I have been writing from the time I was very young, and it's something I have always enjoyed doing, but I didn't always want to be a writer. I did a lot of different things as I was growing up. I sang opera for a long time, even singing, once, on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, in New York City, in a national competition.
When I was a teenager, I regularly performed on stage, in community, and children's theatre productions. I was home taught through high school (my mom is a teacher) so I consider those years I spent in the theatre as my high school experience... and the homework was easier!
During that same time, and into my early twenties, I even worked as a stuntman, mostly in wild west shows, like the kind you see at theme parks. I've been shot, blown up, set on fire, hit with sticks, and thrown off of tall buildings, and all the while, never sustaining more than the occasional scratch or bruise.
While I was in college, I worked as a volunteer artist-in-residence with the public school system in Phoenix, Arizona. I had a wonderful time working with students to help them develop their own written stories and plays. To know that I might have had a hand in inspiring even one or two children to love reading and writing was very satisfying.
During that time, I began to see that writing, especially for kids, would be the best path for me. My college professors encouraged me to write, as did my family, and so I began writing, short stories, blogs, articles, etc; and the more I wrote, the better writer I became.
Over the last ten years or so, I have grown to love the process of writing a story, from the early concept stages, when I'm getting to know my characters, to the final sentence of the final chapter.
Reading has always been a passion of mine because I get to lose myself in another world, but when I write, I get to create another world, and there's nothing better than that!
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