I’ve always been an avid reader. I grew up reading Enid Blyton, Walter Farley, Judy Blume and Gordon Korman. I still remember reading my first Sweet Valley High. Young people today are so lucky to have such a wide and diverse selection of amazing books to choose from!
I love reading books that stay with you long after you’ve read the last line. I want to fall in love with perfectly flawed characters, escape into beautifully crafted settings and have my heart broken and healed again. I love books that stand the test of time and I love a good love story.
I wish I’d started writing when I was younger. As a girl, I was always making up stories. I thought I was daydreaming, but I was actually plotting – characters, setting, dialogue. I’d lay awake for hours, creating alternate endings to my favorite movies and television shows. I was in my thirties before I convinced myself that I could write a novel if I set my mind to it.
So, I love encouraging young people to pursue their writing dreams. For the last couple of years, I’ve sponsored the Young Writer’s Program of National Novel Writing Month at the International School of Curacao. I love the enthusiasm and creativity of the young writers who participate! If you are a young writer and looking for some motivation, please check out the program at: