Writer, Poet, and Photographer who craves words, and people who love words, Constance Camille hangs her hat somewhere in Florida with her two Volpino Italiano dogos where she writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and a 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 completed her poetry chapbook Other Shiny Things and her fiction appeared in the international The Write Stuff Anthology. Her work has been published in The Helix and Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. She served as Editor for the online digital magazine South Georgia Today where she wrote a weekly column “A Bird’s Eye View.” Currently, Constance is an MFA candidate in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Central Florida and serves as Assistant Editor to UCF’s online literary journal Aquifer. She expects to graduate in Fall 2020.
A Word From Constance
My creative non-fiction work mostly centers around my mother who died four 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 has 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 the authenticity to my work that is needed to write about the southern working class.