July 30, 2013
I've lived in LV for over twenty years and work in the beverage industry (I am a certified sommelier and a master mixologist), but it's the job that keeps me here, not the place. My heart is elsewhere. I grew up in a small town with a major university and was exposed from a very young age to literature and the people behind it. I've been published multiple times in state chapbooks and am trying to take the idea that I could still be publishable seriously. BTW, despite my stoic facade I have a hard time taking much very seriously. For fiction, I'm a big fan of everyone from Ayn Rand and Trevanian to Stephen King and C.J. Box; from Umberto Eco and Susanna Clarke to J.R.R Tokien and Homer. I also read a lot of non-fiction, especially history (of everything from Weimar to post-WWII Germany to just about anywhere in the U.S.) And then, there's my favorite non-fictional fiction writer (or is it fictional non-fiction?)- Hunter S. Thompson.
I am a voracious "consumer" of stories, both printed and filmed, both non-fiction and fiction, and I'm known to dabble in their creation (both non-fiction and fiction, wink-nudge). First time I've ventured into the whole "club" thing in any capacity.