Thursday, June 28, 2018

# 20 Questions

20 Questions with Memoirist Dax Marie @conchieconfess #blogtour

Dax Marie was five or so, when the man that she would otherwise call, “father” gave Dax her issues. What’s the medical terminology for that? Oh, Daddy Issues! For nearly the whole of her life she has tried to deny this grave medical condition and up until about seven years ago, she was doing alright. By no means was she swimming through the world with ease, but she did like aight (that’s hood talk for alright).

It was not until sometime in high school when she discovered her self-diagnosed condition. Sigmund Freud (you may have heard of him, he’s like a coke-head genius) told Dax (in a text book) that she has Penis Envy. Poor thing, she was absolutely flabbergasted!

“Me, Dax Marie? Associated with male genitalia?” She thought to herself.

So, it was then and there, her junior year of high school that she knew what
she was destined for…MEN.

Dax’s latest book is the memoir, Conch Shell Confessions.



1.Are you a morning writer or a night writer?
Night and Day—literally—are polar opposites in my writing material/musings.
Typically all of my brooding, darker writing is done at night while, all of my light-
hearted writing is done at coffee shops in the late morning.

2. Do you outline or are you a pantster?
Honestly my writing process varies. Some days I meditate on words for days
before I start writing. Other times, I just let it go and see where my laptop-ticking fingers
take me. The only thing that remains the same is when I write and where I
write…morning coffee shop stops!

3. Which comes first – plot or character?
I’m going to say plot! More often than not, it’s a theme that inspires me the most
which is usually “love.” I’m obsessed with “love” and all of its various manifestations.

4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?
I want to hear the muffled sound of an espresso machine hissing underneath the
booming of my Bose headphones and the loud, noxious voice of some hipster guy
screaming into his headset as a means to show everyone how he’s “made it” in
Hollywood. Coffee shops are the stomping grounds of my creativity.

5. Favorite TV show?
Call me lame, but I just discovered Girls and I am OBSESSED with the honesty
of it. Lena Dunham is a genius!

6. Favorite type of music?
I love anything that inspires me to write. I listen to everything from classical to
alternative to rap…if it makes me feel something or sets me in the emotional state of
what I am working on, then it’s going to be my jam.

7. Favorite craft besides writing?
Are you ready for this—PANCAKES—pancakes are my craft right now. Almost
every morning I make/create some new Frankenstein concoction of pancakes. My
craziest so far has been black bean pancakes with a cayenne pepper, cinnamon infused
maple syrup…my boyfriend still talks about them today.

8. Do you play a musical instrument?
Ugh, I wish! I tried learning guitar but I couldn’t get my fat fingertips just right.
All the males in my family are musically-inclined so I thought I would have the same
blessed gene but I was so very wrong.

9. Single or married?
Boyfriend—who’s absolutely amazing. He was the driving force behind me
completing Conch Shell Confessionals.

10. Children or no?
I am the proud (and sometimes ashamed) mother of a bastard child, Igor Schnitzel
von Frankenstein. He’s not mine by birth but he doesn’t know that so please don’t ever
tell him if you see us walking the streets of Venice. We’re both natural blondes that tan
easily and are weary of strangers, only he growls and may bite—Okay, fine! He totally

11. Pets?
No pets, just my fur baby.

12. Favorite place to write?
I love writing in coffee shops, my favorite is Intelligentsia.

13. Favorite restaurant?
I can’t limit my obsession to one restaurant, instead I am going to name the
chef/founder of my favorite restaurants, Travis Lett. If you ever make your way to Venice
it is mandatory that you eat at Gjusta, Gjelina, GTA, and MTN…never ask me where I
want to eat because I guarantee that it be one of these four places that I say we NEED to
eat at.

14. Do you work outside the home?

15. What was the name of the last movie you saw?
I just saw Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs and was absolutely blown
away by the animation and the creativity. If you like quirky, dry-humored movies, then I
highly recommend Isle of Dogs!

16. Favorite outdoor activity?
If you consider walking around with a cup of coffee an outdoor activity then you
can call me a pro. Igor and I have a routine of getting an almond croissant (they’re his
favorite), a cup of coffee and cruising around the beach. I love walking and hiking and
anything else he can spazz out at…chasing squirrels and lizards are another favorite
outdoor activity of ours.

17. Pet peeve?
Tardiness. More often than not, you can control your timing or at least notify the
person you are meeting. Don’t be late or I’ll ditch you—ask my boyfriend.

18. Your goal in life?
Film. I want to write, direct and act but more than anything, I want to inspire and
create an escape for other people. I want to tell stories that resonate with people. There
was a time in my life when I didn’t have any friends or real relationships but movies were
always there for me and I want to be able to create that escape for someone else if they
need it.

19. Your most exciting moment?
Any time I find a coffee shop that has cool vibes and great coffee is an exciting
moment for me. It’s the little things, you know?

20. The love of your life?
Hmmmm, I’m not sure how to answer this considering I have a few loves of my
life but I guess I’ll limit myself to just one—Well, someone (sorry coffee). My boyfriend
has been the greatest positive force in my life. He inspires me, encourages me, and loves
me more than I thought I ever deserved. It is because of him that I am pursuing writing
and film. He has this magnetic life force that makes me feel like anything and everything
is possible. He is the love of my life, the lighter of my lighthouse, the peanut to my
butter…the list goes on!

Conch Shell Confessions

Inside the Book

Author: Dax Marie
Publisher: Author House
Pages: 202
Genre: Memoir

This is a book about love: hunting it, chasing it, losing it, tripping, and falling into it.
And yes, it’s a book about sex: hunting it, chasing it, losing it, tripping from it, and falling onto…ahem…it.

But more than anything, it’s a book about self-discovery, navigating the learning curve of adulting, and learning the kind of tough lessons that only come when you have to pick yourself off the floor, block a guy’s phone number (for the second time), and clean some curious stains off your dress.
I dove headfirst into love and sex, and for better or worse, they have taught me that sometimes you just need to try the world on for size to really understand what it is you want and learn who you are. So here’s my experience in the world of men.


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