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Meet Bravewarrior (a self-interview writing challenge)

Until you know yourself and what you want out of life, you can't truly be there for others. Know and be true to yourself.

My avatar pic taken in 2012 with my Booger Boy, Axel

My avatar pic taken in 2012 with my Booger Boy, Axel

Interview myself? Are you kidding me?

As is true of most writers, I’m not comfortable talking about myself. But part of becoming known as a writer is to go outside your comfort zone. So, here I take the leap and hope there’s a net at the bottom to catch me if I fall.

I hesitated in taking this challenge. However, I saw many of my writer friends jumping on the trampoline without a safety net, so I thought, “hey, if they can do it, so can I”!

When I was a kid, if you dared me to do something I stepped up to the plate, whether the dare was stupid or potentially dangerous. Have I lost my oomph? Have I lost the dare-devil that has taken me through decades of unknown paths? Had I not done so, I’d not be where I am, so why stop now?

Can you hear the conversation I’ve been having with myself over this challenge?

If I can talk to myself, why not interview myself? No reason, you say? I agree.

So, here we go….

Me in 1959. I'd grow to become Bravewarrior

Me in 1959. I'd grow to become Bravewarrior

Some background

You can read about my professional background on my profile page (click the link below my avatar), so I won’t repeat myself.

Instead, I’ll tell you some things you don’t know.


Date of Birth: March 3, 1957

Time of Birth: 9:03 p.m. (that means something in my astrological chart)

Place of Birth: Madonna Hospital, Denison, Texas

Height: 5’2”

Hair Color: Brown, Gray, Silver (chestnut before age set in)

Eye Color: Blue

Ethnicity: American born of Italian, Irish, English, Scottish, German, and Cherokee heritage

Education: High school honor grad, 30th out of 300 students

Certifications: 1983 TV/Radio certification from Brown Institute, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Second in class


K, now that we’ve got stats out of the way, let me put on my “I’m-someone-else-hat” and get on with the interview.

Actors Studio questions

Writers are actors who hide behind the screen of the written word, so this should be a piece of cake. Just so you know I’ve covered my eyes so you can’t see me! LOL

What is your favorite word?

I’d have to say my favorite word is juxtaposition. I love the sound of the word. When we were young, my dad would have us learn five vocabulary words a day. And, I mean young. I was thrilled that my peers had never heard of the word, let alone knew what it meant. It’s a really big word with a simple meaning, yet it’s rarely used in conversation or text.

What is your least favorite word?

At the risk of being flagged, my least favorite word is penis. I simply don’t like the way it sounds. I much prefer the slangs when addressing that part of the male anatomy. It just doesn’t sound right to use the proper word. Especially when you’re telling someone they’re being a ____!

Hello, God!

Hello, God!

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

Many things inspire me in those areas:

  • Hearing the birds greet and begin a new day
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset
  • Music
  • Smiles
  • Seeing elderly couples walk hand in hand
  • Nature
  • Seeing the sun’s rays reach down through the clouds and the trees. Every time I see that I say, “hello, God!”
  • Rainbows
  • Hugs
  • Not being the first to say, “I love you”

This certainly isn’t all that inspires me, but it’s what comes to mind foremost.

What turns you off creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

  • Arguing
  • Judgment
  • Negativity
  • Boys who feel the need to show their boxers. Pull your damned pants up!
  • People who constantly complain

What sound or noise do you love?

I have to answer this question from the memories of a little girl. Sure, I have favorite sounds now as an adult, but I doubt they’ll last as long as this one:

My favorite sound is the car slowly rolling over a rock-paved drive-in theater. My folks would put us in our pajamas and Mom would pop a big brown bag full of popcorn. To this day, I pop corn in a pot. No microwave popcorn or air-popper for this little girl!

What sound or noise do you hate?

I don’t know if hate is the right word, so I’ll translate the question to, what sound or noise grates on your nerves?

Without a doubt, fingernails scraped on a blackboard grates on my nerves. It gives me the willy-nilly heebie-jeebies.

What is your favorite curse word?

