Author's Comment: When did you start writing?
The truth is I was always writing. Before I could write, I would tell stories. When I was younger, I couldn't write fast enough to keep up with the ideas I had, so I had to talk and get them out. It never occurred to me until I was about 12 that I would do anything other than be a writer. When I was 12, I decided that writers were boring people, and I didn't want to be boring, so I'd save writing for my 'safety' career while I tried out other ones. In high school, I probably wrote about fifty short stories and started a dozen novels. I also wrote a full-length script for a movie about four teenagers who resort to murder to protect a friend...I finished my first novel when I was seventeen, right after I graduated high school. It was about a guy with amnesia in a corrupt institution looking for a serial killer. I know, it's shocking that something with that many overwrought cliches never found a publisher.