I’ve met a ton of interesting people and today I have the privilege of interviewing one. I started following Sara Gonzales on Twitter when my hero Dana Loesch retweeted one of her tweets. After following for a short period, I knew I had to interview her. She is a frequent panelist on Loesch’s Dana on TheBlaze and a writer for RedState. I am very excited to have her on my blog. Check out the interview below bold.
I was born in Houston, TX and lived there until I was about 5 years old. We moved to Plano, TX after that, which was where I grew up and graduated high school.
What is your favorite color?
I love all things pink. Red is a very close second.
Cat or dog person?
This is a tough one. I have a cat that I call a cat-dog, because he is basically a dog trapped in a cat’s body. I think cat wins for me, mostly because owning them is a little easier to manage with a crazy schedule.
What kinds of interests did you have in high school? Sports? Writing? Drama?
I was a total choir nerd in high school, and a member of the show choir at our school. I also was involved in theater and drama. My senior class voted me “Most Likely to Become an International Pop Star,” a title I’m still a little sad I didn’t live up to. 🙂
Any particular school project or event you are proud of?
As a senior in college, I did an internship at Garland PD where I went through forensic investigator training before graduating cum laude from Texas State University with a major in criminal justice and a minor in forensic psychology.
Did any of your teachers have an effect on you?
Absolutely- I think teachers usually have an effect on us whether we realize it or not. My crime theory teacher believed in my writing ability enough to meet with me and suggest that I go to law school, which I ultimately decided not to do, but the confidence he had in my ability always stuck with me.
Any particular books, fiction or nonfiction, that affected your view of the world?
1984, because of all the parallels we can draw to today.
Were you always a Conservative or was it a slow process?
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have amazing parents who raised me with strong conservative values. It wasn’t until around the age of 17 that I started to become increasingly aware of the need for outspoken conservative voices in my age group.
I have heard from some that when they announce they are Conservative, they lose friends. Did you lose any friends over becoming a Conservative?
I have definitely lost my fair share of friends because of my conservative positions, but it has never been my doing. It’s interesting- liberals have the inherent ability to be offended at practically everything. I don’t let it bother me. I honestly pity those who can’t stand hearing a different point of view, what a sheltered life they must live. I do have several liberal friends that I can have a civil, friendly debate with, and I am grateful for those friendships.
Who are some of your favorite Conservative thought leaders?
I was fortunate to have been mentored by Leon Wolf, who is absolutely brilliant and has taught me so much. Ben Sasse has also been extremely influential to me this election season. I appreciate his honesty and the fact that he stands by his principles even when he is pressured to cave and give in to the party.
If you could meet any person from US history, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Any of the founding fathers, so I could ask them specific questions about the Constitution and their intent. I’d also be curious to see what they would think of the current state of our union.
Where did you get your first article published and what was it about?
My first article was a story about Chris Dunn, a man from Texas who basically had a hospital death panel decide that his life was not worth saving. It was for RedState.
You have written a few articles for RedState as a contributing editor. When did you get started writing for them?
I started for RedState in October of 2015.
Any particular article you are proud of?
I was probably most proud of my first article described above: I tracked down the story and got an exclusive interview with Chris Dunn’s sister, Holly.
What are your favorite topics to cover and why?
Because I’m a licensed health insurance broker, I do love to cover stories about the failure of Obamacare. The election has been incredibly interesting to cover, for obvious reasons.
When you’re writing, do you jam out to music or do you prefer silence?
Absolute total silence. Which is sometimes hard with a rambunctious 4 year old.
What do you think are the most important value Conservatives should be fighting for and writing about?
I think one of the most important issues we face as a society is addressing the shocking disregard our society has for the unborn, and I think educating people about the reality of that situation is crucial. I also think that the younger generation is growing up with the idea that we need more government programs to keep society afloat, so not only do they have the entitlement mentality, they just see it as normal and right. And if they think it’s normal to be dependent on government, there’s no motivation to fix it.
Was there a time when you knew you would get criticized for an article, but went for it anyway?
The most interesting thing about the 2016 election is that, as a conservative, if you speak truth without double standards or being hypocritical, and if you are honest about the Republican nominee, it gets you into trouble. So yes, honestly any time I write something exposing Donald Trump for what he is, I know I am going to get backlash. There have been pretty awful things said to me. At a certain point, you just expect it. It doesn’t deter me in any way.
One final question, any big projects planned for the upcoming year?
That concluded our interview. Be sure to Like Sara Gonzales on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. She has some really good knowledge to share on Conservatism and its values. You will have a whole lot of fun and be informed at the same time.
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