I am a voracious reader. I have always been, and reading has greatly influenced my life.
I remember being 8 years old, perusing the aisles of the Tulare County Library in Visalia looking for bigger books to read. Books with fewer pictures and more words. Books with chapters. I turned down an aisle to find old copies of “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I borrowed all four and read each book entirely before returning three weeks later. This time, I came across Madeleine L’Engle. Reading “A Wrinkle in Time” took me to new heights.
These books inspired me. They gave me the courage to find my own voice in the world. My imagination flourished, and I wrote stories, poetry and eventually my own thoughts on the world around me. I discovered my passion for writing then, and it is still my passion today. I see the world as a page, ready for my pen, ready for my voice and ready for my heart.
I’m sure I would’ve discovered my love for writing had I not found J. R.R. Tolkien and Ms. L’Engle, but they gave magic to my life at an early age and helped me discover the magic within myself.