I was born on an October 1 at about 2:30 in the afternoon in Baltimore MD. I've lived in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and finally Delaware, where I still make my home.
Everyone in my family read voraciously. For my father, it was mysteries and suspense. My mother shunned all fiction, preferring biography and current events. My maternal grandmother enjoyed accounts of country life in New England. I believe her favorite works were creative nonfiction, and nonfiction about gardening and wildlife. My brother preferred anything to do with pop culture especially celebrity bios. We visited the library every week, everyone scattering to their favorite sections and meeting up later to check out. My great-aunt Dorothy would bring boxes of paperback books with her when she came to visit. My father and I would sort through them, he taking the mysteries, and the Alfred Hitchcock anthologies unless I could snatch one first.
I liked to sneak a copy of a Reader's Digest Condensed Book out of the living room, picking through it until I had read anything that interested me then trading it for another one. I know some of my early favorites were adult SF and supernatural fantasy. I read "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson when I was far to young to be doing so. I paid for it--I sat up all night for one and a half nights running, with my back pressed against a corner of the room staring alternately at each wall and the door. When no cannonballs boomed against the door, I found the other Jackson books and read them.
"Hill House" terrified me, but I got into trouble at school with Nevil Shute's "On the Beach" We were suppose to read a book and write a report on it for English, and I either didn't hear the teacher mention a reading list or chose to ignore it. At any rate, I read my report on Shute's apocalyptic tale and before I knew it my parents were informed of what I had done. The teacher advised them to keep me in the children's section of the library from then on. Under no circumstances was I to be allowed access to SF or anything remotely like it. Future book reports had to be for titles on the suggested list. My parents listened and then gave me my instructions--use the list for book reports. No more SF. Not a word about the children's section.
I switched to historical novels like those by Thomas Costain. While I read I envisioned being a time traveller working for the government, stationed in the time period of the book I was reading to fillin gaps in historical records. I asked for a typewriter for Christmas, and used it for school assignments and also for the first chapter of my time travel book. That was my first and last SpecFic writing before 1979 when I started "Seabird".
I began writing, via daydream, before that--when I was in early elementary school. By sixth grade, I must have commited something else to paper because my teacher suggested that I read aloud from it a few minutes each day in homeroom. I don't remember anyone snoring.
Well, leaping ahead, I received my BAAS in Interdepartmental History from the University of Delaware, earning enough credits to qualify for unofficial minors in English and in psychology. I began working on my master's in psychology but, after the first year, I was dissatisfied with my career choice. I had been working 15-20 hours a week in the university library since I was a sophomore, and I liked it. All those books!
I ended up working at the UD Library for a total of 35 years, then retired early so that I could finally devote all my time to writing. As I said, I began writing "Seabird" a YA fantasy--and its sequel "Earthbow"--from 1979 to about 1982, at which point I had to stop writing because of the demands of my career. Since I retired, I've been writing, revising, participating in three writers groups, attending conferences and otherwise living a long-deferred dream.
I've had a couple of short pieces published since 2003, and just this month "Seabird" finally made it into print, courtesy of a brand new small publisher, Gryphonwood Press. (Thanks, Dave!)
I am revising the first draft of "Earthbow" for Gryphonwood, and I plan at least two more books in the Narentan Tumult series. One is "Marooned". The other is an untitled book that wants to be its own trilogy. Chapters for that behemoth are filed on my computer under "The Gryphon and The Basilisk".
My short story, "Shadow Harper" was recently accept for the "UnCONventional" anthology, by Spencer Hill. The book is due out it mid January 2012.
Other interests are my faith, meditation with or without walking a labyrinth, filk music, folk music, world music especially Putumayo recordings, my two cats (Khiva & Vartha) and, I confess, a few television shows-- CSI, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs and Without a Trace. And Bones!
Dark chocolate isn't bad either.
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C S Lewis The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams Descent into Hell, by Charles Williams Taliesin Through Logres, by Charles Williams The Region of Summer Stars, by Charles Williams
The Gryphon & the Basilisk. Narenta 3. This will be the multi-volume sequel to Earthbow.
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