What am I working on?
A story about a sad girl and a creepy tanning salon owner (thanks to Sean Doyle for the encouragement! It’s the darkest thing I can recall writing to date). A story about St. Augustine and his lover set in modern times. A story about a man and woman who can’t get each other out of their systems (even after subsequent marriages/children/lives). So many little stories…I feel schizophrenic.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I try to infuse my own weird sense of humor on everything, even if it’s dark. I also don’t use a lot of dialogue…mostly because I’m less interested in what people say and more interested in how they think/act. (Also, maybe, because I find authentic dialogue hard to write!). And most of my main characters are lovelorn women who appear weak on the surface, but who are actually quite strong.
Why do I write what I do?
My professor in grad school told us to, “Write what haunts you,” and so I do. Relationships between people are fascinating to me because unless you are half of the duo, you can’t understand fully what makes a person love (or lust or hate) a person the way they do.
How does my writing process work?
I keep random story ideas in the Notes app on my phone (because they often come at inconvenient times!). I will sit down with a notebook (I always draft at least the first page in with pen-and-paper…it’s an old habit, but now I’m superstitious about it), start the story, and let it reveal itself to me. Sometimes I know how it’s going to end. Usually I don’t.