How old were you when you first started writing?
I was seven. I had three older brothers and my parents divorced when I was three. My mom was never home, because she worked a million jobs, leaving my three brothers in charge. Our house became the Honeycomb Hideout, and we were deemed the forbidden house on the block! With a pool table in the garage, cars on blocks everywhere, getting fixed, chopped, tinted and lowered. There was always some kind of explosion or fire erupting at any given moment and it was a non-stop poker party, where only the bad kids were allowed to hang out. If I weren’t seven, I would have joined in. So my only escape was to write.
Who were your first influences?
Doctor Seuss, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Dean Martin’s Gold Diggers, James Bond and The Bond Girls. All the Gabor Sisters, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.
What is your favorite food?
See’s Candy, California Brittle, light chocolate. I’m easy and my dentist loves me.
Favorite reading material?
Anything about old Hollywood, old Las Vegas, pop culture, art, film noir, anything about music, gangsters, vaudeville, boxers, burlesque and architecture.
Favorite Cartoon Characters?
SpongeBob SquarePants, Bugs Bunny and Top Cat.
Who are you biggest writing influences?
Bukowski, Baudelaire, Damon Runyon, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Dave Alvin, Pleasant Gehman, SA Griffin and Thomas Jefferson.
As a performer, singer, songwriter, actress, L.A. historian, author, Dodger fan and Mexican wrestling ring girl, is there anything else you’d like to do, that you haven’t done yet?
Yes, there’s many, but at the top of the list? I’d love to be a magician’s assistant and one day be sawed in half…it’s an obsession!