So, Moira, what do you see as the most challenging aspect of motherhood?
At first it was keeping my son safe from KARP, the Kushawan Alliance of Royal Princes. They set out to assassinate him before he turned six months old. Now it is keeping him safe living in the rocky mountains inside a well-protected compound, but an area still rife with predatory animals and snakes.
What is your proudest mom moment?
It was on Christmas day when Ham turned six months old and I could still hold him in my arms. The assassins lost their chance to kill him before his official name day. He is now and will always be the Crown Prince of Kushawa.
My mom used to say “I’ve had it up to here!” and “Who do you think you are?” a lot. What is your go-to momism?
Now that we're several years beyond that episode and living safely in the Colorado foothills, my biggest concern is that he be safe from predators, like bobcats and rattle snakes. Mostly I find myself saying, "Have you got your leather boots on and your cellphone in your pocket?" before he goes out to play.
What is the most valuable thing your mother taught you?
I think it is that I should go for what I want in life. I grew up in a very small farming community in upstate New York. Not many kids went on to college. I did. Mom always encouraged me supported all my decisions right up until she drew her dying breath. She was the best mother in the world. I always wish I had been there for her those last few days, but she saw to Hamid's safety in spite of her sudden turn.
Tell us about your kids. Do they take after you at all?
Hamilton looks very much like his father, except for the red hair he got from me. Vanessa resembles her father, Vance; and Jessie is a great composite of the two of us. As for taking after me, I'd say Vanessa is most like me, personality-wise. At six, she's a tomboy and loves following Ham around the property. The two of them are always trying to elude their body guards. So far, after seven years out here, no one seems to be looking for us any longer. But, you never know about the middle eastern dynasties.
And now, how about some 'This or That?'
Bacon & eggs or cereal & milk?
Bacon and eggs, pancakes, berries.
Themed party or meet for drinks?
Meet for drinks, spontaneously. It's not good for people to know my schedule, so everything is always last minute.
Cosmopolitan or beer?
Actually, a single malt scotch. Sometimes a martini when we're out.
Home cooked or take out?
Home cooked. Vance and I love to work together in the kitchen, and the nearest take-out is about forty-five miles away.
Neiman Marcus or Walmart?
What's a Walmart?
Thanks so much for joining us today, Moira. And now, more about The Prince of Keegan Bay:
Based on the ancient Kushawan legend, the infant Hamilton Robbins must die before Christmas night. Seventy-year-old Doll Reynolds calls together residents of Keegan Bay to save him.
When the American born heir to the kingdom of Kushawa is hidden in an age-qualified retirement community, a battle of wits and tactics develops between the Kushawan Alliance of Royal Princes (KARP), determined to eliminate the infant, and a group of senior citizens, The Blenders, equally determined to save him. Doll Reynolds pulls the residents into a unified group while the baby's mother, Moira Robbins, risks her life to lure the KARP assassins away from her child.
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