What's your favorite book to read for fun?
What's your favorite book to teach?
My favorite text to teach is Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I also really enjoy teaching Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I love teaching the Charlaine Harris novels along with the HBO series True Blood.
Do you have a favorite film?
How do you spend your free time?
Everything and everything at the beach: I own a stand-up paddle board, which I try to get out on most weekends when the weather permits, and I enjoy boogie boarding, as well as taking my dog to the dog beach most weeks.I have lots of creative outlets and enjoy performing! I’ve done a lot of community theater (mostly musicals), and I have been taking improv comedy classes for about a year now. I am the captain of a brand-new musical improv team (the Basic Pitches) that will start performing after the holidays. I also love karaoke!
What's your biggest literary inspiration?
By far, the biggest influence on my literary development was the fantasy genre, as well as sci-fi (SFF). I began with a small habit, just authors like C. S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, Roald Dahl, Madeline L’Engle, and Ursula le Guin, but soon I was into the hard stuff, like David Eddings, Gene Wolf, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and, of course, George R. R. Martin. Now, I consume it all—anything with witches, vampires, zombies, werewolves, fairies, elves, trolls. I’m a full-on SFF junkie.
What's your cure for writer's block?
If I’m having trouble completing writing for one project, what I often do is work on another project until I can get past the block. But I think the long-term solution for writer’s block is to train yourself to write every day, around the same time, so that you develop a routine in which you are accustomed to producing. Discipline is largely what overcomes writer’s block for me. It’s Pavlovian.
What are you working on outside of class?
I’m working on two book-length projects right now. One is an analytical project analyzing the representation of witches and vampires in contemporary popular culture from a feminist perspective, including texts like Twilight, True Blood, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones. This project is still in the drafting stage. It’s because of this project that I was chosen to interview one of the actors from HBO’s Game of Thrones series, Kristian Nairn (who played Hodor).
The other project is a fantasy novel about two sisters who wake up on opposite sides of a magical land and must find their way back to one another, also grounded in a feminist perspective. This project is in the revision stage.