DEAR WONDERFUL YOU,
Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth
Interview with Contributor:
How did you become involved with contributing to Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth?
I read the call for submissions on the AN-YA Project Facebook page.
Tell us about a memorable letter you have received. How did the letter impact your life?
My father recently died. His last letter to me is my most precious possession at this moment in time.
When you reflect on who you were as a child—what three words would you use to describe your younger self?
Goody two shoes.
Pick one: pencil, pen, sharpie, crayon—
If you were having a really bad day, what song would you listen to?
As a teen, it was anything by the Smiths. Today? After All by Dar Williams
If you were having an amazing day, what song would you listen to?
Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves
Pick one: morning, afternoon, evening, late night—
Name a literary character whose “character” you find admirable. Why?
Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, because despite his troubled home life, he emerges from it as a true friend and a hero who cares for others more than himself.
Pick one: blank piece of paper, lined piece of paper, piece of construction paper—
Blank piece of paper.
Describe your perfect dessert.
Any decadent chocolate dessert like Chocolate Babka or Tiramisu.
Would you describe yourself as superstitious? Why or why not?
To a certain degree, yes. There are family things I follow … like saying “White Rabbits” on the first day of any month with an “r” in its name. I also touch or knock wood to insure good things.
When you are writing, do you prefer silence or sound? Why?
Silence, which is very hard to find in my home.
Pick one: Coffee, tea, water, soda—
Earl Grey Tea.
What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning?
Play with my cats who love to roll on my bed sheets when I turn them down.
Tell us about your life now. What are you working on? Do you have any projects recently released or in the works?
Right now, I am working with Amanda Transue-Woolston and Diane René Christian on publishing a collection of adult adoptee narratives & artwork as a continuation of the November #FlipTheScript campaign [Submission Call will be posted here March 1st]. As a writer, I appreciate the varied stories of adoptees. Their stories comfort the person I once was … an isolated adoptee.
In addition, on my blog, I am raising the voices of the children of adoptees. Adoption reverberates beyond the adoptee.
In my artwork, I have been working on ceramic pieces that speak of my experiences as an adoptee and my recent visit to Korea. I have also started sketching plans for jewelry that reflects the strength of adoptees.
Lastly, I will be presenting with my Lost Daughter sisters at two adoption conferences, AAC in March and KAAN in June.