When I was four, I told my mother I was going to run away and live in a mailbox. I liked the idea of creating my own world out of nothing. I was never afraid of a blank page.
In fifth grade, I wrote my first novel and shared it around on the school bus. A classmate grabbed it and threw it out the window. That really hurt. It was my first bad review.
I pursued adventure in Europe and the Middle East, winding up in Australia. In Melbourne, I started writing scripts for government leaders. Channeling what parliamentarians might say in specific situations sent me into other people’s heads. When I think of it, this was great training for screenwriting.
A highlight of my scriptwriting career was writing a speech for the Queen of England. Apparently, I nailed it and she gave it as written (which almost never happens).
On re-entry to the U.S., I resumed speechwriting, but in a corporate environment, expanding into public relations. So, as I see it, I earned a living writing fiction for years!
Today, I’m right at home in my “mailbox,” creating my owns worlds in a novel, screenplays and short stories, and I continue to forage in the absurdities of life for material, which is abundant.
As a new member of Stage 32, I’m excited to join this creative community and look forward to networking and collaborating with fellow writers, and finding an audience for my work.
Melbourne Institute of Technology