About the Writer (following tradition and writing in the third person for this)
Ava Collopy has traveled around North America and Europe while working various paid and volunteer jobs, and giving blood many times. She hails from Portland, Oregon and Dublin, Ireland.
Her nonfiction is published in Edible Red, Down in the Dirt, and The Relic, the Effort, the Yelp.
Her fiction is published in White Liquor Steemit, Beautiful Losers, White Liquor, Down in the Dirt, Brilliant Flash Fiction (contest shortlist, as A.C.), Sunlight in the Sanctuary, Treading Water, and Adrift.
Her poetry is published in Poetry Pacific, Re/ Verse, Verse Virtual, Ascent Aspirations, Bell's Letters, CC&D, Four and Twenty, and others.
Her website is Ava Collopy Books.
She’s a happily life-long non-mom with many friends, who’s oft enjoyed being a single independent female, a fact she proudly promotes to remind people everyone is free to be their own person.
Her books are:
The Irish-American Experience: Proletariat Research Papers,
A View from the Bottom: Short Stories,
Live Boldly, Fear Nothing: a Vigilante and a Painter, a Novel (3rd Edition),
8 Days a Week: the Story of a Working Man, a Novel,
Disarm: Poems & Songs,
Learning to be a Good Editor: by Adapting Novels into Screenplays, and Stage Plays,
Unending Horizons: Three Years of Advice for Writers,
As editor and one of several contributors: Unity is Now: an Anthology of the UU* Poetry Group,
(*Unitarian Universalist, a non/interdenominational religion.)
I've worked several different paid and volunteer jobs and traveled around North America and Europe, and given blood several times.
I'm from Oregon and have spent years living in Ireland, two of the greatest places on Earth.
I'm a happily lifelong childless person who's oft enjoyed being single and independent--a fact I mention only to remind everyone that all of us must live our own lives in a way that's right for us. (A fact I have many times been personally attacked for--by women, not men.)
I believe there is no point in writing unless what is created could only have come from you. The books I've made and my author image were created outside anyone's mainstream. The intention was to create completely unique art.
I accomplished exactly what I set out to. I have been made proud of and humbled by my "gift" as a writer. More than anything, I want my art to change those it touches in some significant, irrevocable, positive way.
For example, when I was editing my novel 8 Days a Week, since I couldn't afford a professional editor I asked some writer friends of mine to be "test readers". One friend, in his 50's, who was divorced, was inspired by the book to reach out to his adult daughter and try to reconcile their strained relationship. He succeeded and thanked me for it, repeatedly. They have had a much better relationship ever since. That is the kind of thing I think any artist wants.
(And it was quite an experience at 26 years old.)
True writers aren't manufactured inside the cage of college walls, nor the confines of editors' egos. (That being said, I did go to college, and I have had my work published in various places. But I began writing well before college and I'm a writer in spite of college and not because of it.)
I believe a person's background and experiences say more about their writing than elitist educational or publication credits. For those interested, though, my publication credits and an idea of my college education are covered on page 1 of this site. What's relevant about my life in relation to my writing is of course experience.
For more, here is an author interview with Writing through the Body.
Ava Collopy Books is on... Facebook; Twitter; YouTube; Pinterest; Google+; Amazon author page.
This page has more information from and about me, for those interested.
...Not the most glamorous author photos I know, but I wanted photos that really represent me and the way I live, which is and has always been very active. And that's where my work comes from.