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The Wildest Hunt

Name:
ssshunt
Birthdate:
12 June 1958
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Born in El Paso, Texas, in 1958, so that makes me 51, and proud of it. My parents were Canadian, and the older sibs were born there. I was the first one born in the states that made it; I have an older sister, Cherie Sue, who only lived for two hours. She was a redhead, I am not.

Moved to Salt Lake City in November of '79, which means I've been here a little over 30 years now. The politics can be scary but a repressive regime often makes for crazy marginalia. Which is to say that the sub-cultures in Utah rock.

I worked odd jobs--cleaned houses even--until I decided I wanted more, and went to university on the Planned Poverty Program. It was there I found out that I really was meant to be a writer. I mean, I hoped and hoped, but was told not to dream too much, be practical, etc, so I had pretty much given up. But I took a couple of writing classes anyway, and after the second one my prof said, "You realize, of course, that you're a writer?" And it was happy happy joy joy time. Of course, he followed that with "Your life is now ruined," but I didn't pay attention.

I went on to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but did not finish it due to my funky health. I'm almost done--I will finish it someday. Or, if I score some $$$, I will go to a row res program--like Vermont--and get one there.

I write mostly contemporary fiction, but want to write fantasy--it's just so hard to write! Fantasy, I mean. I've read so many books I thought it would be easy, but it is not. Argh. I have published stories in Sudden Fiction Continues, The Mississippi Review, Hotel Amerika, The Way We live: Stories by Utah Women Authors, Quarterly West, and a few other magazines. I'm currently shopping a fantasy story around.

I'm working on a contemporary novel, that big autobiographical one that we all seem to need to write. Have 2 other novels on the back burner, both are fantasy. I can write beginnings and endings, but the middle just kills me. It's a lot like chess--the midgame is where it all happens. I tend to be more voice-driven than plot-driven, that's probably why.

I'm married with four sons--only one left at home. And he's 19 now, yay! Have an Aussie who is sweeter than sweet, and a black tri--very noble looking. But he's a goof, wouldn't you know it. Am married to a professor I met in school (it's not as sordid as it sounds--well, depends on who you ask), who was born in Nice. He teaches English and Creative Writing and Modernism. Go figure.

I live in a three story weird house--looks like a shotgun shack stood up on its end--but I love the place. We live in a nice old neighborhood where everyone knows each other.

Oh. And I'm the matriarch of this clan. God help me.

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