I started writing seriously my sophmore year of high school. The first piece I remember writing was a simple school assignment my freshman year: Write a dialogue between 2 or more characters; One page in length. I began to dabble. Then, I had a wonderful English teacher who prompted me to hone my writing skills after I turned in a poem. The teacher was both amazed and a little scared (calling the poem disturbing). She really pushed me.
I continued to write throughout high school. My senior year, I took Creative Writing and actually tried my hardest to get another 'disturbing' comment on an assignment. I never got it, but I did get the beginning of my first novel: The Wrong Path (a working title). It's not finished; I put it aside when I got stuck so that it could collect a little dust. I'm currently working on it and the second novel in what I hope to be the trilogy.
That's really hard. As a kid, I would read any book I get my grubby little mitts on. Everything from Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys to something about invisible underwear. As I grew older I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien, T.H. White, H.G. Wells (seems I have a thing for initials...), Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov and many others. My influences come from all over the spectrum.
A major influence on the early worlds I created wasTolkien. As my reading expanded, so did my worlds. Tolkien, Wells and Piers Anthony all influence the worlds I create now. Mythology has also had a major influence on my worlds, my characters and my stories.
Why do I write?
Many people have asked me this. For them, I have only one answer: Why not?
Writing is what I know; it's what I love. I'm very passionate about my writing. I don't know if others feel that I'm talented, but I don't care. I don't write for someone else; I write for me. I would love for others to enjoy my writing as much as I do, but I won't be heart-broken if that's not the case.