Interview with Connie Jean Conklin

Describe your desk
My desk is a piece of plywood nestled on top of some old pieces of shelving that are all about the same height. I have a burgundy curtain as a cover. I've been in this apt. for 7 months now and I can finally say I think I have it almost organized (LOL, or as close to organized as I ever get). Of course it's cluttered and there's the usual accoutrements. I have an old used laptop that is working as a PC (no battery) and I have a 2nd screen that is larger because I'm visually impaired. And there are two table laps, on raised surfaces and with bulbs that are brighter than the shades say I can use, 'cause that helps me see what I'm doing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in S. Florida, and so far I don't think the location has been a primary influence. But how I grew up, was the whole reason I started writing. I'm a survivor of child abuse and I felt the need to tell my story. My sister was born with a birth defect that was never accepted or understood. My mother was a narcissist. And my father, while a very good man and upstanding member of the community, had a violent temper.

I've spent decades struggling to fit in and struggling to understand myself. I now feel I know who I am, what I want and what I need. Suffice it to say, I started writing late in life.
Published 2017-03-03.
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