In my neck of the words, it’s called a cuss word. And I’d have to say it’s the F-word. It just fits into so many conversations and really gets the point across. It might not be lady-like, but what woman is lady-like when she’s cussing??

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

At age 57, I’m not thinking of attempting any other career than the one I’m trying to get a grasp on, so I’ll answer this from the perspective of a much younger me.

When I was in high school, I spent some time with Mongoloid children and adults. Their unconditional and honest love was heartwarming. I think I’d like to work with kids who have a harder way to go than the rest of us.

What profession would you not like to do?

At one point in my (younger) life, I thought about becoming a nurse. However, I can’t stand the sight of blood and don’t do well with severed limbs, etc. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I don’t react well.

I have such huge respect for our medical professionals. They are much bigger people than I can ever think of becoming.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Welcome, Shauna. You done good.” Of course, he wouldn't use bad grammar, but you get my gist.

Me in 2005

Me in 2005

Could Julia Roberts play me in my autobiographical film?

Could Julia Roberts play me in my autobiographical film?

Challenging questions

These are questions that Jennifer asked us to answer should we accept her challenge. I think these may be the hardest questions of all to tackle.

In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play you?

I’m thinking Julia Roberts would do a good job of portraying me and the many facets of my life. She’s pretty, but can pull off being a bad girl. I spent much of my twenties and thirties being the bad girl that surprised you because of my petite stature, intelligence, and good looks. I’m not being conceited, but I was able to walk in all crowds from the elite to hard-core biker because of my looks and intelligence. Julia Roberts is versatile enough to pull that off. The only thing is she’d have to have her co-stars wear elevated shoes to make her look as short as I am! Plus, she’d have to wear blue contacts.

My 1936 Sterling upright piano is collecting dust. I could kick myself for quitting lessons

My 1936 Sterling upright piano is collecting dust. I could kick myself for quitting lessons

What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

This isn't really a fair question, because I can cultivate anything I wish. However, one thing I wish I would have kept up with is playing the piano. I was given lessons by a concert pianist at a very young age. However, I was a rebel and quit because my mother enforced my daily hourly practice. Had she left me alone, I would have been fine because I loved playing the piano. It was being forced that rubbed me the wrong way. Now I know I cut off my nose to spite my face.

Who is your favorite fictional character ever?

This is a tough one. I don’t really have favorite characters, but I do have favorite authors. However, I need to think outside of the books that line my shelves in order to answer this.

When I really think about it, I’d have to say Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. She had to overcome separation from her family, fear of the dark woods, yet still found the strength to help the Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and The Scarecrow find what they were looking for. Together, they battled the Wicked Witch of the West, the flying monkeys, and the huge, scary presence of Oz himself. Yet, she never lost faith. She found her way home. To me, Dorothy is the epitome of faith, love, and strength of character.

If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

Dean Koontz, hands down. He’s my favorite author. I’ve read almost everything he’s written, from when he penned himself as Dean R. Koontz to present day. There’s only one book I didn’t care for; that’s a pretty good track record. He’s not predictable. He’s not gory. He deals more with the paranormal than plots so scary I can’t sleep at night. He stays out of the limelight, yet everyone knows who he is. He’s humble and successful. That’s what I’d like to achieve in my writing career.

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What inspires you?

I've already answered this. Basically, life inspires me. Emotions inspire me. You have no idea how many times I've gotten up out of bed and started a poem or an article based on the hurt I was feeling at the time. Fortunately, I don’t publish them. Writing them down releases me and that’s all it takes for me to resume my comfort zone. I choose to write pieces that uplift, inform, or send my readers into a fantasy world.

When did you first realize you were a writer?

When I was in 7th grade, our teacher asked us to write a story based on the Dragnet series. She gave us some prompts. We were to use a baseball bat, garbage can, sneaker, and a dollar bill. Rather than use those prompts as props, I turned them into characters, with each speaking in the first person. I got an A++ on my story. I wish I still had the composition book, because I could really gain from reconnecting with my creative self at that age.

And Now For Something a Little Different

At this point, I’m to come up with my own self-interview questions. Come on, Jennifer, you’re really pushing it, aren’t you?

Okay, remember what I said about dares? Hmm. Give me a minute (or a day) to think.

What is your biggest regret in life?

I really only have one. I don’t regret most of the decisions I made in life because I learned and grew from them. However, there is one:

I regret having stepped out of my copywriting career in the 1980s. I was successful and had a blast. I was good at what I did. I wrote TV commercials that were aired on local network affiliates. I had it made.

Had I stuck with it, I would have naturally morphed into today’s market and technology. Instead, I have to learn all over again. I have no contacts and absolutely no clue about the editing end of television media, whereas I once did. I was not only a copywriter, but an assistant producer. Too much time and way too much technology has come to be since then. Plus – stupid me – I never thought to save my copy or get dubs of my TV commercials. I could kick myself in the ass!

I would have been much better off today, if I hadn't gotten out of copywriting/broadcasting in the late 1980s

I would have been much better off today, if I hadn't gotten out of copywriting/broadcasting in the late 1980s

What advice do you have to offer to those who are considering writing as a career choice?

I have three words: Go For It. If it’s in your mind and in your heart, it’s something that needs to be nourished. Write whenever you can and whatever comes to mind, even if you don’t share it. And save everything you write. You never know when you’ll need to call upon your work.

Create a new crowd of friends: writers. Get advice, opinions, critiques; do whatever you can to have your love of writing encompass your world. Learn what you can and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You only lose if you don’t try.

Out of curiosity, why do you call yourself Bravewarrior?

Simply put, because I am. I don’t mean to be snotty, but I’ve never let anything get me down or hold me back.

To be honest, I became Bravewarrior when I was about nine years old. I lived in Philly from age eight to the summer before I entered ninth grade. Across the street from our row house was an empty lot filled with trees and black raspberry bushes. I’d squish the berries and apply them to my face, as Bravewarrior or I’d use the berries to make dinner as a Cherokee squaw.

It wasn’t until 2011 that Bravewarrior gained a presence and went from imagination to reality. You can read how I became Bravewarrior by clicking here.

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Conclusion

This was difficult at first, but very enlightening in the end. Jennifer, I thank you for creating this challenge. I would recommend everyone give this a shot, even if you don’t post it. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Shauna L Bowling

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 02, 2021:

Wonderful interview.

I'm sure Julia Roberts could pull it off.

Your dad sounds like he was amazing...giving you 5 words daily.

I'm sure that bad girl vibe was fun back in the day.

I don't think I would trust half the stuff I took part in when I was younger...I trusted way too easily.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 02, 2021:

Well, alrighty then, Ocar! Whatever trips your trigger - or keeps it under wraps.

Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on July 02, 2021:

ha.. too much! I've wrote much that meant little, and I've wrote little that meant much. If I wrote to expose the bullies of my lifetime, I would certainly stir a lot of nests.. lol thank you!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 01, 2021:

You never know until you try, Oscar. You may learn you have a lot more going on than you think you do!

Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on July 01, 2021:

very interesting. my self interview would be far less interesting.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 29, 2020:

Ahhhh. Thank you, Mr. Bernido!

RBN Library and Resource Center from Manila, Philippines on April 29, 2020:

I mean, I am blessed to have read this hub of yours.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 29, 2020:

Mr. Bernido, thank you for reading and commenting. Thank God? Hmmmm.....

RBN Library and Resource Center from Manila, Philippines on April 29, 2020:

Thank God I got to read this. Nice hub. Thanks for sharing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 22, 2019:

Hi, Audrey! Thanks for coming back and leaving such a beautiful comment. You've made my day!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 22, 2019:

Hi Sha,

I'm back for another read and I must say I enjoyed this just as much as I did the first time. You're quite an amazing person and a gifted writer. I think you can be accomplished in whatever you pursue.

Your precious picture taken in 1959, show the sweetest face I've ever seen Love this self interview and love you!.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 30, 2019:

Thanks, Mark. I love writing challenges. I think my favorites, are those that begin with a picture prompt.

Glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed writing it!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on April 30, 2019:

Shauna, you met the challenge and then some. I enjoyed the questions you asked yourself—not cliche at all like a lot of interviews. Loved the question about sounds and what turns you on creatively. An enjoyable read and it’s nice that you put yourself out there!!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 25, 2017:

Audrey, you just made my day! Your compliment has put a huge smile on my face and my mind in a good place.

Very cool that your mom and I share birthdays. Guess you'll never forget mine, huh? :-) And you and I are the perfect height. Good things come in small packages....

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 24, 2017:

Sha, I enjoyed this so much! What an amazing writer you are. I love your style. I'm so glad you rose to the challenge and wrote this great interview. You and my mother share the same birthday - March the 3rd. You and I are both 5'2. Love your photos.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 27, 2017:

Thanks, Nell. You just made my day!

Nell Rose from England on January 26, 2017:

Came back for another read, and its still as awesome the second time round! lol!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 30, 2016:

Gina, I'm glad you got some giggles out of this. I love to make people laugh. It's something I get from my mom.When we get together, we laugh so hard our cheeks hurt.

I look forward to reading your self-interview.

Happy New Year, Gina!

Gina Welds from Tampa, Florida on December 30, 2016:

I loved this...found myself chuckling in a few areas. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I think I will accept the challenge, especially with the New Year beginning. It is a great time to reflect and re-examine ourselves. Thanks, again, for sharing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 19, 2016:

Peg, I'm so glad I was born in the fifties, otherwise I would have missed the great education the sixties and seventies offered. Teachers were creative and encouraged their students to be as well. That was long before computers and calculators were part of the classroom landscape.

Thank you for reconnecting with this post. Very much appreciated!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 19, 2016:

Hello Bravewarrior, I dropped back by to refresh my memory of these traits that make you who you are. Amazing to read about your broadcasting history and copywriting experience. I believe that each of us is who we are because of what we've been through. You certainly have a varied background which lends itself to many writing prompts. I liked the story about the school writing challenge. Back in those days, teachers inspired students to read and share their imagination through writing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 22, 2015:

Flourish, if you'd asked me a couple of months ago, I'd jump at the chance to share margaritas with you. Now, it would have to be iced tea or something. I quit drinking on June 13th.

Glad you got a chuckle though. Yep, it's still my favorite (and most used) cuss word!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 22, 2015:

I got a laugh when I reread this because of your honesty about your favorite cuss word. Bravo for that. I can get pretty creative with it as well. I bet you add some margaritas and we could really have some fun.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 29, 2015:

Joyette, try it. We eventually end up learning about each other anyway, so why not give it a shot!

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on April 29, 2015:

I think in writing this hub you have lived up to your name 'bravewarrior'! I'm not sure I could be that brave. Maybe I could take your advice about writing, but not posting it. Ha ha! It would probably be quite refreshing. Thumbs up!!!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 17, 2015:

Susan, I am who I am. I cannot hide, for if I do, I hide from myself. I've gained some awesome friendships on this site and I owe them the real me. I'm an open book. It's why I write. I initially wrote poetry as a means of discovering myself and working through my emotional growth. It wasn't until I was comfortable with who I am that I published my innermost thoughts in the form of a poetry book.

I'm honored that you've read this and felt compelled to leave a comment. I see you are now following me. That makes me proud. I will come over to your corner shortly.

Thank you so much!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 17, 2015:

Wow, you did a great job with your interview, Shauna! I'm much less willing to share so many facts about and facets of myself, even if I cover my eyes so you can't see me. You are, indeed, a brave warrior. So nice to know you!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 04, 2015:

Nadine, I look forward to reading your interview. From what I've learned of you so far, you're a very talented and interesting person. Thanx for the great comment!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on April 04, 2015:

I loved reading your own interview. Well done. I have started on my own in a draft, but I like the questions you asked yourself. That suddenly reminded me of an genuine interview from a radio show. If I could ever find it I could use it! Thanks for sharing your story.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 03, 2015:

Thank you for stopping by, Kylyssa. It's always fun to see what makes our writer friends tick. Glad you took the time to read and comment.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on April 03, 2015:

Thank you for sharing this look in the mirror with us. It's fascinating to see what kind of person is behind the words we read.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 05, 2015:

