The first book I read was an abridged copy of "The Pilgrim's Progress." I began to write at a very specific moment during a summer rainstorm.
First books i remember reading for fun were a series of Dickens' and Twain classics given to me by relations - Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. I was horse-crazy, and my mother gave me her 'horse books' like the Australian Mary Grant Bruce Billabong series, My Friend Flicka and the Thunderhead series.
I began writing poetry about horses when i was about eight and gave a poem to my grandmother, which ensured the whole family read it.
I first read somewhat later than a lot of kids, around age 7, in first grade. I began reading just words on labels; the first thing I read was "Puppy Chow" but I pronounced it "Puppy Schau." One of my books was mostly pictures, called "Find Freddy," much like "Where's Waldo," the object was to find a portly kid named Freddy in series of complex drawings, often full of strange street signs and speech bubbles. I copied some of the street signs on my bedroom door, such as "Beware of Killer Fleas" and placing the phrase "Stay Cool" on the ceiling fan. The imaginative pictures of the Find Freddy books entered my first stories full of aliens, one or many-eyed monsters, ghosts and flying saucers. In first grade I read these stories to the class as an assignment, and the class thought them entertaining and hilarious, including the teacher.
I read everything, including cereal boxes, and always have. I began writing professionally when I answered an ad for a feature writer. The people of Frederick, Maryland were the first to read my stuff.
The first 'real' literature I read were the novels of Jack London. From that, I found my love of writing. I took the age-old advice to write about something I had a passion for, which is politics.
Not sure what I first read. The first book I remember that I absolutely fell in love with was Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Mom read it to me very well. I was writing through my parents. They wrote down what I told them to write before I learned to write myself.
The ABC's chart on my teachers wall. I begin to write with someone taking my hands and guiding it until they figured out I was a lefty. My doll baby's were the first to read...well, my Mom when she received her religious and history books back after I'd scripted them with my markings all in the margins.
The first books I remember reading, back in the second grade, were "Paddle to the Sea", "Black Beauty" and "Wind in the Willows". Later, in middle-school, having completed the entire collection of Hardy Boys from our school library, I triedmy hand at writing mysteries. They wouldn't sell but my mother thought they were 'charming'.
I first recall reading Robert Louis Stevenson`s A CHILD`S GARDEN OF VERSES, also the sonnets of Shakespeare, Enid Blyton and Biggles.
|I grew up in Denmark and began to write stories as soon as I learned to write. At age fifteen my family immigrated to Australia. This meant a new culture and a new language. The greatest shock to me was to realize I would not become an investigative reporter and journalist in this lifetime. Much of my English was learned by writing. It took many years for me to regain my confidence to write fluently. It took even longer to find the time.
Not till I retired did time and my love for writing meet up again. It was ignited by what you might call a 'cause'. I had suffered a weight problem for twenty years. During that time I tried every diet on the planet. I finally came to the conclusion that diets don't work. This got me thinking and I realized that for the first 43 years of my life I never had a weight problem. I stayed slim and maintained the same lifestyle. It made me remember some really significant events in the past and some things I had almost forgotten.
The reason for our weight problems. And the growing problem with diabetes type 2. Suddenly became crystal clear. That was around ten years ago. That's when I returned to the traditional diet and lifestyle I had followed in the past. I got back into contact with my own body, I reminded myself how it works and I began to listen to it. I chose the foods I knew it could understand. And I have not had a weight problem since.
The pressing desire to pass on what I had learned, particularly about the cause of today's obesity statistics, finally gave me the courage to write about it. We are all drowning in diet information. We have handed the responsibility for the welfare of our body. To people who do not know or understand how the body works. Nor, it seems do they care.
It is not the 'right diet' that will cure our obesity problems. Or the looming epidemic of diabetes type 2. The problem is not our diets, the problem is: 1.that we diet at all. 2. That most of us have become addicted to food. And are now victims of the food industry. For the past forty years. The food industry has been growning rich on our food addiction.
In the sixties diets were still for sick people, people with diabetes for example. Type2 diabetes was unheard of - and obesity? I don't recall ever seeing a healthy obese child, or hearing of one. Yet today, even child obesity is common. Most tragic of all, more and more children are falling victim to diabetes type 2. It should be obvious to anyone. That we are heading for disaster. According to obesity statistics. Eighty percent of us, including children, will be overweight within a decade.
That is why I want to reach people through my books. And my membership. To teach people why they don't have to have a weight problem. Why nobody is born to be fat. My many articles can be accessed on my website: www.healthylifestyle-news.org
I have recorded close to a dozen videos, many of them are published on my blog. They will give you the kind of information nobody else will give you. If you wonder why nobody wants to talk about food addiction. You need only remember the tobacco industry's. And their appalling display of public lack of responsibility. Not that many years ago.
