“My eye has swole up like a tennis ball. It looks like a globe of the earth sticking out of my face, black and blue with all the colors of the continents and the seven seas. ’Nice shiner,’ says Joyce, usually more of a sympathetic person.”
How did you discover that you were a writer?
I always got a lot of encouragement from my older sister Barbara, who was an inspiration in many ways, especially the arts. In my 8th grade autograph book she wrote “To our own private ‘Ernest Hemingway’. Show them what you can do in high school.” She introduced me to a world of creativity and style.
Describe your writing process.
ZZZZZ. Fall asleep on the couch and wake up at midnight full of ideas and ready to write. I’m a night owl. Some day I’ll find out how productive I could be if I worked after a good night’s sleep.
What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?
“The Shiner” is based on actual events that befell an old high school buddy of mine. Possibly embellished. Just a tad.
What are you working on now?
I have a number of poems and stories in various stages of disassembly.