Where stories take place can be significant, especially if the location is unfamiliar, away from the usual—and even possibly magical.
I’ve written about the potential for a certain kind of setting in The ALAN Review: “The ‘Necessary Wilderness’: Liminal Settings for Adolescent Emotional Growth in Four Novels by David Almond.” The article includes ideas about how teachers, workshop leaders, and students can find such settings in the everyday world.
I tell stories from my imagination. I believe that wonder is present all around us, just waiting to be noticed. Certain kinds of magic, too. Look for my upper middle grade short stories in Hunger Mountain Review and the literary magazine, The Wax Paper.
“The most extraordinary things exist in our ordinary world, and just wait for us to find them.” –David Almond
I tell true stories. Ones that are full of heart about remarkable people and extraordinary events. I love illuminating unusual connections. I explore far and wide to get the facts—it’s always an adventure!
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” –Zora Neale Hurston