I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, whether it was dictating something for my mother to write in my scrapbook, or exaggerating an incident I wanted my sister blamed for. My “serious” writing started when I was in high school with some Star Trek fan fiction. In college I started working on my Ves’endlera stories.
In 2012 I graduated with a B.A. in English and minors in creative writing and studio art. Among my favorite classes were Writing Creative Fiction and Non-Fiction. It gave me a chance to hone my writing style and learn to critique other writers’ work.
The majority of my writings come under the category of speculative fiction. It is a place where you can ask “What if…” and write an answer without being bound by reality. People have always told stories to explain abstract concepts and to teach. From the myriad creation myths of world cultures, to tales of elves and fairies, people have been intrigued by the unknown and unknowable. In some small way, I hope to continue that tradition in my own writing.
Inspired by the great J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the little-known F.W. Faller, I’ve taken the main world for my speculative writings and given it a history and life of its own. Ves’endlera is the location for my short story collections Women of Kern: Book One and Women of Kern: Book Two. My novel The Heather and the Falcon is also set in this world, as well as several upcoming stories.
As a writer, one of my favorite things to do is encourage other people to write. I hope the weekly writing prompts will inspire you in your own writing. I also post sporadic book reviews and writing tips.
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Favorite writing quotes:
“If you’re a storyteller, your own life streams through you, onto the page, mixed up with the life the story itself brings; you cannot, in any useful or genuine way, separate the two.” —Robin McKinley
“Writing is a socially accepted form of schizophrenia.” —E.L. Doctorow
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” —Samuel Johnson
“I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.” —William Zinsser
“You must stay drunk of writing so reality cannot destroy you.” —Ray Bradbury