About the Author
SL Figuhr was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1975. She earned a degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University. She also holds an Associate’s of Radiology degree and a certificate in Computed Tomography. When not writing, SL works a job in the public sector. Her spare time is spent writing her own blend of fantasy, along with crafting free form poetry, attending writer’s clubs, and playing the odd game of tennis.
SL also has a younger sister, who served a test audience for all her early writing, enduring the many unpolished stories that helped SL grow into the writer she is today. Her sister continues to be an avid supporter of SL’s work.
A fan of the macabre and fantasy, SL’s biggest influences came from authors like Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft provided early influences. Other inspirations include Tales From The Crypt, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Xena, Alias, and a host of 1980’s movies.
SL has held an abiding love for the written word since she first learned to read. Her writing technique takes the pieces of literature which spark her interest and blends them together to create beautiful mosaics of literary abandon. SL believes we make our own destinies, and fate is to be challenged. This belief drives her to explore the infinite possibilities life and after-life, in all its myriad forms, in her writings.
Today SL lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her partner and black cat, Onyx.
On Finding My Passion
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – Edgar Allan Poe
I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been writing. Once I learned the physical act of putting pen to paper, I was always making up stories. My imagination is vivid, always running wild at the back of my mind even when I am working at my day job.
Growing up, I was considered the class nerd/freak and endured a lot of bullying because of it. (Although back then it wasn’t called it, nor understood how deleterious its effects are.) I could be found with my nose buried in a book, devouring the words of others, or scribbling away making up my own worlds.
I went to college and afterward married and got divorced. I knew I was going to be a writer, no matter what. I wrote for my high school paper in preparation. I declared my major as a Journalist when I first entered college. Then, I discovered how much I enjoyed radio. I wrote for the school’s literary magazine and became a DJ at my college radio station. I also added being a geek, as I delved into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, various card games, and television series.
My jobs have been many and varied in the intervening years. I’ve been a board operator for a local radio station in Pittsburgh. I’ve done contracting work for a national television company at the local level in my hometown and for other now defunct media companies.
In between those jobs, I continued writing and observing the world and the people around me. I’ve been a hostess, receptionist, and food service worker, to name a few. My early Mid-Life Crisis prompted me to change what I did for a living, yet I never stopped writing, always striving to be better.
With the advent of indie publishing, I no longer have to rely on mailing out manuscripts and hoping they make it past the slush pile.
My journey has taught me I am a writer. I always have been, and will be, and am now; I am an author.
Tell us about yourself…
I was born around the Pittsburgh, PA area in 1975, so I am a GenX and proud of it. I attended Point Park University and received a B.A. in Journalism and Communications.
Afterward, I worked on and off in the field both in television and radio. I have done a variety of positions from crew to camera operator, sound board technician, and DJ. Eventually, my restless nature got the better of me, and I decided to switch jobs.
I went back to school at a local branch of The Pennsylvania State University and earned an Associate’s Degree. After a few years in my new field, I furthered my education at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, where I received a Certificate in Computed Tomography. I now reside and work in the Charleston, SC area. Due to the nature of my job, I prefer to keep it separate from my life as an author, but suffice it to say it is still within the public sector.
I currently share space with my mate and a mischevious black cat called Onyx.