Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Meet and Greet: GUTGAA Contest by Deana Barnhart

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

Well for intro, yes I'm a real doctor.  I'm only here because some lady was reaching over for Chinese food and pressed the gas instead of the brakes...no really it's true...and left me bed-ridden for well...6 years...no kidding again..how could any one make this up?  So I had nothing but time and my MacBook Pro on my hands so here I was with an iv Drip Drip Hum Drum  for it's true...3 1/2 years.

I graduated High School at 16, went to Cosmetology School then Real Estate School, the went Pre-Med.  Graduated USC Keck School of Medicine, graduated Stanford Anesthesiology and Stanford Critical Care, then off to the University of Pennsylvania for my first job.  My son was 9 months old when I started Pre-med, and he was 17 when I got my first job... Really? You know the answer to that one.

So my latest ~ I'm heading back into the work force in Preventive Medicine.  Age Management Medicine, to be specific; I'm now a Cenegenics Institute Physician and loving it!  Thank you Dr. Jeffrey Leake and James Powell and Robert Willix, MD!  Nothing like helping someone stay healthy, especially postmenopausal women who never had "The Second Talk" about hormones.  Woosh!

So GUTGAA is Gearing Up To Get An Agent, and we are asked to answer these questions, or make up a question if we don't like it....but I like them all, so here goes...

-Where do you write?  In a canopy bed.  I spent 6 years in bed after a car accident, so no surprise there.  I couldn't get up to go any where else, so I'm just used to it now.  Feels comfortable.  Maybe one day this will change...

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? I see a huge bottle of Perrier.  Cold.  Lemon.  Yum.      It replaces the iv I used to be on, for 3 1/2 years.  Ahhh.  I just love the sparkle.

-Favorite time to write?  Definitely when the lights are out and everyone on this side of the globe is asleep. 

-Drink of choice while writing?   You guessed.  Perrier Lemon, on the rocks. 

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? No music, only the night time and the crickets and the airplanes that are punching holes in the clouds. 

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? Stepping from the Edge is my latest...inspiration came from standing on the edge of life, over and over again... and viewing that scene from Australia, where that little indigenous boy is chased by the herd of buffalo.  He turns around, listening to the voice of his Grandfather, and halts as he is trapped at cliff's edge.  He faces the herd, poses in a stance, and eyes them head-on.  Yeah.  That's what I'm talking about!

-What's your most valuable writing tip?  Just put your fingers on the keys.  I like to pretend that I'm on an old-fashioned typewriter.   No editing.  Just write.  


Dr. Margaret Aranda's Books:
BUY IT NOW: www.drmargaretaranda.tateauthor.com/other-works/

No More Tears en Espanol
Face Book Page: Stepping from the Edge
Little Missy Two-Shoes Likes to go to School
From Menarche to Menopause: A Journey through Time


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