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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

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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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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


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 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!

Ryan Bernido Network 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.....

Ryan Bernido Network 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 Pahrump NV 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 Long Beach, 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 Pahrump NV 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: