When I was in second grade, I came home from school and told my mom I wanted to write a book. This was a pretty incredible idea because I was a late reader and had pretty much just started. Throughout my schooling, I wrote stories for me and my friends.
Influenced by SE Hinton at the time, all of my stories involved some kind of teen love, teen rebellion, teen independence. As far as reading, I read everything I could find. By the time I was in Jr. High, most YA books were boring. John Jakes was the first adult book I can remember reading. High School introduced me to many of the classics. I will never forget Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome .
Then college and adult life took over and I pretty much stopped reading and I NEVER wrote unless there was a grade attached to it. I became an English teacher and had the silly idea that high school students would sit at my feet and acknowledge me for the genius that I am. I only read what I taught and I NEVER wrote. At the end of my teaching tenure, I moved into the library as a Library Media Teacher.
My love for books returned and all of sudden I was paid to read. I was in heaven, but even then I NEVER wrote. I still dreamed of doing it someday. I just didn’t. So here I am, many years since second grade, with a busy full life that includes two kids, a dog, and a husband and I’m finally doing what I have always wanted to do- WRITE!
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