Writer Q & A Tag

My blogging buddy, Ritu over at But I Smile Anyway… nominated her readers to participate in this Q & A. I enjoyed the questions so I decided to do it. Here are the questions and my answers below.

If you met a sexy vampire what would you do? Hook up, get the garlic and crosses out or run a mile?

I’d easily run a mile. I used to be able to run a mile pretty fast, even if it was 15 years ago. I’d probably be able to do it again if I saw a vampire and he was after my blood.

What’s your favorite genre of book and why?

I like several but for the past few years my favorite are memoirs. Like the saying goes, “Everyone has a story.” I love to read non-fiction stories about the events people have gone through in their lives. I especially enjoy them if it’s something I can relate to. Even if it’s something I don’t relate with, it’s something new to learn. I’m currently reading “The Basketball Diaries.” Don’t ask me when I’ll finish it. I’m notorious for starting a book and taking months or even years to finish it. I used to finish books in hours or days but after college it’s rare that I do it anymore. I’m still working on the “Harry Potter” series five years later, and “Orange is the New Black.” The show is much better than the book.

Who is/are your favorite author (s) , poet (s)? What is it about them that inspires you?

I have several! As a child, my favorite authors were Roald Dahl, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. Beverly Cleary is alive and well at 100 years old. My favorite books were/are “The Witches” (I still love the movie), “James and the Giant Peach” (another good movie), “Matilda”, “Are you there God, it’s me Margaret”, “Tiger Eyes” and books from the Ramona and Henry series.

When I got older, I got into Chicano literature. One of my favorites is Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima.” It’s a great coming of age story. A common theme in Chicano literature is coming of age. Another favorite is “Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories” by San Antonio author Sandra Cisneros. My favorite memoir to date is “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt. I’m not much of a poetry reader. If I had to pick a poet, it would be Tupac. His book, “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” is a favorite. All of these author’s words made me laugh at some point in life. That’s what’s inspiring about them in my opinion.

If you had to control a classroom of year 6 kids would you bail, or enjoy the challenge? Would you be (a.)  too undisciplined to do so, you’d just join in the general mayhem, (b.) enjoy bossy them around, or (c.) pray in a corner for the bell to sound.

Oh wow, let me think about this one for a minute. I wouldn’t bail because I’d probably end up getting fired. I’d also need the money. To be honest, I would probably tell them they need to complete their assignments and then bribe them with whatever is hip for I’m guessing 12 and 13 year-olds these days. I’ve been through worse things in life and this situation wouldn’t be one of them.

 What made you become a writer/blogger? Does your family support you or do they think you’re crazy, bored,  attention seeking, or all of these? Tell us a bit about your current WIP and/or books…

I’ve been writing since I was 6. I won a school wide contest in first grade. The story was also one of the best in my school district. Growing up, I wrote in journals off and on for years. I also included poetry in those journals. When I was in high school, I was on the newspaper and yearbook staff for three years. In college, I was on the newspaper staff for two years. I started off as a contributing writer. I became the news editor during my senior year. After college, I worked as a reporter and freelance writer for six years. In 2010, I took a five-year break from writing. I wanted to explore other career options. My childhood friend and fellow blogger, Ryan Loera (Noiseless Madman) asked me to write for his blog/e-zine last year. I wrote a few posts there. I then decided to start my own blog, Life of an El Paso Woman. My family has always been supportive of my writing. My parents follow my blog. They may think I’m a little bit crazy. LOL and that my friends is no lie!

What is the most awful job and/or experience you’ve ever done/had?

Every job I’ve had was a great way to learn new skills. I didn’t really like working in call centers because customers can be really mean. I just wanted to hang up the phone whenever customers started cussing or screaming about their bill or calling them. We weren’t allowed to hang up on them so I would just pass the call to my supervisor or do my best to help them solve their issue. I didn’t like it when one of my bosses at a call center came onto me. Luckily, he came onto me after I had already quit that job. I basically told him in a nice way to fu*k off because he was married and SO not my type…to put it mildly. I dislike it when terrible managers are in charge. It’s made me not want to get up in the morning and go to work. I hate that nauseating, throwing up feeling I’ve had, especially when you wake up with it.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Does this spill out onto other parts of your life? Are you generally organized/disorganized?

