The first story that I can remember writing was written on my grandfather's old computer, the kind that still took 5.5-inch floppy disks and was simply green text on a black background. It was about a little girl who discovered a talking flower who became her best friend. It was called "The Talking Flower" and was written when I was six years old.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While I know my family read me many stories, the first one that I remember reading for myself was "The Hobbit." I was six, and insisted to my grandmother that I could read it. So I plopped down on the couch and started reading. It was the first true novel I ever read. My grandmother even took a photo to commemorate it.
That book showed me that the people in stories can be flawed. Not everything is perfect, mistakes are made, and sometimes there isn't a happy ending, only a bittersweet one. I entered a world that was nothing like mine yet had so many elements that were the same, where things I loved like spiders and forests were terrifying and magic was real. I stood with Bilbo to face Smaug, the spiders, and felt his dismay as the dwarves played with his dishes. And I hope I can make the worlds I write as real to those who read as they are to me, just like Tolkien did so long ago.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of things for pleasure. I read a lot of fantasy, horror, and sci fi. I also enjoy crime novels and a smattering of non fiction.
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