Writer, Poet, and Photographer who craves words, and people who love words, Constance Camille hangs her hat somewhere in Florida with her two Volpino Italiana dogos where she writes creative nonfiction and poetry, sometimes fiction. 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 and Aquifer: The Florida Review online. Her poem, co-written with Judith Roney, “Daydream in a Bookstore About Men in This Life” was a finalist in Sundog Lit’s 2019 Collaborative Contest. 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 Nonfiction at UCF and book review editor to the university’s online literary journal Aquifer, where she previously served as an assistant editor. She expects to graduate in the November, 2020.
A Word From Constance
My creative non-fiction work mostly centers around my mother who died five years ago at the age of eighty-six. The complexity of her personality serves as an inspiration in my writing. As most writers do, I choose to write out my grief and my mother finds her way into much of my prose. 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 work in progress, Taking Inventory, is a micro-memoir/biography centered on the complex relationship between me and my mother. The book is an excavation of the woman my mother really was versus the image of her I created in my mind. “At some point, you realize that your mother is not who you thought she was and you realize that she is something separate from what you made her out to be.”
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. My fiction work leans heavily on the characters and folklore in and around rural South Georgia. Drawing from observations in my own social environment, I bring authenticity to my work that is needed to write about the southern working class.