“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander
There isn’t a person in this world who doesn’t have questions, but there are many in it who don’t know how to ask them. In my youth, I couldn’t yet find the words to ask the questions that truly bothered me: Why do people treat each other the way they do? Why are some people happy when they should be sad and others sad when they should be happy? Why am I so lonely even in a room filled with people that love me?
Why do we hurt the ones that we love the most?
Even if I’d had the language and insight to ask these questions at ten, twelve, or even sixteen years of age, I would never have been brave enough to do so, so I went searching for my answers where many other young readers go – in books. In Jr. High, it was Jane Yolen’s Young Merlin Trilogy that brought me first, and fully, into the realm of magic and fantasy. It was in her interpretation of a young, orphaned Merlin and the cast of characters that he loved, admired, and feared that I first began to realize that if I read long enough and imagined hard enough I could see myself in pieces of the boy who lost his voice but found his magic—and from that day on I’ve never been quite the same. Through Tamora Pierce’s The Circle of Five and T.A. Baron’s The Lost Years and on to Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth and Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel Saga one epic after another has shaped the way I see the world and those within it, and I can safely say that without them I would not be the compassionate, emotional, artistic person that I am today.
Who am I?
- I am the proud holder of a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Public Relations. I was awarded Advanced Achievements Awards for both, as well as achieving Salutatorian for my MFA program.
- I am both an over-achiever and a procrastinator, which means I excel at plotting grand schemes when I should be folding the laundry and folding the laundry when I should be executing said grand schemes.
- I swear. A lot. But mostly only when the time is right.
- My short fiction had been published online at Fiction on the Web, Linguistic Erosion, Scrawl Brawl, and 101 Words.
- While I am a ravenous consumer of mainstream media, I am also a dedicated supporter of indie creators and small business owners. I spend a great portion of my day daydreaming about a future in which the names of my clients and friends are as recognizable as the Kings and Martins, del Toros and Royos of the present.
- I am terrified of the limelight but thrive on praise. Basically, I am starving for validation but duck and cover the moment an opportunity arrives to receive it.
- I am currently a freelance editor, social media manager, website designer, and left-overs devourer.
- I am the Ultra-Fangirl—and I am not discerning in my tastes. I can fan-fawn over something as widely loved as Star Wars or as obscure as that manga you’ve probably never heard of.
- I really fucking love ellipses… The only thing I love more than ellipses are M-dashes—and swearing.
- Dwarves are delicious. Dragons are better.
So, there you are, that’s me in a nutshell: A dragon-obsessed romanticist with more energy than time and never enough booze. If you’re still looking for deeper insights into the mania check me out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – or send me an e-mail. I’m always looking for new penpals!