My sister and nephew love to joke about my love of plants and animals – from the hairy tarantula and foreboding rattlesnake to the mesquite tree and the mariposa lily. I’m okay with their banter, because when I step outside my front door in southern Arizona’s breathtaking Sonoran Desert, I can appreciate what’s in front of me.
I am, however, much more than the gal who gets excited when encountering a new insect. Or bird. Or mammal. Or wildflower. Or rock. Or snake. Or lizard.
I’m also a full-time freelance writer and novelist. My novel, Bedside, was named a semi-finalist in the 2011 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition for a novel-in-progress, and my magazine articles have won numerous awards with Writer’s Digest, IABC and the International Academy of the Visual Arts. I’m also a member of the Society of Southwestern Authors and the Arizona Historical Novel Society.
With this blog, I combine my two passions: writing and nature. Nature provides inspiration for all my writing – fiction and nonfiction. But more than that, I hope to inspire you – writer, nature enthusiast, or none of the above – to “see” the things around you … perhaps differently, perhaps with new meaning, perhaps for the first time.
So if you’ve never seen a tailless whip scorpion, red coachwhip snake, windscorpion, Gila Monster, red-spotted toad, bobcat, or great horned owl – climb aboard. Your guide is a northwestern Pennsylvania-born girl who has fallen hopelessly in love with the desert. And life.
Melissa Crytzer Fry