Tricia D. Wagner
I am a writer. A sculptor of words. I take inspirations and whispers of ideas that lie someplace inside my heart, like clay that is unformed and still wet, and I excavate them with bare fingers and mold them into living characters and the happenings of other worlds.
I work in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, mainstream / literary fiction, and poetry, and I have completed manuscripts for novels, novelettes, and short stories.
Science fiction appeals to me because I am obsessed with science. I can hardly believe my luck that I was born into an age where we know so much. I generally stagger about, stricken by awe, that we have the ingenuity and the means to see inside the atom and outside the boundaries of our solar system, to find healing properties in the wings of silk moths, to discover exoplanets from our own backyards, and to answer questions about the composition of the universe by examining tiny pion particles. I write because I have to do something with that love.
Fantasy is another favored genre because it provides a way to drag magic out of ordinary experiences and things and make them glow with a deep beauty that I like to imagine is closer to the actual than the form that meets the eye.
When I am not writing, I serve as the Coordinator of English as a Second Language Programs Rock Valley College, in Rockford, Illinois. There I provide leadership to academic and support service programs that assist adults with literacy development, basic and secondary skills, and English language acquisition.