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Otterbein alumna McGinnis an advocate for the arts, writing

Otterbein alumna McGinnis an advocate for the arts, writing


Editor's Note: This and other stories appear in the Fall 2016 edition of Towers Magazine, available online now.

 

In fifth grade, Mindy McGinnis ’01 took an assessment that was supposed to help match her skills to a career path.

“The proctor asked us ahead of time what we wanted to do when we grew up, and I told her I wanted to be a writer,” McGinnis said. “My results came back and said I should be a cop.”

McGinnis didn’t listen but said the path towards publishing wasn’t easy.

“There was a long period of time during that journey where I quit, put away the dream and told myself it wasn’t possible. But the stories in my head didn’t stop, so I thought I might as well write them down, and once that was done I might as well attempt to get them published.”

Four novels later, with four more under contract, and winning the Edgar Allen Poe award for her Gothic historical mystery, A Madness So Discreet, affirms McGinnis’ path.

“I can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” she says. “I hope others see me as a symbol of strong leadership, an advocate for the arts in a world where most of our well-paid heroes are not artists.”

 

Read the Fall 2016 edition of Towers Magazine, online now.