Emylee Gussler (E) Katie Nofziger (K) Moriah Maresh (M)
(E) Photographer, writer, singer and aspiring professional vagabond. An Ohio State University alumnus with my B.A. in English & Creative Writing. I’ve always been a writer and a reader of all types of literature. Born & raised on the sunny beaches of Southern California to hippie parents, I’m inspired by nature, architecture and my own personal heritage when writing. Most of my fiction is set in places I’ve lived or to which I feel an ancestral link. My non-fiction tends to follow the raw and sometimes uncomfortable experiences I’ve survived. I’m the “mother” of our little trio, not just because I’m actually a mother (I’m also a wife), but because by nature I’m that friend you can always count on to offer advice, comfort, encourage, insist you text me when you arrive home and kick your butt into gear when needed. I’ve had the privilege to live overseas and travel much of my life, so as I near the next chapter of my personal story, I am excited to spread my wings a bit and allow my gypsy soul and hippie heart lead me towards my aspirations. The location matters not to me. I want to see it all, smell it all and touch the world’s farthest points.
(K) Another OSU alumnus right here with a B.A. in English & Creative Writing. My heritage consists of mostly German and Italian with western European hits. I’m a forty year-old woman trapped in a twenty-three year-old’s body; in other words, I’m an old soul and I see and think very differently from the average twenty-something. I’m that person, and a Leo Rooster (or Cock, yes, I went there), who always asks for your birthday for astrological purposes during introductions. Did I mention I’m also the black sheep of the family? Well, I’d rather be a weird non-conformist and never settle for less than I deserve. My side-yet unpaid-job involves consuming many Starbucks lattes while trying to juggle too many manuscripts in progress (what with all the ideas going on in my head). Each story has its own identity; I don’t just write fiction. I have contemporary, thriller, romance, as well as fantasy and sci-fi brewing on my Google Drive. My main focus as of now is Arthurian legends in my first clear manuscript. Finally, I aspire to live in the U.K. with a personal library & room with a big black German Shepherd. Maybe find a man I can travel with as well as entertain, annoy and molest for the rest of our lives.
(M) Like my fellow weirdos, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in English and a minor in creative writing. I also graduated cum laude and with research distinction. (Yes, I am very proud of myself.) I’m a Connecticut native (go Patriots!), but I’ve traveled to southern California almost every year since I was six months old to see my extended family. Besides CA, I’ve traveled around the southwest U.S. and to Portugal and Israel. Along with being an aspiring world traveler, I want to be a successful young adult novelist. I tend to lean toward fantasy or fiction when I write…I have enough of reality day-to-day, so I would rather not write about it. I hope to complete editing my first novel soon. I started it in high school…good lord, it’s been eight years. The story has become my baby, and I am its extremely protective tiger mother. Other than writing, I think I want to teach…maybe high school…I don’t know…I don’t want to adult yet.
Here are a few short sentences that we all hold very close to our hearts: Life is all about juggling a love-hate relationship with people. Coffee is a gift from the angels. Chobani yogurt is Satan’s curse upon the world. Retail therapy is perhaps the most effective treatment known to mankind. Traveling is a must… You are only alive on this earth once, so you should do all you can to see it.
(E) Outlander Series, The Great Gatsby, Trimalchio, Fat Girl Walking, The Stars of Ballymenone, Much Ado About Nothing, Pride & Prejudice, A Rose for Emily (short stories can count right?), The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy, The Hiding Place, Through the Looking Glass, Secret Garden, Screwtape Letters, just to name a few.
(K) Jane Eyre, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Historian, Outlander series, This Man series, A Christmas Carol, Big Girl, Fangirl, Your Soul is a River, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Richard the Third & MacBeth (plays count too)
(M) And Then There Were None, The Moon Is Down, The Road, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, most of Shakespeare’s plays (especially Titus Andronicus, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and Hamlet…NOT Romeo and Juliet *gag*)
(E) Celtic, German & Viking Folklore, Medieval History, WWII & Civil War history, Disney things (I used to work at Disneyland), Art, Music, Theater, Homeopathic Health (Herbs & Oils), Japanese culture & art, Road trips!
(K) Mythology, Western Astrology, Interpersonal Intelligence/Myers-Briggs (all three of us are ENFJs), Christmas, Spirituality, Tarot/Oracle, Mysticism, Sexuality/Expression, French Existentialism, Sketching/Painting, Druids culture, Arthurian literature, Celtic history, British history & literature, history of the Holocaust, Dogs & Wolves.
(M) Shakespeare, the American Civil War, the history of Christianity, Greek Mythology, the meanings behind dreams, astrology (thanks to Katie and Emylee), Medieval literature, words…I just like words, anything about elephants, photography, drawing, travel (duh), the finer beverages in life, and cats.
(E) Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, William Faulkner, Emily Dickinson, Ray Badbury, C.S. Lewis
(K) Jodi Ellen Malpas, Nikita Gill, Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, T.H. White, Dan Brown, Simone de Beauvoir
(M) Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, J.K.Rowling (of course), Bill O’Reilly, Edgar Allan Poe, John Steinbeck, Kenneth C. Davis, myself (I’m my biggest fan)
What Do You Enjoy Most About Writing?
(E) The pull of the page and the near compulsion to put on paper the ideas and stories that infect my mind. It isn’t a choice for me to write or not, it is something I feel I have to do.
(K) The fact that writing a story, a good original story, cannot be planned. It comes in bouts of inspiration and randomness, and when you’re lucky enough to get a moment like that, you become consumed in it. After the scene is typed on the screen, you want to go back and read it over and over.
(M) Writing is terrifying. It makes me vulnerable and strips me of all my security blankets. There is nothing in this world that makes me feel more human, more alive, than writing.
What Do You Look Forward to Most in Upcoming & Current Adventures?
(E) To finally see and touch the places that I have dreamed of, or felt an ancestral pull towards. A vagabond with intense wanderlust and fernweh, I am looking forward to finding more of myself while getting lost in the adventure.
(K) To put my restlessness to good use and see new things. To get lost in a place full of simplicity wrapped in modernity. To attain new opportunities of any kind. To experience moments that inspire poetry.
(M) I want to see new places, taste new foods, meet new people, and smell new air. I want to see the vastness of the world. In less eloquent terms, I want to explore and see a ton of cool stuff.