July 15, 2013
In my childhood, I had several pieces of poetry published in state anthologies (TN) and interned as a reporter for my parent's hometown newspaper when I was sixteen. I have no fiction credits to date, but I have two novel-sized historical fiction/medical mystery pieces in the works. I'm drawn toward the puzzle of getting inside the mind of someone from the past seeing something that we now have explanations for, but were lacking at the time. What would a medieval serf think if they saw a 787 jetliner crossing the sky? What made people think epileptic seizures were religious in nature? One work attempts to re-explain the history of the Mt. St. Michel abbey in Normandy, the other takes place in South Carolina during the civil war and explores voodoo culture. They could be loosely categorized as zombie stories, but with the twist of medical discovery. Religion battling science at different points in history.
I learned about MinnSpec for the first time at the 2013 Convergence and it sounded like the perfect place to land! I have been part of several different writing groups over the past year, but have been frustrated with either the other members' focus being in completely different genres, or everyone's writing stage being so different that people didn't feel they were getting much help from it (absolute beginner having trouble with grammatical points or the person who's revised their novel three times and is only really looking at marketing pointers). I look forward to meeting others who have a similar draw toward science fiction and reading and critiquing my own work and learning from others who are on similar writing paths.
A southern transplant to MN several decades ago, my background is in foreign language teaching and journalism. I've lived in France for a time and have a soft spot for New Orleans. Getting to know new places and cultures is my idea of fun.