I was born and raised in Granite City Illinois, right across the Mississippi River from St. Louis Missouri.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I think the changing of the seasons here and since I am close to the Great River Road fall trips are spectacular. Plus many concert venues to check out.
What turns you on creatively?
Many things such as music, writing eases my mind and keeps me sane, reading, which Carl Sagan is one of my favorites. Other poet’s writings especially dark poetry, anything Gothic, depression and alcohol.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Darkness, but just one sentence! It completely saturates my soul so here is a poem I wrote a while back …
When The Darkness Comes
Cast your stars like diamonds across the sky. Blood brothers until the end we will always be paradigms of fear. Emerald Absinthe and opium dreams my brooding heart like angel’s tears falling, falling like burnt offerings. Fate untold, folklore molded, retold by generations of old. Pearl black thoughts of comatose movements, is there liquid eternity on this earth at the moment. Staring at the stars I wonder such triviality in a midst of an endless sea. When the darkness comes my eyes will be cleansed and I will see the true depths of all men’s lies.
What is your pet peeve?
Lazy people at work who think you should do their job for them.
What defines Fallen Engel?
I always get called a Satanist. I’m not but if you are that is up to you. I took this name that describes a very sad time in my life. I felt fallen and added Engel, which is the German name for an angel since I’m German. There are many facets to me but here are a few of my favorites: rainy days, Vikings, sometimes I feel like one, I need to have my DNA checked out, ancient civilizations, concerts, history, science, bonfires, hoodies, Pirates, mist, forests, wide open spaces and most importantly, alone time.