Saturday, September 21, 2013

JohnnErial Elizabeth Webster: Passion for Writing Guides Her Future

JohnnErial Elizabeth Webster is a senior at Frostburg State University, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Johnnchose her major to match her passion for writing. With her writing more so than any other topic, when she speaks of her work she lights up with excitement. Johnnlikes the small size of the Frostburg campus and the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland. She currently stays in Simpson Hall, an all-girls dormitory. This is the only one of its kind, and Johnnlikes this.

Her parents both having been in the military, Johnnwas born in Alameda, California. She has lived in a long list of places, including Pensacola, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Lexington Park, Maryland; and now resides here in Frostburg. Before Johnnarrived at Frostburg State, she attended the College of Southern Maryland. Johnnsays of her current situation, "I pay for everything. My parents aren't helping me; no one's helping me."

Johnnloves anime, her favorite being the romantic Inuyasha. She watches a lot of this, which will become a major source of inspiration for her fan fiction. Johnnthen excitedly mentions a video game that "changed [her] life", Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. She reminisces about how she "sat in the basement playing it nonstop". Johnnnoted that she isn't a big gamer, but she likes a certain few a lot.

Perhaps the most prominent characteristic about Johnnis her love for writing. She says she's been writing for as long as she can remember, her earliest stories being from the second grade. Johnnsays she would write about voodoo dolls, specifically Tiki Dolls, which would come to life and attack characters. She says her earlier writing attempts "were not very good, nope", and, "my handwriting was atrocious". In the seventh grade Johnnmoved on to reading and writing fan fiction. She says she tried to write short stories, which, she jokingly adds, didn't turn out so well. Johnnstarted publishing her work on , but her ideas were stolen and put into another's story. This person later contacted Johnn , claiming they had only intended to revise her work. From this experience Johnnhas become hesitant to publish her own ideas online, but says she still enjoys visiting the site to view what others post. Being a writer, especially one who publishes her work online, Johnnsays she has experienced her share of bad reviews. Although she isn't thrilled to be criticized, she speaks of how she handles it. Johnnsays she left one particularly hateful review online, finding it a bit humorous. Johnnis currently working on what she hopes will become a published novel by the time she is thirty-five, an "erotic horror". "But right now it's just funny, which is not where I was going," she laughs. "I initially just wrote for myself. But when people tell me they love my work it warms me. It makes me very, very happy."

One thing is for certain, Johnnwill continue to write and share her passion with others for some time to come.
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