About the author: I spent the first thirteen years of my life on a slow-motion tour of the United States, following my father’s work in the telecommunication business, with a brief side trip to Jamaica. Settling down at last in Upstate New York when my parents purchased an inn, I spent a difficult year attempting to adapt to the small local school and the company of my agemates. Ultimately, my family made the decision to educate me at home. Some of my time came to revolve around the business, which grew to include a bookstore and restaurant; some of my attention went to the school textbooks from which I learned. Mostly, I read and wrote.
Fantasy, science fiction, myth, folklore—I favored the unreal in reading and told the same sort of stories as soon as I could articulate those ideas in words. This became an important tool when I developed several chronic health problems in my adolescence. Rather than using the world of fantasy to escape from these, I normalized them by creating disabled characters within the familiar landscapes of the fantastic. One o’ clock in the morning with an unruly mind and aching joints was best faced with characters whose hallucinations and missing limbs were oversized projections of my own difficulties.
I flew out of Upstate to California for college with one suitcase of clothes and ten boxes of books. I am now living with family while attending the University of San Diego, where I am pursuing an English degree, a Classics minor, and all excuses to write fiction.
Can you tell us a little about your new novel, Sea Change?
Sea Change is about a woman, her friend the kraken, and the terrible things that happen when he is abducted. Its roots are in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and its thematic concerns are friendship, gender, and sexuality. Depending on who you ask, it is YA lit or an adult fairytale. I gather a few people have cried over it, which catches me between pride and abashment.
I read that you used Grimms’ Fairy Tales as research, what in particular inspired you from that?
Oh, my. I could run on forever about this topic.
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