I can relate, Linda. I have topic ideas strewn all over my office. I've even started a short story and got stuck. Too many ideas and not enough follow-thru. I'm still trying to figure out how to find a happy medium.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 05, 2015:

I started my interview a couple of months ago. Never got around to finishing it. Or the 5 other hubs I started at one time. Maybe one day. So many ideas, so little time. Anyway...stopped by to say hello! :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 01, 2015:

Shanmarie, thank you for reading. I had to really think about the favorite character question. Then Dorothy popped into my head. She really is the epitome of strength and all the good that people possess.

Thanx for the great comment!

Shannon Henry from Texas on February 28, 2015:

Juxtapose- what a great word! And your resson for choosing Dorothy as your favorite character caused me to look at her in a new light. Thanks. Wonderful interview and interesting to read.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 20, 2015:

Aw, thanx, Cam! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on February 19, 2015:

Okay, I'll be the first to say it.....I love you Bravewarrior, for seeing this challenge through and revealing so much of yourself with humor, candor and excellent writing. This was a lot of fun to read.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 11, 2015:

Thank you, Brian. it's great to see you here!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on January 10, 2015:

I am very impressed, both by the work in progress you you have created and by this self-interview.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 30, 2014:

Thank you, Deb. Why don't you give this challenge a shot? I'm sure it will be fascinating!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on December 29, 2014:

Nice to know more about you, Sha!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 29, 2014:

Happy New Year to you and Dai, Eddy. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your grandbabies and kitties!

Eiddwen from Wales on December 29, 2014:

A wonderful interview Sha and voting up up and away!!!

Happy new year to you my dear friend and lots of love from Wales.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 27, 2014:

Nadine, you have my permission. It will be interesting to see what you come up with. Awesome. I look forward to reading your post!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 27, 2014:

That is truly an out of the box Idea , having an interview with yourself. I saved your date of birth, time and place for my training in the human design charts that I'm investigating for my novel characters, but I love do yours ( with your permission) for my next post on 'The Human Design'.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 20, 2014:

MsDora, that's a huge compliment! You've blown me away! I'm so glad you liked this post. I hope to see more of you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 20, 2014:

Love your conversation style loaded with lots of wit. I can relate to your writing from your emotions, and then keeping them to yourself. Great personality. Great article.

Nell Rose from England on December 15, 2014:

lol! yes dancing, having a drink and a 'chin wag' as we say over here!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 15, 2014:

Nell, I agree. I like Koontz better than King. I started with King, but once I started reading Koontz in the late 1980s I was hooked. In my opinion, King has too many novels under his belt that just didn't capture my attention. I can't say that about Dean Koontz.

Yeah, you and I would have a blast. We could start by dancing!

Nell Rose from England on December 15, 2014:

He is isn't he? I found three books in the charity store, one I had read before, but bought anyway and two others, he is much better than Stephen King. we would get on really well if we met, and what laughs we would have! I loved reading this, have a great evening, nell

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 15, 2014:

Nell, the more I learn about you, the more I see we have a lot in common. You told your own story through life, on your terms. I have a huge amount of respect for that.

Glad to find another Koontz lover. I think he's tops in his genre.

Nell Rose from England on December 15, 2014:

Hiya, this was fascinating! I also love Dean Koontz, in fact I am reading Relentless as we 'speak' lol! I have read all of his other books but somehow this one got away from me! You are one tough cookie Shauna, and I love it! especially the bit when you said you could talk to all walks of life from high ups to bikers etc, sounds like me! I love the name bravewarrior and how you came by it too, great read, and lovely to learn all about you!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 12, 2014:

Sheila, I'm flattered that you remember my Bravewarrior piece. It's really good to see you back. I read your Gorilla post today, then went on to read about Zoe, the Blonde Zebra.

Can you still read music? Do you play?

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 12, 2014:

You did a wonderful job with this! I also took piano when I was young and like you, rebelled against practicing for that hour every single day! I enjoyed learning more about you and I remember the piece you wrote about why you call yourself Brave Warrior. (You truly are!)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 06, 2014:

Will do, Anna!

