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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 a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, 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. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. 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!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Poor Matthew

I'm putting the main character of my novel, Matthew Holman, through hell right now. A lot of tough things have happened to him, and he suffers from major depressive disorder and is in the midst of a terrible episode. I'm cruising into the end of this novel, and I'm tormenting Matthew all the while. Will things get better for him in the end? We shall see. I know what happens, but I don't want to spoil anything for potential readers of this novel (whether they be family and friends, or God willing, this book gets published and they're readers of the published novel).

I seem to put a lot of my characters through hell. My short stories tend to be dark, and there's been darkness in both my novels (in Purple Loosestrife, Spencer, one of my main characters, suffers from schizoaffective disorder and has an overall melancholy about him). It's not that I don't have happy or funny moments, but I tend to like darker pieces of work, both when I read and when I write.

By the way, Hoping It Might Be So and Purple Loosestrife happen in the same literary universe. Both take place in my fictional Finger Lakes town of Haversville, which is located on the shore of Seneca Lake. I love traveling to Haversville in my mind.

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