New York, NYUSA
Hometown: New Hartford, NY
April 30, 2010
I don't know... I'm a fan of Chekhov's gun, I guess.
I grew up with "How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy" by Orson Scott Card, so it has a place in my heart. I think my favorite, though, is King's "On Writing."
Fiction, almost exclusively. My writing tends to be character-oriented, but rarely is a genre element (magic, the supernatural, etc) missing. I often straddle the line between literary and genre conventions, not totally abiding by either.
Fiction and non-fiction. I tend to sample genres and authors rather than immersing myself in one series. I recently got a Kindle, and I've been reading a lot of historical non-fiction: "Guns, Germs, and Steel," "Sex at Dawn," and the like.
I've been a hockey goalie for about fifteen years, and I've recently become a pretty avid distance runner as well. In my day job, I am a major-gifts fundraiser for the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
33 years old and beginning a writing career I've dreamed about since I was 14. I have a degree in writing with a fiction focus from the University of Pittsburgh and write mostly genre fiction with a literary influence.
Terrific group! There's a wide range of opinions and a the group is very diverse in almost every way - race, gender, experience, taste in genre, format, fiction v nonfiction, etc. Lots of very smart people, and very welcoming to newcomers. Our last meeting was a bit large, but there are usually about 20-30 people in attendance.