People often ask me ...

... how I got started as a writer. I began reading at a very early age and wanted to read everything I could get my hands on. At some point in elementary school, I discovered that I could also write little poems and that I was constantly creating characters and plot lines in my head, even though I didn't know the terminology or recognize the process. As I grew older and learned more about the writing process, I realized this was something I was not only pretty good at, it was fun! By the time I was twelve, I knew I was going to be a writer.

... what I do when I cannot think of anything. When new ideas become scarce, I stop the writing process and go back to reading. I'll find a new author I want to try, or go back and revisit some old favorites. Music is also a good source of new material and new ideas. Country music tells some great stories and new ideas can come from those stories. Generally, these activities will trigger a new barrage of ideas and I will move from no ideas to more than I know what to do with. That's when things get interesting.