October 2018 Spotlight Author Nyri A. Bakkalian, Ph.D.

Nyri A. Bakkalian, Ph.D. writes fiction for adults 18 and up, her writing is especially enjoyable for people ages 18 to 34

  Nyri A. Bakkalian, Ph.D. is a queer Armenian-American by birth, a

military historian by training, and is proud to have called both the

American and Japanese northeasts her home. Her writing, art, and

photography have appeared in Gutsy Broads, Metropolis Japan, The

Copperfield Review, Con course, The Raven Chronicles, Inklette,

QueerPGH, and other venues. What’s her secret, you ask? Garlic and

Turkish coffee. But really, mostly Turkish coffee.

Follow her blog at sparrowdreams.com, support her writing at shiogamawaves.com, and come say hello to her on Twitter at @riversidewings

When asked about her struggles as a writer and how she plans to overcome them Nyri had this to say:

Writers have a range of struggles throughout their lives. But for me,

having written a Ph.D. dissertation manuscript which will become a book,

and now working on two major fiction manuscripts, the biggest struggle

has been against distraction. I’m young enough that I mostly grew up

with internet, and life seems to have steadily filled with increasing

levels of distraction over the years. My solution has been to build in a

firebreak against that distraction, in the form of handwriting. By

handwriting first, the result is twofold: first, to cut down on

distraction, and second, to organically build in a first wave of editing

and expansion when I type what I’ve handwritten. It served me well in

writing a dissertation, it’s serving me well in writing my novels and my

recently published short works, and I plan to use it for the rest of my


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