A writer writes not because he wants to, or because he’s trying to accomplish something; he writes because he has to, because the very act of it consumes him, because he has things to say and stories to tell. Since writing my first story in the fifth grade, a Halloween story that shocked the entire class and my teacher into a sort of stunned silence (yay!), I’ve dreamt of living the storied life of a career novelist (a successful one, not the “packaged soup for every meal” kind—been there, done that). In 2006, I published my first work of fiction in Writers’ Journal, a short story titled “The Messenger,” and now I’m thrilled to be writing novels full time.
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