Unveiling the Writer
I knew I wanted to be a writer in the fourth grade. I knew this because for the first time in my life I discovered that I could write about anything that interested me. It is silly to think about it now, but I believed, in my early childhood, that the only type of book that could be written was textbooks (i.e. books that teachers wrote). Up until then, in my mind, an author did not write for pleasure.
That all changed when I read Wilson Rawls' Where the Red Fern Grows. Not only did the theme resonate deeply with me, but I found that I would enjoy nothing else professionally than the ability to write for a living.
Though my first published work is a bit technical (in the field of mathematics), works to come include poetry, and tens of novels I've been working on over the years.