By Kyonë Morris…
My name is Kyonë. I refused to do this initially, especially since I wrote the first version. I have my own projects to get on with and anybody could have modified my words – I don’t mind – but then Ileandra visited my house. Let’s just say I’ve been reminded of the depth of our friendship.
So… these are my thoughts, revised and updated.
- The colour purple (not the film)
- The number 12
- Cats (particularly cute and fluffy ones)
- Bo Burnham
- Strong cheese
- Mc Donald’s apple pies
- Polyhedral dice
Geology was an odd degree choice, but that’s what she did; studying at the University of Leicester with a level of doggedness usually reserved for mules (she is Taurean, so I just call it stubborn), even though her first and truest love is writing.
With a degree tucked under her belt, she then proceeded to work in finance for seven excruciating years.
The birth of her twin sons yanked her from that job which, though she enjoyed it, was no real outlet for her creative diarrhoea (if you think that’s an ugly image, imagine keeping it all in. Yeah . . . there you go.).
Now Ileandra bimbles through life, making no secret of the fact that most of her ‘knowledge’ is made up babble.
“The trick is, just to say things firmly – and loudly – as if you know what you’re talking about. Do that and people generally just assume that you do. The second trick is not to tell people the about the first trick!”
~Ileandra on ‘how she knows so much.’
Since Ileandra publicly ‘came out as a writer’ in 2010, she has written thousands of words. Some may never see the light of day, though others, in the not too distant future, will become books that you can hold, read and enjoy. That, more than anything else is all she wants.
Besides writing, Ileandra enjoys sleeping and eating (doesn’t sound exciting, but young children can, so I hear, make you appreciate the small things). When not exhausted or hunched over a keyboard, Ileandra is also a keen reader, geeky gamer and aspiring sketch and cell-block-colour artist. She also occasionally fumbles with an acoustic guitar, though she has made no more progress with that than the last time I checked in on this blog in 2011. Oh well. More recently she has also taken up roller derby, because, you know, running after twin boys day in and day out isn’t physical punishment enough.
Her goals, other than the completion and publication of her ELWIP (excruciatingly long work in progress) the Saar’s Legacy Trilogy, include visiting Skegness (again) and/or Blackpool, completing her driving lessons, swapping her Wii for a Wii-U, teaching her sons that scratching is wrong, understanding the male obsession with breasts and bums (nice though they may be!) and the swift acquisition of a kitten that she might then name Squishy, or, if she is feeling slightly more merciful, Bubbles (please note, that this is nothing to do with Michael Jackson’s famous monkey; instead, both are references to the fabulous Disney film Finding Nemo).
Regardless of these peculiar eccentricities, Ileandra Young remains perpetually cheerful, open, keen and determined. You’re invited to subscribe to the RSS feed or her mailing list, allowing you to keep up with her blog entries and future plans. You can also use the comment boxes at the bottom of these pages to leave your words of support/amusement/confusion/irritation/bafflement/enjoyment of her work.