About Savannah J. Goins
Hey, there! I've learned loads of great stuff about writing and living a fulfilling and creative life since beginning my writing journey in 2015 (and technically since way before that, too) and I'm ready to share it with you!
You can find me most often on instagram where you can gaze at my lovely coffee mugs, and my AuthorTube channel where you can hear my latest advice on living the writing life--because if you're really serious about writing, it becomes a lifestyle.
There's some great teasers and aesthetics for my Odan Terridor Trilogy here, and the same goodies for my future time travel fantasy, A Spiraling of Thunder, here. If you haven't seen twisty tree art yet, trust me, you haven't lived!
Click here if you would like me to speak about why it's hard to make a living as a writer and how you can do it anyway, or about the different kinds of publishing options and how to choose which one would be the best for you based on your own goals.
More about me? Well, if there's an animal around, I'm probably petting it. If it's after 5:00 am, I'm up and at 'em, and if I'm sitting down, I'm probably dozing off. If there's coffee, it's in my cup, and if there's dark chocolate, I already ate it. :)
How Am I a Professional
So why do I claim to be a professional dragon wrangler? Because I actually am! While I recently made a job change as a step toward writing full time, I spent three incredible years wrangling dragons and other amazing animals as a Registered Veterinary Technician at an exotic animal clinic. While working there, I cared for everything from beta fish to tigers, budgies to bald eagles, dragons big and small, and even a few kangaroos and a coatimundi.
I was part of the most amazing team of RVTs in existence and our job included taking histories on, feeding, watering, handling, medicating, sedating, radiographing, anesthetizing, and monitoring our exotic patients, and also teaching their owners how to give medications and take care of them in the best possible way.
I continue to volunteer with an awesome exotic animal rescue, and in the process have fostered bearded dragons, geckos, tortoises, snakes, and even a baby alligator who'd been abandoned in an apartment in zero-degree weather and needed a temporary home until he could go to a gator rescue.
Working at the clinic and volunteering with the rescue gave me a lot of cool opportunities, many of them involving the wrangling of various animals. I have scars from hanging over a fence holding up a potbelly pig and I have literally had a couple drops of both tiger blood and dragon blood land on my skin (which means I probably have magical powers now, just waiting for them to manifest).
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, but in order to prioritize my writing life future, I left the clinic and am now working with animals at a university in Indianapolis with a more flexible schedule to accommodate my writerly pursuits. I look forward to transitioning to a full time writer-entrepreneur in the not-too-distant future.
Is there any more cool stuff about me? Of course!
In my spare time, I help homeless dragons find forever homes.
I once had three pet rats named Kaz, Inej, and Jesper after the characters in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows.
As for coffee, as much as I like fru fru chocolaty stuff with a dash of caffeine, plain black coffee has become a staple.
I can anesthetize a bird and keep it alive through surgery.
I love sketching my characters and places, but Christopher Paolini's ability to draw his creations far outmatches mine!
I once held up a potbelly pig while hanging over a fence by my hips.
I've been bled on by both a real live dragon and a full-sized tiger, so my magical abilities should be showing up any time now :)