I’ve become a little bit better in planning events and being organized. I’m still a procrastinator and try going with the flow in life.

Do you believe in Ghosts? Fate? Love at First Sight? Fairies? Psychic happenings?Numerology, Mermaids, The Loch Ness Monster, Demons…etc.

Yes I believe in ghosts because I’ve had some weird experiences with them. I didn’t always believe in them but I do now. They don’t scare me anymore. I figure it’s a soul who doesn’t have closure in their life or family. I think people and events are put into your life for a reason so I don’t really believe in fate. I don’t believe in love at first sight. I used to at one point in my life. I think it’s two people who are really attracted to each other physically and maybe in other ways. I don’t believe in fairies but I know from experience that angels truly exist. There’s been a few that have saved my life. I’ve done the whole psychic thing. Some of what I was told was true but a lot of it wasn’t. I don’t believe in mermaids or monsters. I believe in demons. I think there’s some here on earth. Does Donald Trump count as one?

What is the worst haircut/clothes/hats you’ve ever had/worn? Photos please, or describe in vivid detail…

Something like these JNCO jeans in high school. My parents didn’t want me wearing extra long and baggy ones but I had a couple of pairs that were similar to the ones in this pic. Sorry guys, I don’t have any photos of me wearing them. Thank God! What was I thinking?

wp-1463240705905.jpgPlease finish this sentence with more than three extra words: Life is one foot in and one foot out, you…have the ability to create and do anything you set your mind to in life!

I’m inviting anyone who’d like to participate! Please do a ping back to me if you decide to do it. I want to see what you come up with.



  1. That is a very touching compliment, Lisa! My blog is a dream come true to spread some good vibes. I couldn’t be more thankful knowing that this is the case. Be sure that I will always make it an effort too to visit you! Hugs 😊💖

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  2. That really makes sense, Erika. 🙂 Your blogs is a must for me daily! I love the song of the day, your quotes, everything! Even if I’m taking a break I will stop by.

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  3. Haha… then you can even talk to them and see how they react. Electricity is one of the easier ways they can communicate. It is really fun.. lol!
    I appreciate it a lot, Lisa, that you make it an effort to stop by at my blog. But I also understand when it is simply not possible due to time issues! I am thankful for having you around whenever, Lisa! 💖

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  4. Yay! I have some stuff coming up too so I might not blog as much for a bit. I still will make time for you and a few others though. Andre’s dad likes to play tricks…so his aunt says! Lol.

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  5. Oh, sure! I will always come by, Lisa! I just cannot participate in all I would like to in order to keep up at least my schedule … lol!
    Ah, I see! Yes, they might be making fun with you or simply trying to get in touch with you in order to keep the connection alive. They want to show that they are there… but yes, at times it is annoying… haha!

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  6. No I think I was more annoyed. We figured it was his dad and grandparents. It was their house before they died. I think his dad still contacts him. He passed away when Andre was 11. His grandfather was a famous weatherman on TV here. His grandmother passed away last year. I completely understand the time thing so no pressure at all. I understand if you can’t participate either. I’m glad you still come by though! 😃

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  7. Weren’t you totally scared? I mean, I am not afraid about spirits since I feel them around me. But this kind would scare me unless I know that it is someone I know – again good spirits who simply want to get in touch. Sometimes they are simply playing games and are making fun of us… lol! My father used to play with the volume button in my previous car. It was nice to know he is getting in touch with me. But sometimes he annoyed me and I asked him to stop it, which he did. So funny!
    I don’t know if I can do it. There is so much I have to get prepared during the next two weeks and then I start working. I will see!

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  8. Thank you, Erika! Are you going to do it sometime when you have time? I would love to see if if you do! The stuff just recently happened at the last house I was living at. I blogged about it sometime last year. I was living at Andre’s grandparents house and the lights would turn off and on. The TV’s volume would turn up by itself. One of the lights in the living room turned orange. All kinds of noises would also come from the refrigerator. Andre caught some shadow on a video one time. Some of his money went missing from a drawer. He tried to blame it on me and I was like I didn’t take your money. He eventually found it somewhere else in the house. He says stuff like that still happens.

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