Here I am, interviewing a bear mascot representing an insurance company. It was a challenging interview, as he was a silent mascot.

Here I am, interviewing a bear mascot representing an insurance company. It was a challenging interview, as he was a silent mascot.

• I was born in southern Louisiana, and have since lived in Mississippi, Oregon, Texas and Washington D.C.

• I studied journalism at Loyola University New Orleans, and worked as a daily news reporter for seven years before transitioning to copywriting and freelancing.

• I have written a New York Times-bestselling book. I've also worked as a long-form features writer, a columnist for The Daily Beast, and cocktail waitress on Bourbon Street.

• My work has appeared on or in the New York Times, the Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe and many more, and has been translated into seven languages.

• I also do speaking engagements; my TEDx Talk, "I'm a Millennial, and I am a Monster" was a TED.com editor's pick of the week.

• I am really good at cooking gumbo, etouffee, steaks and stew. I am proficient at cooking lots of other things.

• In my spare time, I like to read, dance, craft, drive to small towns to eat lunch, dress up in folk costume, seek out the few shades of red lipstick that a redhead can reasonably pull off, try new soups, feign interest in sporting events, experience actual interest in curling and gymnastics, and find the oddest and most interesting people possible.

• In my spare time, I do not particularly like to blog or use Twitter, but I do both those things a lot anyway.