I have loved fantasy since I first read J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy at age twelve. I devoured the books, and, having become an instant fantasy fan, followed them up with just about every YA fantasy series or novel I could find. I still enjoy YA fantasy a lot, although I have read a fair amount of adult fantasy as well. (I consider Lord of the Rings to be age-less, by the way.)
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where I now live, having graduated in 2006 from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Classical Philology (focus in Latin literature). I am currently working as a private tutor teaching various subjects, primarily Latin, and working a few hours a week at a local independent bookstore, where I am attempting not to spend my entire salary buying books to read on my lunch breaks. I am Presbyterian (PCA) and I enjoy analyzing literature in light of my faith and my education. My favorite fantasy author is Tolkien, of course, followed by Connie Willis, Stephen Lawhead, Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia McKillip, and (as you can imagine) the list goes on!
I read my first fantasy novel so long ago that I can’t remember what it was; but it must have been good, because it was many years before I read anything else. Since then I’ve branched out into other avenues (Evelyn Waugh, Homer, and T. S. Eliot being favorites), but I still retain a deep love for and interest in fantasy. My favorite authors are Tolkien, Connie Willis, Patricia McKillip, and Tim Powers.
I spent all my childhood in Southern California, where I was homeschooled from first grade all the way through high school. I’ve just finished getting my B.A. in English, and I am now preparing to start grad school in Oxford. I am a Roman Catholic, which strongly colors my views on almost everything, including literature. Besides reading, writing, and web designing, I also enjoy cats and Celtic music.
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