Laurie Notaro — American Writer

Laurie Notaro is a #1 New York Times best-selling American writer. Notaro was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism. Notaro was a columnist for ten years at The Arizona Republic. In October of 2001, The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club was picked up by Random House which resulted in eleven books. She is now with Simon & Schuster publishers with the Gallery imprint. Numerous articles, essays, and novels have followed. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband... (wikipedia)

If you really believe in what you're doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.
I've had to write a column an hour after I've come back from a funeral. A deadline is a deadline, I mean, that was just what my job was.
I majored in journalism at Arizona State University, where I began writing the columns I write now, but I cannot, in good conscience, refer to myself as a writer. I'm a columnist, maybe a journalist, I guess I'm an author, but writer... no. That's not up to me to call myself, that's rather lofty. It's for the reader to decide.
I've never really considered doing stand up, but I have done readings/spoken word things fairly often in which I'll just tell a bunch of stories and run off at the mouth. I'm a big tangent person.
I'm nicer on tax day than I am when I'm on deadline.