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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Latest River Ram Press Article

My latest River Ram Press article has been posted on the River Ram Press Blog. It's about creating characters with mental illness from the perspective of someone (me) with bipolar disorder. Please do read it and comment freely. I'd love to get the responses of writers and non-writers alike.

Writing about characters with mental illness is something I do often and is near and dear to my heart. I love all my characters, even the ones who misbehave or act downright heinously, but I have a special place inside for my characters with mental illness because I know how they feel and I understand the struggles they go through.

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