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Even though I did receive a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Southern Mississippi, I’m still somewhat of an outsider when it comes to serious “literature.” No matter how I many times I’ve tried, I still can’t read Shakespeare without getting a horrible headache, and even though I was born and raised in Mississippi, I can never make it past about ten pages of anything written by William Faulkner. So I think that pretty much eliminates me from being an active member of the literary world.
But I do like literature that most people would consider controversial, and my writing definitely reflects my need to break out of the conventional norms and say things that ought not to be said. If someone tells me that I can’t write about a topic – or at least I shouldn’t – then I’m already plotting a story about it, just to piss them off. However, that has gotten me in trouble a few times in the past, like when I wrote an essay called “The Bastard Child of God” that didn’t go over too well in my Baptist church. Needless to say, I’m no longer a Baptist. And I’m not an Apostolic anymore either. If you think Southern Baptists are bad, then you should see how some of these holy-roller churches react when they find out you’re gay. They told me not to come back.
But enough about me. You should be meeting my characters because they’re far more interesting than I am. So you guys need to sit down and have a nice chat over a cup of tea. I think they’re really going to like you. But just remember, it’s not my fault if they decide to follow you home.