The Wonder of Creativity
I believe creativity is something a select few are born with. It cannot be taught, but it can be nurtured. When I was very young, I loved to draw and paint, inspired by the world around me…I painted a beach scene that graced my bedroom wall until I went off to college.
In the second grade, I won the Fire Prevention Poster Content at my school; my reward included a write-up in the local paper and an awards ceremony at the local fire station, compete with Dunkin’ Doughnuts and fruit punch. After that I was addicted to the positive attention my artistic pursuits brought me. Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing!
I always loved music. When I was four-years-old, my parents bought me a Recorder. I walked around everywhere playing it, liked the Pied Piper of Hamlish…At the age of seven, I moved on to the Flute because my Mother loved James Galway. I got quite good, but switched to the Saxophone in junior high; I won several competitions, but my last year of high school, a much more talented player stole my thunder; I learned a few valuable lessons: Don’t get too comfortable; there’s someone out there who’s better than you and there’s no telling when they’ll pull the rug right out from under you.
I started writing fiction my junior year of high school, encouraged by my Creative Writing Teacher, who recognized my burgeoning talent. I studied English/Writing at Ithaca College in gorgeous Upstate New York. I had several short stories published in the school paper and then a local area publication, 14850 Magazine. Shortly after college, I had a few stories published in print ‘zines that only paid in contributor’s copies; that novelty wore off pretty quickly and I held out for paying markets. At first I received personal rejections from Editors, which I found encouraging. My perseverance paid off; I’ve sold over 100 short stories and two short collections, Apple of My Eye (Two Backed Books, 2006) and Blanket of White (Damnation Books, 2009).
Amy Grech has sold over one hundred stories and three poems to various anthologies and magazines including: Apex Digest, Fear on Demand,Funeral Party 2, Inhuman Magazine, Needle Magazine, The Flash Fiction Offensive, The Horror Express, Space & Time, The Brutarian, Zombie CSU,and many others. Damnation Books published her second collection, Blanket of White.