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Number of posts : 2
Age : 55
LOCATION : Sioux City, IA
JOB/HOBBIES : Writing, Photography, Music
FAVORITE AUTHORS : Lynn Ames, Terry Pratchett, Chuck Wendig, Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Kelli Jae Baeli, Georgia Beers, Lori Lake, Paula Offutt, Richard Dawkins, Douglas Adams, Anne McCaffrey, David Sedaris, HHT Dalai Llama, Scott Nicholson, Kim Harrison, Charles P Pierce, Max Blumenthal, Richard Wolffe, Melissa Good, Elizabeth Sims, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
GENRES IN WHICH I WRITE : Novels, Stories, Journalism, Memoir, Humor, Essay, Blog, Reviews, Poetry,
Registration date : 2014-07-05

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PostSubject: Lu O'Kerin   Lu O'Kerin Icon_minitimeSat Jul 05, 2014 11:55 pm

Lu O'Kerin is the pen name of Dee Kearns. I began my lifelong relationship with pen and paper at the age of 8, when I was the 'reporter' for my 4-H group, publishing our minutes in the local paper. I continued that duty for the next 8 years for the same club.

In my Junior year I took a journalism class and was hooked even more firmly by the written word. In my Senior year, I wrote several human interest stories for the local paper and started a school newspaper. It was really more like a newsletter, but it was a huge accomplishment. Alas, it did not survive the school year.

After graduation I enlisted in the US Air Force and spent 2 years in service. During that time, I began to dabble with songwriting with my then-ex fiancé. Songwriting didn't draw me as strongly as poetry, so I started putting my energy there.

In the years that followed my discharge from the service, I wrote short stories that were stored in my desk drawer, poetry that made it into two 'vanity press' publications, and more free lance writing for a local variety paper.

In 1993, I wrote a non-fiction book about the authentic Biblical arguments against homosexuality; properly translating the popular bible verses to make their meanings clear. This book is presently being edited with the intent of seeking publication.

In 1997, I started Envoy Publishing; a desktop publishing platform for Envoy, a newsletter for the gay community in the Sioux City area. Envoy survived for four years and at its peak had a circulation of just under 400 and sufficient advertising to pay for printing costs.

In 2000, I wrote and presented a workshop on alternative uses of Herbs.

Since 2005, I have been working on four manuscripts. I finished the first draft of one in May and will begin editing it next month.

I like to read; spirituality and atheism, politics, philosophy, lesbian fiction, horror, thrillers and classics. I love to research; whether for my own curiosity or for a book. bookworm2 

I'm glad to be a member of Kindred Ink because it is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor in a community of writers. Thanks to Kelli Jae Baeli and Kate Genet for creating this community.
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