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Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. I started writing stories when I was very, very small. But when I went to college I decided to become an English teacher and I did that for several years and loved it. After I quit teaching to stay at home with my first baby, I missed working with students and books, and I decided to get more serious about writing and do it every single day. So I guess the true answer is that I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t get disciplined about it until I was about 24 years old.