On any given day, and in no particular order, I am a friend, a sister, a mom, a wife, a lover, a daughter, a survivor, a storyteller.
I have a fascinating nine-year-old daughter, a frightfully demanding job, and a fantastically inspiring muse. I have been married to an amazing, tolerant, blue-eyed soccer loving architect-turned-stay-at-home-Dad for 14 years. I like reading and writing stories that take me out of my situation for awhile. That's the thing about writing fiction, I think. We give ourselves permission to say and do and be things in a story that we might not dream of doing in real life.
I want to tell a story and make it entertaining for the time that the words are in front of you, and make the characters real enough that you empathize with their situation. If you take anything else away from it, well, that's like...finding 20 bucks in the pocket of a coat you haven't worn since last winter.
I will have an original short story, called "Dead Water," published in the Xchlyer Publishing Paranormal Anthology in October 2015.
Thank you for reading and allowing me to indulge in what has become a balance to my tenuous universe. Your feedback is treasured as the gift that it is, because none of us have the time we need to do all the things we want to do.
I didn't set out to be a writer. I simply wanted to find ways to continue the stories I so enjoyed. What happened when Jem woke up in the morning to find Atticus sitting next to his bed in To Kill a Mockingbird? Did the children in Swiss Family Robinson find a way to acclimate to city life or were they changed by their time on the island?
I wanted more than the stories--books, movies, TV Shows--were able to give me in the time I spent with them. I wanted to slip into the worlds of Tolkien and Lewis, wrap myself in the magic and possibilities. I wanted to feel a wand in my hand and ride a wild stallion on a deserted beach.
So, I decided if I couldn't find the stories ready-made, I'd make them myself. The genre of fanfiction afforded me the platform to discover the kind of stories I wanted to tell and the practice to become the kind of writer I wished to become. From there, it was nothing more than stepping off the end of the high-dive and hoping there was water beneath me.
This journey has just begun. Now I have characters born from within me rather than just characters I learned to love and I'm ready to lay out their paths, brick by painful brick, watch them trudge forward in misery and happiness, failing and succeeding, until they truly come alive in the mind of a reader. I'm crafting the movie in my mind so that you see it in technicolor. And I hope you enjoy the ride.