When I was young, I didn't enjoy reading, mostly because it was connected to some assignment at school. In the tenth grade of high school, however, I took an English class--Criminal and Detectives in Literature. I was assigned to read "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. I finally understood what people meant when they said they could not put a book down. I explored more of Christie and learned that reading was more than just homework. I began sampling popular authors of the 1980s, and eventually moved to classics. I read "Treasure Island" and then the "Count of Monte Cristo." My sheer delight with these books led me to discover additional works. As I started to write my own books, I hoped I could create stories with positive messages that would allow a few readers to find enjoyment with my work, as I found pleasure with the books I had read. For those who have, I thank you for giving me the opportunity.