I know a lot of authors say they have been writing since as far back as they can remember. I can honestly say that is the case for me. I may have been as young as four or five years old and started writing my own short versions of the cartoon Tom & Jerry. I personally was tired of poor Tom being out smarted by that wretched mouse (lol) and figured I would write a few short stories where Tom finally got the upper hand. I remember I left the story on my mother's glassed dining room table and my brother read it. He came upstairs to me and my sisters' bedroom and asked who wrote it. I proudly said that I did. He roared with laughter at how funny it was that Tom finally got that mouse. Ever since then it was on.
I went from writing short stories in elementary school to make my teachers and classmates laugh, to writing short essays on African American greats from back in the day in Junior High school, to writing poetry and free styling in 9th grade and then ultimately, my first novel. Writing is all that I know. I write when I don't have the courage to speak. I write when it feels like no one will hear my voice but will marvel over my words. I write for those who have a lot to say but don't know how to say it. I write when I am afraid. I write when I am angry. I have never come across a disappointed reader with my work, from strangers to college professors; I have dazzled and continue to shine with the written word. I write to preserve my sanity because with everything I've seen and experienced I need some outlet to make since of it all. I had a writers block for ten years and I must say those were the darkest ten years of my life. When my readers contact me and tell me how much they enjoyed my book, that brings me more joy than anything. This is why I write. Writing is my life...