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About me

Industry Technology
Occupation Marketing
Location Browns Summit, North Carolina, United States
Introduction I've been a journalist, a PR executive, a freelancer, and now I'm a marketer and - my newest title - blogger. But all of these are mere echoes of the writing goal I've dreamed of since I was 7: becoming a novelist. Now that I've written a few novels, I think "becoming" is the operative word in that phrase. Even the most famous authors - if they're true to their art, rather than writing to a formula - are always in the process of becoming. Becoming a better writer. A better storyteller. A more accomplished wordsmith. A creator of richer characters, richer settings, richer motifs. And, in the process, if they're lucky, they discover more than their stories. They discover themselves. Welcome to my journey.
Interests Writing, reading, European travel, gardening, stained glass, the English language, family, pets, friends, America, justice, the seashore, trees, antiques, music, all things Celtic (except the basketball team that mispronounces the word)
Favorite Movies Lord of the Rings (extended editions preferred), Enchanted April, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean, Romancing the Stone, Firefly, Harry Potter series, Dr. Zhivago, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Gone with the Wind, Dirty Dancing, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Star Wars 4-5-6, The Lake House, The Matrix, The Princess Bride, Sleepless in Seattle, Notting Hill, Erin Brockavich, Bambi, My Fair Lady, Beetlejuice, Ghost, Calamity Jane, Singing in the Rain, The King & I
Favorite Music Keith Urban, Tannahill Weavers, Emerald Rose, Loreena McKennitt, Jimmy Buffett, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot, Dar Williams, Capercaillie, Bob Seeger, The Chieftains, The Corries, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, Enya, Toby Keith, David Cook, Deirdre Flint, Crosby Stills & Nash, U2, Simon & Garfunkle, The Rolling Stones, Peter Paul and Mary, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, The Moody Blues, Louis Armstrong, Liz Carroll, Karen Ashbrook, Kenny Rogers, John Gorka, John Denver, Jethro Tull, The Hollies, Heart, Harry Chapin, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Elton John, The Eagles, Eartha Kitt, The Drifters, Dolly Parton, Coldplay, Billy Joel, Lord of the Rings soundtracks (Howard Shore)
Favorite Books The Lord of the Rings, The Tea Rose, anything by C.S. Forrester, Ender's Game, Hoot, Leaves of Grass, everything by Charles Dickens, everything by Mark Twain, all of Jane Austen's novels, W.B. Yeats, Tennyson, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, the Harry Potter books, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and Stardust, Anam Cara by Keena Kincaid, Island Sting by Bonnie Doerr, Treasure Island, Freckles, Lassie Come Home, Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation), The Borrowers, Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, Artemis Fowl, Circle of Friends, Dwight V. Swain's Techniques of the Selling Writer, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron