So, I guess you could say this is the long version…
I’m Liza. I’m married to my high school sweetheart who used to play professional basketball overseas and is a giant. As I alluded to earlier, we’re from the same hometown otherwise we’d have never met because I am what people affectionately refer to as a total square and he is a bona-fide somebody.
I have a daughter who just turned two on Halloween. She’s simultaneously the best thing I’ve ever created and the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. She is also a giant and last week when she was sick, I had a total breakdown because trying to hold and rock her is like wrestling an octopus or a small bison. Because of her size everyone assumes she’s older than she is, and sometimes I feel people trying to judge her developmental level based on her size and I begin explaining loudly she is very smart and just a big baby to the point where a crowd begins to gather.
I’ve been writing forever and blogging around places since 2009 but completely inconsistently, anonymously and sporadically. I finally settled down to lizadora.com in September of 2015 mostly because it’s my name and I can’t leave it. I write children’s books, quasi-depressing essays (I’m going thru a phase), I’m working on a YA novel and I take classes in screenwriting. At some point I’m going to write a memoir, but I think I should probably wait until I actually do something. I’m thinking a reality show. Either “Project Runway: But You Don’t Have to Sew Zippers” or “House Hunters: Just Joking, We’re Still Renting”.
I have a chemistry degree from Texas A&M because it seemed like a good idea at the time, and I started enough small fires on campus it’s slightly alarming I’m not on some sort of watch list. I was a head coach at the high school level and a teacher for 5 years. It was wonderful and frustrating and I think our education system is a broken one filled with amazingly talented people going to waste and I still miss my kids terribly.
I was kicking @$$ in nursing school until early 2015 when I was diagnosed with a rare ocular cancer, so now I’m trying to kick its @$$ and so far, so good. There’s a quote about writers doing everything possible to avoid actually writing and it rings my truth bell. Had the universe not tried to kill me I wouldn’t have begun writing seriously. And by seriously I mean in my pajamas at our kitchen counter.
I consider myself a life blogger not a lifestyle blogger for a few reasons; the main one being that my personal style is a cross between Maggie Smith’s character from “Downton Abbey” and Shawn from “Boy Meets World”. I also don’t drink coffee or wine and those might actually be prerequisites.
If we’re going to be friends there are a few things you should consider: I write well enough that people ask me for advice, but I’m 31 and have no idea what the hell I’m doing. Also, there is a pile of clothes laying flat and smooth on top of my bed going on 10 days now that I can’t be bothered to put hangers in because “Homeland” came back without me knowing and I think we can all agree Security of the United States and their interests abroad should be paramount. I’m thinking of just sewing the clothes together and calling it a duvet.
Also, Jolie Gray is the editor of my books and my appointed life editor. If you find mistakes in my writing or in my actions it is because I likely didn’t run it by her first. And by likely I mean I didn’t. Furthermore, do not view my lack of respect for punctuation appropriateness as a reflection of my favorite English teacher because we’re Facebook friends and she’ll totally see it and because I didn’t have her until I was a senior and by then I was already ruined.
❤️LizaLiza Dora is an author, illustrator, teacher, mother, wife, blogger, and the owner of the eponymous Liza Dora Books. Her writing has been in publications around the world and her books have been featured in both media and print. She’s sold books in over ten different countries and her titles have been both Amazon Hot New Releases and Amazon Bestsellers in their respective categories.