My name is S. J. Callaway and I am a fantasy writer.
I studied creative writing at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana for three and a half years. I am currently working on my first book. I’m trying to write as much as I can before my student loans come due.
If you would like to get in contact with me or find me on other platforms, visit my Contacts page.
If you would like to learn more about my book and check on my progress, visit the Book 1 page.
If you want a more personal idea of who I am, you can read the following:
In fourth grade at my elementary school library, I was browsing for a book to read when I came across The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s the book that Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is loosely based on. Before reading that book, I was already somewhat interested in reading–when I was really little I would make my mom read Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks to me every single day–but The Frog Princess was the first book that really got me into reading, and into reading fantasy in particular. From there, I read Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson, Eragon, and many lesser known books that I’ve forgotten by now. Growing up, I read at every opportunity, often forgoing outside play with friends in favor of reading, and reading at inappropriate moments, such as in class while the teacher was giving instructions. I even read while waiting at the bus stop, and some nights I would stay up almost all night with the curtain over my head so that I could use light from the street lamp outside. These days, I don’t get up to such antics, but I am still an avid reader. I enjoy authors such as Naomi Novik, George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss, among others. I have branched off into other genres as well, reading titles such as Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Cristo, and Coyote America and The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.
In addition to reading, I love playing video games and watching movies and tv, I like camping and hiking, and I love learning new things. I feel that my interest in so many different media and schools of knowledge has strengthened me as a writer and creative person. Probably my favorite part about writing is world building, and I love going as in-depth as possible with the worlds that I create, even if it will never end up in the actual story.
Recently, I have taken up the hobby of horseback riding. It is an expensive pastime, but well worth it. As a fantasy author, horseback riding will likely wind up in pretty much all of my books, and having personal experience with the activity will enhance my writing. Not to mention, it’s super fun!
I thank anyone who took the time to read through all of this. Hello, and nice to meet you! Your support of this website means so much to me, and I hope that you will be one of my first readers when my book comes out. Until then, stay safe and keep reading!