Artists of Allen: Veronica Tucker


Artwork and photo courtesy of Veronica Tucker.

Morgan Pryor, Commentary editor

Senior Veronica Tucker can be considered a double threat, experienced in both visual arts and creative writing. Just last year, while creating two dozen pieces for her AP visual arts portfolio, she simultaneously authored and self-published a short story, entitled “Immune to Time.” Tucker utilizes both platforms to explore a variety of complex subjects, ranging from invalidation to the human condition.

Q: How long have you been writing, and what sparked your interest in the subject?

A: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I have journals dating back to 2006, filled with short stories and extended narratives. What really motivated me to write — and what still motivates me — is books. I have always been an avid reader, and throughout my life, I have always pushed myself to create something I felt was worth being read.

Q: Talk me through the process of writing your short story, “Immune to Time.” How long did it take to write, and was it difficult to balance with schoolwork?

Artwork and photo courtesy of Veronica Tucker.

A: Once I came up with my idea, I developed an outline — that was always subject to change — and started writing from there. I began writing my short story in December of 2017 and finalized it in April of the next year. I always find it incredibly difficult to balance school work and any creative endeavor because I struggle to prioritize either one. I spent a lot of late nights writing and a lot of early mornings doing school work, but in the end, I think I managed my time well.

Q: What was the self publishing process like?

A: I researched a lot. I had to find the company that was right for what I wanted to produce. After I did, I finalized my story and formatted each page to look the way I wanted it to when it was bound.

Tucker’s cover for her short story, “Immune to Time.” (Photo courtesy of Veronica Tucker)

Q: What’s your short story about?

A: It is a story about a boy and his imaginary friend, but more so, it is a story about invalidation and how that invalidation allows us to grow and falter as humans.

Q: Did you draw from any art, films or books for inspiration for your story?

A: Most definitely. My initial inspiration for my story came from “The Shining,” “Coraline” and “The Twilight Zone.” I wanted to emulate the eeriness and complexity present in these works.

Q: In your visual art, is there a certain media or theme you like to explore? What are your inspirations?

A: I love drawing bugs, so they are present in almost every piece I create. I also like to have a meaning in my art, so I often explore current issues and questions concerning the human condition. I am heavily inspired by Francis Bacon, as well as some of my favorite films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Shining.”

Q: Do you have plans or goals for visual art and/or writing in the future?

A: I plan to major in English and possibly minor in art. I hope to teach English at the college level and hopefully become a published author, and maybe even get on that New York Times Bestseller List.