I’ve led a quiet life. Mostly.
There’s nothing quiet about my household, though. I got married at 18 and then filled my house with children. I have six kids, ranging from a perfectly nice 24 year old, down to my incredibly over-sized 3 year old. They’re the most amazing kids ever. 😉
I’m 43 and subject to the weaknesses of my generation: a fondness for The Cure, a stubborn conviction that my life should have been more like a John Hughes movie, and a complete inability to look at John Cusack without experiencing a little heart-melting quiver and hearing “In Your Eyes.” I blame it all on MTV.
I’ve been writing since I was a first grader. My juvenile efforts, thankfully, have been lost to time. My dark fantasy efforts in my late 20’s garnered me a couple of sales to small zines and one cd-rom collection, back when that seemed like a cool idea. I took a long break from writing to pursue a career in nursing, but raising small kids and working full-time didn’t work out so hot for me.
From 2/11 to 6/12, I wrote a fantasy novel, “Dragon Venom,” the first in a planned fantasy series called “A Poison in the Blood.” Then I took a 3 year break from writing to have another baby and get my younger kids established in our homeschool. I’m currently working on the sequel to my first novel, tentatively titled “Blood of the Queen.” I write mostly sword and sorcery fantasy, historical fantasy, and nonfiction, with a little science fiction and horror thrown in. I also write children’s books and poetry. Some of my poetry has even sold to paying markets, which astonished everyone, including me. 😉
I love video games like Dragon Age, Fallout, and Skyrim, along with online RPGs (although the MMOs leave me cold.) I read a little bit of everything, which adds up to a lot of reading, usually about 85-100 books per year. I listen to a little bit of everything in music, from classical to dubstep, and I am an avid movie fan who adores classic movies. I enjoy micro-farming and I often keep chickens, geese, and ducks for eggs.
I was raised an atheist, became an agnostic, and then dabbled in paganism for several years. I converted to the Roman Catholic Church when I was 24 and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. As Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.”
This is where my path has led me.