I’ve been writing since I was 12 years old. I often read my stories to my friends in class, and they’d be bummed when I got to the end of the chapter. It gave me the encouragement and inspiration to write the next one.
I’ve always loved writing and sharing my inside world with the outside world. I’ve had some small successes with books I wrote under the pen name Simone Pond—I still love seeing when someone has purchased a book. To me it’s not just about making a royalty on a book. It gives me joy because in some roundabout way I’m connecting to someone out there in the big wide world. I’m sharing my thoughts with them and they’re sharing their precious time with the characters and world I’ve created.
As a lover of stories, I’ve always been an avid reader. Starting with begging my mom to read Peter Pan one more time, being fully invested when my 2nd grade teacher read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then moving onto my own reading of Ramona the Pest, followed by Charlotte’s Web, Are You There God it’s me Margaret, The Outsiders, which was the book that taught me I, too, must be a writer.
The list goes on and on. I’ve read many books that have impacted my heart, but when I come across an author like Kate DiCamillo I know my life has been forever changed. Once again, I’m inspired to write better, to go deeper, to follow my characters into places I’ve never gone. To create something special—even if it’s just for me.
The writer’s job is to just keep writing. It saves lives. I’m living proof that sharing my stories and experiencing other’s stories has saved mine.