1.) Who Are You and What Do You Do for The Offbeat?
My name is Stephanie and I am a communications team member and the blog manager for The Offbeat. I coordinate all blog posts, but I do also write the media recommendations every week because I am a super offbeat nerd. I also do some author communications and editing.
2.) What Do You Love Most About The Offbeat?
What I love most is that it is exactly what it is: offbeat. I didn’t know it going in, but I am a super offbeat person myself so I was able to bring a lot of my own spin to The Offbeat. Honestly, The Offbeat even had its own spin on me, as I have my own blog now, entitled Offbeat Rhetoric. I get to basically write a weekly rhetorical essay that questions things people might not normally ask. Thought I might as well use my offbeat brain for some good thoughts and entertainment.
3.) What Are Your Favorite Kinds of Offbeat Stories?
My personal favorite kinds of offbeat stories have to be the dark and twisted ones. Of course, if any story is really good it doesn’t matter to me what type it is. But there’s something about the dark ones that just do it for me. I always, as a kid, enjoyed more macabre or dark things, my writing either being emotional realistic fiction or dark, twisted horror-types. Things like violent bunnies, dark, ominous corners, and horrific imagery? That’s my shit.
4.) What is Your Favorite Thing About Words?
My favorite thing about words is probably the fact the same sentence can be strung together one way and mean one thing, and then when switched around can mean something completely else. Its the malleability. Its the fact that after centuries of knowing how to write, we haven’t run out of interesting things to write and it doesn’t look like we ever will. Words are just such a fantastical marvel of expression.
5.) What Is One Fact The Offbeaters (Our Readers/Contributors) MUST Learn About You?
I am a reptile-loving freak who really wants a bearded dragon. I plan on getting one after I graduate. No joke. I was always a huge reptile girl when I was young, having the second books of both A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter be my favorites because lizards. I have no clue why. I have owned three different turtles and I convinced my brother to get a gecko, and am currently dying for a beardie. I suppose my best guess would be that I always had a “no one loves this, so I’ll love it” mentality as a kid (loved the number 13, black cats, creepy things, monsters, etc.) and therefore reptiles just made sense to me. They’re scaly and scary but goddamn do I want to give them affection and love. And also bearded dragons are the most amicable lizards, even wanting to be held by owners and can go on walks, so I would have basically a scaly dog. The more scales, the better.
6.) What is Your Favorite Scientific Element and Why?
I almost went with Krypton just because I’m nerdy as hell, but then I remembered I despise Superman so then went with a better one: Mercury. Just remember that note about loving scary creepy things. Its shiny. Its slippery. It kills people. That’s my kind of jam. Clearly its terrible anyone gets hurt by it, but you get my point. Its foreboding, so I like it. Also, a better addition, its also called quicksilver, and that’s ANOTHER nerdy superhero thing, and apparently there’s even an X-Men herione named Mercury who just can transform into literal Mercury. Ok, clear winner here, guys.