This world is changing. And I’m so broken up over what we’ve lost.

The world is a work in progress, and in a way, I think so are we all.

steffAs for me, personally, I’ve always stuck to some pretty basic descriptors. I am, first and foremost, a reader. I think, at the end of the day, there is little I value higher than the written word. In that respect, I am second, a writer. My books are all WIPs, but I’ve started quite a few of them. My current project is a retelling and one I hold very dear to my heart. In fact, I have my favorite author to thank for the inspiration to begin this novel as it was Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles that really got me into retellings in the first place. If you’ve not already seen or guessed, my favorite book is Cress.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, I love books and writing. Surprisingly, I also love my job. I was initially interested in Psychology due to the fact that I have always been immeasurably fascinated with character development. And I have always believed that in order to write realistic characters, you have to know real people.

I currently worki n education and no job I’ve ever had prior to this one has ever been truly fulfilling. I work primarily with children who have something hindering their ability to learn and do my best to provide them with an environment through which they can flourish. There is truly little in this world as precious as listening to a student describe how excited she is to have learned to read because it means that she can finally say yes when her younger cousin asks her to read him a story.

MeI’m not overly fond of political labels and originally registered Independent to vote, but I think ultimately what it comes down to is the fact that I care about the policies that will help the people who need it most. I’m not fond of people who care more about money and objects than they do about the suffering around them and admittedly much of the world astounds me. Resultingly, I flit between feeling genuine hope for society and the ultimate dejection when I realize how truly damaged this world has become.

I was born and raised (more or less) in Northern California, though I spent my High School and College years across the country in Maine. Thankfully, I currently live in California and I have to admit I am so thrilled to be back because the weather on the East Coast is horrendously painful. Taking one look at snow now makes me cringe. I never used to complain about the weather, but now even the slightest dip below sixty degrees and I’ll probably be whining about it.

img_8092-1Recently enough, my boyfriend and I adopted a puppy. Mickey has resultingly become a rather large part of my life and I’ve been known to post about him from time to time–he’s cute, I can’t help it—so definitely expect to see him around the blog on occasion. My dream is to one day get him trained (and calm) enough to start posing with some of my books, so that’ll be an interesting lot of fun to try. We’ll see if it ever happens.

And if it’s not already obvious, I am also a huge fan of foxes.

Thus, I leave you, still a WIP.

-Steff Pasciuti
(Reader Fox)

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