When people first find out I’m an author, the first thing they want to know is how I got started. I think they expect a story about formal writing classes/education and many years of planning, but honestly my story is very simple. My parent’s attitude about education, striving for what you want, and never giving up played a huge role in my take charge journey. My mom and dad were my very first teachers and along the way I had some pretty awesome school teachers. Particularly, my third grade teacher Mrs. Mitchell really inspired me with her positive attitude about writing and being creative. So when people ask when I start writing stories I enjoy telling them as early as the third grade!