The inimitable Stephen King said, in his book "On Writing", that to write we build ourselves a "far seeing place". In his case, this far-seeing place was also a basement place, one with bright lights and clear images. My far-seeing place is outdoors, in the woods. The woods are sometimes dark, sometimes leafy and golden-green. There are no paths in my woods.
This website is a place at the edge of the trees, where I can see them, hear the stories rustling the leaves, but I can turn to the wider world and say hello.
My name is Melissa Clare Wright (when your names are common, you go by three) and I write dark urban fantasy and horror fiction. In the real world, I'm also a scientist and writer of scientific, technical, and marketing documents.
I studied Neuroscience, which I think might be one of the most fascinating subjects there is. Neuroscience poses questions like: What make us who we are, both as humans and individuals? How do the physical components of the brain impact our consciousness - our sense of self, our personality? What happens when these physical regions break down? What does all this mean in terms of life, death, and the soul?
The ongoing research into these issues fascinates me. Fiction represents another way of exploring some of these aspects of the human condition. As writers, we slip inside the minds of others and ask how others see the world, where do motivations come from, and why does even a villain see himself as the hero?
Come linger at the edge of the woods. Every now an then, I'll venture out and share with you what I've found.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
- Robert Frost