Intern Spotlight: John McCausland

Howdy, y’all! My name is John McCausland, and I am a senior English Writing and Publication major who was able to receive an opportunity to work at the phenomenal University of North Georgia Press. I hope to learn about all the details that go into the publishing industry and especially learn about how books are submitted to a press.

This will teach me what to do in the future so that I can publish any of my own novels, poetry, or essays. I am a little unsure of what I want to do after I graduate; however, I think that I want to get my masters in Writing and Publication and go to work at a publishing company in a city like Atlanta. I am open to possibilities though, and one of my dreams is to write a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

I’m just an ordinary college student, but I was homeschooled from elementary through high school, and it definitely shaped who I am as a writer today. I am also a minor in Russian and have a habit of collecting books written in Russian and reading them in my spare time—Dostoyevsky is the best writer in world history. I was born in Georgia and currently reside in Cleveland. I lived in West Virginia for a spell, and Appalachian culture has molded me as an individual—bluegrass is common on my playlists. I work at Chick-fil-A and at UNG’s local Writing Center as a tutor.  

My list of hobbies is staggering and include fly fishing, playing and studying chess, reading, writing essays and fiction, and hiking. I absolutely love to cook and do yardwork. I love any activity that stimulates my mind and forces me to think, whether it is about issues in our modern world or solving problems, which is why I am an English major.

My Kindle is packed with at least one hundred books, and I have several bookshelves in my house ranging in topics from government, to science, to graphic novels, such as The Walking Dead. The novels that are dear to me include The Brothers Karamazov, Blood Meridian, Paradise Lost, and, of course, Lord of the Rings. Outdoorsy activities are some of my favorite ways to relax—this is probably the inner romantic poet within me—and there is no greater tranquility than to stand in a gently churning stream and to watch an ecosystem stir with life as you fish on a summer’s day.

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