Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.
I grew up in the tiny village of Gerrardstown, West Virginia—with no stoplights and a single corner store. The closest library, managed by a kind woman named Mrs. Coe, operated out of a trailer. Once I read everything in Mrs. Coe’s collection, I moved on to the public library in the neighboring city of Martinsburg. My mom let me check out six books a week, and by third grade, I was testing beyond a high school reading level. Reading and writing have always been my favorite things to do! I received a BA in Creative Writing from Marshall University in 2014 and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in 2016. I primarily read fiction (classics, contemporary literature, Science Fiction, graphic novels, horror, and fantasy), as well as nonfiction about social justice and science. If you’re looking for gross body horror, Afrofuturist Science Fiction, strange literature in translation, or a great graphic novel series for adults, I have recommendations for you!