Question: What’s your first memory of wanting to be a writer? When and how did you get the courage to come “out of the writer’s closet”?
On a Top Chef’s Masters Season One episode, they asked the contestants, “When did you know you wanted to be a chef?” Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless, and Michael Chiarello all had distinct childhood memories of cooking. Which led me to wonder, what was my first memory of wanting to be a writer?
I remember the wonderment I had while reading Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell. I can’t tell you the number of times I plagiarized some aspect of that story in my homemade books as a child. I remember thinking how much I wanted to create stories that would carry people to far away lands.
But of course in elementary school, if anyone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I told them I wanted to be a teacher. In high school, a translator. In college, a linguist because writing wasn’t a real job. In my heart, I always said I WANT TO BE A WRITER!
I am a writer. I write paranormal young adult fiction. I transport people to other places and times. I inject their lives with the impossible. I give them suspension of disbelief.
I am a writer and it’s nothing to be ashamed of or hide.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Did you tell right away? Or hide it?
See how math drove Dawn to write.