I don't ever know how to begin these things. I'm from Minnesota, born and raised, and can't remember a time when I didn't write. That's actually a lie. As a child, I began to write about the same time I began to read. It was so much easier to write back then because I didn't know how to be critical. I stopped writing on a regular basis sometime in my teens because suddenly everything I wrote wasn't good enough. To force myself to write, I'd take creative writing classes, both in high school and through college, until I bumped heads with a PhD candidate who taught one of my classes. A bad teacher really leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Since then, which was about 2007, my writing has been very sporadic. My ideas are abundant, but I've grown to lack confidence in my ability to put them to paper or screen. So here I am, trying to get back into the habit. I'd give almost anything to be able to write as freely as I once did, without my little inner critic deleting twenty words for every one written. I don't like to stick my work into genres, because I like to mix and match, but I think the best way to describe a lot of what I do (or try to do!) is fairy tales for adults. Other than that - I'm a water-loving security officer at the Mall of America, with a degree in psychology, with plans to become a paramedic.