JESSICA A. BOTELHO
What's your favorite subject to write about?
I enjoy interviewing children. When I first started at Beacon Communications, I was intimidated when speaking to them. Over time, I have gotten very comfortable and I realized how important it is to feature them in our publications. They get so excited to see their faces and names in our newspapers and I get a kick out of it, too. I feel proud to highlight their accomplishments and play a small part in sharing their stories with our communities.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would transform myself into Jon Bon Jovi's wife. Boy, is she one lucky lady.
Tell us something unexpected about yourself.
People usually think of me as outgoing and very sociable, which I am. But, I was really quiet and shy when I was younger. One day, when I was five or six, my mother took me to Roger Williams Park Zoo. We were in the gift shop and I wanted this plush turtle because it had a removable shell. My mom ended up getting it for me and the special thing about it was that she told me that like the turtle, I too, could come out of my shell.
If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
I have extravagant taste when it comes to food, so I love lobster, oysters and sushi. But, if it came down to one last meal, I'd want a cheeseburger cooked as rare as possible with all the fixings. French fries would be a must and I'd request honey mustard dressing to dunk them in. Yum!
What made you want to become a writer?
One of my teachers, Roberta Carlson, who I had at St. Rose of Lima School, made me want to become a writer. I had always been interested in writing but when I entered her classroom in sixth grade, she noticed my talent and nourished it. She helped me realize I could turn my passion into a career someday. I'm proud to say I did just that.