Sometimes September C. Fawkes scares people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. People may say she needs to get a social life. It’d be easier if her fictional one wasn’t so interesting.
Fawkes wrote her first story on a whim during a school break when she was seven. Crayon-drawn, poorly spelled, and edited so that it contained huge, fat, blacked-out lines, the story (about chickens seeking water) changed her life. Growing up, she had a very active imagination; one of her best friends accused her of playing Barbies wrong when she turned Ken into a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde mad scientist love interest. Her passion for stories led to her playing “pretend” longer than is socially acceptable. It was partially a symptom of never wanting to become an adult. Luckily she never did. She became a writer instead.
Fawkes has a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction, but she explores and reads anything well crafted. She has a passion for dissecting stories and likes to learn from a variety of genres, so you may find her discussing classics in one blog post and animated shows in another. Try not to be afraid of either. (And do be sensitive to the fact she never did reach adulthood.)
September C. Fawkes graduated with an English degree with honors from Dixie State University, where she was the managing editor of The Southern Quill literary journal and had the pleasure of writing her thesis on Harry Potter. She was also able to complete an internship in which she wrote promotional pieces for events held in Southern Utah, like the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, and she participated in a creative open mic night, met some lovely people in a writers’ group, and worked as a tutor at the Writing Center. Her college experience, although demanding, was rewarding.
She liked it enough to consider getting her M.F.A., and she got accepted into a couple of programs, but decided to pass on it.
Since then, she has had the opportunity to work as an assistant for the New York Times best-selling author David Farland and also offers her own freelance editing services at FawkesEditing.com. She has edited for both award-winning and best-selling authors and has worked on manuscripts written for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers, with most of her experience being in the genres of fantasy and science fiction.
She regularly does work for MyStoryDoctor.com and serves as a writing coach on WritersHelpingWriters.net (home of the Emotion Thesaurus). Her writing tip articles have appeared on Grammar Girl and in classrooms; her “story dissections” have hit the front page of Hypable three times, and her series on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar has been turned into its own unit in a creative writing class. Yearly, she presents and panels at Salt Lake Comic Convention.
Her favorite bragging right, however, is that she once flew to New York to meet J.K. Rowling.
Most days she hides out in her room, applies her butt to her chair, and writes. She has had poems, short fiction, and nonfiction published and is perpetually working on a novel. She hopes to one day have a book published traditionally.
Some of her favorite things include, but are not limited to, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Les Miserables, The X-Files, The Office, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, rock concerts, Muse, pugs, cherry blossoms, Ethel M. Chocolates, and anything yellow. She’s a Hufflepuff at heart.