Sue Lawrence is a writer, nature photographer, and Montana explorer with a southern accent who's drawn to the intricate details, symmetry, and vibrant colors alive in nature. Life is a grand adventure for which she whispers, "Thank You" to her Creator every day. You can see more of her images on Instagram @montanaexplorer.
The genre2 interview
What is your preferred genre and why?
I prefer writing creative nonfiction—in particular, personal essays and narrative nonfiction. I've always been drawn to "true" stories of women and men who accomplished a lot with a little.
Why did this piece compel you to move to this alternative genre?
Simply said, I wanted a different way to tell a story with meaning. The best life lessons are those accompanied by a personal example that illustrates the main point. This time, I needed my images to say what words could not.
What challenges or surprises did you encounter while working in this genre?
I was afraid my reader wouldn't "get" my message in pictures without words when I initially submitted them to genre2. I dealt with this dilemma by creating short one-to-three-word captions for each image that would relay my intent. However, when I received word that several of my photographs were to be featured in this issue—but without any titles—it was a little unnerving. After two days, I realized it was "okay." If my photos pair well with the thought-provoking nonfiction, fiction, and poetry presented in this literary journal, then they will have served a dual purpose. Visual art illustrates meaning. It also portrays its own story—within-a-story.