Notes from a YA Debutante
First of all, thank you for having me! I'm incredibly excited and honored to be a July debutante! I thought that for today, I'd write about...
WHAT I'M DOING WHEN I'M NOT WRITING!
1. Taking photos.
Photography was always my first love growing up. When I was a teenager, I thought I was going to be a famous photographer one day. Well, that didn't exactly happen! But I still love taking photos, and talking about cameras and all that geeky stuff. And I drag my husband to photography exhibitions every chance I get. Living in Los Angeles, there's usually lots of cool and/or weird stuff to see around town. My latest camera is one of those cheap "Lomokino" film cameras (I've included a picture of one so you can see what I'm talking about). They take little low-fi movies on 35mm rolls of film, and are lots of fun to mess around with.
2. Playing with my two-year-old (almost three-year-old) daughter.
Most of my time these days when I'm not writing is spent hanging out with my daughter. She's awesome. I take her down to Venice Beach a lot with some other moms and their kids and we hang out and chat while the little kids play. My daughter is currently obsessed with Spiderman (although she has never seen the movies or anything—she has just seen ads and posters for it and is really excited for some inexplicable reason).
Okay, so I went through a phase after college when I thought I wanted to start my own restaurant. I got really obsessed with cooking. I love Spanish food (and I lived in Spain for a semester in college), so I bought all these books and got really into it. Of course, I never did start a restaurant or even work as a chef. But I did learn how to make a mean pisto manchego, and I still love to cook.
I probably read fewer books now than I once did—mainly because I spend so much time writing, and also because having kids cuts into one's peaceful, quiet reading time. But I still read 3-5 books every week. I get so excited when one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out! I have a Kindle and a Nook, but I still love reading physical copies. And I have a giant stack of books to read. Right now, the book I'm most excited about reading is probably Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans, because I've heard it's really awesome.
Bookie's Note: So that's our FIRST debutante of this month! Lisa, what a lovely name you have! :P I'm not a photographer but I know how to work instagram ( if that even counts! :P) and I envy your love for cooking! I can't cook even if my life depended on it - haha! I WISH I could read 5 books a week, I think I read 3 a week - in a good week! Haha! Well, everyone please come back tomorrow for when Lisa reveals some secrets about The Forsaken and also for the opportunity to win a copy! :P
Badass Bookie xx