The Questionnaire: Lisa Teasley

By The QuestionnaireMarch 26, 2012

How do you get up in the morning? 

Fairly welcoming.


Do you succumb to nostalgia? 

Pretty much never.


Do you write long and cut, or short and backfill

Short and backfill.


How do you feel about your Wikipedia entry? 

Wish I had one!


Lunch with any three people who ever lived; who do you invite?

Buddha, Jesus, Cleopatra


Best piece of advice you ever received? 

Stand in love.


Disciplined or hot dog?  

Hot dog with relish.


Have you ever been defeated by a genre? 



Are you okay with blood? 

After giving birth, yes.


Who is your imagined audience?  

People who are down with meeting in the field beyond ideas of right and wrong doing. 


What country would you want to be exiled in? 

New Zealand. 


What's your favorite negative emotion? 

State of blame.


What is your go-to shoe? 



What's your poison? 



What's your problem? 

Mind clutter. 


Title of the book you're probably never going to write, but would kind of like to get around to? 

The Tyranny of Small Numbers. 


What are you so afraid of?  

Mind clutter. 


How long can you go without putting paw to keyboard

A weekend in Big Sur, Mexico or Hawaii. 


Who reads you first?  

Wish there was that special someone.


What character or story haunts you? 

Humbert Humbert and Rebecca. 


Does plot matter? 



Do you prefer to write standing, or must you lie prone in a field of dandelions with a steno pad and a good pen? Or what? 

Sitting at the laptop and moving to whatever part of the house that is catching a spot of sun.


Who is the author you'd most like to impersonate online? 

Geoff Dyer.


Is there a literary community? 

Sure, all of us who are loving reading and writing.



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