Anna Haven from Scotland on December 05, 2014:

I miss you too. Check your messages.x

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2014:

Anna, your comment has touched my soul. It's been a while since we've connected, but this is the best reunion ever.

I hope you're doing well. I miss you.

Anna Haven from Scotland on December 05, 2014:

Hallo :)

Your interview answers were very interesting and even though some years have passed , you remain beautiful inside and out. I like your honesty and drive, and I have a feeling your individual story has a very long and fruitful tale still to be told. I hope you are well.

Anna.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2014:

Peg, we all have stories to share that have led us to who we are today. I'm glad you enjoyed my self-interview. It was fun to do.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 05, 2014:

Congratulations on taking the challenge and doing such a great job at the interview. You've presented things that made me think about my own childhood bravery, tenacity and staying power with your innovative questions and frank answers. Interesting that you were born in Texas. So were my Mom and brother. I discovered quite a bit about you from this. Well done!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2014:

Shyron, I look forward to reading your interview. It's fun learning about the people we interact with online!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2014:

Dianna, thank you for your kind comment. Too often we overlook the simple things life, where real beauty lies. All we need to do is open our eyes and look around us.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 04, 2014:

Shauna, I loved reading about you. You are a real interesting person. Yes I too will take the challenge and do the interview, but it will take some time.

Voted up UABI and will share

Blessing to you dear friend.

Dianna Mendez on December 04, 2014:

I love how you came to name yourself Bravewarrior. You have such a fresh positive view of life and one that inspires others to appreciate the simple things that make us happy. Thanks for a peek into your life.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 02, 2014:

Glad you stopped by, Randi! Thank you so much.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on December 02, 2014:

Thank you, Shauna, for sharing YOU! This was so interesting and compelling to read!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 02, 2014:

Thank you for stopping by, Vellur. It's always nice to meet new faces!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 01, 2014:

Great interview and enjoyed reading and getting to know more about you, thank you for sharing this.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 01, 2014:

Alicia, Koontz is awesome if you like that genre. The Amazon link above can take you his other works or you can Google him. I actually prefer him over King.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2014:

I'm glad you decided to interview yourself! This hub is interesting, enjoyable and informative. Thanks for introducing me to Dean Koontz. I'll investigate his work.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 01, 2014:

Chris, it only would have been massive fail to those who don't know how to properly pronounce the noun for "one who plays the piano"!

Chris Rose from Norwich on December 01, 2014:

Oh yes. I never thought of that. Massive fail on the joke-front. Next time :-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2014:

Thanx, Dr. Bill. It's fun to dream, isn't it?

I really enjoyed your self-interview. You're a very interesting person.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on November 30, 2014:

Shauna, I'd love to see Julia Roberts play you in your movie, for sure!! ;-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2014:

Chris, in my case I wasn't thinking at all. I lived for today and never thought about the future.

Leave it to you to equate pianist with penis! ha ha But that tells me you pronounce the word properly (pianist). Most people don't.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2014:

Venkatachari, it's so important to save all your work. I learned the hard way. I'd be much better off in my writing endeavors today if I had copies of my TV commercials. Lesson learned!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2014:

Cris, I think the only other sound I hate more than fingernails on a chalkboard is that of Japanese motorcycles. The high-pitched whine is really annoying.

Glad to stopped by. You should give this challenge a try.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2014:

Hey, Wayne! It's great to see you. It's been a long time. Glad to hear you're a Koontz fan, too.

Chris Rose from Norwich on November 30, 2014:

"Boys who feel the need to show their boxers. Pull your damned pants up!"

:-D :-D You and me both, sugar!

Seriously though, Shauna, I'm a little concerned; I'm not so sure I believe you when you state you gave up playing piano for being a rebel:

'pianist - penis'. Very similar to my ears. Loves playing, hated the word?

;-)

Only joking. Better not to regret too much though, you've done pretty well for yourself.

The commercial stuff as well, wow! I have to say, I also regret having lost lots of my early years writing stuff. Makes you wonder what we were thinking at the time. Or maybe we weren't thinking at all.

