Defining myself as a "writer" is something I've done since I was young. From the day I read my first finished poem--a 10-line masterpiece, in my opinion, about then-teen idol Kirk Cameron--I knew I had found my calling. I was going to be a writer. But what type of writer was still to be determined.
It didn't take me long to realize poetry wasn't my forte--although I was intrigued by the eccentricity of e.e. cummings and the tragedy of Sylvia Plath. And while Roald Dahl quickly found his way into my heart, trying my hand at short-story writing resulted in a D on an English assignment. That left me with novels--but the thought of writing an extended version of the much-loathed Dahl-esque piece made me shudder.