My background has influenced my writing in several ways. My arts education in high school exposed me to Shakespeare, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. These writers continue to influence my plot selection, theme choices, and character development. I have substitute taught youth of different backgrounds in various locations. This experience has strengthened the way I organize information for an audience. My experience as an actor has enhanced the way I write dialog, and the emotional awareness I have of my characters. My personal experiences have influenced my interest in writing about power, equality, justice, respect, wealth, love, and freedom. These are the desires I have most longed for, and I write characters that pursue these ideals.