Q: How do you pronounce your name?
A: I haven’t written a song about a wrecking ball… yet. It’s (MY-lay).
Q: What inspires you?
A: My husband, my son, God, nature, space, and peanut butter.
Q: Are you right- or left-handed?
A: I write and draw with my left, but swing a bat, play guitar, and drive a car like a right-handed person. I guess one might call me ambidextrous.
Q: What is your ethnicity?
A: I’m a quarter Japanese, an eighth Hawaiian, Chilean, and Irish, and the other three-eighths is a medley. Sometimes I wonder if there’s not a little cartoon mixed in there somewhere, but I guess I won’t know until I get my DNA tested.
Q: What famous figures motivate you or have inspired you in the past?
A: I would have to say Jesus, Walt Disney, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Steve Jobs. Oh, and Hello Kitty. I hear she’s actually a little girl. Mind blown!
Q: Do you play any sports?
A: Does sleeping count?
Q: If you could choose between being a world-recognized artist or having a large kidney stone, which would you choose?
A: Is this a trick question?
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Hiking, biking, dancing, laughing, birding, and pretending I’m a dragon.
Q: Do you own any pets?
A: Currently two rats named Gadget and Gizmo. They were previously used in a college science class. Rats are actually amazing pets! They are literally like little dogs that you can walk, play with, and teach tricks to. I’ve taught mine to crochet. They’ve taken to it quite well.
Q: What is your opinion on pretentiousness in the arts?
A: It’s like a kidney stone. It needs to be passed into the toilet and flushed as soon as possible.
Q: What would you tell someone wanting to make a name for themselves in the arts?
A: Isn’t this usually asked to people who’ve actually made a name for themselves in the arts? Um, I guess I’d say, “Never stop dreaming or creating. Pray and persevere!”
Q: Any last comments you’d like to make?
A: I’m hungry.