Hello! My name is Andy. I live in Northern Utah, which in my opinion is equally a wonderful and strange place to be. All of the best places are. Right now, I’m pursuing an English degree at Brigham Young University. After that, I hope to continue studying creative writing as an MFA student. Ultimately, my goal is to promote better transgender understanding in my actions, words, and writings. I am also in the process of writing an LGBTQ YA book so fingers crossed! Beyond writing, I also enjoy spending time with my siblings, visiting art museums, and indulging in a guilty pleasure: cooking reality shows.
I’ve noticed that YA writers tend to personalize their about pages by adding a few “favorites,” so here are a few things that really rock my socks.
- Overall: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- YA: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Favorite writers (besides, of course, Patrick Ness and Fyodor Dostoevsky): David Levithan, Robin Talley, John Keats, Edgar Oliver, Oscar Wilde, Neil Gaiman, Lucy Knisley, Neil Hilborn, J.K. Rowling, Ned Vizzini, C.S. Lewis, Gabrielle Zevin, Victor Hugo, and many others.
Favorite quote: “It is good to continue believing that everything is more miraculous than one can comprehend, for this is truth. It is good to remain sensitive and humble and tender of heart…. For what can one learn that is better than what God has given by nature to every human soul – which is living and loving, hoping and believing?” (Vincent van Gogh)
Favorite in general: Chocolate. I constantly have it somewhere on my person, usually in my messenger bag. Picture Remus Lupin, but worse. But it’s kept dementors away thus far, so it must be working.
Again, thanks for visiting my site. It really does mean a lot. Don’t be a stranger!