As well as feature our future readers, we also wanted to check in with folks who have read for us over the last 5 years. Carolyn Eichhorn read for us in 2017 – read what she has been up to below!
What have you been up to since reading with us at Writers & Words? How has the writing been going?
I had a great writing year after reading with W&W, publishing some new stories and essays, and really feeling part of the writing community. My day job became pretty complicated, inspiring me to write a collection of darkly funny short stories, mostly as therapy, and those are now available on Amazon. I’ve since started a healthier job, moved in with my SO, and I’m hoping to get back to my novel-in-progress.
What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?
I’ve not written much during the pandemic as working from home and the stress of social distancing exhaust me. Also, it’s hard to find quiet time trapped in the house with loud (but loved) people. I may need to invest in some noise canceling headphones!
What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?
I’ve been on a Harlan Coben binge, most recently finishing The Woods.
How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?
My writing community is not large, nor is it necessarily bound by my zip code, but they are mighty fine writers and readers, generous with their feedback, not intrusive as writing buddies, and just generally awesome humans.
What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?
Connect with writers who you like as people first, make sure you are giving as much support as you are seeking, and give each other space and opportunity to write.
Bonus question: What level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book, 2) the dog clears her throat too loudly, 3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.
6) I may never go back to real pants.
Carolyn Eichhorn has loved mystery and thriller fiction since she discovered Nancy Drew as a child. Now she writes her own spooky and twisty fiction. Her work been published by Oscillate Wildly Press, Fiction Southeast, and Gimmick Press, and her stories have won the Plant Hall Spooky Story Contest and placed in the Tales of the Dead event. Her collection of short stories, Ten Dysfunctions of My Teams is available through Amazon. You can follow her on twitter at @BmoreCarolyn and find her blog at GroundsforSuspicion.blogspot.com.