. Unfortunately, his efforts to get back in the game get sidetracked by Charlie and her adorable geekitude, even though she seems to know a little too much about digital dating for Daniel's comfort.
And when fake romance crosses into real chemistry, Charlie's formula for love might just be the perfect formula for disaster...
So today I am happy to be hosting E.J. Russell for our feature, 10 Questions. She has a book out called, Lost in Geeklandia, and if you want to read my review of the book you can click here to read it. Our questions today are being answered by Charlie Forrester, the heroine in Lost in Geeklandia, and a seriously awesome nerd. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit better, I know I did.
Q: What is the one thing you never leave the house without and why.
A: I need a tether to the internet, so I always carry one with me, whether it’s a cell phone, tablet, or laptop. Or, you know, all three.
Q: What is the number one item on your birthday wish list?
A: This is going to sound weird, but either a goat or an irrigation pump. Not for me. But organizations like Heifer International allow you to donate items like animals, sustainable farming supplies, and basic needs equipment, to help developing communities. This has been sort of a focus for me since I was a kid. Last year, my roommates donated a beehive in my name. It was awesome.
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: Buggy software. There’s just no excuse.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Ishmael by Barbara Hambly. It’s the ultimate data mashup between two television shows that she clearly loved as a kid – Star Trek: TOS (set in space in the 23rd century) and Here Come the Brides (set in post-Civil War Seattle). How cool is it that she could pick her favorite characters from both series and make them related to each other?
Q: What’s your go to song to get you amped up?
A: “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. It’s great for checking things off your to-do list.
Q: You walk into a pet store, what animal would you bring home and why?
A: Definitely not a fish. You know those kids’ carnivals where you can win a goldfish by tossing ping pong balls into fishbowls? Who invented that? When I was a kid, I was convinced I was a serial goldfish killer, because none of the fish I won made it past day two at home. I wasn’t much more successful with Tamagotchis, those digital pets. They were more needy than the dang fish. I think I’d be safer with a pet rock.
Q: If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go and why?
A: Until last June, I would have said New Zealand, because I’d love to see the gorgeous places where LOTR was filmed. But then I saw Sense8 and now I’m totally obsessed with Iceland. The coolest thing, though, would be to do a Sense8 tour – San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, London, Berlin, Mumbai, Nairobi, Seoul, Reykjavik.
Q: What would you pick for your last meal?
A: There’s this Peruvian restaurant in Portland — Andina. It’s just…well, you have to try it for yourself. I’d pick a selection of tapas (enough to share with my friends, because if it’s my last meal, I don’t want to eat alone) and end with two alfajores, these absolutely incredible cookies. Totally worthy of being the last thing ever eaten.
Q: If you were a contestant on the show Survivor, what would your luxury item be?
A: Survivor? Gosh, I never watched it. Hold on while I do some research. BRB… Okay, back. Wow, Survivor would be tough for me. No computers? I’m not sure I’d survive that! I guess I’d take a journal and a really reliable pen so I could collect data about the experience and transfer it all to a database when I got voted off (probably early, since my skills aren’t exactly high-value in the wilderness).
Q: What are your best and worst qualities?
A: Lord, I always screw these questions up in job interviews. I can never think of a single thing that’s good and way too many things that aren’t, but job interviews are one of those cases where too much data is actually a bad thing. This isn’t strictly a job interview, though, right? I guess most people would say my best quality is my intellect, because that’s the obvious answer. But I think my intellect is also my worst quality, because it gets in the way when I overthink things (which is pretty much all the time).