A. middle school teacher, adult school teacher
A. program coordinator of a book festival
A. Franklin H.S. in Los Angeles and UC, Santa Cruz
A. Santa Sangre
A. I'm torn between Madmen, Battle Star Galactica, and Dexter
A. Like a roller coaster ride at Magic Mountain
A. Things happen for a reason
A. Dying and leaving my children to be raised by someone else. Not being there to see them grow up.
A. Anywhere but the U.S. It's a big world out there and I haven't had a chance to see much of it.
A. Frida Kahlo
A. J.K. Rowling
A. The words "stare" and "glance". My husband usually deletes them from my manuscript!
A. Not acquiring any other skills, besides writing.
A. A great imagination
A. Becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college.
A. Not doing enough research before making a decision on something.
A. I'm passionate about my work.
A. J.K. Rowling
A. My height
A. Howard Roark
A. I would love to meet Frida Kahlo. I would thank her for her strength and perseverance, which has inspired not only me but thousands of Latinas.
A. Plastic shopping bags and Americans' obsession with their lawns
A. gardening and planning literary events
A. Film editor
A. being straight-forward, goal-oriented, imaginative
A. mango sprinkled with chili powder
A. Mariposa by Mana, Corazoncito Tirano by Lila Downs, Europa by Santana, Tragos Amargos by Ramon Ayala, El Desierto by Lhasa
A. Sandra Cisneros, Ayn Rand, Gina B. Nahai, J.K. Rowling, Juan Rulfo, Kahlil Gibran, Kurt Vonnegut, Demetria Martinez, Agatha Christie
A. Caspian Rain, by Gina Nahai, Train to Trieste by Domnica Radulescu, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mother Tongue by Demetria Martinez, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
A. All of the above
A. Re-write the hell out of your books.
A. "Your book made me cry."