"If I were to describe myself, it would be Life Writer. Although I mainly write poetry and prose, I don't limit myself to a certain style nor a certain subject. I write about what I can relate to or if I can mirror someone else's experiences."--Queen of Spades
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Queen of Spades has been writing since the age of eleven. She made her Internet poetry debut in the mid 1990's at Fireseek (later renamed Urban Poetic), then branched out to participate in International House of Poets as well as ventured into spoken word with talents featured at Vocalized Ink and House of Ra. She served as a hostess on the poetry collective, Soulful Branches: Simply Words as well as participated on the accompanying CD, Soulful Branches: Words and Sounds.
In addition, she is the author of four poetry collections-Reflections of Soul, the Eclectic collection (Skin Edition and Beyond the Skin), Spaded Truths: Themes and Proclamations, and Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes. The success of Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes gave Queen of Spades the distinction of Amazon Best Selling Author.
Just recently, Queen of Spades' work got accepted for the poetry anthology "Words of Fire and Ice" and the short story anthology, "Summer Shorts II: Best Kept Secrets". Upcoming and future projects include the short story collective, "Continuous Drips" as well as some short stories and essays independently of the collection.
In addition to being an author, Queen of Spades also serves as Editor-in-chief of All Authors Magazine and co-administrator of the book review organization The Review Board.
Reflections of Soul
Eclectic: Skin Edition
Eclectic: Beyond the Skin
Soulful Branches: Simply Words
Spaded Truths: Themes and Proclamations
Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes
Words of Fire and Ice (poetry anthology)
Taint on Religion
The Sea of Conscience
Summer Shorts II: Best Kept Secrets (short story anthology)
Mr. Bradley's Garden
Crackles of the Heart (Divergent Ink, #1)
When Summer Lingers
Waves to Light (coming September 2015)
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I highly recommend this fine work.
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