Growing up, I was always writing, but I never imagined being a writer. For many years I thought I would work with animals. I imagined being Jane Goodall, but I was afraid of what I might find in the jungles of Africa. I thought about being a veterinarian, but I couldn’t imagine sticking my hand up a horse’s…, well, you know.
I ended up studying electrical engineering and spent 15 years writing software – the instructions that tell computers what to do. The computers I worked on were buried inside things like submarines, telephones, and airplanes. When I got married and had kids, I started reading lots and lots of books for children. Then I started thinking about writing books of my own.
I have now written over 20 books for kids of all ages. I have ideas for a gazillion more. I now can’t imagine a time when I won’t be a writer.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~ Maya Angelou