A writer, is defined as: “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., esp. as an occupation or profession.” To write, is: “to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means.” Writers come in all shapes and sizes, with varying backgrounds and levels of expertise. Our environment, upbringing, interests and so many other factors influence what we write about and how we string words together.

Let me introduce myself and tell you how I’ve come to form letters into words and words into stories. I was born in Salzburg, Austria. My father moved us across the ocean to Virginia when I was just “dem jungen USA-Bűrger” (a young American citizen). I grew up without any close friends or neighbors, in a big, white house surrounded by hardwood forests. On humid summer evenings, I’d sit barefoot on the warm, green-shingled roof, dizzy from the heavy scent of honeysuckle in the air, and watch for lightning bugs, their soft flashes of light so magical in the treetops.

Memories created in that time and space have been simmering and directing the course of my writing life for as long as I can remember.

Carrie Pepper is a writer who loves putting words together.  She started by writing poetry and descriptions of her childhood in Virginia.  Her desire to communicate through the written word has led to numerous magazine articles as well as stories for HCI Communications (the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” publisher.)  She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA) and is currently writing her first novel.  She also operates a home-based business with the leader in anti-aging technology in both skin care and nutrition.  She calls herself an Antioxidant Awareness Coach.

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