A BIT ABOUT GARRITY
Garrity Beales is a freelance creative writer, novelist and artist who relishes exploring the facets of human nature in all its complex glory through transformative works in fanfiction, provoking free-verse poetry, original bodies of fiction and through the stroke of her paintbrush.
A Professional Interior Designer/ Project Coordinator specializing in Retail, Restaurant, and Commercial design for almost 15 years, Garrity shifted her focus to the field of Electrical Engineering, alongside volunteering in various capacities at her local Children's Hospital.
Storytelling, through use of words and visual media, has been a driving force of interest for her since she was young; a prominent thread that’s continually woven itself throughout her professional and personal lives and is an outlet she strives to continually grow and refine.
Garrity has a varied portfolio of professional work produced as a freelance writer, ranging from product case studies to persuasive blogs to B2B and B2C content.
She currently has fourteen stories published in the Harry Potter Fandom online: two novel-length and two short stories that are works-in-progress, and ten short stories that are completed. Through the freedom of the online platforms and the power of transformative fiction, Garrity's works explore topics such as PTSD, mental health, societal expectations, accessibility, ethics, and sexuality along with other impactful subjects.
Her works can be found on both Fanfiction.net and AO3.
She is currently working on her debut novel, 'Treading Water.'
PAINTINGS AND ARTWORK:
Acrylic and watercolor are her mediums of choice, however, ink and other means of artistic expression also call to her. A commissioned artist, she has also donated her work for fundraising prizes. Her current focuses are in watercolor and digital illustration, while honing her hand lettering typography skills.
A word from the Author:
This novel is very near and dear to my heart.
I hope that it'll become close to yours as well.
Originally written for the 3-Day Novel contest in 2015 - a competition held every Labour Day long weekend - I, unfortunately, didn't place.
I adored these characters and what they had to say so much, however; that instead of letting the manuscript gather dust, I am reworking and refining.
As is the way with any creative venture of this nature, I decided in mid 2019 to take it in a completely different direction than originally planned. Previously titled 'Dying to Live,' the new title 'Treading Water' fully embodies the nuances behind this new direction.
'Treading Water' is a story about a hope, love, and resilience in the face of a potentially insurmountable loss; about a family finding the strength to persevere and balance their dreams against the potential reality facing them.