I am a writer of mostly short stories and essays who lives in Virginia, outside Washington DC. My first short story was published in the Spring of 2000, about the same time I earned my MFA degree, and I have been writing and publishing fiction and nonfiction at a slow but steady rate ever since. I feel fortunate that the editors of some truly fine publications have seen something in my work to make them choose to publish it. Some of those pieces have even been nominated for and won a few awards.
For a few years, I also wrote a monthly real estate article for a Northern Virginia newspaper, a column I was qualified to write through my other occupation as a Realtor. I have recently started a blog writing about my real estate experiences in order to nurture my creativity. http://peggyduffy.blogspot.com/
I write to fulfill my creative urges; I love words & language & am fascinated by the ways those words can be strung together, the turn of a phrase, the voice of the writer.
Also to preserve memory. To seek to explain. To describe the indescribable. To tell a unique story. To entertain. As an outlet for my obsessive tendencies (I obsess over words as I write).
Short story writers: Richard Bausch, Tobias Wolff, Raymond Carver, Junot Diaz
Books: Remains of the Day, The Book Thief, The English Patient, The Kite Runner, A Lesson Before Dying, Bel Canto
yup--I teach undergrads and am the acad coord (advising, scheduling, etc)
hey, thanks for your comments on my story. You got it right--that's what I was after in writing it, anyway. . .
Some great short story writers listed, some of my faves too. I work in DC and I also look fwd to checking out your work. David