I started thinking like a writer when I was this age.

I could often be found writing poetry throughout my elementary school years.

Prose became my chosen avenue of expression in my mid-twenties when I was paid a one-time fee to ghost-write a book for a person who had committed multiple crimes and served several terms in prison.

Children’s literature took over my life with the anticipation of the birth of my first child.

I’m not certain where to set the dial to mark the beginning, but I’ve been “writing books” for well over thirty years.