Monday, July 27, 2009
I received degrees in English & American Lit and Creative Writing, which qualified me to do very little except read books. That was my goal all along, but no one pays you to do that. I studied in England and missed the sun. I worked in non-profits and the theatre and missed getting paychecks. I wrote a lot of features for newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Times, which was great fun.
I've won some awards for my writing, but I get a real thrill when a fan sends me an email, or readers say they like the nonsense on my blog. My priorities have always been skewed.
I also wrote a romantic comedy under the name Grace Coopersmith. Why Grace Coopersmith? Because Grace Coopersmith is always elegant and tasteful, and she never leaves her clothes in a pile on a chair or sings to her dogs. Despite Grace's annoying superiority, she is hilarious and always shows up with a good bottle of wine. You may want to spend time with her and read her fabulous and funny book, Nancy's Theory of Style.
I've also written a young adult gothic, Dark Companion, which will be published by Tor Teen in June 2012.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballet dancer and get my toe-shoes. I was terrible at ballet because I'm both clumsy and unable to follow directions. But I did eventually get my toe-shoes, which says something about perseverance, I suppose, or an inability to let reality discourage me.
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