During the week, Damien Walters Grintalis is a typical writer slouched in front of a laptop with a cup of coffee handy. Her favorite attire consists of yoga pants, a tank top, and flip flops, although the flip-flops often end up kicked off and discarded under her desk. On the weekends, however, she puts on a mask of waterproof mascara, heavy eyeliner, sequins, and chiffon and steps into the persona of Damiena, a professional belly dancer, who performs publicly at several local restaurants and privately at weddings and birthday parties.
Damiena is outgoing and bubbly with a smile always at the ready, a far cry from the writer of grim little tales whose expression often consists of a furrowed brow or a lower lip caught between her teeth as she loses herself in a paper world of her own making. Until she starts doing terrible things to her characters, that is. At that point, her expression is best left to your imagination.
Damiena loves when her art form makes people smile and laugh and yes, dance. Damien prefers to give people nightmares. You can visit her blog to find links to some of her published short fiction, http://dwgrintalis.blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter, http://twitter.com/DWGrintalis.
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