Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?
Clifton: I’m an Arnold Palmer guy unless there is a Sobe strawberry daiquiri available.
Studioenp: Yummy! Great for drinking while sitting in the garden in summer. Which season do you like best and why?
Clifton: I’m a spring weather guy. Mainly because spring weather is just right for walking. Walking tends to take me to my dimension of creativity.
Studioenp: Yes, it definitely clears the head and brings a sense of well-being, doesn’t it? What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Clifton: The day my childhood hero, or should I say shero (my mother), graduated from college. My mother was many things to many people; however, to me she was an example of hard work, determination, and perseverance.
Studioenp: Aww, that’s wonderful that she’s your shero! Do you have a best friend—who is it?
Clifton: Well, my therapist was my best friend until I came to the realization that he was only listening to me vent because that was his job LOL. But seriously, my notebook and a pen serve as my best friends.
Studioenp: Great best friends to have! Do you have any quirks?
Clifton: Do I??? LOL. 1: I’m addicted to Altoids. 2: I’m obsessed with personal hygiene. 3: I laugh at the most awkward moments. I probably could go on and on for days. I classify myself as weird (Wealthy | Enthusiastic | Innovative | Radical | Driven) person but it’s that weirdness that fuels my creativity.
Studioenp: Well then, weird is the best way to be! Post-It notes or notebook?
Clifton: Those who know me know I hate Post-It notes. I don’t know why but I do lol. I’ve had people play practical jokes on me by posting them all around my office and my bedroom, knowing just how much it would bother me. But as I stated earlier, a notebook is one of my best friends.
Studioenp: Ha! We shouldn’t laugh, but that was funny. What do you do to relax?
Clifton: I enjoy bowling, watching sports and HGTV. I also have a secret place I go to that only a couple are aware of.
Studioenp: Excellent! Perfect three-course meal?
Clifton: Appetizer: Mozzarella sticks. Entrees: Cedar grilled lemon chicken with French fries (Yes, I love fries, if I could eat them with every meal, I would). Dessert: Strawberry cake.
Studioenp: Oooh, that’s got the stomach rumbling. Yum! What type of music do you enjoy?
Clifton: I’m more of a lyrics guy. I will listen to any genre if there’s a message within the lyrics.
Studioenp: Yes, Em likes the lyrics, too. If they’re a load of waffle…no, thanks. Do you dance like no one’s watching?
Clifton: Only when no one is watching lol.
Studioenp: LOL! Thank you so much for being here. It’s been fun and a pleasure. It was great to get to know you a little. Good luck with your book, and we wish you all the best!
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