Growing up under the hot Kansas sun, I spent many hours under the apricot tree with my nose stuck in a book or writing in my scruffy notebooks, carefully composing sterotypically bad teenage poetry with a number two pencil.Exploring writing as an adult, I found my voice blogging about my observations and musings surrounding life under the pen name, Avie Layne.Creative Writing classes at college opened my eyes to the idea of short stories for young adults and ignited new writing passion--many based on the stories of my parent’s poor childhood growing up in the Ozarks of Arkansas in the late 40s early 50s, while others have been based on my own crazy life.

A Little Bit About Me

The real woman behind the name: Deanna Keller.

I work full time and am currently pursing a masters in English at Arizona State University aftercompleting my undergradutate at the College of St. Scholastica. I have fun serving as an advisor for Alpha Upsilon Gamma the Lake Superior Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa andoffering community writing workshops. I’ve recently been punlished by Feminine Collective.

My long range education is to complete a TESLO (Teaching English as a second language) once I’ve completed my MA-English. Someday teaching from a little hobby farm while gardening, raising chickens and bees, and cooking with our own organic food for 6-months of the year. I would love to teach some of the cooking and homesteading skills passed on by my mother and grandmother. Skills that are slowly being forgotten in our fast paced society. The other six? Teaching English as a secondlanguage to students in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, while taking photographs and exploring Asian Cusine with the love of my life.

I live at what we affectionatly call“ The Lake House”with Shawn doing archery, kayaking, cooking, watching movies, and homework of course.

Nature, relationships, family, friends......Life and the living of it inspires what I write.....Blog

Comments? Please feel free to email me at: avielayne@gmail.com

Avie Layne 2012