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I'm a writer of young adult stories and I am a practicing fangirl (main fandoms include but not limited to: Arrow-verse, Burn Notice, Star Wars, Furyborn, all things Victoria Schwab, The 100). I'm obsessed with villains and may very well assist one in taking over the world one day. When I'm not making diabolical plans, I can be found screaming about my friends amazing books, exploring forests and parks with my wolfhound or reading stories about fierce, fantastical girls.
A few fun facts:
I’m a high school Language Arts teacher. I have taught from 8-12 grade, but my niche is 9th grade. I'm slowly trying to rewrite the curriculum and sneak actual YA books in! Because, *gasp* imagine 13 year olds reading books actually aimed at them instead of books written for adults going through a midlife crisis!
I’m a Ravenclaw. Very Ravenclaw, so be careful, because we're dangerous...
I have furbabies, including a dog (Bellamy Q. Blake--Irish Wolfhound) and a cat (Amenophus)
Favorite Foods: Cheesecake and alcohol (really, do you need anything else to survive?- Fine, TEA.)
In college, my friend taught me to write backwards. Surprisingly, it helped me to stay awake during lectures. Also, several chapters of the original draft of my completed MS are written backwards, because it looked like I was taking notes, but really I was in my own world
I’ve loved writing (and reading, because really, how can you separate the two?) all my life. I started writing when I was in high school. I used it as a way to escape the monotony of my classes (and yeah, I know what you’re about to say, “..but you’re a teacher…do you let your students write in class??” And the answer is yes. Write or draw. As long as they get their work done, I let them do their thing, because that’s the other half of that story. I did all my work, I handed it in, I applied to college as a junior and skipped my senior year because I was DONE with high school. Also, I make my class awesome *grins*)
I love grimdark, stabby murder books. Not horror-dark (which totally freaks me out, I'm a grade A wimp when it comes to horror), but like really conflicted characters who do horrible things because they believe they are doing it for the right reasons. Like Jaime Lannister- OMG I hated him in book 1, by the end of book 2 though, FAVORITE CHARACTER (disclaimer, book Jaime, not show Jaime because HBO ruined him *sob*). So much inner conflict and he SAVED the Seven Kingdoms but all everyone thinks of him is that he’s a douche who stabbed the king in the back.
Or Boyd Crowder in Justified. He is the bad guy. THE BAD GUY. And by the end of the first season, you’re starting to love him, and then before long you’re rooting for him, like hoping “can’t this just work out for him?” (You also have to love him for his hair, because that is its own thing over the six seasons of that show).
How about Harleen Quinzel? I was never a big comics character fan until I saw Birds of Prey and I am now a convert, but only for Harley and the Birds of Prey (one day I'll pontificate on how amazing Huntress is). I've heard it argued (and argued well) that the Joker is the quintessential villain. But having seen Harley Quinn in this movie, I must respectfully disagree and say that she wears the crown and no one else. I am ready to sign up for her squad and gleefully cause chaos.
Anyway, I am always here for complicated, unlikable characters who make horrible choices in life.
I want my stories filled with revenge, betrayal, blood, darkness, grit, evil, and hope. Because hope is what makes all of those things bearable. And please, rip my heart out. I want to experience all the FEELZ when I read or watch something.
Books that accomplish this:
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (read the whole trilogy, but I wept through the last 50 pgs)
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy (April 2021 add it on Goodreads )
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So that's me in a nutshell! All blogs start off with such good intentions and high hopes and I'm hoping I can live up to mine! I will do my best to be entertaining and at the very least you can come read and be like WOW, THIS MAKES ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MY BLOG.
I live to serve!
PS: apologies for any and all typos!