How long have you been writing, both for fun and with seriousness (sorry, that's a subjective word for it)? You have this voice/tone in your writing that is incredibly natural and distinct, and you're really able to get us into the heart of your characters, which so many writers struggle to do. When I read your work I easily lose track of time. That's what every reader wants, and man, you do it!! I guess I'm just curious about how you got to this point, and what you hope to do in the future. :)
Oh, boy. Okay. So.
I’ve been writing since I was eight. I remember exactly what I started with, too. A red Dollar General journal bought in Marengo, Illinois and a blue colored pencil (I thought it looked cool), which eventually turned into composition notebooks and whatever I could get my hands on. I did that compulsively for years and read whatever was on my mom’s shelf on top of tons of manga. A lot of romance novels, true crime and YuYu Hakusho.
I didn’t consciously think about writing as a craft until I was 15-16, and that’s because I read some fanfiction by these like, Ivy League students who all buddied up and were stellar writers (with educations my Kentucky public school brain couldn’t conceptualize). Something clicked and I accepted good writing is hard won and writers tend to always age well, so that’s when I knuckled down and tried to better examine what makes good writing. I started reading + studying books I thought were ‘important,’ and I began compulsively posting fanfiction online. This is probably why I’m so whatever about posting. I’ve been doing it for ten years.
The big breaking point was around 19, tho. I got this awesome mentor who really pulled me aside and was like – “You have something.” He supported every wild idea I had and trained me to gamble with my penchant for writing things ugly and uncomfortably honest. I don’t think I thought I was even mediocre at writing until that point, really. I ended up dropping out, but he really got that ball rolling.
Community college, some trauma, and one factory job later, I enrolled in private university and was put with this hard ass writing professor who trained me to self-edit and properly read. Now you have to consider that throughout all these life changes I never stopped writing. I compulsively wrote even if it was just shit writing because I wanted to be the best. It was all I could ever fixate on or care about, and it was all I ever felt I had because I was a God awful middle/high school student.
Did I mention I have ADHD? The hyper fixation ran/runs deep there. Writing with ADHD is like, an intrinsic part of my mental development. Overwhelming emotions and human experiences would make my skin crawl, so I learned to compartmentalize them into an art form. This is really common for people with ADHD, but I think it’s why what I write can be close to the bone. I have a hard time conceptualizing bullshit (idealistic fluff). I only grasp onto what’s immediately there and link that shit together as it is. I’m not saying this is good or bad, but that’s probably where my style comes from. I’ve tried to understand it for years.
I like gray characters or making good characters fluctuate into gray because I think people are gray in general, so it’s all I see? If that makes sense. People are a lot.
As for my future! Haha, uh. I’m pitching stuff and have like, 3 major projects, but as it stands? I’m just trying to figure it out and give people cool stuff to enjoy + pay bills. I’d like to work on this thing I’ve had going for 2 years, but I gotta get my Patreon to a certain point before I can knuckle down on it. Life, you know?
But thank you so much for the praise and questions. This was really nice.
TLDR: writing for 17 years is gonna inevitably make you good and I wanna be involved with a 100 things