For reasons I don’t quite understand, a kind friend asked to interview me for the neighborhood paper. My responses, written at about 11:30 p.m. last night, are listed below. I realized immediately upon waking that these will never see the light of day in actual print, so I thought I’d share them with you.
What is your background?
I was raised in Kentucky, which is both the college basketball and weed capital of the world. Incidentally, the majority of Colorado’s medicinal marijuana is imported from my home state. Just kidding. I made that up. It’s actually grown in your neighbor’s creepy basement. Those blackout shades were installed for a reason after the house went back to the bank.
I spent twelve years in Chicago post-college (Miami of OHIO. Please don’t confuse my alma mater with that football International Baccalaureate of thugdom in Florida), where I met my husband, popped out three children, taught myself to parallel park one unfortunately placed car at a time, and carried a shiv pretty much 24/7.
How long have you been in Colorado?
After getting mugged more often than the Cubs scored runs, we packed up the family seven years ago and descended on the sunny suburbs of Colorado, where, until our creditors catch up with us, we’re here to stay.
What are the ages of your kids and what did you do before becoming a parent?
Our children are 11, 9 and 7, and before they came along I did everything in my power to avoid having them. Just kidding…again! I was a commercial real estate broker, which totally prepared me to be a stay-at-home mom because I dealt with selfish, immature, whiny little people every day. Nobody peed in my face when I was changing a diaper though, so that element of motherhood was kind of a surprise.
What made you start writing and why did you start your own blog?
I started writing my novel about a year ago because, with the ankle-biters in school (finally!), I had way too much time on my hands. When you earn VIP status at Kohl’s and they’re calling you every day for Franzia and queso parties (that you regularly attend), something’s gotta give. I started my blog this past Christmas so I could avoid working on my novel and feel good about it.
Tell me about the book that you are working on.
My novel is middle grade fiction focused on a friendship triangle that includes mystery, major BFF friction, love gone wrong, and dodgeball Pom girls. I promise there’s nothing like it on the shelves, and if I were honest with myself, I’d acknowledge there’s a reason for that.
What has been the reaction to your blog? Do you have a lot of followers?
The reaction to my blog has been surprisingly positive, especially from the people who stay awake long enough to get to the bottom of my posts. It’s completely random, and for me, super-fun. I’ll never admit how I got my followers, but the word “bribe” is pretty prevalent in my daily lexicon. Well, that and the phrase “your image has been captured on film.”
I love to write, the most rewarding part being that I’ve finally convinced my therapist I’m not a schizoid. At the end of the day, I really do believe in a balanced budget, the tooth fairy, and unicorns, and all of the voices I channel are (scary to say) real.