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"If you cannot tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people." Virginia Woolf

Thank you for being here...

I love Faulkner and Hemmingway and Wharton. These were my first teachers, my first glimpse at writing. I wanted to emulate them. What I would give to write a story of the same caliber as “A Rose for Emily” or Ethan Frome. I wanted their greatness—minus the alcoholism, the suicide, the unfulfilled loves and the childless homes.

I have always been a dreamer. As a girl I dreamed of passion, and pure fulfillment—I believed these states could be obtained. As I became an adult, it was art that seemed to bring these feelings more than anything.

Books have changed my life, as well as art, film, and music. I believe art is the most powerful tangible force God has given us, besides love manifested. My life is deeper from viewing Caravaggio. From listening to Dvorak, Bach, The Dave Matthews Band, Hapa, and Creed. From watching The Dead Poet’s Society and A Beautiful Life. From reading The Awakening, The Poisonwood Bible, White Oleander, Wuthering Heights, and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Though I believe I will always seek passion, love and laughter in my life, I also hunger for justice, peace and love in everyone’s life. I think this is how literature ties me to the rest of the world, regardless of race or religion, spanning past, present, and future generations. It’s only in oppressed societies where books are banned and burned. A society that is free to think and feel and be is one where the books Twain, Hesse, and Tolstoy are treasured.




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