I’m also an author and New York Times/LA Times bestselling ghostwriter. I’ve been writing since the age of 7—mostly poetry back then, but if I must say so, I came up with some pretty good stuff for a 2nd grader.
I wrote my first flash fiction story at age 11, Teena and the Wildcat, by hand and with a No.2 pencil. Okay, so it wasn’t called flash fiction back then but by today’s standards it would qualify.
Fast forward to high school. While everyone else was taking art and other fun electives, I took English classes. I soaked that department dry and ran out of choices before I ran out of high school.
So, in my senior year I took an independent study course and wrote a Gothic Romance. Never really finished it (sound familiar?) but I learned a lot.
That was the end of my fiction days. From that point forward my focus was on personal development material. I wrote articles, published a couple blogs and about 10 anthologies. As a ghostwriter I’ve pecked out articles and non-fiction books of all sorts.
What do I do in my spare time? Why, I write, of course.
And I teach. For the last 18 years I’ve been teaching creative writing, book and blog publishing and hosting mountain writers’ retreats. And guess what?