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I’ve always been a writer, and I find it difficult to trace my passion for writing to a single source of inspiration in my life. Instead of an “Aha! This is it!” moment I can look back on, my desire to write is the flip side of my life-long print addiction. My parents once teased me by claiming I learned to read before I could tie my own shoelaces. Whether or not that’s true, I did learn to read very early in life, and have as a reader always cast a wide net. My bookshelves are crowded and eclectic, with fiction by C.J. Cherryh, Isaac Asimov, and Tony Hillerman, and nonfiction by Annie Dillard, Stephen Jay Gould, and Ron Chernow, among a great many others. It’s no doubt due to my eclectic reading habits that I have an interest in writing both fiction and nonfiction. The experience of reading, of feeling what writers could do to my mind and my heart with their carefully arranged words, fascinated me and inspired me to try and see if I could do the same thing for – and to – others. I’m still trying to fully answer that question, and to some degree at least, always will be.

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Posted April 16, 2012 by underdesertstars

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