Which, you might think is brilliant. BUT....I didn't know how to communicate the ideas in my head, and would get mad at whoever was playing with me for going 'off script', which was weird, since there was NO SCRIPT! (For more on this, go here)
When the concept of Creative Writing was introduced to me in the 5th grade, I was THRILLED! Finally, all those story lines and characters in my head could be written down on paper!!
From the 5th grade through HS, I wrote fairy tales, essays, my own ending to Star Wars, poetry....anything that popped into my head during English class assignments, or even if they popped into my head after school. Then I hit college.
In Jr high and in HS, I'd devoured the teen romance books, and even branched into Harlequin and the few romance books and adult fiction that my mom let me read. But there was no dedicated series for college, unless you count the 50's series by Anne Emery and even a few by Rosamund Du Jardin which, by the 80's, was a bit outdated. My prom dresses had puffy sleeves and looked like ball gowns, not layers of tulle! Sleeveless? Shudder...I didn't have enough 'on top' to hold it up! But I digress.....
After going on a blind date, I decided to write the book I wanted to read.....and my alter ego's Arbor University series was born. I was 'born' Feb 20, 2008, when more adult situations were being written by our collective brain, and the 12 year olds where reading AU didn't need exposed to more adult situations.
So back to Why I Write....I just gave you the long answer. The short answer is, my head would explode if I didn't get these characters out of my head! Yeah, if an outsider eavesdropped on a group of writers talking about their characters, he/she would wonder why these people aren't on medication or in a padded cell.
Truth is, the stories we write keep us out of that padded cell!
If you want to see why other authors do the things they do, click here:)