It is very strange to write about myself. I was a teenager in Chicago during the 1980’s, and am heavily influenced by the punk, gothic and industrial musicscene from that time period. My musical influences include Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, the Cure, Bauhaus, Skinny Puppy, Rites of Spring, and the Swans. I can still rock that Siouxsie Sioux black eye make up, if the right
event came around!
I respect and admire so many different authors, so I couldn’t possibly just list
a bunch of names. I think that would be insincere. Instead, let me just say that I can never get tired of reading Patti Smith or RayBradbury. I adore John Shirley, both the man and the myth. More recently, I have become deeply enamoured with the
Mythpunk genre, particularly the writings of TheodoraGoss and Amal El-Mohtar.
Last year, I couldn’t decide if I was insulted or not when someone told me that I
was an ‘enigma’. I may look quiet and unassuming, but I have the heart and soul
of an Aquarian Rebel. You know what they say – never judge a book by its cover.
Unless it is one of my books.
In that case, I hope you are able to see the images in each word which I have carefully
chosen, and that the unraveling embroidery of my story speaks volumes to you.
Don’t ever forget how to fly-
Posted on November 13, 2011, in About Me and tagged Chicago, Dark Continents, gothic, John Shirley, Let It Bleed, mythpunk, Patti Smith, punk, S.L. Schmitz, Souixsie Souix, Swans, The Cure, Trestle Press. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.