Welcome to The Nitty Gritty Writer’s Nook. I am posting to you from a local coffee shop in Wendell, North Carolina, where I live with my wife, our son, and two cats.
I am an educator by day and a writer by night. My greatest passion is storytelling with a purpose. As such, the most important part of the writing process for me is the development of characters who represent the under-represented. If you are in search of sweet or cozy, you are in the wrong spot. I am not here for sweet or cozy. I am here for psychologically hard and gritty and real. I believe we all float along a continuum of good, bad, and awful, where we never land
at the same spot for more than a moment. While I try every day to live a life of kindness and inclusion, I do not lie to myself about my shortcomings for each.
I have published academic research and several short fiction stories. I recently secured a home for my first novel, Sandman, with Flash Publishing. This is my most exciting endeavor to date!
It has been a road of ups and downs, twists and turns, laughter and tears. I am ready to continue my own journey. Along the way, I want to share some of what I have learned about the fiction writing process with those of you who feel afraid or defeated or nervous or absolutely any other emotion on the spectrum. I hope you will join me. I hope you will leave words of wisdom of your own. It takes a village. I believe that.
I have much to share with you. Let’s do this!