CADD: How long have you been a writer?
Carrie: I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old, but I didn’t consider myself as a “writer” until about seven years ago.
CADD: Why is that?
Carrie: I guess it was how my mind worked at the time. I didn’t feel comfortable with calling myself a “writer” until I had something published which finally happened in late 2007.
CADD: So, if you never had anything published, you would never have called yourself a “writer” then?
Carrie: No, I don’t think so. Well, maybe. I don’t think it would have felt legitimate until I could publish something. That was how I felt at the time.
CADD: And now?
Carrie: If you write poetry or essay or any length of fiction and nonfiction, you’re a writer. You don’t need to be published to prove that you’re a writer. If you have the need to write, then it’s a part of you. End of story.
CADD: What do you write?
Carrie: Pretty much everything. I’ve dabbled in screenwriting, playwriting, poetry, journalism, short and long fiction, and essay.
CADD: Any particular preference?
Carrie: Right now, it’s definitely short fiction.
CADD: What type of genres do you usually write?
Carrie: I love writing stories that are based in both horror and fantasy with a sprinkle of science fiction (specifically using elements of the paranormal or supernatural). I also love zombies, but try to make them a little different in my stories. Not all zombies are created equal in my eyes (well, at least my muse’s eyes).
CADD: Speaking of eyes, you have a form of disease that affects your eyes, correct?
Carrie: Yes. Actually, the disease affects both my vision and hearing. It’s called Usher Syndrome Type II. Many people could call me “deaf blind.”
CADD: Is this something you were born with?
Carrie: Yes, it’s genetic. My parents didn’t know what was wrong with me though. I wasn’t developing in my speech like a typical toddler, and startled easily (or I didn’t respond to anything). It wasn’t until I was already in school when I was diagnosed with the hearing loss. Afterwards, I spent a few years in intense speech therapy to try and help me get caught up. My vision issues didn’t really present themselves until I was in my late teens. So, when I went to an eye specialist thinking I only needed glasses, I was stunned to learn that I had Usher instead.
CADD: So, how did Usher affected you?
Carrie: In the beginning, it devastated me. I basically gave up on all of my hopes and dreams (of being a writer as well as pursuing a career in Exercise Science/Research), and grew embittered by it. It took me years to finally come to terms with the disease, and develop an attitude to not let it stop me from achieving what I want to achieve ever again. Living with Usher is a daily struggle. I have good days and I have bad days. My husband, son, and other family members are quite supportive, and it’s because of them that I am able to meet the goals I’ve set for myself.
CADD: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Carrie: Hopefully, home full time. I also want to get involved with providing support to other artists and/or athletes who also struggle with vision and/or hearing impairments.
CADD: As an artist, do you have a “secret” dream or desire?
Carrie: Yes, actually I do. I love to see one of my short or long fiction produced into a film.
CADD: Thank you, and we wish you the very best in all of your endeavors.
Carrie: Thank you.