Q: Have you ever published anything?
A: Yes and no. I have a few essays, articles, poems
and a short story published, a few contests won, but nothing big yet. Please see my Writing Resume
for more details. I am still writing many things, and have a lot of little tentacles out there. I am working very hard to
be more prevelant in online literary magazines.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Since I was thirteen or thereabouts, so for a good many years. But seriously (with intent towards publishing/career)
maybe the last 4 or 5 years.
Q: What kind of things do you write?
A: I feel that it's
important to be well-rounded as an author, that "speciallizing" in one area can lead to stagnation. That's why I
try to write and publish across the board- fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, literary, experimental, genre. It's all
a part of me, and I think my writing should reflect that.
Q: You're going to college.
Are you majoring in creative writing?
A: Not quite. I'm a double major in English Literature and Anthropology.I
have taken many writing classes, but my academic pursuits are largely separate from my creative writing career.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: Ha! (I hate this question) From life, mostly.
I read a lot, so many times a small detail in another book turns into plot for my own. Or the over-heard conversation becomes
plot. Or just something I see. As a writer, I deal in "What if..." questions a lot. So an overheard conversation
about, say, two boys on a swing talking about ... um, dinner the night before (this is a really bad example, sorry!) becomes
a "What if the one boy had to cook dinner for himself? Why? What did he cook? Did he even know how to cook?" That's
a little how the process goes. A little. It's way more convoluted and weird in my head.
What is your favorite book, and does it influence your writing?
A: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice,
no question. And there's no question about the influence- looking back I think her writing style has always crept into my
own speaking and writing style. I would like to think the basis of my structure lies in the same direction. I really admire
how Austen conveys detail without being overly verbose. For poetry, I adore Wislawa Szymborska. Her works touch me like no
other poet has managed to do, and really is the entire reason I write poetry at all.
Q: What made you become a writer?
A: Ugh. (I hate this one too.) Like most authors,
I don't really have an answer. I guess you have the interest, and then pursue it until you know that no other career/ lifestyle
will satisfy you. Some of us know from the start. Some of us grow into it. I am of the gradual kind, because I like to flirt
with other possibilities. Now I know that writing gives me the ultimate freedom to experience all kinds of lifestyles and
careers, because I live vicariously through all my characters.
Q: Do you have a writing schedule?
A: Ha! It's a deadline driven world out there in lit mags.
If I don't get my submission out in time, I'm done for. So my schedule is larger in scope, not the day to day routine. I try
to have that, but I often fail. Also, I have my daily blogs that I write. Those I consider under a personal deadline, but
I admit I get lazy sometimes. Okay, okay, a lot.
Q: Do you have a specific writing
A: Yes, I believe so. I'm growing into it, so I'm not finished, but I tend
to deal a lot with fragments and abrupt, condensed sentenses balanced by longer ones. I also like short paragraphs that then
have a "one-liner" twist at the end. I would say my tone is conversational, with lyric overtones.