At heart I’m either a 12-year-old boy or a 14-year-old girl, depending on which manuscript I’m working on.
My background is journalism, and it took a while for me to get over the Just-the-Facts-Ma’am approach and give myself permission to Make Things Up. I finally made the transition and I’ve had reasonable success in placing my short stories and poems in respected literary magazines, and one that turned out to be not-so-respectable unless you’re into evil space squids.
Hint for Aspiring Writers: Always, always get a visual on the literary magazine you’re submitting to. It really wrecks the tone of your clipbook to go from a cover featuring a classy photo of Thomas Merton to a cover with a not-very-good riff on the creatures from the Alien franchise.
In my nonfiction career I have a healthy collection of magazine clips and published essays. I’m blessed with business and professional clients who have projects I enjoy working on. I’m also the author of four commercially published nonfiction books in six editions, all but one tragically out of print just now. The one still available is Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A Photographic Portrait (Rockport, MA: Twin Lights Publishers, 2010).
I live in Wisconsin very close to Milwaukee, with The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, in an older house that still has a lot of potential but at least it’s paid for. We have two adult sons, one currently in grad school, the other a bookseller.
I don’t have the sports gene so no, I probably didn’t see that game last night unless Older Son was in town. We’re a film-centric house; I often can identify which classic movie someone’s watching after a phrase of dialogue or a few bars of the opening theme. The equivalent of the Super Bowl in our house is Academy Awards night. Don’t bother to call then; we won’t be answering the phone.
Other factoids: I don’t have a favorite author: I have dozens. I’m a decent cook and baker; my ginger-date scones are to die for. I like history, ceramics, antiques, gardening (aka “weeding”), hiking. I can’t wait until digital SLRs come down to my price range so I can get back to serious photography with a grown-up WYSIWYG camera. I blog when I have something to say. I’m a longtime member of SCBWI.