Meet Lisa Lo Paro, our contributor of the week!

Lisa is a freelance writer and blogger living outside New York City.

She loves reading well into the night, really dark chocolate, and springtime.

Hometown: Yonkers, New York

Where I live now: Still Yonkers! I’d complain, but I live rent-free and a half hour away from Manhattan. So I’ll take it. 

Fave book of ALL time: Ay! Do I have to pick? I’d choose…The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. It’s set in Victorian London and stars a brilliant prostitute named Sugar who is defiant, strong, sensitive, talented and who manages to rely on her wit and survival instincts to build herself a life in her extremely hostile world. Plus—pretty dresses. Yaknow. 

Person who inspires me the most: My father. He’s an Italian immigrant and the hardest worker I know. He’s also the world’s most knowledgeable music and movie buff and brought me up on a strict diet of the Beatles and Audrey Hepburn, and for that I am forever grateful.

What made me want to become a writer: I wanted to tell stories like the kinds I used to read when I was a kid. I wanted to be the author who wrote stories that children and teenagers would remember when they get older.

Music I listen to when I write: Lana Del Rey, Abbey Road or Muse’s Origin of Symmetry album. But also sometimes something entirely new, that inspires me. 

Fave place to work: In my little desk at home, surrounded by my books. But I also love going to my hometown library and sitting in this incredibly quiet atmosphere that feels like a haven, like you’re safe. I really like libraries. 

Writers I look up to: Victor Hugo, Neil Gaiman, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, EM Forster, Rilke. 

Favorite GIF ever: Duck in a top hat. Need I say more??! 

This is the best meme: All the ones of animals acting like humans, but especially this:

My favorite story I wrote/made for HelloGiggles is…”In defense of Rory Gilmore’s bad decisions” because I always wanted to be Rory Gilmore, and writing this article made me realize that I didn’t have to be perfect all the time. 

The title of my memoir would be… “Lisa Doesn’t Share Food” because Joey Tribbiani is my spirit animal, and I also hate sharing my food. 

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