The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
Today we have assimilated Ines Bautista Yao. Her technological and biological distinctiveness will be added into our own.
Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head.
- If you could enter any fictional world, which would you choose?I would be on board the starship Voyager when it got lost in the delta quadrant. I'd be best friends with Tuvok the Vulcan and he'd be forced to read my girly romance stories.
- If your favorite historical era had an ice cream flavor made in its honor, what would it taste like?My medieval era ice cream flavor would have a hint of lavender and swirls of vanilla bean with edible golden flakes and silver pearl candy drops.
- Rename yourself. Your new name can be silly, pretty, meaningful, whatever you want, but it CAN’T be your real name or penname, no matter how awesome that might be. Sorry, Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop is taken.Z. I've always wanted to go by a letter. And Z looks pretty cool. Especially if you've got a sword and wear a mask and ride a black horse...
- You receive a contract that allows you to have any pet you want (mythical or real) but in return you have to spend a week AS a pet to a mythical creature of your choice (dragon, giant, sphinx?). Do you take it or do you decline?Take it! And pray my mythical creature will be good to me. But hey, experiences always trump boredom, right?
- What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon?If you move your legs fast enough, you can fly. Even if it's only for a few seconds.
- If I were to invite you over, what snacks would you bring, keeping in mind that fruit and dried fruit are not snacks?Chicharon and Chippy! Chicharon is deep fried pork skin. We'll dip it in spicy vinegar then pop it into our mouths. Chippy is barbecue flavored corn chips. Both Philippine favorites. Both so unhealthy. Both so yummy. Then I'll have sweet Philippine mangoes in the car just in case you change your mind. And if you've tasted them before, you will.
- You can combine any two creatures into a new hybrid. What do you make?A polar bear and a tarsier. Oh my. They would be like miniature polar bears with huge eyes!!!! Too cute!
- If you had a store, what would you sell?I'd sell gummies of all sizes, shapes, and colors. When you put them into your mouth, they will transport you to different places, give you rides on clouds or unicorns, and make music play all around you. I was thinking of selling some wish granting ones, but that would just cause all sorts of problems.
- If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
Question: What would make this universe cool?
Answer: It already is. We just need to recognize it and embrace it and live it.
Just a Little Bit of Love blurb
Three short stories about three young girls: Anita, Ina, and Carla. Each one finding their lives disrupted by a boy. Maybe it’s because he wanders into the coffee shop where she works after school every Tuesday. Maybe it’s because he won’t leave her alone even if she has made it clear that she is crushing on his football teammate. Or maybe it’s because she’s spent one unforgettable afternoon with him—despite being oh-so-forgetful. Three small doses of love that serve up a whole lot of feels.