You’re curious about me?
I know how that is. I am inevitably drawn to these pages on websites. Wanting to know more about the person behind the writing.
Well, here goes.
I have been writing creatively since I was a young girl. My first love of the ‘flow’ of written word came from song lyrics. As I teenager, I would listen to Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Van Morrison and just get lost in the lyrics and the stories their songs told. When I stumbled upon Harry Chapin’s music and collection of poetry, I started writing my own songs. I can’t sing -at all- but that didn’t stop me from writing songs … and poems … and stories. I wrote about anything and everything that a teenager girl goes through (yikes). Most of those old writings are hidden away in scrapbooks and diaries in the basement of the house I grew up in. Maybe someday I’ll go searching for them. Who knows?
My love of writing continued beyond my teenage years, however my career path took a different turn. Academia. Most of my twenties were spent in grad school earning my PhD in cellular and molecular biology (yes, I’m a science nerd). During that time, almost ALL of my writing was scientific in nature. Boo! But, once I graduated and started working as a professor in my thirties, I was able to start writing again. Yay!
My writing tends to lean toward the passionate and erotic. Sometimes light. Sometimes dark. That depends mostly on my mood at the time and/or what I’m going through in life. We write what we know. I’m no exception to that. I like shorter verse styles of poetry but I do write long verse on occasion. I’m trying to branch out and do more of that. I love literary techniques and poetic devices. I always have. Which is probably why a lot of my work rhymes. I love playing with rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance .. and the list goes on and on (apparently I’m a literary nerd, as well). And besides songwriters some of my major poetic influences have been (in no particular order) Robert Frost, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, ee cummings, John Keats, Shakespeare.
And so. Here I am now, in my forties. Retired from academia (10 years was more than enough!) and finally able to focus on writing full time. And this may be just me, but I think … the best is yet to come.
So stay tuned… ❤