I wrote my first book at age five. Of course, it wasn't good. I didn't even finish coloring in all the pictures. But it was then I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up . . . a writer.
Since then I've grappled with confidence, dedication to the craft, and the sad realization that the chance of being successful enough to live off writing is slim. But in recent years, I regained my courage and am ready to pursue the dream that a five-year-old planted within me.
I am inspired to write things almost every day. There are so many interesting things that come up in conversations. The "what if" and "I wonder why" questions that pop up in my mind are practically endless. I have random story ideas and questions tucked into so many notebooks and paper piles that I will never have time to write about all of them.
As I've grown, I have come to realize that the ideas that excite me the most to write about revolve around things I've learned regarding nature and history. There are so many stories to uncover and explore while learning about the natural world and the people who have come before us: stories that are hidden beneath the earth, within an ecosystem, or ones that have been all but erased from a whitewashed and Eurocentric history.
I have chosen science fiction and fantasy because those are the genres I first fell in love with as a reader, and I believe they offer the ability to explore more deeply our own world, natural and historical, in a way that general fiction cannot.