I have a bio here, of course, but a peek at the Articles section will show links to interviews with me.
So. Bio time. To be honest, this is my least favorite thing, though as confessional as I am on my journal, you really wouldn’t know it. I don’t care for pictures, not because I’m vain, but because I tend to forget what I look like, and when I pass a mirror I don’t really look at myself as a whole. So I never think the pictures that are taken of me look like me.
Still, I will include some eventually, probably of me in costume, because one of my hobbies is sewing. I can’t make anything normal or practical, nay, not I, so I have a lot of costumes. The one, my British Naval Jacket that looks almost exactly the same as you see the Lieutenants wear in Master or Commander or Hornblower, is one of my favorite things to wear around the house, because it’s really warm.
I love history, particularly the Middle Ages/Renaissance, the Age of Sail and the Regency. So it’s good I’m a secretary for the Department of History and Political Science. I’m also passionate about folk lore, particularly the meanings behind stones and flowers. These meanings inform my work a great deal, when I write spells I often refer to Frederick Kunz’s marvelous “The Curious Lore of Precious Stones” as well as Margaret Grieve’s “Modern Herbal,” as well as tons of other titles.
I am influenced by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Barbara Hambly, Jennifer Roberson, Dasheil Hammet, Tony Hillerman, Bernard Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Edeet Ravel, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Jane Austen, Herman Hesse, Laura Lippman, Chuck Palanuick, and many more.
I would like to add William Shakespeare to that list, but that seems pretentious. And I hate pretension, which is pretentious in itself, I suppose. Though I do believe that everyone should cultivate an affectation, because those are fun.
I have a weakness for Coca Cola, things flavored lime, citrus scents, chocolate, and cheese. I drink scandalous amounts of sugared tea.
In the past I have worked as a cemetery caretaker, an interlibrary loan clerk (I was the whole department, but no MLS, no librarian title.) and my father is a blacksmith, so I know a bit about that.
I have been writing ever since I was a teenager. The first story I ever finished was on pink lined paper, in the back of my pre-algebra class. My poor, overwhelmed teacher usually never got around to teaching us anything, because the boys in the front of the class liked to think they were clever. I let my friend Barb read it, and she came up to the front of the bus to tell me how much she loved it. She told me that she was grinning from ear to ear the whole time she read it…and that’s when I decided that I wanted to be a writer more than anything. I’d always had stories in my head, as long as I could remember, and this was my chance to use them to make people happy. Because of this, I used to write such sure to be blockbusters as “Beauty and the Bono” as gifts for my friends, who will surely wish they’d held on to it to humiliate/blackmail me with later.
Even now, that I am a little older and hopefully wiser, that is still the reason why I write. Because I want to make people happy. We all know the world is not always as kind as we would like it to be…and I like the idea of providing a few moments of escape.
And that, I think, Is probably more than you wanted to know. Thank you for reading this far, I owe you a cookie.