I am a fiction writer and see literature as a powerful, covert means to shape sociocultural conversations and individual world-views by exploring the complexity, ambiguity, and consequences of human experiences and understandings. Animals often appear in my stories as unique and individual creatures whose presence, I hope, provokes readers to appraise their attitudes towards the animals in their own lives. I am new to human-animal studies, and am currently not working within a university. I am interested in learning about literary, philosophical and psychological understandings of, reactions to, and subversions of anthropocentrism. I am also interested in how our treatment of animals relates to our treatment of other humans.