Armistead Maupin’s term, “logical family,” is perhaps the best description of the themes I incorporate into my writing. I’m drawn to the lives and loves of LGBT folks, especially those that span age, race, and the nuances of sexual orientation. Those who reject the status quo are sure to get my attention. Whether changing gender to reinvent yourself, fighting irrational hatred of who you are, or standing up for your right to love whomever you choose, stories of strength, passion, and community intrigue me.
The courage, flair, and tenacity of the two communities where I spend most of my time have inspired me. One is a town built on sand, the other a city built on limestone, both tenuously connected to the mainland. Their people—and the glorious light and raging storms I call the voice of the sea—are the most significant influences on my writing.
I came to writing later in life after working for decades at jobs that never satisfied me—though they did make “my life on a sandbar” possible. It was a trade-off of sorts, a gamble that I’d have “after time” to do those things that made my heart sing. Now it’s my turn at last, and I’m doing all I can to make up for the time lost to politics, paralysis, and pains in the posterior. I’ve traded them in for writing, reading, hiking, and, in general, doing all the fulfilling things that “real work” seems to thwart at every turn. An avid sailor, I try to be on the water as often as I can, capturing images for future reference when time permits. When ashore and not holed up in the writing shed, I can be found in the garden or walking the beach and forest trails with my incredibly-smart, canine companion, Dori.
I hope you’ll monitor these pages as I strive to create and chronicle my life on a sandbar. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
A . C. Burch
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