I enjoy the simple things in life. Learning new things, writing, creating art, and my family. I have two sweet babies, a wonderful husband, and a cat. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, rarely a day goes by that I don’t see some kind of wildlife pass by the house. Elk. Turkey. Skunk. Chipmunks. Bunnies. I’d have to say the turkey’s are the worst because they peck at their reflections in my car!
Below you’ll find brief details about myself. If you’d like the boring (okay, maybe not so boring) longer version, click here for an extended bio or here for my answers to writing related questions and answers. (If the extended bio link doesn’t work, the page is under construction and/or I’m editing the info.) I’m usually a very private person. I don’t like my personal info out there for everyone to read. But, as I work on myself (and by that I mean being okay with who I am and loving myself regardless of the flaws), I’ve been trying to be more open with my readers. A lot of you enjoy my books, short stories, and other publications. So I feel like I should give you the opportunity to have a glance inside my life.
Furthermore, there may be other people out there who shared the same experiences that I went through in life. I love connecting with people who understand me and vise versa. You’re not alone in your trials and obstacles. There’s someone out there who’s wishing they could connect with you. But they won’t find you unless you reach out.
Anyway, enough babbling. Here’s some things about me:
I love writing for many reasons. Writing can be a very powerful way to relay a message. It’s also very therapeutic (for me, at least). I enjoy writing novels, novellas, short stories, and poetry. I tend to write science fiction, planners, and workbooks under my true name and YA Fiction under my pseudonym, Atlas Hart.
It’s hard for me to control myself when I see a dog because I want to pet them ALL. I love dogs – all of them! But a few of my favorites are Whippets and Great Danes. I have to admit, though, that I do not own a dog. Mainly because we can’t have them where we live. However, I do have a cat. And if you follow me on social media, you’ll see her. Baby Cat. And yes, that’s her name. She’s kind of turned me into a cat person. But dogs will forever have a soft spot in my heart.
Aside from it being hard for me to walk away from a dog, it is equally as hard for me to walk away from the tea isle in the grocery store. I love trying new teas but my favorite is undeniably Constant Comment by Bigelow. I also have a slight obsession with teapots! I have to refrain from buying them because I know exactly what will happen. Buying one will turn into buying twenty. And I’ll be a hoarder. It takes a lot of effort for me to not be a hoarder. Anyway, while writing I like to drink Constant Comment tea by Bigelow. Sometimes random herbal teas, especially loose-leaf teas that are locally made.
I cannot tell you how much I love to sew. My mother taught me and we have sewing days where we just sit and sew, while drinking Constant Comment tea and watch Harry Potter for the ten thousandth time. While this is a great skill to have, I feel like some people don’t understand how much time and money goes into the projects I make. I sometimes sell my projects on my website but not as much anymore as I used to. I’d make baby outfits that would cost me $20 to make. So I’d have to sell them for more. And people just weren’t into it because of the price. I still make things as gifts. But I shifted my online shop to a digital art and embroidery shop, instead.
Speaking of sewing and watching Harry Potter for the ten thousandth time, I am not ashamed to admit that I’m a grown adult and I am obsessed with Harry Potter. Always. (Pun intended.) If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, you probably won’t catch that pun. And, if you must know, I’m a proud Hufflepuff.
It’s not just the story I love. It’s the author. J. K. Rowling. Her, as a person. I have watched nearly every interview she’s ever given. She is the ONLY idol I’ve ever had. In short, I want to be like her when I grow up. Except, I’m already grown. So whatever. She’s still the best person ever.