Who is Nova Walsh?
A question for the ages… I’ll answer as honestly as any fiction writer is able…
I’ve been obsessed with the written word since I was two years old. I’ve done a lot of writing, sure. I’ve written both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve written suspense, historical, romance, mystery, weird, erotica… I’ve mostly written under pen names so far.
But even more than I’ve written, I’ve read. I am truly in love with books. I’ve read everything I could get my hands on – from Tolstoy to L. Ron Hubbard to Little House on the Prairie to Zane Gray to cyberpunk, historical fiction, and technothrillers. I read how-to books and philosophy books, cookbooks, literary fiction, escapist fiction… I love it all.
When I was a kid I didn’t go to school so I had a lot of time for reading in between all the moving and the yelling and the child labor. Yes, really. It was a colorful childhood. Someday I’ll write my memoirs. They’ll be interesting.
I’ve had a lot of non-writing jobs – insurance sales, Taco Bell cashier, pharmacy technician, Mary Kay lady, microchip fabrication, medical records, and nurse’s aide to name a few. I got a crazy bug a few years ago and started a catering business. It was really fun but also really exhausting. In 2014 I gave it up to write full-time and haven’t looked back.
I went to college twice. Neither experience led to a career, but now I’m pretty good at writing papers on obscure historical topics such as the Battle of Hastings and the plight of woman in eighteenth century China (BA in History, Arizona State University). In theory I can also create fluorescent bacteria on agar and distinguish nematodes from trematodes (BS in Biological Sciences, the aforementioned ASU).
I’ve spent most of my life as a nomad, living all over the country and the world in places as varied as New Mexico, Northern California, Ireland, Oregon, Boston, Arizona, Texas and Taiwan. Luckily I finally found a place to call home – Austin, Texas – where I live with my very patient husband Dan, our little boy Connor, and our two crazy border collies, Ripley and Pepper Potts.
What is this blog about?
Good question. Hopefully I’ll have an answer soon…
You say you’re an epiphany junkie. What is that?
I really like having epiphanies, even ones I’ve had over and over again. I seek out people, books, shows, movies and music that will lead me to more epiphanies. Here are a few internet places that I regularly visit looking for my epiphany hits:
What’s with the quotes?
I’ve had this book since I was little, an old 1950s tome called A Dictionary of Thoughts. I’ve been obsessed with quotes since I first opened it’s cover. I think we have a lot to learn from people who have come before us and I love to share the quotes that inspire me the most.
Here are my top three quotes of all time.
- “Fear is the mind killer” – Frank Herbert, Dune
- “Chance favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur
- “Yell. Jump. Play. Out-run those sons-of-bitches. They’ll never live the way you live. Go do it.” – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
And if you’d like to get in touch with me…
If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can usually reach me through social media (unless I’m on one of my many internet purges), but you can also email me at email@example.com
Nova Walsh is a writer and blogger. She’s traveled and lived all over the world but calls Austin, Texas home. Nova has a B.A. in History and B.S. in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University. She is currently working on her first novel and regularly blogs about writing, history, fiction, travel, epiphanies and adventuring at www.novawalsh.com