Welcome to The Story Salve! Thank you so much for stopping by!
I’m Christine, an aspiring novelist and lifelong reader in my late-ish twenties.
some things you might want to know about me:
- I’m from Tulsa, OK, but I’ve also lived in Philadelphia and New York City.
- I’ve dealt with moderate depression and mild anxiety for over 10 years. (To see more of my mental health story, check here.)
- For 13 years, I’ve been writing fiction in whatever spare scrap of time I can find. I recently finished a rough draft of my fourth novel. Currently, I’m trying to decide what to do next. Exciting times!
- I’ve worked as a barista for 9+ years, so I guess you could call me a reformed coffee snob.
- As of September 2017, I’m officially a baby Skoolie! My fiancé (The Drummer) and I are moving our life into a mini school bus! (You can find out more about that here.)
- My favorite genres include YA contemporary, literary & women’s fiction, anything LGBTQIA+, & the occasional memoir. You can find my reviews here.
- I’m a proud bad feminist. I believe in equal rights for all persons, but I’m far from perfect in my politics, and I’m willing to learn.
- I am bisexual in a “straight” relationship. Fight me.
- I still listen to 2000s pop punk on the regular and I have absolutely zero shame about it.
- I’m also a baby yogi – it helps with the depression. (More on that here.)
my blogging story
The Story Salve is a work in progress. It began several years back at a point in my life when I thought I needed to get serious about my online writing presence, but I was never motivated or inspired to post more than once every six months.
Then, at the beginning of 2017, I decided I wanted to become more involved in the book community—and that I wanted to do my best to read more diversely. In January, I began using my original WordPress account to keep track of all my book reviews.
After a few months of tiptoeing into the book blogging community, I remodeled my blog, including deciding on a name: The Story Salve. This name comes from two things I blog about the most: stories (the ones I read and the ones I aspire to tell) and living with clinical depression. Throughout my life, reading and writing have acted as a balm on my heart in times of severe depression. And while I recognize my blog may never “make it big,” if my words can touch one person, I feel that I’m doing my small part in the world.
Come and find me – I’m always looking to make new friends!
For other inquiries, I can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.