I was born at a now defunct hospital in Jackson, Mississippi on June 20, 1988. I wrote my first story at age eight. It was about a magic orange that could tell the future.
As I got older I progressed into longer works, spending an unhealthy amount of time in the realm of fan fiction. The most memorable story I wrote was one where Jack and Rose from the movie Titanic somehow time hopped into the present day, and Jack fell in love with Britney Spears. I wrote my first non-fan fiction, full length novel when I was eleven, and it wasn’t much better than the Titanic-Britney crossover.
I spent most of my free time in high school writing stories, including a Lord of the Rings fan fiction where the Mary Sue-ish protagonist made out with Frodo, Legolas, and Merry. I didn’t take a creative writing class until my last semester, mostly because I needed one more elective to graduate and several of my friends were taking it too. But I did decide at that point I wanted to do something with writing in my career.
I majored in Creative Writing in college and earned a BFA from Belhaven University in 2010. Unfortunately, nobody told me that, in the real world, majoring in ‘Creative Writing’ is like majoring in ‘fast food’. Or maybe they told me and I just didn’t listen. So after years of hourly work, including a three year stint as a barista, I decided to take a major leap and give full time writing a try. I’ll let you know how that goes.