Hi Lucy Ann thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
I have a B.A in English, a B.A. in Communication/Journalism, and an M.A. in Humanities/Literature and previously worked as a university English professor. I live just outside of Washington, D.C. and I love all things related to writing and I tend to be very eclectic in my story telling. I write across a large gamut from mysteries, historical and paranormal fiction to Westerns and poetry. Whether I intend to or not, many of my stories have a supernatural bent, thanks to both my previous studies in gothic literature and my long-standing love of ghost stories. I’m a big fan of reality-based ghost-hunting shows and paranormal encounter-type programming and, matched with the thought of “what if…” many of my paranormal-flavored poems and short stories are born.
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
In addition to having my poem, “There Is No Such Thing As Dead” included in Trickster’s Treats, Volume 4, my other publications in 2020 include my ghostly love story, "Actions Louder Than Words", in the Bodies in the Library anthology from Flame Tree Publishing and two poems, “Night Bombing” and “Unanswered” in Door Is A Jar literary magazine, Issue 16, both of which came out this Fall.
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
I was lucky enough to work from home for six months in 2020 and not commuting allowed me a chance to spend more time with my family and also gave me more time to write. Some 2020 highlights for me included completing 11 short
stories and 17 poems over the summer, albeit some better than others so there is a bit of editing in my future. I also completed five 5K runs from the comfort of my own home, which is just the way I like it – doing something fun without having to interact in-person with strangers. I enrolled in online Italian studies and recently graduated to Intermediate level. When not writing, I was usually thinking of writing or watching movies, knocking 37 films off of my to-watch list.
I can be found online at www.lucyannfiorini.com, my home page for past and present publications. I also run a writing, travel, and food blog at https://thewriteone.home.blog, where I bounce between thoughts on writing, travel stories, and restaurant reviews although all of the latter two are based on pre-COVID travel adventures.
Thanks, Lucy, for spending time with us. It sounds like you've been very productive. Looking forward to seeing what you produce next - and well done on the Italian!
Lucy Ann's poem "There is No Such Thing as Dead" appears in Trickster's Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.