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Seven Things

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I was tagged by my author friend, the prolific and masterful wordsmith, Aaron Paul Lazar, to participate in a sort of blog-hop activity.  I am to list seven things about my writing that people might not know.  Well, I’m a super sucker for the number seven, and felt extremely compelled to plat along.  Besides, Aaron is one hell of a guy and I support all of his endeavors. When Mr. Lazar asks you to do something, how can you not?  J Please go give his page a look, especially if you’re into mystery novels.  You won’t be disappointed! 

 

Okay.  Here I go. Seven things about my writing you may not know…

 

 

1.   I am a creature of habit.  I am bound by my obsessive compulsive tendencies.  I can’t help it.  It’s a sickness.  In all of my stories, woven between the pages, one is bound to find: a reference to Santa Claus, a reference to The Wizard of Oz, a dream sequence, references to being underwater or drowning.  Don’t ask. 

 

 

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2.    I mentally cannot stop putting two spaces after a period.  It’s an automatic action.  <<smacks hands>> “bad author, bad author.”

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3.    I am passionate about folklore and mythology and incorporated a lot of the old lore into my Coal Elf series.  You have to be “on the folklore ball” to pick up the little breadcrumbs I’ve left behind!

 

4.    I was born and raised Catholic, and while I am not practicing, I still have deep ties to religion and spirituality.  (Maybe my days as a Catholic school girl have scarred me for life?)  :) These tendencies have influenced my writing, especially in my Urban Fantasy stories.

 

 

 

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(rocking that school girl uniform. 3rd grade, I believe)

 

5.    The very first REAL poem I wrote was on 10/26/1986.  I had just turned nine.  It was titled “A Halloween Poem.”  To this day, I usually incorporate some form or essence of poetry within my books.

 

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6.    I’m a great embellisher, although, I’ve had so many incredible life experiences that I often find I don’t have to do much ‘bellishing! Like, I seriously can’t make half the stuff that I lived through up! But, of course, when I’m in the fantasy worlds of the elves, or zombies, or angels, I have to tweak some of my own memories to bend and fit the context of the particular universe.  Much of the narrative (for any of my books) is the fragments of me – slivers of secrets, puzzle pieces of the past. 

 

7.    Poetry saved my life. Period. The End.

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