An artist/writer, I have traveled the world, walked on the moon and learned the complicated language of humanity, the enormity of the universe... all through the written word. My first passport was a library card, but I clearly remember the pungent scent of ink on the pristine pages of my own new book, read under the covers with a flashlight, tracking Friday's footprints across the sand in ROBINSON CRUSOE. Professionally, magazine design and editorial copywriting offered creative fulfillment on even the most difficult days. My son and daughter remain my finest work. I, myself, am a work in progress.
, I review for curledup.com
) and have especially enjoyed interviewing favorite authors; conversations with these authors can be found on the curledup.com
homepage: Don Winslow, Susan Straight, David Fulmer, Christine Schutt, Sandra Worth, Philippa Gregory, Robert Wilson, Sara Gruen, Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Janette Turner Hospital, Judith Lindberg, Amanda Boyden and Stephanie Cowell, to name but a few.
During the last year, I have dabbled in Adobe's InDesign suite. While InDesign is much more difficult than reading or writing, it satisfies my thirst for visual arts. I have a long way to go before I am proficient in this program, but hope to resolve a lifetime struggle between art and writing.
My thirteen-year-old granddaughter loves to read as much as I do, although her current preferences are either Shakespeare's plays or vampire stories. She also pays homage to the bard in wonderful poetry. Who could ask for a better legacy? Luan Gaines/2010.