Born 1976 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I lived the first decade or so of my life there and often considered the place home long after leaving. When we moved to Erie for the better life the smaller town promised, like most teenagers, I failed to see that promise. Nevertheless, I graduated from Mercyhurst Preparatory School with a healthy dose of curiosity, a mean rebellious streak, and not much else.
I attended the University of Pittsburgh for a semester, thinking that going back home for college might provide a safe landing spot. While there, I met a girl. She was younger than me. Besides, she lived a great distance away (in the exotic land of Massachusetts). It would never work. Well, my healthy dose of curiosity and rebellious streak still very much alive, I packed my things into an old military duffel bag, got on a Greyhound bus, and moved to the exotic land of Massachusetts. We have been married for 11 years, have three beautiful boys, a dog, two cats, five fish, a mortgage, and a car payment. According to a Time magazine article that I recently read, we're living the American dream. No offense to all of the other places that I've lived, but I just prefer to call it home.
My former students used to joke with me, "You've worked everywhere" when I started another story with the line, "I once worked..." I have been fortunate enough to have worked as a stadium vendor in a minor league baseball stadium, a middle and high school teacher, and now as an adjunct at several local Community Colleges. I have also been unfortunate enough to work in food service, a Yankee Candle warehouse, and briefly in a DSS sponsored program. I suppose that I should not denigrate those last two as they helped me greatly in my dream of becoming a published writer.
I used my time at those places to write when the muses saw fit to allow me to write. Mostly, I worked on the novel "Siren Song", though I did finish a few short stories in that time, too. I enjoy writing. I like to put the stories that the voices in my head tell me down on paper for others to read. Currently, I have the novel Siren Song published on Kindle. I am also working on collecting some of those short stories into a collection and a novella entitled "Under the Mushroom Cloud: A Post Apocalyptic Love Story".
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by Shawn Lucas
Published: July 30, 2012
The first two weeks of Spring as a high school freshman changed Wendy Walker's life. Her best friend, Sarah, had to deal with the constant fighting of her parents, she and Sarah became the obsessive target of Edward Krakow, a potentially dangerous bully at school, and Wendy's estranged father entered back into her life. Meanwhile, a malicious spirit haunts the thoughts of all men in her town.
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