I was lucky enough to have met Judi last year when she selected me to be her mentee for FicFest. We've remained friends and I owe a great deal of my success to her. She's an absolute natural leader in the writing community.
I’ve never participated in speed dating, but I imagine it’s similar to the agent pitches. You get 10 minutes, no more or less, to make your mark. In May of 2015 I attended my first conference, the Chicago Writers Workshop in Arlington Heights, where I met my Marcy.
It’s amazing how excited some people get when they find out you own a large bottle of hydrocodone. On April 25th, 2016, I came into possession of said bottle by early afternoon, so the details of the day are a little hazy.
Everyone has stories of thankless jobs they’ve held at some point. I’ve held several in my formative years. I worked 12 hour night shifts the first summer I could drive, cleaned houses in college, and worked security for a major corporation. Each of them taught me something I know contributes to the way I see the world, and how that viewpoint impacts my writing.
As a kid I lived with my parents and two sisters in a fairly urban area. I walked to Catholic school each day until we moved to the country in 5th grade. The downtown consisted of a welding shop and a post office big enough for three people and the coke machine.