I am Brandi Easterling Collins. Welcome to my portfolio. Can I scare you with some of the dark and twisty things I have created?
I am a writer. I have always been a writer. It’s is my therapy, my muse, my true passion in life. I’m not the best writer in the world, but I am working to become the best I can be. I fear putting my work out there because I never feel like it is truly finished or good enough. I am sharing my work now because it’s time. Life is short and I can no longer stand to put off my dreams. I am finished with the decade-long break I took to start my family.
I’ve been writing stories and poetry since I was 11 years old. I wrote 7 book-length stories between the ages of 13-18. The last one I wrote is the first one I rewrote and independently published, Caroline’s Lighthouse. While the other stories need a lot of work, I am so grateful I captured the angst of being a teenager when I actually was one. I will soon publish Jordan’s Sister either through a small-press company or independently through CreateSpace. My current novel-in-progress is What I Learned That Summer.
I entered a creative writing scholarship contest at Arkansas Tech University in the spring of 1999 and placed 4th. I thought I was going to school to be a psychologist, but I gave up on that and pursued my passions of creative writing and visual art. After taking a break in the real world to work and be a wife/mother for the past decade, I am writing again. To be honest, I have to write or I will go insane.
As my children grow, I hope the heartache I captured in my poetry, stories, and journal entries can help them get through the pain that comes with being a teenager and young adult. I can teach my son to be kind if he has to break someone’s heart. And when my daughter’s heart is broken someday, I can hand her my journals and let her read how I survived it. If their roles are reversed and my son has the broken heart and my daughter is the heartbreaker, the same sentiment applies. I wish I could shield both of them from any pain.
I love my family with everything that I am, but they’re not getting the best of me if I’m not happy. My husband is wonderful. He is always supportive of my dreams. My son and daughter inspire me. They are the reason I want to leave a legacy with my writing.
My day job is trademark licensing. I love it and am dedicated to it, but it’s not enough to sustain me. I wrote the most during high school and college. Writing gave me a way to escape the pain of heartache and life in general. It saved my life.
This blog will contain general ramblings, old work, and new work.
Disclaimer: Be prepared for a roller-coaster of emotions. I am fairly certain I was out of my mind when I did most of my writing.