It was most important to tell my family’s story—the story of one life lost to the pandemic.
My writing is always heavily influenced by whatever I’m reading at the time so I push myself to “read above my grade level” in order to grow as a writer.
Revision is the best part for me, the most fun, after the first draft is completed. It takes me longer to write a story now than it did at the beginning of my career—but my work has grown more precise and careful as a result.
I didn’t realize I was writing a book of stories until very late in the game.
Just because we do not fit the majority, it should not mean we are any lesser.
So much of writing is learning to tolerate the difficulties of the process, and learning to revise.
Many of the stories in Claire did begin as images—though not necessarily the ones you’d think of
Survivor’s Guilt is about recognizing that we are all accountable for our humanity and how we enact socially.
Though I never have a plan, I can feel when the pieces fit and see the mosaic they’re making as it’s built.
Our favorite books are part of what allow us to peel back the layers of our own selfhood, to reflect on our experiences.