I wrote my first story when I was nine years old. I don’t remember much of it – and I suspect the original manuscript is somewhere in my parents’ house – but I remember waking up from this super crazy dream about a princess and an underground cave, and I couldn’t shake it.
Until I wrote it down, anyway.
I kept writing after that – I was always writing something, turning every school assignment that I could into a story, which probably annoyed my teachers to no end. I even wrote fanfiction, long before I knew to call it “fanfiction”. But back in the days when computer monitors showed four colors only, I didn’t have a way to share it. Which, considering how terrible it was (and trust me, I’ve read it since, it really was terrible), is probably just as well.
I dreamed of writing my own books. Okay, maybe I figured they’d be sitting on a physical shelf in a physical bookstore somewhere, but… as a series of data on someone’s e-reader is just as good!
I’m currently at work on the next novel in the Downing Cycle. When I’m not writing, I’m either cross-stitching, playing with my two sons, cooking for my family and friends, or paying due deference to the cat.