I was thinking about what a Wikipedia entry for me might read like. I’m not worthy of one yet, perhaps, but I intend to be. Why not get a head start?
It would be under M Pepper Langlinais, of course, because that’s the name I write under, so I suppose that’s the name people would search for. But when you looked me up, the article would probably start with my actual name. So:
M Pepper Langlinais
Amanda Langlinais Pepper (17 December 19** – present), better known as M Pepper Langlinais [prn. long-leh-nay], is an American author and playwright.
I’m not putting my actual birth year here for everyone to see, thanks so much. You’re allowed to take a guess based on the following information: I grew up playing with My Little Pony and watching Indiana Jones movies, even though I was probably slightly too young to be seeing them.
Meanwhile, I’m sure I should say more after that opening line, but I haven’t thought of what yet. So we’ll move on.
This is where they will post information about how I’m an only child and lived in Texas for a lot of my childhood.
Langlinais attended school in Georgetown, Texas, and later Lewisville, Texas. She graduated as 18th in her high school class of 370 students and went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, then a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston.
As an undergraduate at UT, Langlinais focused on screenwriting and cultural media studies (pop culture and fan psychology) and interned on a motion picture set. Her secondary concentration was in classics, specifically Greek and Roman history and mythology. But it was a course in parageography, taught by Dr. Douglass Parker, that opened new doors for Langlinais’ writing, specifically by guiding her to create the fictional world of AElit. This would later be the basis for her Masters thesis.
Also while an undergraduate, Langlinais participated in the Shakespeare at Winedale program and portrayed Corambis (in later drafts, Polonius) in a first quarto production of Hamlet.
Langlinais credits many of her teachers and college instructors as being influential in her work. But it was her early love of movies, and later television, that made her want to become a screenwriter. Langlinais was especially influenced by such films as Young Sherlock Holmes and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and later by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jurassic Park, and The Matrix. Television series such as MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation were also favorites, and Langlinais’ undergraduate final project was a spec script for The X-Files.
Okay, so now we segue into my actual work, right?
Although Langlinais wrote poetry as an undergraduate, she abandoned it shortly thereafter to focus on prose. In 2004 her short story “A.B.C.” was published in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine. She would later include it in an anthology of short stories titled The World Ends at Five (2008).
Langlinais’ writing slowed to a stop between 2005 and 2010 due to the births of her children in 2005, 2008 and 2009. She began writing again late in 2010, but it was a request from friends that started her on the path to playwriting. Langlinais received an e-mail from friends who helped run a community theater asking if she would consider writing a short play for a directing workshop. “Warm Bodies” (2011) was the result.
Discovering that she liked the format of writing for the stage, Langlinais now focuses primarily on playwriting and short stories. She is best known for her Sherlock Holmes stories and her novellas about British spy Peter Stoller.
And then we list all the stuff I’ve written, but I’m not going to bother; the key stuff is over on my Bibliography page, and there’s a lot of little stuff besides . . . Oh, but what about my personal life?
Langlinais met Scott Aaron Pepper while they were both graduate students at Emerson College. They married in 2001.
That’s about all I really need to say about that, I think, since the kids got a mention earlier.
Okay, so that’s what I have for now. I’ll improve upon it as I go, but it’s good for starters, don’t you think?