“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.“-Neil Gaiman
If I had to describe myself using five characters, I would choose Will Graham, Dana Scully, Parker, Anne Elliot, and Elle Woods. I chose these characters intuitively, but if I were to flex my Bachelor’s in Psychology, I would say it’s because all these characters can be described as clever outsiders.
I grew up as a military kid with two former-Air Force parents and three older siblings, and if that wasn’t bad enough, I also turned out to be a lesbian with clinical depression. My parents are both intellectuals—my mother is an English teacher and my father practices environmental law—and from a young age I was introduced to Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare, and yet my favorite television show at the tender age of eight was CSI.
No, really. Until late in my college career, it was a dear dream of mine to work in forensics, whether it was forensic science, forensic pathology, or forensic psychology. Ultimately, it was the trauma of growing up queer and manifesting a mental illness at a young age that encouraged me to return to my roots of the literary arts, but the morbidity, the obsession with death, and the alignment with the outsider have all translated into my writing. I have published one short story (x) and six poems, four of which I am linking here (xx), and all of which have to do with queerness, depression, or both. I have a complex personality and a personality complex. It’s a problem.
Today I am studying Professional Writing at Kennesaw State University, working extensively on my poetry and working passively on my prose. Most of my story ideas are urban fantasies starring vampires, but most of my written stories are literary fiction about women with depression. When not writing, I love teaching and editing, and love is the correct word. I love being able to inspire and nurture others’ work and bring them into fruition as I love creating and editing my own work. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to learn to proofread…”
I enjoy being odd and eclectic and morbid. I enjoy being compassionate and learning more about the human condition, and I enjoy observing and appreciating nature, preferably inside and while cuddling with my cats. My number one goal is to live a life worth living.
No single novelist inspired me to write prose, but I owe my interest in poetry to Sara Pirkle Hughes. I enjoy the odd, the eclectic, the experimental, the religious, the natural, and the morbid, but most of all, I am a sucker for a happy ending.
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