I have been a voracious reader and careful, if not prolific, writer since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Well, there was that time that my mother bought me a novelty pencil with a top-heavy snow globe where the eraser should have been and I lost my grip and almost poked my eye out… but I didn’t, and the experience did not sour me on writing.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing from Ohio Northern University, where I learned the constraints of the box young authors are asked to think outside of. It took me a while to recover from my formal education, during which time I came to grips with the idea that it is not always a sin to end a sentence with a preposition. I learned from Quentin Tarantino that symbolism can be spontaneous; I learned from the likes of William Faulkner that it doesn’t matter if I feel like spelling ‘lavendar’ wrong; and I learned from Stephen King that the most important thing is just to write. Period.
With all of those lessons learned, I’m now working on my first novel and seeking publication for some of my shorter works.