Nell_Anthony

I am Clennell Anthony; I reside in Jacksonville, FL; and I was a storyteller before I could write.  My mother often regales people with stories of my sitting in her lap and making up stories from the picture books I had as a child.  In some ways I feel as if I were born to tell wonderful stories.  In other ways, I wonder what I’m doing.  Sometimes it feels as if I’m following a life calling or purpose, and other days, I feel like throwing my computer and the dream of being a published author out the window.  I am moody, have angsts, and tend to give up when I don’t get my way.  At the age of 16, I wrote my first moody prose; I’ve started and never finished about five novels; at the age of 26, I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in journalism that I did little to nothing with; at 28, I graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  By this time, I was discouraged and decided to put my writing and the whole dream away.  I worked as a customer service representative for four years in North Carolina and thought that’s all I would be.  When I moved back to Jacksonville, FL, in 2010, I decided that I needed to get a degree in something I could use, something I could get a wage for, so I spent five years getting a Master's of Science in mental health counseling from Capella University.  I graduated in 2017 and went straight to work as a substance abuse counselor, but I was still a writer; I still harbored the dream; and so, here I am, trying a different way this time.  I would like to establish a support group, a relationship with other like-minded writers, gain a readership, and eventually publish my first novel.