My name is Mallory Battista. In most name books, Mallory is said to mean unlucky, ill-omened, or unfortunate, but I once found a source that said Mallory means “the mailed one,” as in a knight’s armor. The combination of these two meanings seems like the start of a good story, so I like to think of it as the start to my story.

First and foremost, I dream of being a storyteller. Books, art, and movies all tell stories. But with one novel finished, another in progress, and a few more in outline form, my greatest dream is to be an author. I’ve always felt that I’ve learned more from fiction about life and what kind of person I want to be than I ever have from nonfiction. A good story has the potential to positively impact people’s lives, and I can’t imagine anything I’d more like to work toward than writing a story that others would enjoy as much as I have enjoyed the works of my heroes.

I spent the last four years working in an art gallery and bookstore, selling and delighting in others’ creative works while quietly crafting my own. I now find myself building a new life, far from the city, and am not quite sure yet what all it will entail, but it will certainly be an adventure.