Tabs open on your screen right now:
Two work emails (Yahoo and Outlook), my personal Gmail, rare book seller (looking at a folklore dictionary that I used to read during library period in elementary school), and several google drive tabs.
If you had to brag about yourself:
Alexandra Naughton is extremely hard-working when she wants to be and is really good at throwing parties.
Your writer crush:
Joy Williams. Grimes. Myself.
Favorite lyric:
Just thought, “and I don’t want the world to see me cuz I don’t think that they’d understand” but that’s definitely not it. Probably something from Ol Dirty Bastard, “you worms wanna play in my dirt!?”

Any place in the world:
My apartment after I’ve cleaned and done laundry. My parents house in the early summer.

Best breakfast:
Lots of coffee and really good toast with homemade guacamole (mashed avocado, garlic, lime, and tomatillo salsa). I’ve been making that in the morning and it’s bomb.

Favorite online places right now:
Twitter. Google drive.

Sweetest thing:
When people do nice things for no reason, or when someone asks me to help them in a nice way. I was at the laundromat earlier today and the lady who works there asked me to help her water one of the ferns that she couldn’t reach on top of a washing machine. She was really sweet, and it was a kind interaction. I was happy to help.

Your rituals (writing or not):
Rituals. Oh, rituals. I’ve been thinking a lot about rituals recently: the theme of the latest edition of Be About It zine is dedicated to ritual, and the book I’m currently writing (tentatively titled I Can Do Good All By Myself) talks a lot about ritual and obsession and repetition. Repetition is one of my rituals. Cleaning. Working out. Listening to an album on repeat. Sitting silently. Doing these things at certain times of day, several times a week, or once a week at the same time.

Least impressive thing about you:
This is my natural hair color. Who cares.

Favorite space to write:
My bed.

What should we know:
I’m a nice girl but I’m bad at talking to people, especially at first, so please don’t judge me too harshly. I’ll try if you try.

Guilty literary pleasure:
Reading the Dr. Bronner’s magic soap bottle in the shower.

Best book nobody talks about:
I honestly don’t know what people talk about but I don’t think they talk about books. People who do talk about books probably read more than I do or they read better books, smarter books. One book I think about a lot is Their Eyes Were Watching God, but I think people are familiar with that book. Another is Wide Sargasso Sea and the scene with the parrot on fire. It would be cool to talk with people who like the same kind of books that I do.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Nancy Botwin from Weeds. Lol. I wrote a poem or a few about this and I think people hate me because of it. The funny is that I don’t even identify with her as much as I’d like to have the same kind of successes with my mediocrity.

Last time you lied:
I don’t remember. I don’t like lying.

The lie:
I mean I guess writing is a lie if you want it to be.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
“Would you please sign this contract for millions of dollars?”

The answer:

*scribbles signature furiously*

ALEXANDRA NAUGHTON is a writer and small press publisher based in Richmond, California. She is the founder and editor in chief of Be About It Press (since 2010). Her first novel, American Mary, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016.