"A life without passion is a story wasted." - An American Exodus
Castello is a fiction writer, playwright, and fiction editor. Her scripts have been performed nation-wide, including the American Theatre Company (Chicago) and LA Circus Theatricals (Los Angeles). She studied playwriting at The Theatre School at DePaul University, and currently works as the head of a theatre company for young adults. In 2009, her short story collection, The Messiah of Howard Street, was published by WriteLife, LLC. While Castello has written literary fiction, she has made a mark for herself as a fantasy/steampunk writer and editor. As of December, 2011, Flying Pen Press has chosen her retellling of King Lear for their Steampunk Shakespeare Anthology, coming 2012. She is currently working on her novel, An American Exodus, and a science fiction series for young adults with her fiance. Castello also enjoys eating popcorn at the movies, flying in planes, and riding on rollercoasters.
"What's a writer gonna do? Metaphor me to death?" - The Nation
I come from a family with two younger boys and no sisters. I'm the oldest, which means I was the ringleader when it came to playing games. The games I constructed involved me playing awesome characters like princesses and evil queens, and my brothers would fill in as my servants who would fetch pillows and soda for their highness. I now wonder why they would rather play video games.
I've got awesome friends who live all over the country. My best friend and "writing buddy" is a fancy radio writer in LA. When the two of us were very much younger than what we are now and living the college life, we would stay up terribly late on weeknights to go across the street to a now-closed coffee shop and share our stories with each other. Now that I'm much older and wiser, I know that this was a silly and irresponsible thing to do; I don't drink coffee, so why would we go to a coffee shop?
I'm currently engaged to a law student who lives three and a half hours away from me, but we are working on a steampunk series for young adults via email and lengthy phone conversations. He is pictured here to our right. He looks happy, but he's actually quite scared. We're standing in the middle of a frozen lake, and the ice under us was cracking.
I've always believed that the only stories worth writing are those which ask a question. The most painful sort of book is one which hands you all of the answers. The author's job is to pose a discussion that will begin on the last page, and I aim to continue my job as an author. Through a false world, we can examine the true circumstances that surround us. I'm not the first one to come to this conclusion, but I aim to continue the tradition.