I graduated from PSU with a Bachelors Degree in English and minor in Professional Writing in 2006. I was a lead editor of several books including The Portland Red Guide, by Michael Munk (Ooligan Press, 2007) and A Town Called Immaculate, by Peter Anthony (Macmillan UK, 2007). I have also edited countless other manuscripts, short stories, essays, thesis defenses, dating website profiles, and the occasional restaurant menu (whether the establishment wanted service or not). In addition, I have been a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown and I had a work of flash fiction published in The Bear Deluxe Magazine (No. 26). As of October, 2012, I'm the new Mentor-in-the-House Director at The Oregon Writers Colony in Portland, Oregon. I'm currently working on a manuscript.
I write because I express myself better in writing than I do in person. I write because I have a lot of stories to tell. Because, when everything is flowing its best, writing is a creative and cathartic art. And, sometimes, I write because I have no choice - words and ideas come out of nowhere, land in my head, and I feel desperate and manic until I can get the words down onto some sort of paper, body part, or digital device.
I love anything that's well written, compelling, and engaging. This includes genre fiction, literary fiction, biographies, nonfiction of all sorts, tomes, treatises, children's books, Dr. Bronner's soap bottles - you name it. Some of my favorite authors include Stephen King, Sarah Vowell, David Sedaris, Christopher Moore, Earnest Hemingway, and Maya Angelou. My favorite books include The Dark Tower series, The Red Tent, The Kite Runner, Life of Pi, Fool: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, On the Road, A Catcher in the Rye, Attention. Deficit. Disorder, and The Chronology of Water.
Hi Gloria and thank you very much for the read and kind comment. I hope to read more of your story!