Hello! As you may have gathered, my name is Shawna. Rather than jump into an official blog post (whatever that may be), I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself a little less formally and a little more thoroughly than the website allows for. I apologize in advance for any repeat information.
I am a writer, curently working on a supernatural YA novel. I dabble in all genres, but my true love is horror. Much of my work touches on the darker side of human nature. I minored in psychology as an undergrad, which was when I developed an attraction towards the stranger psychological disorders. Even my more fantastical stories tend to draw from such disorders. I feel that even villains need to be human (not literally, of course), so I try to formulate a diagnosis to work with when creating them, even if it’s never mentioned on paper. The psychology of different types of characters is something I will be exploring more in future posts.
I admit that I’m not as avid a reader as I should be, but hopefully that will change after I finish my MFA and actually have time to read. I’m not picky when it comes to books. I do prefer horror and fantasy and the like, but I’ll try anything once. Please feel free to send me recommendations! Occasionally, I will post a review of works that strike me in a particular way.
As far as the rest of my interests go, they are wide and varied. I love all things Japanese: anime, manga, the food, the culture, etc. Food and music (in general, not just Japanese) are two of my favorite things in the world. I enjoy drawing as well. Movies are fun, especially since I’ve taken a liking to writing screenplays. Don’t be surprised if you spot a random post about any of these things and more (though I will try to keep them at a minimum and focus on writing related issues).
I think that’s enough about me for now. Please, introduce yourself! And look forward to a glimpse into my experience at Stonecoast (my MFA program). That’s what’s coming up December 15th.