Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and three weird cats.

These pictures are around age 5 or so. Aren't I cute?

Everyone is allowed one horribly gawky and unfashionable period, right? Especially if that someone was alive during the early 90s. I'm sorry this picture is black-and-white so you don't get the full acid wash and white fringed glory of my jacket.

I was Princess Leia for Halloween at age 14 or thereabouts. The same year my pumpkin carving was comic book themed.

During my teen years I was a huge anime geek. And yes, I cosplayed. My costumes included Vampire Princess Miyu and Black Rose Duelist Wakaba from Utena, but my favorite one was Suzaku no Miko from Fushigi Yuugi. I also used to help run Anime Festival Orlando. And while I still occasionally like anime, it's probably no wonder I got rather burned out on the whole thing.

At the CSX rail yard, Hagerstown, Maryland.

On the Appalachian Trail, Frostburg, Maryland.