Hello! I write YA novels, some short stories and some poetry. Within YA I tend to write historical and literary fiction; on occasion I write contemporary stuff, and I’ve also just made my first foray into fantasy, which I thought I’d never do. I’ve written a bunch of novels, most of which are pretty horrible, but I’m actively querying agents for my literary historical YA novel, Taking the Monon North, about a teenage boy dealing with a disabled brother, a rebellious brother, an alcoholic father, and an oppressive small town.
I love exploring friendships and family relationships, especially between men/boys; think The Outsiders, Tex, and As I Lay Dying. I love S. E. Hinton, William Faulkner, and Chris Crutcher. I am a Christian and Christ is a huge part of my writing (and entire) life, but this does not limit what I write.
I love stream-of-consciousness, first-person narratives, narratives that play with chronology and time (e.g. The Sound and the Fury), and exploring the line between friendship and whatever lies between friendship and romance (think queerplatonic life partners). I’m not a huge fan of romance, horror, or sci-fi, and I prefer fiction that focuses on relationships and people–in whatever context.
On a more personal note, I love history; collecting vintage high school yearbooks (great inspiration for writing!); looking at maps; Tulsa, Oklahoma; animals; and music, in particular classic and modern rock, alternative rock, and oldies. I’d love to get to know you.