About Me

La Mouette was not built to lie peacefully in port.
- Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman’s Creek 

Writer. Reader. Daydreamer. Geek.

Welcome to my world! I’m Alexandra Ray (aka Alex, Lexi, Lex, Whirl, or whatever other nickname you want to give me).

I’m 25, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Both of my parents are from New Orleans - it’s my second home. I’m Catholic, and if you look close enough you’ll find its influence in all of my writing. I graduated with a degree in History from the University of Texas in Austin in 2011. HOOK ‘EM HORNS! I’ve since been spending my days reading and writing and trying to achieve my dream of publication. It’s been slow going, but I have all the faith in the world - and determination - that my books will be on shelves one day soon! In the mean time, to pay the bills, I work seasonally at Southern Methodist University, Admissions Department, as a transcript evaluator. I’m also a horrible Mary Kay Cosmetics representative. If you ever want some makeup, hit me up! (that was my weak attempt at selling)

I’m a HUGE Disney fanatic. I was born the same year The Little Mermaid was released, so it seems appropriate that it’s my FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME. I’m also way too obsessed with Pokemon (you don’t want to know how extensive my birthday gift to myself was) and Digimon (Digimon Adventures 3 airing in Japan this year. OHMYGOD! NEEEED… in English). TK/Kari and Matt/Sora are two of my all time favorite ships, but I have a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy on Ash/Misty because eww. I’m also hopelessly addicted to Candy Crush, and not ashamed of this fact at all.

So basically I’m a mature looking child.

On a daily basis you can find me rocking out to my favorite band, Anberlin, and brainstorming for whatever story of mine happens to be front and center in my head that day. Anberlin has been such a HUGE influence in my writing. I can’t thank those guys enough.

You may be wondering why I’ve decided to - finally - start this book review blog. Well, I LOVE BOOKS. And it only seems natural to try to spread the love!

You may also be wondering what’s up with the title Seagulls and Semantics. I think the semantics part is fairly obvious, but honestly it was the seagulls part that I started with. I have this obsession with seagulls, stemming back from reading Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. The book is about a woman and a pirate and the exploration of freedom, aboard his ship the La Mouette (french for seagull). It’s one of my favorite books, and a concept that resonates so strongly with me, hence the quote at the top of the page and my deep infatuation with pirates.

Well, that’s me in a nutshell. Please, please, please feel free to contact me on any of my social networks (links on the side). I’d love to chat with y’all about anything and everything!

Hope you enjoy this blog!

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