I’m an office type from a one-stoplight town in western Massachusetts. Reading Beverly Cleary’s Ramona stories and Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking stories in early childhood convinced me I wanted to be a writer, and reading The Hobbit at age ten and several science fiction stories for school assignments a year or two later convinced me that writing about imaginary worlds would be even cooler than writing about the real one. The only time I submitted anything for publication was a poem I wrote at age fourteen; the small literary journal sent me the nicest rejection letter imaginable, though I’m not sure if that’s because they possibly guessed my age, and it’s still somewhere at my parents’ house.
After doing lots of other things, including moving to Boston, in 2014 I had an early midlife crisis of sorts and agonized over all the things I should have done by now but hadn’t. I decided to try writing again, found a call for submissions for a collection called Damsels in Distress at the Less Than Three Press website, and a couple months later I got my first acceptance letter.
That was a long time ago now, and everything’s out of print, but I’d like to reissue it all here; watch this space!