All my life, there has been one constant: my love of words and books.  I am in love with the rhythm, resonance, texture, and flavor of words, and as a writer, I love that moment of synergy when the right words combine in just the right proportions to breathe life and vitality into a tale.  I believe that writers are the magicians and alchemists of the modern world. 

Clowning around with my old bandmates, Tony and Shane. Those guys rocked!

I’ve been a fan of all things horror for as long as I can remember.  I grew up on a steady literary diet of King, Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Poe almost since I was old enough to have my own library card and walk there by myself.  When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a writer, but not just any writer – I wanted to write genre horror.  The kind that keeps you up at night.  I shelved that dream at some point while the Cold War was ending and the Berlin Wall fell, opting to pursue a career in clinical psychology when I enrolled at Franklin College (in Indiana), and later at Emporia State University (in Kansas) for graduate school.  Although I never stopped writing completely – I wrote sporadic poetry and an occasional short story – I pretty much let the well of my imagination fill in with sludge over the last couple of decades.  But unfinished business has a way of calling us back to it, and at some point this year I realized that I still wanted to grow up to be a writer.  That’s what this blog is about. 

My blog posts and my fiction will probably tell you more about me than I have the insight to share about myself, but in case you are curious, here’s a few more things about me.  I’m a Hoosier, born and raised in Indiana.  I grew up about 20 minutes south of Indianapolis, but I moved to Kansas for graduate school in the early 1990’s and it took me almost twenty years to find my way back home.  Now I live in Franklin, Indiana with my husband and several rather entitled cats.  I keep them around so that they will chase away the psychopomps. 

My last band in Kansas - I loved these guys!

In addition to reading voraciously and writing, I like to play chess and Scrabble, root for the Tarheels and the Sooners when I am watching college basketball and for the Steelers when I watch pro football, and watch zombie movies.  But the thing I love to do as much as writing is play live music.  I’ve been playing bass guitar, or drums and percussion, in bands in the Midwest since I was in my early twenties, and I have never lost my addiction to it.  As a result, music and musicians often show up in my stories. 

I still have my day job, but I am figuring out how to make time to tell stories as well.  Some days that is much easier than it is on others.  In addition to learning how to write and how to be a writer, I am also going to be exploring some new genres (I’m particularly intrigued by steampunk, SciFi, and dark fantasy) and formats (I’m falling head over heels for flash fiction), twisting some genres and mashing them up until their necks snap, and experimenting with a variety of narrative styles.  It’s going to be an exciting ride, and the best part is, finally, this writer will write.

  1. Millie Ho says:

    You’re brilliant.

    • blackalchemy says:

      Thank you, Millie, I love to write, but… the poetry and writing on your blog is exquisite and inspiring. I do not use those words frivolously. Please continue to post more material on your blog. Your words sing in dark corners – powerful stuff!

  2. Leila says:

    I really enjoy your stories and thoughts. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. My way of saying thanks! 🙂

  3. limebirdbeth says:

    Oh no, just noticed that Leila also nominated you! Oops, I thought I checked everyone! Anyways –

    Limebird Writers has nominated YOU for a Versatile Bloggers Award. Congratulations! – http://limebirduk.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/limebird-writers-are-versatile-bloggers-huzzah/

  4. Wren Andre says:

    How are you? Missing you around here! Email me: wandre3000 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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