General details

  • SamanthaMelrose

  • Fairfax, VA

  • Jeanette Buro

  • Northern Virginia Community College

  • English

In short

  • When I was twelve years old, I experienced my first natural high in aerial acrobatics. I would have pursued it as a hobby, had it not been such an expensive one. It's no surprise that 10 years later I am looking for any excuse to write about the circus.

    I have been writing since before I can remember. My first work was a short story about a timid blowfish seeking courage in the vast, dangerous ocean. I was in the second grade. My mother thinks this is the most brilliant production she has ever seen. Needless to say, I am embarrassed.

    Metamorphosis is what I am hoping for. One powerful moment to wrap me up, tie me into a giant knot, and spit me out as the amazing writer I always wanted to be. Otherwise, I don't know that I will ever become a mature writer like those I idolize. All I know is that the more I write, the closer I get.

  • I get to hear all the time that in high school, my blog was the best to read. It's not the kind of fame I want, but it's all I've got.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Coming of Age, Family Life & Saga, General, Humor/Satire, Literary, Short Story, Women's Fiction, Young Adult/Juvenile

    Non-Fiction: Biography, Humor, Medicine, Music, Outdoors & Nature, Pets, Philosophy, Popular Science, Psychology, Science

  • Invisible Monsters, Still Life with Woodpecker, Sloppy Firsts, Oryx and Crake
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
  • The subway.
  • The Circus Elephant, The Collarbone Story
  • Fiction: Coming of Age, Experimental, Family Life & Saga, General, Humor/Satire, Literary, Novella, Romance, Short Story, Young Adult/Juvenile

  • Jessica Darling
  • Chuck Palahnuik, Tom Robbins, Megan McCafferty, Margaret Atwood