Writer, Poet, and Photographer who craves words, and people who love words, Constance Camille hangs her hat somewhere in Florida with her two Volpino Italiani dogos where she writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and a good poem when she’s in the mood. Her idea of heaven is a picnic and a good book. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English-Creative Writing, she recently completed her poetry chapbook Other Shiny Things and her fiction appeared in the international The Write Stuff Anthology. The Helix Magazine published her poem “Pickles.” Her nonfiction essay “If Your Mother Tells You To Buy Carmex At Walmart, Buy It” recently appeared in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. She is Editor for the online digital magazine South Georgia Today. Constance is an MFA candidate in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Central Florida.
A Word From Constance
My creative non-fiction work mostly centers around my mother who died three years ago at the age of eighty-six. As most writers do, I choose to write out my grief and my mother finds her way into much of my writing. Although my mother’s death journey was not unique, it was uniquely hers. And her journey, as well as my walk beside her, is a story I long to tell. I am drawn to the struggles of aging and the stories the greatest generation have to tell us.
My fiction novel The Colour of Redd is largely drawn from . . . guess who? Even in make believe my mother manages to waltz in and take center stage–such is a character that is worth writing about.
I am a southern writer at heart, leaning heavily on the characters and folklore in and around rural South Georgia. Drawing from observations in my own social environment, I bring an authenticity to my work that is needed to write about the southern working class.