About Me

Writing is my passion, a compulsion and exploration of self and humanity.  I've studied numerous styles of writing, eras of history, and social justice.  I graduated with honors with a degree in English Literature with an emphasis on creative writing, and a minor in Criminology from the University of Washington.  My educational pursuits included rigorous research of historical eras, critique, analysis and Creative Writing styles.  My background in Criminology provides a unique advantage, and has aided me in developing believable, psychological states for my characters.  I believe understanding human nature is vital to convincing an audience.  My mentor Allison is a talented poet and teacher in Portland, Oregon.  Her favorite quote positively echos forever in my head.  "A rose is a rose, unless you make it something different, but make it believable."

The bizarre, strange, and interesting.  I'm a history enthusiast who enjoys crime mysteries and studying the classics.  I love old artistic architecture and find gardening therapeutic.  I am also fascinated by the paranormal.  Who doesn't love a great ghost story?

Favorite Movies
American Beauty, Fight Club, Dan In Real Life and The Virgin Suicides

Favorite Music
It depends on my mood, which is forever changing.

Favorite Books
Tropic of Cancer, Jane Eyre, The Crimson Petal In The White, Haunted

My Blogs
Bitsy Bling Books: A Writer's Corner
Bitsy Bling Books: Book Reviews and Recommendations

My Stores
Titles by Charlie Courtland
Bitsy Bling Books

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