Brilliant interview, my friend xx

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on November 29, 2014:

Awesome, indeed. Very interesting and inspiring interview. Your experiences are great. Really a Brave Warrior. And your advice to writers is good. Keep on writing, whether publish or not and store a copy.

Voted up and awesome.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 29, 2014:

You are indeed a brave warrior to step into this challenge Sha! Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading this but like you, I also don't like the sound of fingernails being scraped on a blackboard. Ewww....now, it's in my head. Damn!

Good hub! Good job! Keep it up and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Love from the sky~

Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on November 29, 2014:

Way to go my friend. And now I know so much more about you. I've read a lot of Koontz, and you know me, I love horror. Keep up the good work my dear.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Iris, it's been many years since I've read Watchers. It was one of the first of Koontz' that I read. I'm definitely hooked on his novels.

I love that your mom popped corn to take to the drive-in. It was always an adventure. Those are some great memories, aren't they?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Flourish, the only regret I have is leaving copy writing when I did. Other than that, all my choices - both good and bad - have been building blocks.

Thanx for your support!

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on November 29, 2014:

Shauna, this was great. I'm glad you interviewed yourself. It's so much easier to get to know people when we know their backgrounds and what makes them tick. My mother used to pop huge paper bags of popcorn to take to the drive in movies and like you, I always pop corn in a pot. I eat it several times a week too. :) And "Watchers"....one of the best books I've ever read. I cried like a baby in the end.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 29, 2014:

I love anyone who can curse with the best of them but cleans up well. You're a beautiful lady and were a gorgeous little girl as well. Don't have regrets, don't look back, just forward. You are the person you are today because of the choices you made, good and bad.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Mary, I think a Jack of all trades would make for a fascinating interview. I've held many different positions myself, I just didn't mention them here.

Taking up piano again is a matter of lack of funds. My piano needs tuned and a couple of keys stick. Then there's the cost of lessons. It's just not in the cards right now.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 29, 2014:

I'm just not sure anyone would want to read about an ole' gal from the South who has had many occupations (Jack of all trades, master of NONE)!! I did enjoy reading about you, though. Thanks for sharing all this!

I think you should take up the piano again, I have played all my life and it is an important part of my life.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Thank you for your kind words, Suzette. Recently, I've been using coconut oil when I pop corn. It's much healthier than corn or vegetable oil. I just may have to pop some later today.

I'm glad you enjoyed my self-interview. Thanx again.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 29, 2014:

Shauna: You did great job on this interview. I so enjoyed reading it and I now know you a little better! I love that you worked in copy writing and broadcasting - what a great writing career you have had. It shows in the many diverse hubs you publish here. I also pop my own popcorn out of a pot rather than microwave. I hate the microwave stuff! LOL!

So good to read about you from your own words. You did a great job on this challenge.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Thank you, Melinda. It's nice to see you back in the saddle!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Ghost, you're too funny. I certainly wouldn't want you to find yourself in hot water! I hope you and Pam are doing well, my friend.

Thanx for stopping by!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Misterhollywood, (love your screen name), give it a shot. It was great fun. But the credit for the questions goes to Jennifer. It's her blueprint. I merely followed it.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Dip, there's no point in conducting an interview without honesty. Especially when you're interviewing yourself!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Maria, I had no idea you're that tall! See, I learned something new about you, too my friend! How cool is that?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Faith, I hope you give this challenge a shot. The questions provided allow us to offer more than we do through the normal course of our writing. I'm pretty much an open book, too, but these questions are pretty unique. Jennifer did a good job of putting them together.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Jo, you make me chuckle. I'm tickled you used juxtaposition in your comment. I was 2 1/2 in the cheeky picture, not 5. But go ahead and pinch away!

Thank you for your wonderful comment!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Thank you, Mike. It's always a treat to hear encouraging words.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Rachael, it's interesting that you and I have lived in some of the same cities. Maybe that's what brought us together. Whatever the reason is, I cherish our friendship. I hope you know that.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2014:

Rebecca, you're the first one to comment on my Julia Roberts choice. I'm glad you agree!

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