Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?
Dania Voss: Diet Dr. Pepper!
Studioenp: Oooh, ever tried that with Amaretto? Lush. Perfect on a hot summer’s night with chunks of ice. Perfect for any season, really. Which season do you like best and why?
Dania Voss: Maybe it’s because I’m in the Chicagoland area, but I’ve always been fond of fall. I love sweaters and sweater weather.
Studioenp: Yeah, partial to that here, too. That first proper autumn morning where the air is just a little bit too crisp. Wonderful. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Dania Voss: Although I was born in Rome, Italy, I was only two years old when my parents relocated to Chicago with many relatives from my father’s side of the family. When I was thirteen, my father took me to Italy, and I was able to meet my mother’s side of the family for the first time (that I’d been able to remember). It was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.
Studioenp: How lovely! Do you have a best friend—who is it?
Dania Voss: That would be Mr. Voss, and he’s my biggest fan, too.
Studioenp: Aww. Brilliant to have a husband who is also your best friend. We’re the same. Buddies for life. Do you have any quirks?
Dania Voss: I’m irked if lights are left on in a room that no one is in. I go around the house turning off lights my husband leaves on.
Studioenp: Hmm, Em has to admit that as she’s getting older, that tends to bug her, too. Post-It notes or notebook?
Dania Voss: Yes! Post-It notes, notebooks, the memo app on my cell phone, highlighter pens, etc….
Studioenp: Oooh, highlighter pens. Em loves those and has many colours. And the memo app—great for shopping lists. What do you do to relax?
Dania Voss: Listening to music—especially 80s Hair bands—bubble baths, and treating myself with a visit to the spa—mud wraps are my favorite spa treatment.
Studioenp: Paul’s partial to that mud stuff. You know, the masks you put on your face. [Paul nudges Em and mouths something.] What? What’s the matter with telling everyone that? Erm, moving swiftly on… Perfect three-course meal?
Dania Voss: So much to choose from—all those yummy Italian dishes! If I had to settle for one it would probably be prime rib, mashed potatoes, and peas/carrots.
Studioenp: Yum! So now hunger pains have started. What type of music do you enjoy?
Dania Voss: I love Hair bands from the 80s, some heavy metal, and I have a softer side as I’ve been known to enjoy Enya from time to time.
Studioenp: Sail away, sail away, sail away… Are those the words? Yes, Enya is good. Do you dance like no one’s watching?
Dania Voss: Yes, sometimes you’ve just got to rock out!
Studioenp: Whoo hoo! Rocking out is also good. Well, it’s been marv to have you here, and we hope you visit again when your next release is out.
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