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The People Who Write Questionnaire: Baze Mpinja

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Baze Mpinja is a widely published beauty writer and editor with credits including Glamour, Marie Claire, People Style Watch, Essence, and Style.com.

If your life (so far) were a book, what would the title be?
She’s Come So Far

What is the greatest story ever told?
They’re not necessarily the greatest, but slave narratives are some of the most important stories that need to be told and re-told.

Who is the greatest literary character ever created?
Wow, that is so difficult to answer, but Delores Price from Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone is a character that has stuck with me (as you can tell by my answer to the first question). Yep, I’m gonna count that as literature.

Which living or dead writer would you most like to share a meal with?
So many writers intrigue me! Maya Angelou (I mean, of course). Also Stephen King because his book On Writing had such a big impact on me. Colson Whitehead because his work is very memorable and that’s ultimately the kind of writer I want to be–one whose words are memorable. Edward P. Jones because the story of how he came to win a Pulitzer is so unique, and Judy Blume just because that would be a blast.

What is your favorite word right now?
Incredible

What word has always looked or sounded strange to you?
Ocean

How many words have you written today?
About 500.

Where have you had your most exhilarating writing experience?
Still waiting.

What is the thing about writing that you most deplore?
The self-loathing that it dredges up.

What is the thing about writing that you most love?
When it inspires others to open up and share their stories.

What stereotype about writers have you found to be true?
We’re drinkers and big-time procrastinators.

What’s the biggest misconception about writers/writing?
That we’re socially awkward hermits.

What’s the one thing no one would ever guess about you from reading your writing?
How painful the process can be for me sometimes.

From 2007 – 2011, Baze was a beauty editor for Glamour magazine and a contributor to The Girls in the Beauty Department, Glamour.com’s beauty blog. Her television credits include The Tyra Banks ShowThe CBS Early Show, the WCBS evening news and The Style Network’s Glamour’s 25 Biggest Dos & Don’ts. Prior to Glamour, Baze served as beauty editor for Vibe Vixen, a girly spin-off of the music titleVibe. She was also the associate beauty editor for Suede, a multicultural fashion and beauty magazine. Baze is currently a freelance writer and her work has appeared in Marie ClaireEssenceBridesManhattanPeople StyleWatch and online at Style.com, Refinery29 and Cosmopolitan.com. She is also the founder of Beautycism, a blog that examines beauty in the media, pop culture and real life.

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