They say you can survive a few days without water, a few weeks without food.

That sounds about right:  I could survive a few days without reading, a few weeks without writing.

I love Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, medieval history (especially the Tudor dynasty and the Wars of the Roses) and the things I love, I tend to get a little obsessed with.  Hang around here a while, you’ll catch on.

I studied Old English (Anglo-Saxon) in college – two semesters – and read Beowulf in the original.  I also took Middle English but didn’t enjoy it nearly as much, although I did get to play “Death” (Dethe) in our class production of “Everyman.”

I attempted to take every class my college had in medieval history and culture.  I find it rather ironic that they now have a Medieval Studies major that brings together what I did into one tidy little package.

Like so many people who graduated with a (useless) history degree, I went to law school.  My goal was not to make tons of money pushing papers around for a billion-dollar corporation but to do some real good for people who needed it, so I chose family law as my specialty.  Well.  My experiences as a family lawyer could be the subject of a blog all on their own, and even if it weren’t for the confidentiality issues, I really don’t want to write about them.  Suffice it to say that the part of the job I enjoyed was researching and producing the massive briefs that delved into knotty legal issues.  I didn’t get enough of that.  I got more fights over the silver and who was taking the kids trick-or-treating.  When my own children came along, for many personal reasons, I decided to take a break.  According to the State of New Jersey, I am retired.  Ha!    

I write young adult fiction.  For a while I wrote fantasy but then Harry Potter and Twilight had to go and ruin the whole market (I’m kidding, but then again, I’m not.  We’ll discuss that another time).  So I’ve decided to try historical fiction for a while, my other area of passion.  I’m incredibly hopeful right about now… 

I am the youngest of three children and the mother of two.  I live in Colorado with my kids and my husband and I’ve never been happier. 

If you have something to say that doesn’t fit in the context of a blog comment, you can reach me at shaxpeare(at)live(dot)com.  Thanks for stopping by!

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