Hi, and welcome to the site! My name is Emily Vollmer, and I am super pumped that you’re here.
Who is Emily Vollmer?
I, Emily Vollmer, am a writer. Well, an aspiring writer. As of right now I have, by my count, made absolutely no money writing anything. But I want to!
Why do you want to be a writer?
I want to be a writer for many, many reasons. I believe that writing is powerful, and can have a truly meaningful impact on the world. Granted, my own writing is not yet at that level, but I’d like to get there some day.
When I think of who I am as a person, I think about the books I’ve read. I think about Tolkien and The Hobbit, and how everyone should read it because it’s awesome. I remember that the first time I read it, I used a pink poodle bookmark that my grandpa gave me to mark my place.
I think about Ellen Hopkins, and how before I read her books, I despised poetry. Like, truly despised. Before her writing, I’d only been exposed to the classic poets writing about how great flowers and nature are, which seemed pointless to me. Hopkins’ writing showed me that you can tell real stories through poetry, not just describe plants.
I think about an old book that I think was called Between the Parallel Trees, which first showed me that science fiction is a boundless genre, limited only by what you can imagine. I found that book in my parents’ basement, where they have shelves filled to the brim with old sci fi novels from the eighties.
Someday, I want a young women to be asked why she wants to be a writer, and I want that young women to talk about something that I wrote. I want to be that influence.
What is your focus as a writer?
My focus as a writer is identity. In all the ideas I’ve had, the concept of identity has always been present. Who we are as people, as members of a society, as pieces of a family. How our identities are products of our environment, genetics, and experiences.
With that in mind, I do my best to be inclusive, especially concerning LGBTQIA+ identities. Little frustrates me more than when a character is gay or trans and someone has the gall to say that it’s “unnecessary.” There is nothing unnecessary about a character’s- about a person’s– identity.
I also focus on strong female characters in particular. I love a female character who is powerful and flawed, and un-apologetically a woman. I was lucky enough to grow up in an environment where I was taught that I could do anything I set my mind to, regardless of my gender. I want to spread that message through the characters I write.
Whew, that got a bit intense! Anyhoo, next question:
Why should I stick around?
Why should you keep an eye on me? Well, I hope to do big things one day. I’m going to write epic fantasies and space operas, I’m going to write stories that change the way people see the world around them. I’m going to write terrible poetry- truly awful- that’ll make you laugh at just how bad it is.
If that doesn’t intrigue you, I have a bunny that sometimes I take cute pictures of. Look, there he is! Isn’t he cute? His name is Frankenstein and he is a Flemish giant, this is from when he was only 3 months old.
Seriously though, just think of all the hipster cred you’ll get when you can say “I’ve been reading Emily the writer’s work from the very beginning. Where have you been?”
I may not be an excellent writer yet, but I’m getting there. I hope you’ll stick around to see what I do.
~Emily the Writer