I really started writing in my early 20's. That was when I really caught the writing bug. I started writing and publishing poetry and short stories on America Online and also designed and hosted my first poetry web site there called "Apaixonada" which is Portuguese for Passionate.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got involved with NaNoWriMo in 2012 and wrote my first complete fantasy novel that year. It was going to be a four book series, and after I finished book one and started on the second book, was when I realized how hard "if not next to impossible" it is to break into the more traditional publishing houses like Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, etc... As I started the process of locating an editor to help me get my manuscripts ready, and then wait for the rejection letters to come back, she kindly explained to me just how difficult it is as a new writer to get there attention. She recommended the Indie route as a viable alternative to helping me realize my aspirations. As I've become more integrated into the online writing community, via Facebook, Twitter, Smashwords, Amazon, etc.. I have found that the indie route is a smarter way to go when your a new writer trying to break into an already saturated market.