Too many people are in business to make you fat, and most of them are not even in the fast food business. They can only get away with it if you let them. I hope to get the opportunity to teach you how to get back in touch with your own body. How to take back control of your foods. And never have to see a weight problem again. - At least not in your own family.
Goldcoast, Qld, Australia
Creator of The Membership That Cures Food Addiction
Author of My Own Plan,
Author of The carbohydrate Addicts Manual
The first romance I read was A HEART SO WILD by Johanna Lindsey when I was 12 years old. I knew I'd wanted to be an author since I was 7, but when I read this book, I knew romance was what I wanted to write.
When I was in the first grade, the second graders read stories for us that their teacher had laminated. Their stories were so beautiful and permanent that I knew instantly that's what I wanted to do. I wrote a short poem in second grade that my teacher loved so much, she entered it in a contest to be in a book about young writers. It got in the book, and I received a letter from the governor and a story in our local newspaper. I was given the book in front of the entire school at an assembly. That was my first experience with fame, and I was hooked. From then on, writing stories was my passion.
My classmates were the first to read my stories. In junior high and high school, I wouldn't dare come to school without having written something on my ongoing stories. My friends would revolt! A few of them said I'd be published one day. It took a lot of years before I was courageous enough to submit anything, and a few years after that to realize that eBooks really weren't the waste of time my friends and family may have first thought.
Golden Books about age 5/6. My grandmother, Nana Noonan, wrote me letters from the time I was 10-years-old, in the early 1960's. She was clever. She sent me a packet of letter paper, envelopes and a beautiful fountain pen with turquoise ink. I guess that Nana and my family read what I first wrote. I always aimed for humourous accounts of life in the small town we lived in.
|I vaguely remember, sometime in the mid-1940's at about 12 years of age, reading a book called THE WHITE PANTHER. I don't remember much about the book or who wrote it; I only remember being hugely entertained. Then, as a teenager, I discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I began writing in High School (IONA Prep, New Rochelle NY) in 1948. I had taken a book out of the school library, a collection of humor pieces by Robert Benchley called 'The Early Worm', was tickled by Benchley’s style and tried my best (unsuccessfully) to emulate him. That incident probably resulted in a misdemeanor (I discovered the book several years later in my bookcase at home; obviously I hadn't returned it to the school library) and absolutely did result in a series of rejection slips from The New Yorker magazine in response to my clumsy attempts to replicate Benchley’s type of humor.
Since then I’ve always been writing something, ‘though I didn’t attempt a novel until many years later. In the meantime, I wrote book and lyrics for college musicals and had a weekly column in the college newspaper, wrote intelligence reports while serving in Korea as Battalion Intelligence Sergeant as well as contributing news pieces to Army publications, wrote hundreds of business proposals and client reports as Partner in two major management consulting firms, wrote many articles for industry publications and wrote and delivered scores of speeches.
It wasn’t until about 20 years ago, at age 57, that I wrote the opening scene of my recently published novel THE LION DOMINION (that scene being the arrival of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in Jamaica on April 21, 1966) that I had any thought of writing a novel. I also must admit that THE LION DOMINION is self-published, using CreateSpace an Amazon company, as I decided to wait no longer for a traditional publisher to succumb to my charms. Besides, as Oscar Wilde supposedly said, “Books are never finished they are merely abandoned.” I had to abandon my first baby in order to be able to bring forth others waiting to be born.
First readers of THE LION DOMINION (and other works in process) have been a life-long friend who served as model for one of the main characters, a former business partner/friend and his wife (both writers and merciless critics) and a new friend, a retired CIA field man (and hell of a writer), one of a few people with whom I exchange drafts and edits.
(By the length of my answer to this relatively simple set of questions, you can probably infer that I tend to overwrite and must rely on my critics and editors to
hold me back.)
The first book that I can recall reading was Dr. Seuss---and still do, mind you. I suppose my first fantasy novel was The Lord of the Rings, which I discovered in grade school. I think I read the entire triology about 20 times. Sadly, no other fantasy grabbed me like Tolkien, so in high school I found DH Lawrence and Anais Nin. I became obsessed with classics. Moby Dick is one of my favorites.
I began writing in the sixth grade at the encouragement of my wonderful teacher. When college came calling, and my parents were desperate to know what I would be when I grew up, I drifted away from writing in lieu of a 'sensible career'. Luckily I have now learned that sometimes there is little sense in sensibility!