I was born in 1984 in California. My parents were Air Force, so I was in Europe until 1991 when we moved back to the United States. As a result of moving around at least once a year, I never had many friends. My daydreams have always been my closest companions. In 1995, my family finally settled, both parents finally out of the military. I managed to stay in the same town for middle school, high school, and college. Most people do not quite understand how lucky they are to have only lived in one place their entire lives. Though I got to see a lot of the world and I’ll always have a broad, and open minded view of the world, the security of knowing you have a home that will always be there is reassuring. However, in lieu of that, I became quite close to my parents and elder sister, who have always been there for me and supported me in my endeavors. They even read my rough drafts from time to time.

Up until fifth grade, I thought all books were boring; just like Dick and Jane with their “See Spot; see Spot run!” sentences and lack of imagination with which I had been taught to read. However, a computer game changed my life. When I saw my mother, the eternal bookworm, playing the game, I begged to be allowed to play it too. She let me, and once I finished, she mentioned, “You know, that’s based off a set of books.”

From then on, I was hooked.

Shortly after I began reading, I decided, “I want to be a novelist!” So that is what I have geared my life towards since that day. My friends who have known me the whole time can attest to the fact that writing has always been my passion and what I wanted to do with myself “when I grow up” (haven’t quite accomplished the growing up yet).



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