Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was ten-yrs-old, and it was very much in the style of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven and Famous Five series. I loved those as a child. It was read out a chapter a day at school.
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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the worlds, the times, and the characters I create. I miss many of them dreadfully when I finish writing a story, so much so that I pop in and visit them on occasion. I feel that I breathe life into characters, so that they are real to me. I enact what I want them to say, and who I want them to be as if they are actual people in my life, and only then will write whatever they do and say. I love getting so lost in the stories I create I feel that I am there in person. The greatest joy of that is escaping into the fantasies of a world with no limits. Worlds where I can call out in a way I might not be able to do in the real world.